Imperas and Industry Articles

Mars, methodologies, and mastery of embedded development

 

In the recent edition of Military Embedded Systems, Larry Lapides of Imperas, gives insights into work at JPL in the 70s and was there when the Viking landed on Mars. He writes about semiconductors, design teams, software releases, and simulation... and of course safety, securityand extra-functional features...

Viking Lander

Shot of the Viking Lander. Courtesy NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive.

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Virtual platform for RISC-V: Zero to Linux in 5 seconds or less

 

Imperas Software, Ltd. formed part of the growing ecosystem of support for RISC-V, together with six other members, at the RISC-V Foundation booth at embedded world in Nuremberg, February- March 2018. Imperas featured a demo of the RISC-V virtual platform, showcasing both FreeRTOS and Linux booting.

Imperas at 7th RISC-V workshop

Imperas presented two papers and took part in the exhibition. To read the article by Kevin McDermott in Embedded Computing Design, click here.

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Inflection point for RISC-V. The 7th RISC-V workshop in Silicon Valley

Embedded Computing Design

Inflection point for RISC-V: The 7th RISC-V workshop in Silicon Valley

Imperas participated in the 7th RISC-V workshop in Milpitas, California, with a talk and demonstrations. 

Imperas at 7th RISC-V workshop

Each workshop has a different feel to it, and this one seems to be the inflection point in RISC-V maturity. Whereas past workshops felt a bit like a revival tent meeting, with most everyone caught up in the religion of RISC-V, at this workshop there was also a strong...

To read the article in Embedded Computing Design, click here.

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Accelerating OS Bring-up And Software Debug across the Spectrum of Electronics Systems

Embedded Systems Engineering EECatalog

As software complexity is increasing exponentially, companies must adopt better ways to address problems, as eventually the existing methods will no longer be sufficient. And, one serious failure changes everything for your business and your career. One lesson to be learned from SoC design and verification:  A structured methodology makes execution predictable and reduces risk, benefits that argue for a more formalized approach within the embedded software development domain.

In the October issue of Embedded Systems Engineering, Imperas CEO, Simon Davidmann discusses the issues in porting operating systems to new SoC and hardware platforms and uses the case study of porting Linux to an Altera platform.

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Simon Davidmann: A re-energized Imperas Tutorial at DAC 2017

Peggy Aycinena (freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at www.aycinena.cominterviewed Simon Davidmann (Imperas CEO) on EDACafe about the recent Imperas Tutorial at DAC 2017 on Virtual Platform Based Linux Bring Up Methodology. Peggy Aycinena.

The discussion was wide-ranging and they also covered IP, operating systems, embedded / hardware-dependent software, and more.

To read the interview on EDACafe, please visit: Link to EDACafe.

For slides from the DAC tutorial, see: http://www.imperas.com/tutorial-from-dac-2017-virtual-platform-based-linux-bring-up-methodology

Five Minutes With... - Embedded Computing Design - Larry Lapides

Five Minutes With… Larry Lapides, vice president, Imperas

The best CPU architecture in the world won’t do you much good if the ecosystem falls flat.

RISC-V, the new kid on the block when it comes to instruction-set architectures (ISAs), is up against that stumbling block right now - it needs tools to not just survive, but to thrive.

In this week's Five Minutes with…discussion, Rich Nass of Embedded Computing Design and Larry Lapides, VP of Imperas talked about the present and future of the RISC-V ecosystem  ... click here to read more and listen to the audio interview.

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Bulls, Bears and Bunnies: The 6th RISC-V Workshop in Shanghai

embedded computing design

The 6th RISC-V Workshop was held May 8-11 in Shanghai.   RISC-V is, of course, the open-source processor architecture invented and introduced by the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. The previous workshop, held last November in Silicon Valley, attracted around 350 participants; this workshop about the same.

The opening statement of the Imperas presentation at the workshop was "The size of the RISC-V market share will depend more on the software ecosystem than on specifics of RISC-V implementations."  The meat of the presentation focused on modern embedded software development methodology, specifically on Continuous Integration Continuous Test (CI / CT) subset of the Agile methodology.

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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.

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Silicon Without Software is Just Sand - EE Journal - Amelia Dalton

Embedded Software Development with Virtual Platforms

Shifting Left with Imperas

No one builds a chip without simulation, right? In this week’s Fish Fry, Amelia Dalton of Electronic Engineering Journal takes a closer look at the value of virtual prototypes to simulate embedded software. Simon Davidmann (CEO - Imperas) and Amelia chat about about why Simon thinks no one should design embedded software without simulation, and the benefits of using virtual platforms to develop a verification and test environment.

 

Follow the link to listen to the interview / Fish Fry....

[Amelia's Fish Fry's are one-on-one audio interviews  / podcasts with industry experts / executives about topical issues and technologies.]

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Automating System Design

The impact of the chip’s changing role in the system is becoming clearer.

Ann Steffora Mutschler of Semiconductor Engineering has written an interesting article on System Level design and its automation.

There are comments from Wally Rhines (chairman & CEO of Mentor), Simon Davidmann (president & CEO Imperas), Nandan Nayampally (VP marketing ARM), Nimish Modi (snr VP Cadence) and John Koeter (VP Synopsys).

Change is underway in the chip design world, creating opportunities and challenges that reach far beyond questions about whether Moore’s Law is slowing or stopping.

Never before in the history of semiconductors has design been so complex and sophisticated, and never has it touched so many lives in so many interesting ways. This is...

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