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It is exciting and gratifying to see members of the MIPS ecosystem working together to provide new software, tools and methodology to MIPS users. The hardware virtualization features in our MIPS M51xx CPUs make them a unique and powerful offering for next-generation microcontroller-class products. We’re pleased to see these new solutions from Imperas and SELTECH that can help our customers more quickly and easily bring secure, reliable devices to market.

The Imperas University Program encourages participation in the embedded systems community in three ways: use on research projects, use in the classroom, and sharing of virtual platform models through the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) Library.

The lack of electronic design automation (EDA) tools combining model flexibility, and fast and accurate evaluation of performance, power, and reliability is one of the major challenges currently faced by embedded researchers. Even expensive, commercially available tools don't often meet modeling and simulation needs for emerging technologies.The description of processors – i.e., register or gate-level – is rarely available to universities, and commercial licenses are quite expensive. Having free tools with different state-of-the-art processor models allows the exploration of new system architectures.

I find Imperas tools and models invaluable for my research and my course, High Level Design of Hardware Software Systems. My students can now explore and command state-of-the-art prototyping technology for complex systems.

Using Imperas and OVP in my course on Real-Time System Programming is an immense benefit. Embedded software development is a growing need worldwide, and advanced methodologies such as Imperas delivers are required for accelerated coding and quality.

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