5/3/2004 - Virtio Corporation, the creator of virtual platforms for embedded software development, introduced its second product offering for the Texas Instruments (TI) OMAPTM platform. Virtio developed the VPOM-1610 Virtual Platform, a fast, full-function software emulation for TI's OMAP1610 processor; the virtual platform will further enable more efficient software development for OMAP processor-based applications. The announcement is the second in the series of virtual platforms for TI's OMAP processor-based development boards. Previously, Virtio had announced VPOM-1510 for TI's OMAP1510 processor platform.
Shay Ben-Chorin, president and CEO for Virtio noted, "Getting products to market faster and improving the difficult task of embedded software development and integration is why we developed our virtual platform technology. The results being achieved at TI are proving that developing software on software is more productive than conventional software on hardware approaches."
"TI works with leading software applications developers to optimize applications and services that drive demand for 2.5G and 3G communications devices and represent significant ARPU revenue opportunities for mobile operators, including multimedia, interactive gaming, mobile security, location-based services, messaging solutions, and advanced speech technology," said Paul Werp, TI Director of Marketing, Cellular Systems Software. "TI must meet demand for these key applications areas and has found that Virtio Virtual Platforms can significantly improve our own software development schedules, allowing TI to quickly deliver a more complete solution of hardware and software to our customers."
VPOM-1610 delivers dramatic gains in developer productivity by providing a complete desktop environment for application, middleware, operating system and device driver development. By providing full control and visibility into the system that yields a powerful debug environment, developers can save significant time in key product development steps. One example is eliminating the long process of flashing a new image on hardware (typically 20 to 30 minutes). Virtio Virtual Platforms improves software developers' productivity in both the turnaround time of testing a new image and the impact of isolating and fixing problems.
In addition, Virtio's virtual platform technology enhances operating system(OS) porting efforts. Developers are no longer required to isolate problems by adding print statements and building new kernel images.
About Virtio's VPOM-1610 Virtual Platform
The VPOM-1610 supports a variety of OSs, including Symbian OSTM, Microsoft® Windows® CE and Linux®, as well as most leading tool chains including Metrowerks CodeWarriorTM; Microsoft's eMbedded Visual Tools for application development; and Platform Builder for kernel development.
Virtio's VPOM-1610 offers significant software development benefits by providing:
Pricing and Availability
Virtio's VPOM-1610 Virtual Platform is priced at $1,990 and is currently available. Evaluation copies of the platform are on-line at www.virtio.com/vpom-1610. Virtio's VPOM-1610 Platform Development Kit is priced at $9,990 and is available now.
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 www.virtio.com.
Virtio is a trademark of Virtio Corp.
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