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Fast Processor Model of Renesas RL78 CPU Released by Imperas for Open Virtual Platforms

eSOL TRINITY, Imperas Partner, Developed the RL78 Model

Oxford, United Kingdom, May 31, 2016 - Imperas™ and eSOL TRINITY announced today the release of the Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) Fast Processor Model for the Renesas RL78 CPU.  Example virtual platforms have also been released, as well as support for the new model in the Imperas M*SDK™ advanced software development tools.  The model of the RL78 was developed by eSOL TRINITY, Imperas’ partner in Japan, providing technical support for Imperas customers as well as services for embedded software development. 

The processor core model and example platforms are available from the Open Virtual Platforms website, www.OVPworld.org/Renesas.  The model of the RL78 processor core, as well as models of other Renesas processors, work with the Imperas and OVP simulators, including the QuantumLeap™ parallel simulation accelerator, and have shown exceptionally fast performance of hundreds of millions of instructions per second. 

ARM Cortex-A72 Models and Virtual Platforms Released by Imperas and Open Virtual Platforms

ARMv8 Support From Imperas Accelerates Embedded Software Development

Oxford, United Kingdom, May 24, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd. (www.imperas.com), the leader in high-performance software simulation, announced the availability of models and virtual platforms for the Cortex-A72 ARMv8 processors, in addition to the previously released Cortex-A53 and A57 models.  This boosts the Imperas Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) processor model library to over 160 models across a spectrum of IP vendors.  Over 40 ARM cores are supported including Cortex-A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M families.

Imperas support for ARMv8 cores, such as the Cortex-A72, includes models, Extendable Platform Kits™ (EPKs™), integration with ARM DS-5 for software debug and Linaro Linux booting on the virtual platforms.

Imperas Cortex-A72 ARM processor models are available in single-core, multi-core and multi-cluster configurations enabling high performance simulations of platforms ranging from simple single cores all the way to many core systems. Imperas has also built a model of the ARM GICv3 interrupt controller, which is available with the processor core models.

prpl Security Group & Imperas Address IoT Security Challenges via Multi-Domain Virtualization

As a member of the prpl Foundation and its security working group, Imperas is working with several member who are using OVP technologies to develop and explore the use of hypervisors to improve device security, amongst other things.

In this article on EBN online, concern over automotive security is discussed and a hypervisor from SELTECH is introduced.

car hijacked using security breach

As a founding member of the Security Working Group of the prpl Foundation, Imperas is supporting the definition of a new open security framework for deploying secured and authenticated virtualized services in the Internet of Things (IoT) and related emerging markets.

Recent news shows that security is a key challenge to the wide scope and deployment of IoT, with varied consequences across many IoT markets. Imagine automotive hijacking. Power grid failure. Financial security breaches. Health care hacking. Consequences are severe: successful security measures in the IoT ecosystem will...

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prpl Foundation Publish First Newsletter

The prpl Foundation recently published its first newsletter, as a way of extending communications with the embedded systems community. 

Imperas CEO and Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) founder Simon Davidmann wrote an article for the newsletter, titled “prpl Security Group and Imperas Address IoT Security Challenges via Multi-Domain Virtualization.”  That’s quite the long title.  What was Simon saying?

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Imperas CEO Simon Davidmann Speaks at DATE 2016 in Germany

DATE 2016 Tutorial: Virtual Platforms in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era

OXFORD, United Kingdom, February 16, 2016 -- Imperas Software Ltd., leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual prototyping, today announced that CEO Simon Davidmann will give a tutorial at DATE (Design, Automation & Test in Europe) 2016. DATE is a leading international event for design and engineering of systems-on-chip, systems-on-board and embedded systems software. Imperas CEO Simon Davidmann will provide an introduction to virtual platforms, speaking on embedded software development, debugging, analysis, and verification with virtual platforms supporting today's multiprocessor SoCs, as part of the tutorial “Internet-of-Things: Virtual Platforms in the Internet-of-Things Era – State of the art and perspectives.” 

Imperas CEO Simon Davidmann Speaks at DVCon 2016

DVCon 2016 Panel Addresses Redefining ESL

OXFORD, United Kingdom, February 9, 2016 -- Imperas Software Ltd., leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual prototyping, today announced that its CEO, Simon Davidmann, will speak on an Electronic System Level (ESL) panel at DVCon 2016. DVCon is the premier conference for discussion of the functional design and verification of electronic systems. 

This DVCon panel, “Redefining ESL”, is moderated by Brian Bailey of Semiconductor Engineering, who recently wrote an article titled, “What ESL Is Really About.” There are many views on the role of ESL (Electronic System Level) in design and verification, so panelists will have plenty to consider as they discuss raising the level of abstraction from the Register Transfer Level (RTL) to ESL for both hardware and software.

DVCon attendees are invited to join Brian Bailey, Simon Davidmann, and other distinguished experts who will attempt to define ESL verification, from tools to flows. Specifically, Simon will address where ESL and verification needs to go, virtual platforms, embedded software development, debugging, analysis, and verification.

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eSOL TRINITY Signed by Imperas as Technical Partner and Distributor for Japan

eSOL TRINITY to Provide Technical Support and Distribute the Imperas Products to Automotive Customers

OXFORD, United Kingdom and TOKYO, Japan, November 18, 2015 -- Imperas Software Ltd., leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual prototyping, and eSOL TRINITY Co., Ltd. (TRINITY), a premier solutions provider for the design and development of embedded software, today announced that they have agreed TRINITY becomes a new technical partner and distributor for Japan. TRINITY will provide pre- and post-sales technical support, consulting, training, delivery and implementation for the complete portfolio of Imperas virtual prototyping solutions.  TRINITY is a wholly owned subsidiary of eSOL Co., Ltd., the leading provider of real-time embedded software solutions.

Imperas and SELTECH Collaborate on Hypervisor Development and Deployment

Imperas Partners with SELTECH, Provider of Hypervisor and Other Embedded Software Solutions

Oxford, United Kingdom, November 9, 2015 -- Imperas Software Ltd., leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual prototyping, today announced a collaboration with SELTECH Corporation for the development and deployment of the SELTECH FEXER OX hypervisor.  FEXER OX has been ported to the MIPS M-class M5150 CPU, and runs on both actual hardware and Imperas virtual platforms.  Imperas and SELTECH are also working together on tools in the Imperas M*SDK product for the bring up of guest operating systems and bare metal applications. In addition, as members of the prpl Foundation Security Working Group, Imperas and SELTECH are collaborating on testing of security in the hypervisor-based software stack.

The FEXER OX hypervisor takes advantage of the hardware virtualization features in the MIPS Warrior CPUs from Imagination Technologies such as the MIPS M-class M5150, to enable a high performance, low overhead virtualized environment for embedded systems.  This capability is key for systems with significant security and reliability requirements. 

Imperas to Demonstrate Renesas Device Virtual Platforms at Renesas DevCon 2015

Embedded Software Development, Debug and Test Solutions to be Shown

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 22, 2015 -- Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, today announced their participation at Renesas DevCon 2015. Highlights will include demonstrations of Imperas embedded software development, debug and test solutions at the Imperas booth in the exhibition area.  The demos will feature virtual platforms for the latest and most popular Renesas devices, including those based on both Renesas proprietary processor cores and those devices based on ARM cores, such as the RCar family and the recently announced Synergy family.

Imperas Releases Second Generation of Open Virtual Platforms APIs and Adds to Free Model Libraries

Over 150 Fast Processor Models Now Available from the OVP Website

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 9th 2015 - Imperas today announces the release of the second generation of the Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) APIs for building virtual platforms, additional Fast Processor Models, new models for popular peripherals and new Extendable Platform Kits™ (EPKs™).  Open Virtual Platforms is a website for the OVP APIs, for the OVP models and platforms, for the OVPsim simulator and for community discussion of virtual platforms on the OVP Forum.  The OVP APIs are publicly available and not proprietary, and the models and platforms are available under the Apache Open Source License.

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