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The Hardware Vanishing Point: Someday, Will it All be Software? - Electronic Engineering Journal - Kevin Morris

"The disciplines of hardware and software engineering have always been intertwined and symbiotic - like the yin and yang of some bizarre abstract beast. Software cannot exist without hardware to execute it, of course, and most hardware today is designed in the service of software. The vast majority of systems being designed today involve a mix of both elements working together, with software steadily inheriting more and more of the complexity load.

Let’s think about that for a minute..."

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Problems Ahead For EDA - Semiconductor Engineering - Brian Bailey

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.

EDA Startup Panelists

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.

Eschew the Real World - EE Journal - Jim Turley

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..."

Read the full article is available on the EEJournal website here.

 

Imperas Exhibits at the Design Automation Conference 2015

Imperas shows Virtual Platforms for Software Development and Testing across Multiple IP Vendors and Applications

Oxford, United Kingdom - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation, today announced their participation at  the Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2015 and invites attendees to register for a demonstration of Imperas embedded software development, debug and test solutions at the Imperas booth in the exhibition area.  Attendees can also register for the tutorial on embedded Linux being delivered by Imperas. 

DAC is recognized as the premier conference for Electronic Design Automation (EDA), offering outstanding training, education, exhibits and networking opportunities for designers, researchers, tool developers and vendors. DAC attracts a worldwide community of more than 1,000 organizations, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, software development engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives, and academicians.

When: June 7-11, 2015.

Where: Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA.

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Imperas at the Imagination Summit Silicon Valley May 2015

Learn More about Imperas MIPS CPU Virtual Platforms for Software Development and Testing

Oxford, United Kingdom - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation, today announced their participation at the Imagination Summit Silicon Valley 2015 and invites attendees to meet for a demonstration of Imperas™ virtual platform based software development, debug and verification tools.

Imagination Summit Silicon Valley - "Securing the Future" - is a day-long series of presentations, demonstrations and detailed technical sessions with top executives and experts from Imagination Technologies and their partners. Attendees can explore the ultra-low power architectures in Imagination's SoC processor IP cores and discover security solutions for IoT and other markets.

Imagination will feature their new generation of MIPS Warrior CPUs, which are already supported by Imperas Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) models.  Imperas also supports MIPS-based SoC software development through its Extendable Platform Kits (EPKs), which help users to get a quick start with virtual platform methodology, and with tools for software debug, analysis and verification.  Imperas will have demos of the full line of MIPS models, as well as the EPKs and the Imperas embedded software tools. 

Recore Systems Selects Imperas for Virtual Platform Based Software Development Tools

Imperas Extendable Platform Kit Accelerates Development for Recore Many-Core Hardware and Software Program

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2 April 2015 - Imperas Software Ltd. (www.imperas.com), the leader in high-performance software simulation, announced that Recore Systems has selected Imperas for virtual platform based software development tools.  Recore is building a new many core hardware platform for various applications, including embedded vision.  Recore was able to get started quickly by using an Extendable Platform Kit™ (EPK™) from Imperas. 

The FlexaWare platform (www.flexaware.net), new from Recore Systems, is a many-core embedded system with three closely connected components: many-core hardware, a runtime (many-core) OS, and a software development environment. As the platform is built from the ground up, it is imperative to test important design concepts immediately in a simulation environment, to confirm that they function as expected.

Since time to market is crucial, Recore Systems searched for a simulation framework that could support design space exploration as well as software development and test.  Recore selected Imperas because of the nature of the components already on offer in the Imperas EPKs.

Security, MIPS VZ instructions and virtual platforms

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...

To read the blog, please visit the Imagination Blog Site.

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Imperas is founding member of prpl Foundation's Security Working Group

Founding members of the Security PEG include Broadcom, CUPP Computing, Elliptic Technologies, Ikanos, Imagination Technologies, Imperas Software, Ingenic, Kernkonzept, Lantiq (recently acquired by Intel), Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., Seltech, and others.

In March 2015, the prpl Foundation, an open-source non-profit foundation focused on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures, today announced the formal organization of its Security PEG (prpl Engineering Group). The formation of the Security PEG follows months of intensive planning by a subset of prpl members dedicated to defining an open security framework for deploying secured and authenticated virtualized services in the IoT and related emerging markets.

The new Security PEG will define a security roadmap to get from today’s software-virtualized solutions to full hardware supported virtualization, enabling multi-domain security across processors (CPUs, GPUs, NPUs), heterogeneous SoCs and systems built on these technologies including connected devices, routers and hubs. In addition, the Security PEG will define necessary open APIs (application programming interfaces) for various levels of the security stack.

Imperas release of Imagination Technologies MIPS Warrior IP core models - Embedded Computing Design - Rich Nass

Comments on Imperas Software, Green Hills Software announcments about how their support with models and tools boost Imagaination's MIPS architecture and move its ecosystem forward.

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