Fast Processor Models of Latest Arm Cores Released by Imperas and Open Virtual Platforms OVP

Arm Cortex-A32, Cortex-A35, Cortex-A55, Cortex-A73, Cortex-A75 Models Available from Imperas and OVP to Accelerate Embedded Software Development

Oxford, United Kingdom, October 24th, 2017 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, announces the availability of models and virtual platforms for the Arm Cortex-A32, Cortex-A35, Cortex-A55, Cortex-A73, Cortex-A75 processors, including ARMv8.1 and ARMv8.2 support.

This extends the Imperas Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) processor model library to over 180 models across a spectrum of IP vendors.  Over 50 Arm cores are supported, including Cortex- A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M families.

The comprehensive Imperas virtual platform environment for embedded software development, debug and verification for Arm cores includes Fast Processor Models and Extendable Platform Kits™ (EPKs™), with high-performance simulation, software debug, verification, analysis, and profiling (VAP) tools, and OS (Linux) booting on the virtual platforms.

EPKs are virtual platforms (simulation models) of the target devices, including processor and peripheral models sufficient to boot an operating system. EPKs for bare metal and booting Linux are available for the new Arm models. EPK platforms are open source, so users can easily extend and customize the functionality, add new models, and modify existing models.

The Fast Processor Models for Arm cores work with Imperas and OVP simulators, delivering exceptional performance of hundreds of millions of instructions per second.
These models support Arm DynamiQ architectures (heterogeneous within ARM Cortex-A, and the successor of the Arm big.LITTLE architecture).

“With these new models of Arm processors, and our advanced virtual platform based software development solutions, users can accelerate embedded software debug, verification, analysis, profiling, and test for the latest SoCs and Arm based systems,” said Simon Davidmann, president and CEO of Imperas. 

The Imperas advanced software development solutions for multicore software development, verification, analysis, profiling and debug support the Arm models. Solutions span analytical tools for hardware-dependent software development, with OS- and CPU-aware debug, tracing, profiling, code coverage, memory analysis, and innovative 3-dimensional (temporal, spatial and abstraction) debug capabilities.

The models of the Arm processors, together with other OVP models, the OVP APIs and the OVPsim simulator, enable the building and customization of virtual platforms for custom SoC subsystems, full SoCs, and larger systems. These virtual platforms enable pre-silicon software development, accelerating software schedules, and enable more comprehensive testing, resulting in higher quality software.

For the latest list of Arm processor support, please see http://www.ovpworld.org/ARM.

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New Imperas Virtual Platform Software Delivers Performance and Models for Automotive, IoT and Security

New Release Doubles Performance, Adds ARM, Imagination Technologies, RISC-V and Renesas Models, Features Virtual Prototype Modeling Tool

Oxford, United Kingdom, May 23, 2017 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation, today announced a new software release, focused on enhanced solutions across automotive, IoT, security and other markets, and extending Imperas’ leadership in virtual prototyping.

Highlights include:

  • 2x performance improvement in simulation, for fast virtual platform execution to help embedded software developers run more tests in less time.
  • New Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) models for ARM (ARMv8.1), Imagination Technologies (MIPS I6400), RISC-V (32 bit and 64 bit) and Renesas (RH850) processors, all popular and widely-adopted in these markets.
  • A new iGen modeling productivity tool, for accelerated peripheral and platform development and customization.

“The automotive, IoT and security markets are expanding rapidly, and deserve specific solutions to address them. Focus on performance, models, and productivity are critical areas of investment for Imperas, to help developers accelerate development and test and improve quality in the embedded software world,” said Simon Davidmann, president and CEO of Imperas.

Rick O’Connor, Executive Director, RISC-V Foundation commented: “Imperas virtual platforms and models for the open RISC-V architecture will enable early software development, long before hardware is available… lower software development costs, increase quality, improve time to market, and reduce software development risks.”

“We are delighted to be working with Imperas to deliver the fastest Instruction Accurate (IA) simulation solution for our many MIPS partners,” said Imagination Technologies. “We’ve been impressed how Imperas’ simulation technology significantly outperforms other commonly-used solutions. Faster simulation results in more tests being run, and therefore higher quality software being developed – and that’s good news for our extensive MIPS ecosystem community.” 

“The Imperas virtual platform environment is amazingly easy to use,” said Masaki Gondo, CTO of eSOL. “Starting with the RH850F1H EPK, we were able to get eMCOS running in our custom RH850 virtual platform in only 2 weeks.  Also, the simulation performance is even faster than real time.”

Art Swift, President of the prpl Foundation, commented, “We are all aware of the importance of security, especially in the IoT. Imperas, with their participation in the prpl Foundation, support for the prpl platform, and this new high-performance release, is making important contributions in this arena.”

“Virtual platforms are moving into the mainstream of embedded software flows.  Imperas tools and models lead the market (with) complete and comprehensive solutions,” said Shuzo Tanaka, Vice President of eSOL TRINITY.

Virtual platforms lower embedded software development costs, increase quality, improve time to market, and reduce the risks involved in software development for advanced electronic systems.  The new release and processor models are available now.

Imperas virtual prototyping solutions support over 170 processor models, including ARM, Altera, Synopsys (ARC), Imagination Technologies (MIPS), Renesas, RISC-V and Xilinx cores. For the latest list of Imperas models, please see www.OVPworld.org.  Follow Imperas on Linked In and twitter @ImperasSoftware.

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New Open Virtual Platforms Processor Models for ARM, Imagination Technologies, RISC-V and Renesas Accelerate Software Development

Latest OVP Models and Virtual Prototype Software Release with iGen, Available Now

Oxford, United Kingdom, May 23, 2017 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation, today announced the availability of new Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) models for ARM, Imagination Technologies, RISC-V and Renesas processors, along with a new OVPsim software release including the iGen modeling tool.

For embedded software and hardware developers, virtual platforms are increasingly important, especially for multi-core designs. These new OVP library models, for ARM’s ARMv8.1 architecture for the Cortex-A family, Imagination Technologies MIPS I6400, Renesas RH850, and RISC-V, extend Imperas’ leadership in virtual prototyping. OVP models, APIs and the OVPsim virtual platform simulator support development and customization of instruction-accurate platforms for SoCs and larger systems for software development, debug and test.

The Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) portal delivers free, open source models for virtual platforms, as well as OVPsim simulation, and now iGen modeling software. The resources on this portal can significantly accelerate development and test for the embedded software world. New in this OVPsim release is also the iGen productivity tool for peripheral and platform building. All of these processor models are available now.

Rick O’Connor, Executive Director, RISC-V Foundation commented: “Imperas, a member of the RISC-V Foundation, has developed and released open source models of the RISC-V RV32I and RV64I cores through the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) website. These virtual platforms and models enable early software development, long before hardware is available, help lower software development costs, increase quality, improve time to market, and reduce software development risks.”

Fast Processor Models are available as well for the Renesas RH850 microcontroller (MCU) family, commonly used for automotive applications such as power train, braking system and body control. This expands Renesas model support, including previously-released Renesas processor families such as the V850, RL78 and M16C. A video demonstration of OVP Fast Processor models for the Renesas RH8503GM processor and OVPsim, with the Green Hills Software MULTI debugger, is available here.

“Imperas and OVP are proud to provide these new models, along with virtual platforms for embedded software and hardware development,” said Simon Davidmann, president and CEO of Imperas. “And, our new iGen solution significantly accelerates custom model and virtual platform development.”

Imperas virtual prototyping solutions support a wide variety of OVP models and virtual prototypes, including processor models of Altera, ARM (including Cortex-A, R and M families), Imagination Technologies (MIPS), PowerPC, Renesas, RISC-V, Synopsys (ARC) and Xilinx cores. The addition of these new models expands existing Imperas and Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) platform support to over 170 processor models across a wide variety of vendors. For the latest list of Imperas models, please see the OVP website models page.  And follow Imperas on Linked In and twitter @ImperasSoftware.

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RISC-V Gains a Software Development Solution from Imperas

Imperas Joins RISC-V Foundation: Virtual Platforms and Models Now Available, Demonstrations at the 6th RISC-V Workshop in Shanghai, China and the 2017 Design Automation Conference

Oxford, United Kingdom, April 27, 2017 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, today announced their membership in the RISC-V Foundation, along with Imperas virtual platform and model support for the RISC-V architecture, available now. Imperas will demonstrate these embedded software development solutions at the 6th RISC-V Workshop in Shanghai, China May 8-11, 2017 and also at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2017 in Austin, Texas June 18-22, 2017.

The RISC-V Foundation drives the adoption of the new RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), set to become a standard open architecture for industry implementations, and directs its future development. The RISC-V ISA was originally developed in the Computer Science Division of the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Imperas believes that the customizable, open RISC-V architecture is a boon to the embedded electronics industry, and that delivering our next-generation models, virtual platforms and software development methodology will help accelerate its adoption.” said Simon Davidmann, president and CEO of Imperas.

Rick O’Connor, Executive Director, RISC-V Foundation commented: “Imperas virtual platforms and models for the open RISC-V architecture will enable early software development, long before hardware is available. These RISC-V Imperas virtual platforms lower software development costs, increase quality, improve time to market, and reduce software development risks.”

Imperas has developed and released open source models of the RISC-V RV32I / RV32G and RV64I / RV64G cores through the Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) website.  These RISC-V models, together with other OVP models, APIs and the OVPsim virtual platform simulator, enable the building and customization of instruction accurate models and platforms for custom SoC subsystems, full SoCs, or larger systems for software development.

Imperas will demonstrate RISC-V virtual platforms and models, including software debug, verification, analysis, and profiling tools, and deliver a technical paper, Modern Software Development Methodology for RISC-V Devices, at the 6th RISC-V Workshop in Shanghai China on May 8-11, 2017.

  • Demonstrations will show virtual platforms (often called virtual prototypes) for RISC-V software porting and development: it’s all about the software.
  • The Imperas paper: Modern Software Development Methodology for RISC-V Devices, explores how the success of RISC-V is dependent upon the easy porting and bring up of legacy software, and the easy development of software for new RISC-V devices being built. The embedded systems community is increasingly adopting virtual prototypes, or virtual platforms, to achieve higher software quality and reduce software engineering schedules.  Instruction-accurate virtual prototypes offer advantages over hardware-based development platforms in controllability, observability, repeatability, and ease of automation.  Virtual platforms can also be available to the entire software team months before hardware platforms can be used. This paper discusses the complementary nature of virtual and hardware platforms as well as Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Test (CT) development methodology.

Imperas will also demonstrate its virtual platforms for RISC-V software porting and development at DAC 2017 in Austin, Texas, June 18-22, 2017.

The addition of RISC-V models expands existing Imperas and Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) platform support to over 170 processor models across a wide variety of vendors. For the latest list of Imperas models, please see www.OVPworld.org

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Imperas Software Selects eSOL TRINITY for Distribution Partnership in Japan

eSOL TRINITY Partners with Imperas to Deliver Sales and Support for Imperas Virtual Platforms Accelerating Embedded Systems and Software Development, Debug and Test

Oxford, United Kingdom, April 27, 2017 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms for embedded systems and software development, debug and test, today announced an extended sales and technical support partnership with eSOL TRINITY Co., Ltd. (TRINITY) for Imperas virtual platform solutions in Japan.

TRINITY, focusing on design and development of embedded software, will provide pre- and post-sales technical support, consulting, training, and implementation for the complete portfolio of Imperas virtual prototyping solutions.  With this new relationship, TRINITY will now handle sales of Imperas products in Japan.  TRINITY also leverages the power of their parent company eSOL Co., Ltd., the leading provider in Japan of RTOS and real-time embedded software solutions. 

TRINITY has proven expertise in embedded software technology in the Japanese market as well as in supporting customers, and will represent Imperas solutions in embedded systems markets such as automotive, industrial, consumer electronics, defense and aerospace.

Many such Japanese manufacturers are already using Imperas solutions, supported by TRINITY, which especially benefits automotive embedded software developers.

“Virtual platforms are moving into the mainstream of embedded software flows.  Imperas tools and models lead the market, and adding distribution to our relationship enables us to provide complete and comprehensive solutions to our customers,” said Shuzo Tanaka, Vice President of eSOL TRINITY.

“We are excited to extend the relationship with TRINITY because of their demonstrated expertise and leadership in the embedded software community, including the automotive segment,” said Larry Lapides, Imperas Vice President of Sales. “With our growing list of users in Japan, it is important to provide them with the high level of capabilities that TRINITY brings to our partnership.”

TRINITY will demonstrate Imperas solutions at the Embedded Systems Expo & Conference, in May 2017, at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan.

The Imperas product portfolio represented by TRINITY includes Imperas virtual platform -based embedded software development, debug, analysis and verification solutions including the Open Virtual Platforms™ (OVP™) models. In addition to the sales and support provided by TRINITY, the technology partnership between Imperas and TRINITY includes:

  • Imperas support for the eSOL eMCOS RTOS and eBinder debugger for fast, intelligent software debug and test.
  • Development by TRINITY of Renesas RH850F1H models for Imperas virtual platforms, with the ability to run the eSOL eMCOS real time operating system.

This new partnership builds on the previous relationship between Imperas and eSOL TRINITY dating from November 2015.

About eSOL TRINITY

For more information about eSOL TRINITY, please see www.esol-trinity.co.jp.

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Imperas and TVS Partner to Update Software Verification and Validation Methodology for Embedded Systems

Extending Best Practices for Embedded Software Development, Debug and Test via Virtual Platforms and Expertise

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2nd November, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, and Test and Verification Solutions (T&VS), a leading hardware verification and software testing provider, today announced that they have partnered to promote state-of-the-art software verification and validation (SW V&V) methodologies for embedded systems.

Imperas offers virtual platform (software simulation) based tools and solutions for early software development and more comprehensive software testing.  In addition to SW V&V, use cases include porting and bring up of hypervisors and operating systems, advanced software analysis such as non-intrusive code coverage, profiling and memory monitoring, and support for advanced methodologies such as Continuous Integration (CI) and fault injection. Imperas offers a wide variety of processor models and systems architectures from a range of IP and chip vendors through Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) models and platforms.

T&VS offers hardware verification methodology experience, and embedded software expertise. T&VS provides specialist test and verification services and products to the worldwide semiconductor and embedded systems industries, delivering advanced solutions in test and verification methodologies and tools.

T&VS will provide services to the embedded systems community to help them adopt virtual platform tools and methodologies for software development, debug and test.

Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas, commented, “Imperas is excited to partner with T&VS to extend the adoption of virtual platform methodologies and best practices in the arena of test and verification. Collaborating with T&VS, which is bringing their vast hardware verification experience to bear on the problem of SW V&V, will result in significant gains for the entire embedded software community.” 

Mike Bartley. Founder & CEO of T&VS, said, “With software now a key deliverable in semiconductor products, our customers increasingly need to develop hardware and software in parallel to hit ever-decreasing market windows, and virtual platforms are a key technique in achieving that. Our partnership with Imperas thus allows T&VS to enhance the solutions we can offer to the market. I am particularly excited by the Imperas fault injection capability which is a key verification technique in the growing safety markets such as automotive.”

Virtual platform based methodology is complementary to hardware based flows, incorporating techniques such as code coverage and fault injection, which are required by automotive software developers, in compliance with ISO 26262. The Imperas tools are non-intrusive, providing necessary visibility, controllability and repeatability.

About T&VS
T&VS (Test and Verification Solutions Ltd.) provides services and products to organisations developing complex products in the microelectronics and embedded systems industries. Such organisations use T&VS to verify their hardware and software products, employ industry best practice and manage peaks in development and testing programmes. T&VS’ embedded software testing services includes onsite/offshore testing support including assistance with safety certification and security testing. T&VS hardware verification services include onsite/offshore verification support and training in advanced verification methodologies. T&VS also offers Verification IPs and its own Verification (EDA) signoff tool. See www.testandverification.com.

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eSOL RTOS and Debugger Support Available from Imperas for Software Development and Test

eMCOS RTOS Support and eBinder Debugger Integration with Imperas Virtual Platforms

Oxford, United Kingdom, October 25, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, today announced their support for the eSOL eMCOS RTOS and eBinder debugger.  eSOL is the leading RTOS and embedded software supplier in Japan. This partnership and the new capabilities accelerate embedded software development, debug and test across a variety of markets, including automotive. These solutions are available now.

Highlights:

  • Embedded systems developers can get started quickly by using an Imperas Extendable Platform Kit™ (EPK™). An EPK using the Renesas RH850F1H device and running the eSOL eMCOS real time operating system is available from Imperas.
  • Imperas simulators can now use the debugger from the eSOL IDE, eBinder, for fast, intelligent software debug and test.

“The Imperas virtual platform environment is amazingly easy to use,” said Masaki Gondo, CTO of eSOL. “Starting with the RH850F1H EPK, we were able to get eMCOS running in our custom RH850 virtual platform in only 2 weeks.  Also, the simulation performance is even faster than real time.  This combination provides our customers with new tools to accelerate software development and improve product quality.”

“We are pleased to partner with eSOL, which provides sophisticated technologies and highly skilled engineering teams in the embedded systems, systems engineering and logistics markets. As technologies grow increasingly complex, eSOL’s skills and experience will continue to contribute to our customers’ success,” said Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas Software.

About eSOL
For more information about eSOL, please see www.esol.com.

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Imperas Expands University Partners Program

Imperas Provides Free Access to Open Virtual Platforms Models and Imperas Software Development, Debug and Test Tools

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 27, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., today announced the expansion of the Imperas University Program, with 34 universities now participating.  The worldwide Imperas University Program was created to inspire and support the next generation of technologists and innovators. It grants academic and research institutions access to the tools and technology needed to address difficult challenges across embedded software and systems, from development and test, to quality and standards compliance, to security and IoT, to system architecture and optimization. Through this program, Imperas software reaches thousands of students and professors worldwide every year.

The Imperas University Program encourages participation in the embedded systems community in three ways:  use on research projects, use in the classroom, and sharing of virtual platform models through the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) Library. 

Universities currently using Imperas and OVP tools and models for coursework and research include:

Europe via Europractice

Europe

Americas

Asia

Andrew Schmidt at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI) commented, “Imperas tools and models provide us with enhanced capabilities to pursue research we could not otherwise achieve with significantly less upfront development effort.  The virtual platforms allow us to rapidly explore state-of-the-art prototypes and bridges the gap between hardware and software development.”

“Imperas OVP modeling and high-level simulation platforms unify both hardware and software development for multi-core designs, and are clearly the wave of the future. Access to the University Program allows my student’s access to advanced technologies essential to their future endeavors” statedProfessorJong Tae Kim ofSungkyunkwanUniversity (SKKU).

Professor Fernando Gehm Moraes at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, (PUCRS) said “At PUCRS, we use Imperas virtual platforms in projects on multiprocessor SoC modeling, power evaluation, and programmability, as well as computer science graduate program courses on SoCs and research architecture. Our research group (Grupo de Apoio ao Projeto de Hardware, or Hardware Design Support Group), also leverages these tools.

 

Recent projects, presentations and publications include:

“Virtual platforms are critical to meet the challenges of increasing software complexity, and security, that today’s students will face,” said Duncan Graham, university program manager for Imperas.  “Imperas is investing in the next generation of innovators, who will help revolutionize embedded software development.”

 

Over 7,000 students and academics from over 1,000 university departments currently subscribe to the Open Virtual Platforms website, which features freely available processor core models and OVP-based virtual platforms.  These models work with the Imperas and OVP simulators, including the QuantumLeap parallel simulation accelerator with performance of over ten billion instructions per second. 

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Imperas Announces Coontec as Distributor in Korea

Coontec to Provide Technical Support and Distribution to Embedded Systems Customers in Korea

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 20, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., today announced a new partnership with Coontec Co., Ltd., a Korea-based provider of embedded software solutions. This distribution and support partnership combines technology-leading Imperas high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms with the power of Coontec’s expertise on embedded systems for the automotive, IoT and mil-aero markets, to further drive the adoption of virtual platforms in Korea.

“Embedded software time to market, quality and security issues have emerged as key business drivers,” said Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas. “We are excited about partnering with Coontec to extend our reach in the Korean market to help every embedded software-enabled organization create embedded software better, faster, and with less risk.”

“We have seen that virtual platform based methodology can accelerate IoT product development,” said Han Jin Cho, executive director of ETRI Korea.  “Imperas OVP models combined with the Imperas embedded software tools, supported by Coontec’s experienced staff, is a great solution for the Korean market.” 

“Coontec has seen that Imperas offers the best portfolio of virtual prototyping and simulation solutions in the world,” said Joon Pang, CEO of Coontec. “Our partnership allows us to offer customers a comprehensive solution to enable shorter time-to-market and enhanced reliability in software development, debug, and test. Imperas will bring greater security and speed to our customers’ development projects than ever before.”

About Coontec
Coontec Co., Ltd. is a leading research and development company focused on embedded systems, software and security technology. Coontec provides solutions and support to maximize embedded software development efficiency and quality, and to accelerate safety and security. For more information, visit http://coontec.com/

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Lee Moore of Imperas Receives RAeC Award from HRH Prince Andrew for New Aviation Traffic Awareness Technology

Affordable PilotAware product is an ARM/Linux based real-time embedded system with smartphone iOS/Android application that helps pilots avoid accidents and save lives

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 20, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation, is proud to announce that Imperas’ own Lee Moore has received an Royal Aero Club (RAeC) award from His Royal Highness Prince Andrew at the Club’s annual Awards Evening held at the Royal Air Force Club in London’s Piccadilly.

HRH Prince Andrew presenting RAeC Award to Lee Moore

HRH Prince Andrew presenting the RAeC award to Imperas’ Lee Moore

The RAeC Awards are the highest recognition for achievement in sporting and recreational flying in the UK and date back over 100 years; many of the greatest names in the UK’s aviation heritage have been recipients of the certificates, cups and trophies that the Club presents.

Lee Moore has developed PilotAware, a new, low-cost traffic awareness device which receives ADS-B transmissions from suitable Mode S transponders, and transmits a radio signal with GPS positioning data to other PilotAware units. Information is also delivered to tablet-based navigation systems such as SkyDemon & EasyVFR, where traffic details can be shown on-screen. The affordable PilotAware system makes the hardware and RF protocol public, and can transmit NMEA messages to various transponders capable of providing ADS-B out.

“Designing an embedded system around an ARM processor that runs real-time Linux with several radio peripherals and a handheld software application makes software test and verification the biggest challenge we faced during development. The difficulty comes in interacting with the real world which is dynamic and changing by definition.” said Lee Moore.

PilotAware system showing several different real-time interfaces

“The use of simulation where you can capture real world interactions and make things deterministic, and which allows you to replay different scenarios and see how the software responds and predicts issues makes software test and verification much quicker, simpler and more rigorous.” continued Moore.

“PilotAware has done a fantastic job of raising the profile of traffic awareness in the UK GA community, by delivering a solution which is affordable and works with the navigation software people are already using. This and other initiatives like it will hugely accelerate the widespread adoption of such technologies and ultimately make everyone in aviation safer,” said Tim Dawson, founder and managing director, SkyDemon.

“With increasing risks of mid-air collisions in Europe, EasyVFR encourages the use of PilotAware in conjunction with our Navigation software. Our mutual customers are already benefiting from the increased levels of aviation conspicuity (see and be seen) provided by these complimentary technologies,” said Rob Weijers, Founder PocketFMS / EasyVFR.

Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas Software commented:  “I think this is fantastic that Lee Moore has used his extensive expertise of complex embedded systems hardware and embedded software development to create such a system as PilotAware that can really help avoid collisions, reduce accidents and casualties.” Davidmann continued: “To win such an award is recognition of Moore’s interests and skills regarding embedded systems development and we are pleased that our staff can provide such practical expertise to Imperas customers”.

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