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Imperas from Today to Tomorrow with Intent

The challenge yesterday, today and tomorrow in technology is for people to move more towards the software and away from a strictly hardware-centric point of view

Peggy Aycinena is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at www.aycinena.com. She can be reached at peggy at aycinena dot com. In December Peggy interviewed Simon Davidmann, Imperas CEO, on his views for an article on EDACafe.

Simon Davidmann and the Imperas team are based near Oxford in the UK. Nonetheless, Davidmann is a regular at Silicon Valley events throughout the year.

I spoke with Davidmann during one of his recent visits to Northern California. Per usual, the conversation was unscripted and informative; I asked for an update on Imperas, and Davidmann started at 35,000 feet.

“Let’s start with a bigger picture than just the..."

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Software and Memory Footprint Challenge Traditional EDA

Software running close to the silicon hardware still presents many challenges for designs in terms of memory footprint optimization and security vulnerability

John Blyler, Editorial Director, of JB Systems wrote an interesting article on the challenges of embedded software.

Many former semiconductor chip tool vendors no longer frequent board-level embedded software shows. Instead, these companies are returning to conferences where the software lies closer to the silicon hardware. These companies – often in the simulation space – have found they have more in common with the chip industry than the embedded systems market and are returning to shows like ARM Techcon, Renesas Devcon and the like.

It’s no secret that the EDA tool vendors and semiconductor chip companies can no longer ship just the bare metal platform. They must include...

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eSOL TRINITY Signed by Imperas as Technical Partner and Distributor for Japan

eSOL TRINITY to Provide Technical Support and Distribute the Imperas Products to Automotive Customers

OXFORD, United Kingdom and TOKYO, Japan, November 18, 2015 -- Imperas Software Ltd., leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual prototyping, and eSOL TRINITY Co., Ltd. (TRINITY), a premier solutions provider for the design and development of embedded software, today announced that they have agreed TRINITY becomes a new technical partner and distributor for Japan. TRINITY will provide pre- and post-sales technical support, consulting, training, delivery and implementation for the complete portfolio of Imperas virtual prototyping solutions.  TRINITY is a wholly owned subsidiary of eSOL Co., Ltd., the leading provider of real-time embedded software solutions.

Imperas and SELTECH Collaborate on Hypervisor Development and Deployment

Imperas Partners with SELTECH, Provider of Hypervisor and Other Embedded Software Solutions

Oxford, United Kingdom, November 9, 2015 -- Imperas Software Ltd., leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual prototyping, today announced a collaboration with SELTECH Corporation for the development and deployment of the SELTECH FEXER OX hypervisor.  FEXER OX has been ported to the MIPS M-class M5150 CPU, and runs on both actual hardware and Imperas virtual platforms.  Imperas and SELTECH are also working together on tools in the Imperas M*SDK product for the bring up of guest operating systems and bare metal applications. In addition, as members of the prpl Foundation Security Working Group, Imperas and SELTECH are collaborating on testing of security in the hypervisor-based software stack.

The FEXER OX hypervisor takes advantage of the hardware virtualization features in the MIPS Warrior CPUs from Imagination Technologies such as the MIPS M-class M5150, to enable a high performance, low overhead virtualized environment for embedded systems.  This capability is key for systems with significant security and reliability requirements. 

Simon Davidmann: EDAC must evolve on multiple fronts

EDAC must become an industry organization that looks after all of the companies within the circle of technologies involved in electronic product design

Peggy Aycinena is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at www.aycinena.com. She can be reached at peggy at aycinena dot com. In October Peggy interviewed Simon on his views for an article on EDACafe.

Simon Davidmann, Imperas CEO, has been thinking about the EDA industry for a while, and the consortium that represents it. And like a lot of observers, he thinks change is in the air. In previous blogs, I myself have predicted that EDAC will evolve to offer better representation to IP providers, but Davidmann believes changes in the consortium will be even more dramatic.

“When EDAC was started,” Davidmann said in a recent phone call, “it was about CAD tools. But design automation has evolved from schematic layout and simulation to a point where everything is focused on really big designs. Yes, IP is a"...

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An industry-university development tools collaboration

Development tools are important in all stages of the embedded design process, and research is no exception.

Monique Devoe, Managing Editor of Embedded Computing Design has been following Imperas and sees how important interaction between industry and academia is when it comes to access to leading edge tools.

Limited budgets can create extra challenges for universities, and the lack of inexpensive, but high-quality tools is a challenge faced by many researchers, including Dr. Luciano Ost, University of Leicester Lecturer, Embedded Systems and Communications Research Group.

"The lack of electronic design automation (EDA) tools combining model flexibility, and fast and accurate evaluation of performance, power, and reliability is one of the

Imperas to Demonstrate Renesas Device Virtual Platforms at Renesas DevCon 2015

Embedded Software Development, Debug and Test Solutions to be Shown

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 22, 2015 -- 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, such as the RCar family and the recently announced Synergy family.

prpl is Pragmatic for Security

Within the prpl Foundation Security Working Group, Imperas is providing solutions for embedded hypervisor/OS developers.

Simon Davidmann, Imperas CEO wrote a guest blog for RTC Magazine. RTC Magazine focusses on Embedded Computing and includes information for both hardware and software developers of embedded systems.

The article is about the security of embedded systems and what the prpl Foundation is doing about it, and what its Security Working Group is focussed on.

Most of the public discussion about security presents various aspects of the problems, or a high level view of risks/solutions, or an individual company’s solution to their slice of the problem. The prpl Foundation’s Security Working Group is taking a pragmatic, cross-functional approach to security in embedded devices and systems.

What do I mean by pragmatic and cross-functional? Let’s start by looking at the two primary...

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