Mentor Graphics Corporation has released Embedded Virtual Prototype Kits (VPKs) in the Mentor Graphics Vista and Sourcery CodeBench Virtual Edition products. The kits enable embedded developers to integrate, execute, validate and optimize software on various platforms. The kits are designed for automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), electronic control unit (ECU) networks, medical and industrial, networking, and military and aerospace product development.
Virtual prototyping allows developers to explore various configuration alternatives and software execution threads without the need for probes and complex board setup. Compared to executing software on physical boards, virtual prototyping with the Vista product introduces unique timing and profiling technologies, with deeper, non-intrusive visibility and control of the entire system, including timing-dependent behavior. The result: deterministic execution and unlimited non-intrusive system-level profiling for efficient hardware and software analysis. In addition, integrated debugging with combined software and hardware view provides more complete system information to developers.
The Vista and Sourcery CodeBench Virtual Edition products now support off-the-shelf, configurable virtual prototypes for the following device families: Altera Arria-V, ARM Versatile Express for Cortex A-9, Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX 6, and Xilinx Zynq.
The Mentor Embedded Vista virtual prototype kits integrated into the Vista and CodeBench Virtual Edition products are available now and can be downloaded from Mentor SupportNet in the Vista or the CodeBench Virtual Edition Product Downloads sections.