At the DVCon conference in Santa Clara in April, Brian Bailey of Semiconductor Engineering hosted a round table discussion on the state of EDA and the opportunities for new startups to grow and succeed. Imperas CEO and OVP founder, Simon Davidmann was part of the discussion.
Other participants were Bill Neifert, chief technology officer at Carbon Design Systems; Randy Smith, vice president of marketing for Sonics; and Michel Courtoy, vice president of marketing and business development for Kilopass Technology.
The discussion is being reported in 3 posts by Brian. There are links to them below.
Recently Electronic Engineering Journal (EEJournal)'s Jim Turley wrote an interesting article on Imperas and the view that Imperas takes regarding software development.
"... Imperas thinks that programmers, as a class and as a profession, could stand to learn a few hard lessons from their colleagues over on the hardware side of the house. Specifically, the SoC and ASIC designers. Now those guys have got their stuff together. You could learn a few things from them. So what do the hardware guys do that the software people don’t? They simulate, mostly. They simulate the..."
"... The idea is that you simulate your code running on a simulated processor with simulated peripherals and simulated APIs. Everything runs on a standard x86-based PC; the more CPU cores it has, the better. Imperas’s tools will translate your ARM, MIPS, or other binaries to x86 on the fly for simulation. As part of that translation, the tools also..."
One of the hottest topics in embedded systems today is security and safety. And one of the ways to address security and safety concerns is by using hypervisors and/or secure operating systems, and by specifically adding security into embedded software. To facilitate these techniques, Imagination Technologies added in hardware virtualization instructions – the VZ extensions – to the...
With the run up to the Embedded World conference and exhibition in Germany in February, Larry Lapides of Imperas contributed a guest blog for Imagination on the latest OVP Fast Processor models for the new MIPS Warrior range.
The blog talks about several items related to Imperas, OVP and Imagination's MIPS models. It also provides the outline for the Embedded World paper on accelerating simulation using multi-core host PCs and also provides links to other related topics.
OVP is addressing key issues in software development for embedded systems. By supporting the creation of virtual platforms, OVP is enabling early software development and helping expand the ARM user community.
Noel Hurley, VP Business Development
We are delighted to be working with Imperas to deliver the fastest Instruction Accurate (IA) simulation solution for our many MIPS partners. We have been impressed how Imperas’ simulation technology significantly outperforms other commonly-used solutions. Faster simulation results in more tests being run, and therefore higher quality software being developed - and that is good news for our extensive MIPS ecosystem community. Since acquiring MIPS, Imagination has committed to working more closely with innovative partners like Imperas to deliver superior CPU modelling solutions. As a result, we are confident our MIPS licensees and many software ecosystem partners will have access to the best tools in the industry, enabling them to create the best possible software and products.