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Imperas and T&VS Partner to Update Software Verification and Validation Methodology for Embedded Systems

Extending Best Practices for Embedded Software Development, Debug and Test via Virtual Platforms and Expertise

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2nd November, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, and Test and Verification Solutions (T&VS), a leading hardware verification and software testing provider, today announced that they have partnered to promote state-of-the-art software verification and validation (SW V&V) methodologies for embedded systems.

Imperas offers virtual platform (software simulation) based tools and solutions for early software development and more comprehensive software testing.  In addition to SW V&V, use cases include porting and bring up of hypervisors and operating systems, advanced software analysis such as non-intrusive code coverage, profiling and memory monitoring, and support for advanced methodologies such as Continuous Integration (CI) and fault injection. Imperas offers a wide variety of processor models and systems architectures from a range of IP and chip vendors through Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) models and platforms.

eSOL RTOS and Debugger Support Available from Imperas for Software Development and Test

eMCOS RTOS Support and eBinder Debugger Integration with Imperas Virtual Platforms

Oxford, United Kingdom, October 25, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, today announced their support for the eSOL eMCOS RTOS and eBinder debugger.  eSOL is the leading RTOS and embedded software supplier in Japan. This partnership and the new capabilities accelerate embedded software development, debug and test across a variety of markets, including automotive. These solutions are available now.

Highlights:

Use a virtual platform to maintain security

embedded computing design

One of the big challenges in the deployment of IoT across varied markets is security. This is a big challenge for both hardware and software and there needs to be a pragmatic approach for developers.

The use of Hypervisors is becoming increasingly common - and Larry Lapides of Imperas has written about the use of Virtual Platforms with Hypervisors.

To read the article, click here.

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Heterogeneous System Challenges Grow

Semiconductor Engineering

How to make sure different kinds of processors will work in an SoC.

Ann Steffora Mutschler of Semiconductor Engineering has written an article on the challenges of heterogenous systems.

As more types of processors are added into SoCs—CPUs, GPUs, DSPs and accelerators, each running a different OS—there is a growing challenge to make sure these compute elements interact properly with their neighbors.

Adding to the problem is this mix of processors and accelerators varies widely between different markets and applications. In mobile there are CPUs, GPUs, video and crypto processors. In automotive, there may be additional vision processing accelerators. In networking and servers there are various packet processing and cryptography accelerators. Server applications traditionally have relied on general-purpose CPU, but the future brings more dedicated acceleration engines, which may be customized for specific applications and may be implemented using FPGAs.

Rethinking Verification For Cars

Semiconductor Engineering

First of two parts: How the car industry can improve reliability.

Ann Steffora Mutschler of Semiconductor Engineering has written an article on how to improve reliability in automotive.

As the amount of electronic content in a car increases, so does the number of questions about how to improve reliability of those systems.

Unlike an IoT device, which is expected last a couple of years, automotive electronics fall into a class of safety-critical devices. There are standards for verifying these devices, new test methodologies, and there is far more scrutiny about how all of this happens.

“We are moving from ADAS to autopilot, from autopilot to autonomous driving,” said...

To read the article, click here.

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Hypervisors: Help Or Hindrance?

Almost everything is a tradeoff and tipping the scales is usually influenced by the end product goals. Hypervisors have a few such parameters.

Brian Bailey is Technology Editor/EDA for Semiconductor Engineering and has written an interesting article related to Hypervisors.

Hypervisors are seeing an increased level of adoption, but do they help or hinder the development and verification process? The answer may depend on your perspective.

In the hardware world, system-level integration is rapidly becoming a roadblock in the development process. While each of the pieces may be known to work separately, as soon as they are put together, the interactions between them can create a number of problems. The industry is working to come up with some tools and methodologies that constrain this problem.

In the software world, they are taking a different approach. They are using a hypervisor to create well-defined interfaces between the individual software blocks, ensuring that one cannot disturb another. This enables applications to be built that are more robust, provide a significant increase in security, allow for staged development and enables the controlled intermixing of attributes of a real time environment, with a more flexible operating system environment such as Linux.

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