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Virtutech for Simics Hybrid Selected as 2009 DesignVision Award Finalist
Virtutech, Inc. the leading provider of virtualized system development (VSD) solutions, today announced that its breakthrough hybrid simulation capability, which leverages its proven Simics® simulator platform, has been named a finalist in the System Modeling and Simulation Tools category of this year’s International Engineering Consortium (IEC) DesignVision Awards. The finalists were selected by the DesignCon 2009 Technical Program Committee, consisting of industry experts in the semiconductor and electronic design engineering community.

“The IEC is pleased to name Virtutech’s hybrid simulation as one of the most beneficial contributions to the electronic design industry with a 2009 DesignVision Finalist designation,” declared IEC President John Janowiak. “We encourage industry professionals to learn more about this impressive design solution at this year’s DesignCon 2009 exhibition and experience firsthand how to better deliver measurable results.”

The Virtutech hybrid simulation approach enables engineers to analyze, debug, profile and execute their applications in a fast, TLM-based, functionally accurate model and then switch to the cycle-accurate model when they want to perform precise performance analysis on critical sections of their application. In addition, by incorporating the golden model from a semiconductor vendor such as Freescale Semiconductor, developers have the benefit of using an accurate timing model provided by the source of the SoC instead of a solution that may be a less valid one developed by a third party.

“In selecting the Virtutech Simics hybrid simulation capability as a finalist for its DesignVision Awards, the International Engineering Consortium is recognizing Virtutech’s dedication to solving complex issues surrounding multicore adoption and development,” said Michel Genard, vice president of marketing at Virtutech, Inc. “The Simics hybrid simulation capability is helping systems engineers to reinvent the way they develop on a multicore architecture so that they can both take advantage of multicore’s complexity and simultaneously accelerate the development process.”

Introduced in June 2008 at the Freescale Technology Forum, the Simics hybrid simulation capability already supports Freescale’s advanced eight-core QorIQ™ P4080 processor. The Simics hybrid simulation capability solves the critical need for both software performance analysis and fast software development of electronics systems when developing with multicore processors by supporting multiple levels of model abstraction.

“The Virtutech Simics virtual platform helps Freescale’s QorIQ customers simultaneously debug and optimize their applications using the fast functional and cycle accurate models side-by-side in the same framework,” said Dan Cronin, vice president of hardware R&D for Freescale Semiconductor’s Networking and Multimedia Group. “Customer feedback on the platform has been positive and the technology is helping Freescale promote rapid adoption of the QorIQ multicore processors.”

The IEC will announce DesignVision Award winners on Tuesday, February 3 during DesignCon 2009, at 11:50 a.m. in the Main Theater at Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2009 6:51 PM by David Marshall
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