Re: Hardware-based vs software-based emulation

Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:58:35 +0100
Message-ID: <2770722.E3OjvqTLeX@rakete>
On Friday 17 February 2017, 11:50:09 Marko Mäkelä <> wrote:
> What is the benefit of implementing the emulation of a full system in 
> VHDL or FPGA, instead of implementing it in software?
> The only reason to use hardware-based emulation that I can think of is 
> the ability to connect original (or compatible) peripherals.

for me the main reason is latency... with software based emulation you get at 
least one frame of latency, often even two. i find playing fast paced games on 
emulators quite annoying because of this, especially if you are still using 
the real thing the difference is quite real. with fpga based implementations 
you can get rid of this completely, and it works 100% like the real thing. 
(minus the fact that even the so called modern display itself may introduce 
latency, but thats another problem)


Nen Assembler ist wie nen Hund. der macht alles was man ihm sagt. Compiler 
sind wie Katzen. 

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