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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.

Imperas capabilities to enable both hardware and software development for multi-core designs are impressive, and allow my students to graduate with confidence that they can utilize advanced technologies essential to their future endeavors.

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.

We’re excited to see Xilinx FPGAs, including the MicroBlaze cores, used in a project with such far-reaching impact.  High performance processor models, virtual platforms and software development tools, such as are available from Imperas and OVP, are critical to the quality and success of embedded software projects.

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