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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.

Follow the link to read the full article.

 

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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.

Click here to go directly to the interview on YouTube.

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Imperas Exhibits at the 2015 ARM TechCon

Imperas Shows Virtual Platforms for Software Development and Test

Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation, today announced their participation in the 2015 ARM TechCon and invites attendees to register for a demonstration of Imperas embedded software development, debug and test solutions for ARM-based designs.

As the chasm between hardware engineers and software developers yields to a more integrated and collaborative design environment, these communities now work synergistically to accelerate time to market and optimize their designs utilizing both hardware and software. ARM TechCon 2015 is designed to facilitate this collaboration by connecting the hardware and software communities in one event.

See Imperas virtual platform based embedded software debug, analysis and verification demos of the full line of Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) models of ARM processors, including Cortex-A, M and R families, at the Imperas booth #520 in the conference exhibition area. Expo hours are Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 11:00am - 6:30pm, and Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 11:00am - 6:30pm.

For more information, or to set up meetings with Imperas at TechCon, please email sales@imperas.com

When: November 10-12, 2015.

Imperas to Exhibit at Renesas DevCon 2015

Imperas Demonstrates Renesas-Based Virtual Platforms for Software Development and Testing

Renesas

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.

For more information, or to set up meetings with Imperas at DevCon, please email sales@imperas.com

Renesas DevCon 2015 is an intensive four-day event filled with over 200 hours of lectures and labs, a solutions filled exhibit hall, and free development tools. You'll also have the opportunity to learn from Renesas' best and brightest during the one-on-one 'Ask the Experts' sessions. This is an exciting time to be part of this rapidly growing industry.

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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.

Follow the link to listen to the interview / Fish Fry....

[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.”

Fast Processor Models of ARM Cores Released by Imperas with Changes to OVP ARM Core Model Licensing Terms

Imperas Open Virtual Platforms Accelerate Embedded Software Development for Multi-Core ARM-based Designs

Oxford, United Kingdom, June 8th 2015 - Imperas™ today announces the release of Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) Fast Processor Models for popular ARM® cores: Cortex®-A17, Cortex®-M0, Cortex®-M0+, and Cortex®-M1. Also announced are changes to the terms of licensing of the OVP ARM Models.

New Extendable Platform Kits™ (EPKs™) of ARM-based devices are available from Imperas, working together with the M*SDK™ tools, to help accelerate embedded software development, debug and test.  EPKs are virtual platforms (simulation models), including processor models plus peripheral models necessary to boot an operating system (OS) or run bare metal applications.  The platform and peripheral models included in the EPKs are open source, so that users can easily add new models to the platform as well as modify the existing peripheral models.  The example OS and/or applications are also included.

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 ...

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