One of the key take-aways from this article is that hardware emulation is gaining importance.
And with ever-increasing billions of transistors that need to be integrated in future SoCs, verification of such complex chips is going to be a challenge. We will see this emulation gaining more significance in coming days.
While Verification catches lot of bugs, an emulation on FPGA provides lot of confidence and could be included in the 'recipe' for first pass silicon success.
The emulation could be extended, if you will, by taking different FPGA samples on different process corners and implementing different IPs/cores on such FPGA and then integrating and testing out the complete logic.