Imperas and eSOL TRINITY have teamed up to unveil the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) Fast Processor Model for the Renesas RL78 CPU, as well as virtual platforms and support for the latest model in the Imperas MSDK advanced software development tools. The model of the RL78 was created by eSOL TRINITY, Imperas’ partner in Japan, offering technical support for Imperas’ customers as well as services for embedded software development.

The processor core model and example platforms are available from the OVP website, www.OVPworld.org/Renesas. The model of the RL78 processor core, as well as models of other Renesas processors, work with the Imperas and OVP simulators, including the QuantumLeap parallel simulation accelerator, and have shown exceptionally fast performance of hundreds of millions of instructions per second.

All OVP processor models are instruction-accurate, and very fast, part of an embedded software development environment which is available early, so engineers can accelerate the entire product development cycle. Virtual platforms utilising 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 based virtual platforms using the native TLM-2 interface available with all OVP processor models.

The OVP models also work with the Imperas advanced tools for multicore software verification, analysis and debug, including key tools for hardware-dependent software development such as OS and CPU-aware tracing (instruction, function, task, event), profiling, code coverage and memory analysis.

OVP also has the Extendable Platform Kits (EPKs) from Imperas, which are virtual platforms (simulation models) of the target devices, including the processor model(s) for the target device plus enough peripheral models to boot an operating system or run bare metal applications. The platform and the peripheral models included in the EPKs are open source, so that users can easily add new models to the platform as well as modify the existing models, the companies indicated.