Imperas and Industry Articles

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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What Is A System Now? - Semiconductor Engineering - Ann Steffora Mutschler

In a recent article in Semiconductor Engineering, Ann Steffora Mutschler states that as designs become part of connected networks, so do the requirements for what’s needed to make it work properly.

Defining a system used to be relatively straightforward. But as systems move onto chips, and as those chips increasingly are connected with applications and security spanning multiple devices, the definition is changing.

This increases the complexity of the design process itself, and it raises questions about how chips and software will be designed and defined in the age of the Internet of Things/Everything. For example, will engineers be developing software-defined hardware, network-defined software and hardware, or application-driven connected systems?

Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas, asserts that the classical definition of an electronic ‘system’ still stands—a product composed of both hardware and software components. “But what constitutes a typical ‘system’ has evolved considerably, especially software content, so the technologies and methodologies that are used to develop, debug and test the system become critically important.”

OS bring up using virtual platforms - Imagination Blogs - Larry Lapides

Larry Lapides of Imperas recently posted a guest blog at the Imagination MIPS processor blog site. it discusses topics related to Operating System bring up and how virtual platform and advanced tools can provide signiificant benefits.

Linux has become the general purpose operating system of choice for embedded systems, and is almost always supported for high end SoCs developed by semiconductor vendors.  These SoCs now have multicore processors, and run symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) Linux. Most vendors start with the MIPS Linux distribution, then customize it for the specific SoC (requiring device tree changes), including the necessary drivers for the peripherals on the SoC as well as supporting other customizations and unique features. While the MIPS Linux distribution is a great starting point, that does not make customization and bring up an easy task.

To put it another way:  Just because you get to the Linux prompt doesn’t mean everything is working.

Just where do virtual platforms fit in this?

Instruction accurate virtual platforms, which are ...

Capturing Performance - Semiconductor Engineering - Ann Steffora Mutschler

In a recent article in Semiconductor Engineering, Ann Steffora Mutschler explores examples of architectural strategies for getting the best performance out of a power budget.

Virtual platform developer Imperas Software's  tools are being used for power estimation, to enable dynamic analysis of the impact of the complete software stack - OS, firmware, applications - on the power consumption of SoCs and systems, according to CEO Simon Davidmann. "We have seen various architectures used by our customers with power constraints.  What most of these architectures have in common is heterogeneity:  using the right processor for the appropriate task."

He sees the next step in this progression of system architectures as enabling optimized sharing of...

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Imperas active with prpl Foundation at IMG Silicon Valley Summit

At the Imagination Technologies Silicon Valley Summit in May 2015 there was a series of presentation and discussions regarding Virtualization, Security and the prpl Foundation.

Imperas is a founding member of the prpl Foundation Security PEG (prpl Engineering Group) and is working to provide solutions to assist electronic product developers to remove risks associated with embedded software development.

Several videos were recorded regarding prpl at the IMG summit - these can be viewed on the prpl youtube channel here.

To see the comments from Simon Davidmann, Imperas CEO, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Hardware Vanishing Point: Someday, Will it All be Software? - Electronic Engineering Journal - Kevin Morris

"The disciplines of hardware and software engineering have always been intertwined and symbiotic - like the yin and yang of some bizarre abstract beast. Software cannot exist without hardware to execute it, of course, and most hardware today is designed in the service of software. The vast majority of systems being designed today involve a mix of both elements working together, with software steadily inheriting more and more of the complexity load.

Let’s think about that for a minute..."

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