A hardware emulator is an electronic device that a system such as a printer or a microprocessor can replicate functionally, electrically or mechanically including housing and pins. The connection to the processor module is using base and created a matching plug. Special kind Hardware Emulation is our previously written In-circuit emulator.
Today’s most common Hardware Emulation is used are for printers. Many large-format plotters are emulated on modern Operating System. A virtual machine (VM) is often mistakenly referred as an example of Hardware Emulation. In a virtual machine, a large part of the instructions but is forwarded to the host system. The VM manager assumes no Hardware Emulation as such.