IBM recently announced that it will use Virtutech’s Simics for all its embedded Power Architecture simulation needs. Simulation bypasses lengthy (and expensive) hardware development cycles, allowing hardware developers to do rapid prototyping and software developers to get started before silicon is ready. (Simics was also recently selected by Freescale to publish a free model of the 8572E dual-core processor.) A simulation platform for IBM’s 464FP core will be available by the end of 2007.

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