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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.

Imperas Expands University Partners Program

Imperas Provides Free Access to Open Virtual Platforms Models and Imperas Software Development, Debug and Test Tools

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 27, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., today announced the expansion of the Imperas University Program, with 34 universities now participating.  The worldwide Imperas University Program was created to inspire and support the next generation of technologists and innovators. It grants academic and research institutions access to the tools and technology needed to address difficult challenges across embedded software and systems, from development and test, to quality and standards compliance, to security and IoT, to system architecture and optimization. Through this program, Imperas software reaches thousands of students and professors worldwide every year.

The Imperas University Program encourages participation in the embedded systems community in three ways:  use on research projects, use in the classroom, and sharing of virtual platform models through the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) Library. 

Universities currently using Imperas and OVP tools and models for coursework and research include:

Europe via Europractice

Imperas Virtual Platform Based Software Tools at ARM TechCon 2016

Paper on Power Analysis, Demonstrations of ARMv8 Systems including multi-cluster big.LITTLE booting SMP Linux

At ARM TechCon in Santa Clara in October 2016, Imperas is presenting a paper and providing several advanced solution demonstrations.

For more information, please read the press information at the link here.

Or you could watch the teaser video here.

See you at ARM TechCon next month...

Lee Moore of Imperas Receives RAeC Award from HRH Prince Andrew for New Aviation Traffic Awareness Technology

Affordable PilotAware product is an ARM/Linux based real-time embedded system with smartphone iOS/Android application that helps pilots avoid accidents and save lives

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 20, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation, is proud to announce that Imperas’ own Lee Moore has received an Royal Aero Club (RAeC) award from His Royal Highness Prince Andrew at the Club’s annual Awards Evening held at the Royal Air Force Club in London’s Piccadilly.

HRH Prince Andrew presenting RAeC Award to Lee Moore

HRH Prince Andrew presenting the RAeC award to Imperas' Lee Moore

The RAeC Awards are the highest recognition for achievement in sporting and recreational flying in the UK and date back over 100 years; many of the greatest names in the UK’s aviation heritage have been recipients of the certificates, cups and trophies that the Club presents.

Imperas Announces Coontec as Distributor in Korea

Coontec to Provide Technical Support and Distribution to Embedded Systems Customers in Korea

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 20, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., today announced a new partnership with Coontec Co., Ltd., a Korea-based provider of embedded software solutions. This distribution and support partnership combines technology-leading Imperas high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms with the power of Coontec’s expertise on embedded systems for the automotive, IoT and mil-aero markets, to further drive the adoption of virtual platforms in Korea.

"Embedded software time to market, quality and security issues have emerged as key business drivers," said Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas. "We are excited about partnering with Coontec to extend our reach in the Korean market to help every embedded software-enabled organization create embedded software better, faster, and with less risk."

“We have seen that virtual platform based methodology can accelerate IoT product development,” said Han Jin Cho, executive director of ETRI Korea.  “Imperas OVP models combined with the Imperas embedded software tools, supported by Coontec’s experienced staff, is a great solution for the Korean market.” 

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