Imperas and Industry Articles

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

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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Take Five with Warren, Video interview of Simon Davidmann, Imperas

In a recent visit to SIlicon Valley, Simon Davidmann, President and CEO of Imperas, visits the studio to chat with Warren. Simon shares his passion for improving productivity in design and verification, solving problems that engineers care about, and more

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Five Questions: Simon Davidmann - Semiconductor Engineering - Ann Steffora Mutschler

Imperas’ CEO discusses challenges with software development and how things need to change.

Ann Steffora Mutschler sat down with Simon Davidmann, Imperas CEO, and discussed what software engineers want, software development challenges, software reuse, and software quality

The discussion was around five questions:

  • What do software engineers want today?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges that software engineers face today?
  • What about the notion of software reuse?
  • How can software be developed with a higher level of confidence that it is of higher quality?
  • What is the measurement of quality in software?

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Design and Verification Need a Closer Relationship - Chip Design Magazine - Gabe Moretti

In this article, Gabe Moretti is challenging us to move Design and Verification closer. Design and Verification are often mentioned in the same sentence but too often they remain disciplines kept apart from each other. The article talks about EDA but brings in the complexity of modern systems including so much software.

There are interesting views from Synopsys and Oski Technology, and Larry Lapides from Imperas discusses the challenge and outlines observations on how developing embedded software will change.

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Five Minutes With... - Embedded Computing Design - Rich Nass

Five Minutes With… Simon Davidmann, CEO/Founder, Imperas

Simon Davidmann, Founder and CEO of Imperas is a self-described "serial engineer." A what? Well, listen to the five-minute interview and you'll understand what that means.

As a long-time veteran of the EDA industry, Simon and Rich talked about ... click here to read more and listen to the audio interview.

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Virtual Platforms and You - EE Journal - Amelia Dalton

Embedded Software Development with Virtual Platforms

Rome was certainly not built in a day and neither was your next embedded software project. In this week’s Fish Fry, Amelia Dalton of Electronic Engineering Journal takes a closer look at virtual platform-based methodology for embedded software development with Simon Davidmann (CEO - Imperas). Simon and Amelia discuss the advantages of the Open Virtual Platform Consortium. and how virtual platforms can speed up your design process.

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[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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What Is A System Now? - Semiconductor Engineering - Ann Steffora Mutschler

In a recent article in Semiconductor Engineering, Ann Steffora Mutschler states that as designs become part of connected networks, so do the requirements for what’s needed to make it work properly.

Defining a system used to be relatively straightforward. But as systems move onto chips, and as those chips increasingly are connected with applications and security spanning multiple devices, the definition is changing.

This increases the complexity of the design process itself, and it raises questions about how chips and software will be designed and defined in the age of the Internet of Things/Everything. For example, will engineers be developing software-defined hardware, network-defined software and hardware, or application-driven connected systems?

Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas, asserts that the classical definition of an electronic ‘system’ still stands—a product composed of both hardware and software components. “But what constitutes a typical ‘system’ has evolved considerably, especially software content, so the technologies and methodologies that are used to develop, debug and test the system become critically important.”

OS bring up using virtual platforms - Imagination Blogs - Larry Lapides

Larry Lapides of Imperas recently posted a guest blog at the Imagination MIPS processor blog site. it discusses topics related to Operating System bring up and how virtual platform and advanced tools can provide signiificant benefits.

Linux has become the general purpose operating system of choice for embedded systems, and is almost always supported for high end SoCs developed by semiconductor vendors.  These SoCs now have multicore processors, and run symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) Linux. Most vendors start with the MIPS Linux distribution, then customize it for the specific SoC (requiring device tree changes), including the necessary drivers for the peripherals on the SoC as well as supporting other customizations and unique features. While the MIPS Linux distribution is a great starting point, that does not make customization and bring up an easy task.

To put it another way:  Just because you get to the Linux prompt doesn’t mean everything is working.

Just where do virtual platforms fit in this?

Instruction accurate virtual platforms, which are ...

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