Mentor Graphics Launches Embedded Hypervisor Tool

Mentor Graphics Embedded Hypervisor tool for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and instrumentation

Mentor Graphics introduced the Embedded Hypervisor tool 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. The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product will ship in December 2013.

Mentor Embedded Hypervisor Features

  • Small footprint, high performance Type 1 hypervisor
  • Secure by design and ARM TrustZone support
  • Comprehensive guest OS support, integrated tools and custom services
  • Multicore or single core flexibility
  • Integrated tools and analysis
  • Support for ARM TrustZone

Mentor Embedded Hypervisor helps developers 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 tool, Automotive OEMs and Tier Ones now have the 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 Embedded Hypervisor supports 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.

More info: Mentor Embedded Hypervisor (pdf)