Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, has expanded Wind River Simics support for the latest Intel processors. Additionally, the Simics source code debugger now supports the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification. Wind River is collaborating with leading independent BIOS vendors (IBVs) to include BIOSes with Simics virtual platforms for Intel architectures.
Wind River has developed Simics virtual platforms for the new Intel Atom™ C2000 processor family as well as support for future releases of:
• Intel Atom processor for embedded applications
• Intel Xeon-EP™ based server platform
• Intel Platform for Communications Infrastructure
• 4th generation Intel Core™ i7 processor
Simics also now provides a UEFI BIOS-aware source code debugger, making it easier for teams to debug BIOSes and firmware. Using Simics, 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.
Additionally, Wind River is collaborating with leading IBVs, including American Megatrends Inc., Byosoft, Insyde Software, and Phoenix Technologies, to provide access to their BIOSes for use with Simics. The combined offering 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.