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Mentor Graphics releases its Embedded Hypervisor

Munich: Mentor Graphics Corporation recently announced its new Mentor® Embedded Hypervisor product for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and instrumentation. The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor is a small footprint Type 1 hypervisor developed specifically for embedded applications and intelligent connected devices.

With the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor, developers can create high-performance systems that integrate and consolidate applications on multicore processors and make use of the ARM® TrustZone®. Development of new systems can be accelerated by reusing existing proprietary software and protecting intellectual property while incorporating Linux to leverage the open source ecosystem.

With the new Hypervisor product, Automotive OEMs and Tier Ones now have the unique ability to design systems that can combine Linux, AUTOSAR, real time, and bare-metal applications and sub systems. The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor supports the Yocto Project-compatible Mentor Embedded Linux®, the GENIVI-compliant Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology Platform, and will support Android, Mentor Volcano AUTOSAR software, and Nucleus® RTOS. Mentor will continue to track and enable the latest versions of technologies and standards including the Yocto Project and GENIVI.

Mentor Embedded Hypervisor includes support for the ARM TrustZone, for applications requiring hardware-based partitioning of resources such as memory, crypto blocks, and keyboard/screens creating a completely separate secure world operating environment. It features a flexible device model that supports virtualized device access and direct device access for performance-critical applications and provides various mechanisms for inter-guest communications. The framework of Mentor Embedded Hypervisor is extremely flexible, allowing it to run on single-core or multi-core processor architectures supporting asymmetric multi-processing (AMP), symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), or a combination of both. The combination of the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor and latest SoCs from silicon vendors provides an integrated solution to speed development on these emerging hardware platforms.

According to the research team at Mentor Graphics, by using the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor embedded systems, developers can:

  • Reduce test and debug times by consolidating multiple functions on a single multi-core compute platform.
  • Take advantage of symmetric and asymmetric multiprocessing, or combinations of both (AMP/SMP).
  • Build secure, high-performance embedded systems at the highest privilege level in a system.
  • Use the ARM TrustZone secure system architecture and deliver both normal and secure operations, such as secure boot and secure PIN access, within a single embedded application.
  • Partition devices and memory to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive resources

The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product will ship in December 2013.

Source: Mentor Graphics

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