|[October 22, 2013]
Altera® Nios®II Processor Model Delivered By Imperas
SAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Imperas Software Ltd. (www.imperas.com),
founder of the Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) consortium, today
announced the availability of the Altera (News - Alert) Nios II embedded processor OVP
model. Jointly developed by Imperas and Altera, this open source model
will enable a high-performance development environment for Nios II
The OVP Fast Processor (News - Alert) Model of the Nios II may be configured at
start-up to match the intended behavior of the actual FPGA component,
but will execute significantly faster than real-time. This allows
embedded software to be tested more rigorously and earlier in the design
process, accelerating complex software development cycles.
"Imperas led formation of the Open Virtual Platforms consortium to
improve the embedded software development experience," said Simon
Davidmann, CEO of Imperas. "With Altera, we have taken an important step
today by providing designers with a high-performance model of the Altera
Nios II processor, executing many times faster than other development
offerings to enable the most comprehensive software verification
The model and underlying simulator includes a comprehensive application
program interface (API) that extends visibility into the processor
behavior. This allows the designer to run embedded software, either from
Altera or their own code, and leverage advaned analysis and debug
operations, including operating system awareness.
"Engineers are seeking rapid development methods that also provide
immediate feedback on configuration or customization," said Premal Buch,
vice president, Software Engineering, Altera. "The Altera Nios II device
has been the most widely used FPGA-based processor for many years, and
this OVP model will help customers expand their design options."
The complexity of system modeling in multi-core and multi-processor
environments is driving the need for advanced virtual platform
development and verification environments. Verification technologies
that operate at a range of abstractions, including CPU- and OS-Aware (News - Alert)
levels, and that can provide customizable operations that work
intimately with the design, are required. The performance of these
systems will become more critical as the volume of tests required
The new model of Altera's Nios II processor will be showcased in the
Imperas booth, number 520, at ARM (News - Alert) TechCon, October 29-31, 2013.
The Altera Nios-II OVP processor model is available now, and may be
downloaded from the OVP website: www.OVPworld.org/Nios_II.
About Imperas and OVP
Imperas Software was founded in 2008 to develop and deliver embedded
software development systems. The company's comprehensive product line
enables the rapid creation of high-performance virtual platforms and the
efficient development of embedded software utilizing those platforms.
Imperas' technology allows for software engineering schedules to be
significantly reduced while improving the quality of products relying on
embedded systems. In 2008 Imperas founded the Open Virtual Platforms
(OVP) consortium to improve the availability of open model libraries and
virtual platform infrastructure. Leading communications, automotive,
consumer electronics and embedded processor companies rely on Imperas
for the development of their electronic products. The company's
corporate headquarters is located near Oxford, UK and it maintains
support and sales organizations in Silicon Valley, California and Tokyo,
Japan. For more information about Imperas, please go to www.imperas.com.
Imperas, Open Virtual Platforms, OVP, OVPsim, M*SDK, C*DEV, S*DEV,
M*DEV, ToolMorphing and SlipStreamer are trademarks of Imperas Software
Limited. Altera, Hardcopy and Nios words and logos are trademarks of
Altera Corporation and registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office and in other countries. Imperas acknowledge trademarks or
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products and services.
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