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Trango delivers Cortex-A9 secure virtualization IP

Posted: 09 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Hypervisor? embedded processor? virtualization? power management?

Embedded processor virtualization IP specialist Trango Virtual Processors has unveiled at last week's ARM Developers Conference its upgraded secure Hypervisor technology to run on the ARM Cortex-A9 processor. Trango said the multicore extension version should be available in Q2 2008 as it demonstrated an early version of Hypervisor running on the ARM11 MPCore at the Developers Conference.

Trango says the Hypervisor addresses the demand for scalability from single to multicore platforms. Targeting wireless, networking and consumer electronics markets, it offers robust security, design flexibility, performance and power management capabilities to both semiconductor and device manufacturers.

Versions are already shipping for a variety of ARMv5- and ARMv6-based single core implementations.

In the ARM multicore environment, the Trango devices' security and reliability are reflected in features such as OS fallback redundancy, high availability, execution environment isolation and robust protection of critical data and services. The processor also enables easy integration and fast time to market by using a complete Eclipse-based SDK and tools suite, which the company backs with customized engineering and consulting services.

"Our secure virtualization is a key enabler for the adoption of multicore architectures into embedded devices," said Fabrice Devaux, chief technology officer at Trango virtual processors. "With the Trango Hypervisor, it is possible to use a single-core device as a programming platform that functions as a multicore, but does so by using virtual processors. Consequently, the migration to a true multicore device and associated programming model is very straightforward, which drastically shortens time-to-market for our customers," added Devaux.

In the Hypervisor each core is virtualized and has its own hypervisor, so the ARM11 platform can run simultaneously and securely up to 256 virtual processors per core.

Commenting on Trango's plans, John Goodacre, program manager, multiprocessing at ARM, said: "The Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor is our first processor to implement support for enhanced paravirtualization that is coupled with ARM TrustZone security technology and embodied in the recently announced ARMv7 architecture extensions. We are pleased to work closely with embedded virtualization leaders such as Trango."

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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