Virtio Emulates Motorola's i.MX1/i.MXL Application Development System

11/24/2003 - Virtio Corporation, the creator of virtual platforms for embedded software development, has achieved another significant milestone as the leading provider of software emulation technology for the key processor platforms used in the development of hand-held, wireless products. The company announced the availability of the VPMX Virtual Platform, a fast, full-function software emulation of the market-leading Motorola i.MX1/i.MXL application development system. Virtio's VPMX delivers dramatic gains in developer productivity by providing a complete desktop environment for application, middleware, operating system and device driver development. VPMX supports a variety of operating systems including Symbian OSTM, Microsoft® Windows® CE .NET, Linux®, and Palm OS®, as well as leading wireless development tool chains including Metrowerks' CodeWarriorTM Wireless Studio; Microsoft's eMbedded Visual Tools for application development and Platform Builder, Microsoft's Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Shay Ben-Chorin, president and CEO for Virtio explained, “This announcement is significant because it shows the strength of Virtio's technology as it is being adopted by the leading developer of processors used in hand-held, wireless products today which is Motorola. It also shows the strength of our technology in terms of our ability to support the variety of hardware platforms, OSs and the leading development environments used by application developers everywhere.”

“Our goal is to be the defacto standard provider of virtual platform technology for every major hardware processor platform being used in the development of mobile, hand-held wireless products,” continued Ben-Chorin. “In order to achieve that goal, we are overcoming the major hurdles that software developers currently face by providing unprecedented control and visibility into the hardware along with the ability to develop, integrate and test new software, boot operating systems and run applications. And, the real beauty of our technology is that it comprises an emulation environment that is completely software based.”

Virtio and Motorola collaborated to develop the virtual platform for Motorola's i.MX1/i.MXL application development system to further enable the development of i.MX Family based products. There are two different product packages of the platform--the VPMX Virtual Platform (VP) and VPMX Platform Development Kit (PDK). The VP gives the software developer control and visibility into the hardware to set breakpoints, single step and watch signals. With the VP, a developer can preset hardware configurations such as switch settings, screen rotation, and COM port settings to boot operating systems, run applications, or create low-level drivers.

The PDK offers the same functionality as the VP but adds the ability to customize the platform hardware by using components from the library of components provided or creating new functions by using the authoring tools included in the PDK. Using the PDK, developers can realize their entire system that incorporates the Motorola's i.MX1/i.MXL applications processor in a matter of days without the need to create hardware prototypes.

“Enabling our customers to accelerate their platform and system development strategies is a key initiative for us,” stated John Smolucha, Director of Developer Relations for Motorola's Wireless and Mobile Systems Group, Austin, Texas “Virtio's emulation environment, provides our i.MX customers with a support tool that will help ease the development of software applications for their next generation hand-held wireless products.”

Smolucha added, “Virtio's VPMX technology can play a significant role in helping our customers achieve early development of differentiating features and functionality, a crucial goal in the product development process allowing customers to get innovative product to market on-time and within budget.”

About Virtio's VPMX Virtual Platform
Virtio VPMX offers significant software development benefits by providing:

Specific virtual components include:

Pricing and Availability
Virtio's VPMX Virtual Platform is priced at $1,990.00 and is currently available. The VPMX Platform Development Kit is priced at $9,990.00 and is currently available. Evaluation copies of the platform are on-line at

Virtio Products
Virtio Platforms are complete models of embedded systems including processors, peripherals and user interfaces as well as connections to real world-like serial ports and network connections. Virtio offers three types of platform products: Platform Development Kit (PDK) targeted for developers that need the ability to customize the platform to match their embedded device, Virtual Platform (VP) targeted at software developers that need visibility and control of the hardware for integration and Softboard (SB) targeted at application developers that need the hardware functionality, but have no need to see inside the hardware. Virtio products offer software teams improved productivity by enabling early software development and integration through focusing on the top three issues in embedded software development—early access to hardware, complete visibility into the hardware for integrating software and the ability to control the hardware during software integration.

About Virtio
Virtio powers dramatic gains in software development by delivering early access to fast, full-function software emulation of embedded devices. Virtio is based in Campbell, California in the U.S.A with development centers at Campbell and the Alba Centre, Livingston, Scotland. Additional information about Virtio is available at

Virtio is a trademark of Virtio Corp.

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