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New virtual platform supports MIPS32 34K

Posted: 10 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Virtio? MIPS32?

Virtio Corp. recently announced its latest product offering to support the newly introduced multi-threading MIPS32 34K core family. According to the press release, the VPMM-SC Virtual Platform provides fast system simulation of the MIPS32 34K core-based MALTA development board.

The VPMM-SC Virtual Platform uses a combination of C-code, graphical modeling and transaction-based modeling to replicate the full functionality of MIPS Technologies' MALTA development board in a PC-based simulation, the company said. It supports the MIPS32 4KE, 24K and 34K core family members and offers a choice of instruction-accurate and cycle-accurate CPU models. It also supports standard OSes such as Linux and can execute binary code files that target the MALTA board.

In addition, the VPMM-SC Virtual Platform gives software developers a jumpstart in creating and debugging both system and applications code for the MIPS32 4KE, 24K and 34K-based MALTA board, but its utility continues even when hardware becomes available. The platform provides developers with insight into the internal operations of processor cores and peripheral hardware in ways that hardware-oriented debugging tools cannot, said the company.

Virtio CTO Filip Thoen said that the VPMM-SC Virtual Platform allows software developers to quickly reconfigure the MIPS32 34K cores in a variety of different multi-threading configurations and evaluate their system impact by providing detailed internal core statistics. "Software developers can also familiarize themselves with the new multi-threading development and debugging paradigm by the advanced visibility and control offered by a Virtual Platform," Thoen said.

Pricing for the VPMM-SC Virtual Platform starts at $1,990 and is immediately available. The VPMM-SC Platform Development Kit is also available for users who need to modify the Virtual Platform priced at $9,990.

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