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Imperas™ Releases the PowerPC® 4xx Range of High-Performance Processor Models with Integrated Software Development Environment

Open Virtual Platforms (OVP™) Fast Processor Model Supports the PowerPC 440™, PowerPC 460™, PowerPC 470™ and PowerPC 476™ Variants of the Popular Processor

OXFORD, United Kingdom, September 26, 2013 – Imperas Software, Ltd. has today released its latest OVP Fast Processor Model for the POWER.org architecture. The new Imperas model of the IBM PowerPC 4xx range supports the PowerPC 440, PowerPC 460, PowerPC 470 and PowerPC 476 variants. The model is available as part of the OVP library, allowing for free access to OVP users.

The IBM PowerPC 4xx processor range is widely utilized by many companies today in a range of applications including automotive, compute servers, military and aerospace, wired and wireless communications, and home entertainment.

The new OVP Fast Processor Model uses Imperas’ high performance code morphing technology to allow software engineers to execute PowerPC development code at hundreds of million lines per second on their desktop personal computers. Incorporated within the model is Imperas’ range of advanced development tools for efficient software analysis and debug.

Imperas exhibit and demonstrate OVP at Embedded Technology show 2013, Nov 20-22, Yokohama, Japan

Embedded Technology 2013 ( http://www.embeddedtech.net/), November 20-22 in Yokohama, Japan, is the world’s largest  trade show and conference for embedded system designers and  managers.  The ET Conference & Exhibition introduces advanced technologies and solutions for emerging embedded applications, including digital consumer electronics,  automotive, wireless/ubiquitous computing and factory automation.

Imperas will again this year have a booth in the Venture Village area of the exhibit hall.  Imperas will demonstrate both OVP and Imperas tools, showing how virtual platform based technologies can provide benefits such as earlier software development (pre-silicon), and improved software testing (post-silicon).

Altera discuss successful use of Imperas tools to find complex OS bugs

At the June 3, 2013 North American SystemC User Group meeting as part of the Design Automation Conference 2013 in Austin Texas, Victoria (Vicki) Mitchell of Altera presented a paper titled: Embedded Software Dynamic Analysis: A New Life for the Virtual Platform.

The presentation introduces the Software part of HW/SW co-design, with the issues of Code Safety and Security being addressed and how Dynamic Analysis using simulation and virtual platforms can address them. It continues with Software Analysis by using a platform modeled with OVP and using the Imperas tools shows examples of how bugs were found in the use of Linux and uC/OS-ii. The presentation concludes with the conclusion that the use of virtual platforms and dynamic analysis provides safe and secure code for embedded systems.

The slides are available here:  http://nascug.org/events/19th/Dynamic_Analysis_6-3-2013.pdf

Imperas and OVP to be demonstrated at ARM TechCon 2013, Oct 29-31, Silicon Valley

ARM Techcon 2013 ( http://www.armtechcon.com/), October 29-31 in Santa Clara, California, is the largest conference devoted to developers of ARM-based SoCs, software and systems, bringing together users, hardware and software vendors, ARM technologists and others in the ARM ecosystem.

Imperas at ARM Techcon:  Simon Davidmann will be participating on a panel session, and Imperas will have a booth in the exhibits. 

Panel title:  The Future of Collaborative Embedded SW Development, from the viewpoint of one Technology Chain Gang

Panel abstract:  The creation of a modern embedded processor platform solution requires components from a “technology chain” of contributing companies, including processor, platform, OS, IP, and tool providers.  The multicore architecture of these platforms, as well as the use of advanced processor features like TrustZone and virtualization, places a heavy demand on associated software development, requiring the entire technology chain to derive the most effective solution together.  Come hear these key members of one particular technology chain discuss their collaboration and the resulting evolution of next generation embedded software development methodologies.

Nikkei Electronics article about Imperas new products

Imperas recently announced its new generation of Software Development Tools that utilize Virtual Platforms.

Nikkei Electronics in Japan have written an article in Japanese about this announcement - to read the article please follow this link: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/NEWS/20130822/298823/

 

Verification blogger reviews DAC presentation

At the recent DAC in Jun 2013 in Austin Texas, Vicki Mitchell of Altera presented about the use of Imperas tools to find bugs in Operating Systems and RTOS. Ther is more information here.

Miyashita-san of Fuji Xerox follows developments regarding OVP and Imperas and gives an update in his blog here: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/verification_engineer/68146679.html

 

 

 

Imperas launches multicore software development tools

Peter Clarke      EETimes     May 20th, 2013

LONDON – Imperas Software Ltd., a vendor of virtual prototyping, high-speed instruction-accurate modeling and simulation software, is offering its second generation of multicore software development tools to sit on top of its platforms.

The Imperas product offering is divided into the Developer range of tools and the more fully-featured Multicore Software Development Kit (M*SDK). The software debug is based on so-called ToolMorphing technology in which debug tools and hardware models are merged in the same execution stream and compiled in a just-in-time manner. This produces faster than real-time execution performance improves verification throughput, Imperas claims.

Read more: http://www.eetimes.com/design/eda-design/4414654/Imperas-launches-multic...

Imperas™ Delivers Next Generation Embedded Software Development Suite Based On ToolMorphing™ Technology

Model and Tool Functions Integrated in Simulation Code Stream Provides High-Performance, Extended Capability and Ease-of-Use Benefits

OXFORD, United Kingdom, May 22nd, 2013 – Imperas Software Ltd (www.Imperas.com), a pioneer of advanced embedded software development systems using virtual platforms, today announced the release of its 2nd generation virtual platform development and multicore software design kit product offerings. These new products provide extended development capabilities operating at high performance levels.

The new Developer range and Multicore Software Development Kit products utilize a simulator that leverages a Just-In-Time code morphing mechanism. Imperas’ breakthrough ToolMorphing technology extends this mechanism to generate tool and model code together.

ToolMorphing allows Imperas’ customers to easily build models of their electronic hardware platforms and to integrate existing, industrially proven processor models that include tool and simulation capabilities, adding advanced, unique software development features operating at a high performance level. The entire tool suite is in use at a number of leading customers on real systems.

Europractice Cadence and Imperas Virtual Prototyping Information Day, June 18, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK

The Microelectronics Support Centre at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is holding a free Virtual Prototyping information day with hands-on lab sessions, featuring Cadence VSP, Imperas, and the Xilinx Zynq™ Virtual Platform.  Imperas was recently added to the Europractice vendor list. 

The information day will include technical presentations from Imperas on OVP fast processor models and the Imperas M*SIM simulator, and Cadence on the Virtual System Platform (VSP) tool.  The Cadence virtual platform of the Xilinx Zynq device uses the Imperas OVP model of the dual core ARM Cortex™-A9 with the M*SIM simulator. 
A hands-on Imperas lab will allow attendees to explore the Imperas tools, by building a system using an OVP processor model, and modifying the processor instructions and extending the instruction set. 
This will be followed by a hands-on Cadence VSP lab which will use the Xilinx Zynq Virtual Platform as an example.  The lab will cover running and extending the Xilinx Zynq virtual platform (and this can be extended to any Virtual Platform), and carrying out Hardware and Software co-debug and development using Cadence VSP and the Cadence Incisive tools.

Design Automation Conference, June 2-6, Austin, Texas

If you are heading to the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Austin, Texas, taking place June 2-6, Larry Lapides will be attending.  He would enjoy learning more about your virtual platform and software development requirements, as well as discussing the second generation Imperas products, including the Developer range of products and M*SDK.  Please contact sales@imperas.com to set up a meeting at DAC.

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