Building out the Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem with the Imperas Extendable Platform Kit (EPK™) is a vital piece of our ecosystem offering as we continue to expand this program and enhance our ability to deliver innovative solutions for customers. The Imperas EPK allows for rapid software development and debugging of corner cases when using Mi-V soft CPUs on Microsemi field programmable gate array (FPGA) products.

The Imperas virtual platform solutions for software development, debug and test, along with their open-source models, comprise an excellent methodology for development of embedded software for SoCs based on V5 AndesCore N25 and NX25 RISC-V processors.

A healthy RISC-V ecosystem is critical to the adoption of RISC-V processors. The open RISC-V ISA specifications make it easier for ecosystem companies like Imperas and Andes to collaborate.  Tools such as the Imperas RISC-V models, virtual platforms and software solutions will improve time to market by enabling faster software development, simplifying debug and test, lowering costs and risks and delivering overall increased quality.

To support the ever-increasing features of the emerging applications, SoC engineers face the challenges of the design complexity and time-to-market. They need powerful development tools such as fast system simulation for architectural exploration and SW development, emulation for functional verification and system validation, performance optimization, tough bugs tracing and embedded analytics. That is why Andes has worked with some of the partners on V3 AndesCore processors for many years. We are now collaborating with Imperas, Lauterbach, Mentor, and UltraSoC to provide those advanced development tools for our new V5 AndesCore N25 and NX25, and the RISC-V community.

We were able to easily merge the Imperas simulator into our automated workflow on our build server for both unit and integration testing.  Running our tests with the production binaries on the simulator enabled us to find bugs that were not found when the software was cross compiled to the x86 Windows environment.