Simics adds BIOS debug support

Simics adds BIOS debug support

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By eeNews Europe

The Simics source code debugger now supports the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification and Wind River is collaborating with leading independent BIOS vendors (IBVs) to include BIOSes with Simics virtual platforms for Intel architectures.
Simics now provides a UEFI BIOS-aware source code debugger, making it easier for teams to debug BIOSes and firmware. This means teams can start development, testing, and debugging of BIOSes well in advance of hardware availability. The combination of early availability of Simics virtual platforms and UEFI debugging support enables IBV—or any customer writing their own BIOS—to significantly accelerate BIOS development time. By starting early and working more efficiently, teams can create a fully developed and tested BIOS that is ready to be up and running within hours of receiving silicon.
The virtual platform now supports the new Intel Atom C2000 processor family as well as future releases of the Atom processor for embedded applications, Xeon-EP based servers, Intel’s Platform for Communications Infrastructure and the 4th generation ‘Haswell’ Core i7 processor.
Wind River is also collaborating with leading IBVs, including American Megatrends, Byosoft, Insyde Software and Phoenix Technologies to provide access to their BIOS technology. This allows customers to jump directly to OS and application development, avoiding the complexity of BIOS bring-up. Customers can now receive Simics software, a Simics virtual platform of specific hardware, a binary version of a BIOS that brings up the virtual hardware, and a UEFI BIOS-aware debugger.
“As the pressures to speed time-to-market and pre-silicon development rise, our technologies and collaboration across the embedded ecosystem will help customers get a head start. This allows them to change their approach to development and identify and solve problems faster, which ultimately results in higher quality code and faster time-to-market,” said Michel Genard, vice president of tools and lifecycle solutions at Wind River. “Wind River Simics empowers teams to change the rules of the development process to achieve greater efficiencies and accelerate schedules to new levels never before imagined.”
Wind River Simics is a full system simulator that accelerates software development by facilitating ground-breaking development capabilities that are typically impossible with physical hardware. Using Simics, customers can employ unique techniques such as stopping an entire system, inspection of any element within the system, precise and repeatable reverse execution, and fault injection.

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