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Fast Processor Models of Latest Arm Cores Released by Imperas and Open Virtual Platforms (OVP)

Arm Cortex-A32, Cortex-A35, Cortex-A55, Cortex-A73, Cortex-A75 Models Available from Imperas and OVP to Accelerate Embedded Software Development

Oxford, United Kingdom, October 24th, 2017 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, announces the availability of models and virtual platforms for the Arm Cortex-A32, Cortex-A35, Cortex-A55, Cortex-A73, Cortex-A75 processors, including ARMv8.1 and ARMv8.2 support.

This extends the Imperas Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) processor model library to over 180 models across a spectrum of IP vendors.  Over 50 Arm cores are supported, including Cortex- A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M families.

The comprehensive Imperas virtual platform environment for embedded software development, debug and verification for Arm cores includes Fast Processor Models and Extendable Platform Kits™ (EPKs™), with high-performance simulation, software debug, verification, analysis, and profiling (VAP) tools, and OS (Linux) booting on the virtual platforms.

EPKs are virtual platforms (simulation models) of the target devices, including processor and peripheral models sufficient to boot an operating system. EPKs for bare metal and booting Linux are available for the new Arm models. EPK platforms are open source, so users can easily extend and customize the functionality, add new models, and modify existing models.

The Fast Processor Models for Arm cores work with Imperas and OVP simulators, delivering exceptional performance of hundreds of millions of instructions per second.
These models support Arm DynamiQ architectures (heterogeneous within ARM Cortex-A, and the successor of the Arm big.LITTLE architecture).

"With these new models of Arm processors, and our advanced virtual platform based software development solutions, users can accelerate embedded software debug, verification, analysis, profiling, and test for the latest SoCs and Arm based systems," said Simon Davidmann, president and CEO of Imperas. 

The Imperas advanced software development solutions for multicore software development, verification, analysis, profiling and debug support the Arm models. Solutions span analytical tools for hardware-dependent software development, with OS- and CPU-aware debug, tracing, profiling, code coverage, memory analysis, and innovative 3-dimensional (temporal, spatial and abstraction) debug capabilities.

The models of the Arm processors, together with other OVP models, the OVP APIs and the OVPsim simulator, enable the building and customization of virtual platforms for custom SoC subsystems, full SoCs, and larger systems. These virtual platforms enable pre-silicon software development, accelerating software schedules, and enable more comprehensive testing, resulting in higher quality software.

For the latest list of Arm processor support, please see

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