Imperas and Industry Articles

Imperas from Today to Tomorrow with Intent

The challenge yesterday, today and tomorrow in technology is for people to move more towards the software and away from a strictly hardware-centric point of view

Peggy Aycinena is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at www.aycinena.com. She can be reached at peggy at aycinena dot com. In December Peggy interviewed Simon Davidmann, Imperas CEO, on his views for an article on EDACafe.

Simon Davidmann and the Imperas team are based near Oxford in the UK. Nonetheless, Davidmann is a regular at Silicon Valley events throughout the year.

I spoke with Davidmann during one of his recent visits to Northern California. Per usual, the conversation was unscripted and informative; I asked for an update on Imperas, and Davidmann started at 35,000 feet.

“Let’s start with a bigger picture than just the..."

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Software and Memory Footprint Challenge Traditional EDA

Software running close to the silicon hardware still presents many challenges for designs in terms of memory footprint optimization and security vulnerability

John Blyler, Editorial Director, of JB Systems wrote an interesting article on the challenges of embedded software.

Many former semiconductor chip tool vendors no longer frequent board-level embedded software shows. Instead, these companies are returning to conferences where the software lies closer to the silicon hardware. These companies – often in the simulation space – have found they have more in common with the chip industry than the embedded systems market and are returning to shows like ARM Techcon, Renesas Devcon and the like.

It’s no secret that the EDA tool vendors and semiconductor chip companies can no longer ship just the bare metal platform. They must include...

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Simon Davidmann: EDAC must evolve on multiple fronts

EDAC must become an industry organization that looks after all of the companies within the circle of technologies involved in electronic product design

Peggy Aycinena is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at www.aycinena.com. She can be reached at peggy at aycinena dot com. In October Peggy interviewed Simon on his views for an article on EDACafe.

Simon Davidmann, Imperas CEO, has been thinking about the EDA industry for a while, and the consortium that represents it. And like a lot of observers, he thinks change is in the air. In previous blogs, I myself have predicted that EDAC will evolve to offer better representation to IP providers, but Davidmann believes changes in the consortium will be even more dramatic.

“When EDAC was started,” Davidmann said in a recent phone call, “it was about CAD tools. But design automation has evolved from schematic layout and simulation to a point where everything is focused on really big designs. Yes, IP is a"...

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An industry-university development tools collaboration

Development tools are important in all stages of the embedded design process, and research is no exception.

Monique Devoe, Managing Editor of Embedded Computing Design has been following Imperas and sees how important interaction between industry and academia is when it comes to access to leading edge tools.

Limited budgets can create extra challenges for universities, and the lack of inexpensive, but high-quality tools is a challenge faced by many researchers, including Dr. Luciano Ost, University of Leicester Lecturer, Embedded Systems and Communications Research Group.

"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

prpl is Pragmatic for Security

Within the prpl Foundation Security Working Group, Imperas is providing solutions for embedded hypervisor/OS developers.

Simon Davidmann, Imperas CEO wrote a guest blog for RTC Magazine. RTC Magazine focusses on Embedded Computing and includes information for both hardware and software developers of embedded systems.

The article is about the security of embedded systems and what the prpl Foundation is doing about it, and what its Security Working Group is focussed on.

Most of the public discussion about security presents various aspects of the problems, or a high level view of risks/solutions, or an individual company’s solution to their slice of the problem. The prpl Foundation’s Security Working Group is taking a pragmatic, cross-functional approach to security in embedded devices and systems.

What do I mean by pragmatic and cross-functional? Let’s start by looking at the two primary...

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Take Five with Warren, Video interview of Simon Davidmann, Imperas

In a recent visit to SIlicon Valley, Simon Davidmann, President and CEO of Imperas, visits the studio to chat with Warren. Simon shares his passion for improving productivity in design and verification, solving problems that engineers care about, and more

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Five Questions: Simon Davidmann - Semiconductor Engineering - Ann Steffora Mutschler

Imperas’ CEO discusses challenges with software development and how things need to change.

Ann Steffora Mutschler sat down with Simon Davidmann, Imperas CEO, and discussed what software engineers want, software development challenges, software reuse, and software quality

The discussion was around five questions:

  • What do software engineers want today?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges that software engineers face today?
  • What about the notion of software reuse?
  • How can software be developed with a higher level of confidence that it is of higher quality?
  • What is the measurement of quality in software?

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Design and Verification Need a Closer Relationship - Chip Design Magazine - Gabe Moretti

In this article, Gabe Moretti is challenging us to move Design and Verification closer. Design and Verification are often mentioned in the same sentence but too often they remain disciplines kept apart from each other. The article talks about EDA but brings in the complexity of modern systems including so much software.

There are interesting views from Synopsys and Oski Technology, and Larry Lapides from Imperas discusses the challenge and outlines observations on how developing embedded software will change.

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Five Minutes With... - Embedded Computing Design - Rich Nass

Five Minutes With… Simon Davidmann, CEO/Founder, Imperas

Simon Davidmann, Founder and CEO of Imperas is a self-described "serial engineer." A what? Well, listen to the five-minute interview and you'll understand what that means.

As a long-time veteran of the EDA industry, Simon and Rich talked about ... click here to read more and listen to the audio interview.

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Virtual Platforms and You - EE Journal - Amelia Dalton

Embedded Software Development with Virtual Platforms

Rome was certainly not built in a day and neither was your next embedded software project. In this week’s Fish Fry, Amelia Dalton of Electronic Engineering Journal takes a closer look at virtual platform-based methodology for embedded software development with Simon Davidmann (CEO - Imperas). Simon and Amelia discuss the advantages of the Open Virtual Platform Consortium. and how virtual platforms can speed up your design process.

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[Amelia's Fish Fry's are one-on-one audio interviews  / podcasts with industry experts / executives about topical issues and technologies.]

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