Boston, Mass. – At the ESC Fall show, Express Logic, Inc., and Virtutech, Inc., announced the availability of Express Logic's ThreadX RTOS on a simulated development platform created by Virtutech's Simics.
According to William E. Lamie, president of Express Logic, using Virtutech's full-system simulator, the company was able to provide engineers and developers interested in developing for the ThreadX RTOS with the necessary architecture to create applications for the Renesas Technology SH-4A, a high-end CPU core, before the physical hardware is available.
Simics is a high-performance full-system simulator that enables engineers to develop, debug, test and run their entire software application stack on a virtual representation of their target hardware.
According to Michel Genard, vice president of marketing at Virtutech, the Virtual Software Development (VSD) platform improves the entire product development lifecycle, shortening time-to-market and time-to-profit and accelerating market introduction and customer adoption. Simics runs unmodified production-quality binaries and can be used with third-party software development tools.
Lamie said Express Logic chose Simics to help developers create applications for use in mixed OS environments, because often, development boards for new processors are not widely available, yet developers must still meet a tight schedule.
“Simics solves that problem by allowing developers to start their work well in advance of target hardware availability. SIMICS on SH-4A with ThreadX is enabling a new set of models for Virtutech and further validates the market for VSD platforms.”
To learn more, go to www.expresslogic.com.