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29 May 2013

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Embedded software company Imperas Software Ltd. has released the second generation of its virtual platform development and multi-core software design kit products.

The new Developer range and Multicore Software Development Kit (M*SDK) products utilise a simulator that leverages a Just-In-Time code morphing mechanism. Imperas' breakthrough ToolMorphing technology extends this mechanism to generate tool and model code together.

ToolMorphing allows Imperas' customers to easily build models of their electronic hardware platforms and to integrate existing, industrially proven processor models that include tool and simulation capabilities, adding advanced, unique software development features operating at a high performance level. The entire tool suite is in use at a number of leading customers on real systems.

Developer Product Range

The Developer range is focused on building virtual platform models of new or existing hardware platforms and includes a simulator to enable embedded software development to take place often before hardware is available.

 Imperas Developer

Figure 1: Imperas Developer product flow.


  • iGen model generator, which uses TCL as input and outputs C, C++, and SystemC TLM2.0 components.
  • Imperas Model library of 100+ CPU model variants. The Model library also includes many example and reference platforms such as the ARM Integrator, ARM Versatile Express, and MIPS Malta. The library also includes 80+ peripheral components.
  • The Imperas simulator, which executes the platform, peripheral, and CPU models, and allows compiled binaries of bare metal embedded software, embedded operating systems and applications to execute un-modified on virtual platforms, in turn running on desktop PCs.

The Developer range includes 3 products: C*DEV, S*DEV, M*DEV, focusing on Controller, Standard, and Multicore embedded software development.


The Multicore Software Design Kit product includes all the capabilities of the Developer product, a powerful suite of verification, analysis and profiling (VAP) capabilities, as well as 3Debug, which is an advanced multi-core debugger that operates across the spatial, temporal and abstraction domains.

M*SDK also features Code Coverage, Memory & Cache Analysis, Execution Profiling, Instruction & Function Tracing, Fault Injection, Protocol Verification, Exception & Interrupt Analysis, OS Task Tracing, OS Scheduler Analysis, Memory Protection Verification and Shared Resource Introspection.

 Imperas M*SDK

Figure 2: Imperas M*SDK architecture.

The system is multi-core ready and also provides CPU- and OS-aware operation. The entire system can be customised easily with APIs that allow supported data structure access. This has been utilised to provide a range of specialised checkers and control signalling, as well as complete integration into other environments.

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