PARIS The Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) initiative has released new models of MIPS Technologies processor cores and continues its move to becoming the de facto source of fast models.
The MIPS 74K and 1004K processors are the most advanced cores from MIPS, with the 1004K being a multi-core, multi-threaded processor, with up to four cores and two threads per core.
MIPS has verified the functionality of these models under the MIPS-Verified program. These models work with the OVP simulator, OVPsim, where they have shown exceptionally fast performance of hundreds of millions of instructions per second.
Embedded software complexity is increasing rapidly, especially with multicore and multi-threaded processors like the MIPS 1004K being utilized for embedded systems.
This complexity, and associated problems with software schedules and bugs, drives users to start development earlier in the project. Early simulation of software with OVP technology provides benefits of both increased productivity and increased quality.
All OVP processor models are instruction accurate, and very fast, focused on enabling embedded software developers, especially those building hardware-dependent software such as firmware and bare metal applications, the tools they need for a more robust development environment.
Virtual platforms utilizing these OVP processor models can be created with the OVP peripheral and platform models, or the processor models can be integrated into SystemC/TLM-2.0 based virtual platforms using the TLM-2.0 interface available with all OVP processor models.
“Bringing simulation to software development is a natural step to an earlier start to software development, and better debugging and analysis of multicore software.
Bringing low cost simulation tools and free, fast models of state of the art processors such as the MIPS 74K and 1004K is why we founded Open Virtual Platforms,” said Simon Davidmann, president and CEO, Imperas and founding director of the OVP initiative.
“OVP now has the full range of MIPS32Ň cores available as fast models. OVP is rapidly becoming the de facto place to source fast models.”
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