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Fixed Virtual Platforms (FVPs), or system models, enable development of software without the requirement for actual hardware.
FVPs provide Programmer’s View (PV) models of processors and devices. The functional behavior of a model is equivalent to real hardware. PV models sacrifice absolute timing accuracy to achieve fast simulated execution speed. This means that you can use PV models for confirming software functionality, but you must not rely on the accuracy of cycle counts, low-level component interactions, or other hardware-specific behavior.
Arm supplies some PV models, Fast Models, as Component Architecture Debug Interface (CADI) shared libraries. Any environment compatible with the CADI API can load them, like Model Debugger, Model Shell, and System Canvas.
FVPs are non-customizable PV models suitable for software development, which Arm supplies as executable files. Arm provides different types of FVP, including the following: