|[May 06, 2014]
Imperas Announces ARMv8 ISS and ARMv8 Platform Roadmap
OXFORD, United Kingdom --(Business Wire)--
Imperas Software Ltd. (www.imperas.com),
the leader in high-performance software simulation and processor core
models, has released an Instruction Set Simulator (ISS) for the ARMv8-A
architecture. In addition, Imperas announced its roadmap for products
and virtual platforms supporting the ARMv8 family, including having a
two Extendable Platform Kits™ (EPKs™) available by the end of Q2.
The ARMv8-A architecture currently has two core families, Cortex™-A53
and Cortex-A57. The ARMv8-A architecture is ARM's (News - Alert) first 64-bit processor
architecture, with initial licensees being primarily in the mobile and
server market segments. With a new architecture, new cores and, in the
server space, new applications for ARM® cores, testing of the software
becomes increasingly important. With test suites typically consisting of
hundreds or even thousands of tests, each of over 10 billion
instructions, simulation speed is critical for robust and comprehensive
testing of the software.
The Imperas simulation solutions together with the Imperas ARMv8 ISS and
upcoming Imperas ARMv8 processor models provide the highest simulation
performance available in the market.
The Imperas ARMv8 ISS enables the development, debug and test of
applications and firmware running directly on the ARMv8 cores. The
Imperas ARMv8 ISS includes a sparse memory model allowing the full
memory space to be simulated. Software debug is facilitated by an
interface to GDB and the Eclipse IDE. Current Imperas user will be able
to add support for the Imperas ARMv8 ISS at no charge.
The Imperas roadmap includes the release of the EPKs for the Cortex-A53
and Cortex-A57 by the end of Q2.
The Extendable Platform Kits (EPKs) are virtual platforms with all
models, except for the processor core models, released as source code
from the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) website. This enables users to add
to and to customize the virtual platform in the EPK to meet their needs,
including choosing how many of the Cortex-A53/A57MPCores to implement.
EPKs are available with both OVP (C language) and SystemC (C++)
interfaces. EPKs typically have some operating system or software
running on the EPK. For the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57, Linaro Linux,
including Linaro SMP Linux for the MPCore™ platforms, will be running on
the EPKs. Additional EPKs will include not only the homogeneous
Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 models, but also microcontrollers such as the
Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4 in conjunction with the Imperas ARMv8 models.
The EPK releases will be supported by the full range of Imperas
products, including QuantumLeap™, the Imperas parallel simulation
accelerator. QuantumLeap enables the Imperas simulators to take
advantage of multiple x86 cores in the host PC to accelerate simulation
performance, increasing the performance advantage of Imperas over other
simulation solutions by an additional 2-3x on a quad core host.
"Software quality is directly proportional to simulation speed," noted
Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas. "With our 15x performance advantage
with the Imperas ARMv8 ISS, and even more with future releases and
QuantumLeap, software test suites can be run over an extended lunch
rather than taking all week. This is a significant advantage for the
industry leaders building advanced systems utilizing ARMv8 processor
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.
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