Hypervisor Development and Deployment- Imperas and SELTECH Collaborate

By CIOReview | Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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OXFORD, UK: Leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual prototyping, Imperas Software Ltd. is collaborating with SELTECH Corporation for the development and deployment of the SELTECH FEXER OX hypervisor. FEXER OX ports with the MIPS M-class M5150 CPU, and runs on both actual hardware and Imperas virtual platforms. Also, being members of the PRPL Foundation Security Working Group, Imperas and SELTECH are collaborating on testing of security in the hypervisor-based software stack.

The FEXER OX hypervisor takes advantage of the hardware virtualization features in the MIPS Warrior CPUs from Imagination Technologies such as the MIPS M-class M5150, to enable a high performance, low overhead virtualized environment for embedded systems. This capability is imperative for systems with significant security and reliability requirements. 

The first product of the collaboration is an Extendable Platform Kit™ (EPK™) using an Imperas Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) virtual platform based on the OVP model of the MIPS M5150, with the FEXER OX hypervisor and Linux and µITRON as guest operating systems. EPKs have been specifically designed to help users accelerate embedded software development, debug and test. Open source is the platform and peripheral model included in the EPKs for the users to easily add new models to the platform as well as modify the existing peripheral models.

“Imperas enables SELTECH to create new value for our customers by reducing time and cost-to-market, while improving their overall system performance,” said Shoi Egawa, CEO of SELTECH Corporation

At a recent event, SELTECH demonstrated the M5150/FEXER OX EPK at the Embedded Technology 2015 Conference and Exhibition, held in November 2015 in the PACIFICO Yokohama conference center. SELTECH also showcased the same demonstration on a hardware board, allowing users to see the capabilities of FEXER OX as well as the complementary nature of hardware development boards and virtual platforms for software development, debug and test. 

 “We are delighted to work with SELTECH because of their deep knowledge of embedded software and strength in the market,” said Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas. “As we continue to build the Imperas ecosystem and our solutions for MIPS CPUs, we expect this partnership to benefit and serve our expanding customer base in Japan and beyond.”