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Virtio makes Linux version of Virtual Platform available

Posted: 21 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:virtio? virtual platform? embedded software development? linux? simulator?

Virtio Corp., the creator of Virtual Platforms for embedded software development, introduced a Linux version of its Virtual Platform technology. The Virtio Virtual Platform is a reconfigurable, functionally accurate simulator of an ic or of an entire circuit board containing multiple ICs.

By porting its Virtual Platform technology to the Linux OS, the company opened the door to closer integration between hardware and software development efforts. "Integration issues are driving the synchronization of hardware and software development down to the RTL level but typically EDA tools run under the Linux OS," said Virtio CTO Filip Thoen. "This introduction marks the first time that functional models are available to the Linux community, allowing software and hardware developers to collaborate and use the same workstations."

Virtio adapted its software by replacing its use of Microsoft ATL and ActiveX with Trolltech's Qt application development framework. This allows the company to release new platforms for both Microsoft Windows- and Linux-based hosts as customers' demands dictate, according to Thoen.

"The models themselves are OS-independent," said Thoen, "so once we develop a platform it will run under both OSes." The Linux version will also allow Virtio to work with EDA providers to more closely integrate Virtual Platform models with hardware design tools.

What are Virtual Platforms?

Virtual Platforms provide a complete behavioral model of processor and peripheral hardware that development teams can use to support early software development and integration. A Virtual Platform replicates the full functionality of a development board or soc design, allowing developers to exercise code without physical hardware.

The Linux-hosted Virtual Platform is immediately available, with prices starting at $3,990 for a single-user license.

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