10/6/2004 - Virtio Corporation, the creator of Virtual Platforms for embedded software development, announced at the Symbian Expo the formation of the VirtioVantage program that provides pre and post silicon models, integration and support to members of the partnership program. The tools and services included in the VirtioVantage program accelerate the ability of Independent Software Vendors ("ISV") to deliver solutions to silicon vendors, OEMs and ODMs. Overall time-to-market is reduced by eliminating the need for actual hardware boards in order to start software development.
Shay Ben-Chorin, president and CEO of Virtio, noted, "Getting products to market faster and simplifying the difficult task of embedded software development and integration is the problem our virtual platform technology is designed to solve. The results our customers have achieved are proving that developing software on a software model is more productive than conventional software on hardware approaches."
The VirtioVantage program is initially targeted at ISVs and system software developers utilizing the Texas Instrument's OMAPTM platforms. This builds on the relationship Virtio has with TI and will enable developers to start software development projects well before traditional reference platforms are available. The program will make OMAP 1 as well as OMAP 2 platforms and support services available to partners developing devices, porting operating systems or designing applications on these platforms.
The VirtioVantage program also addresses an issue facing many ISVs, how to demonstrate their solution when reference platforms are not readily available. VirtioVantage program participants have the option of using Virtio platforms as their own reference platform or have Virtio include their solution on Virtio's platform.
For further information, stop by the Virtio stand (# 55) at the Symbian Expo, the smartphone show at the ExCel Centre in London October 5-6 or contact Virtio at VVsupport@virtio.com.
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 in Campbell and the Alba Centre, Livingston, Scotland. Additional information about Virtio is available at www.virtio.com.
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