Altera® Nios®II Processor Model Delivered By Imperas

  Altera® Nios®II Processor Model Delivered By Imperas

Open source simulation model enables Altera customers to more easily validate
                     and debug Nios II embedded software

ARM TechCon 2013

Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- October 22, 2013

Imperas Software Ltd. (, founder of the Open Virtual
Platforms™ (OVP™) consortium, today announced the availability of the Altera
Nios II embedded processor OVP model. Jointly developed by Imperas and Altera,
this open source model will enable a high-performance development environment
for Nios II embedded software.

The OVP Fast Processor Model of the Nios II may be configured at start-up to
match the intended behavior of the actual FPGA component, but will execute
significantly faster than real-time. This allows embedded software to be
tested more rigorously and earlier in the design process, accelerating complex
software development cycles.

“Imperas led formation of the Open Virtual Platforms consortium to improve the
embedded software development experience,” said Simon Davidmann, CEO of
Imperas. “With Altera, we have taken an important step today by providing
designers with a high-performance model of the Altera Nios II processor,
executing many times faster than other development offerings to enable the
most comprehensive software verification solution available.”

The model and underlying simulator includes a comprehensive application
program interface (API) that extends visibility into the processor behavior.
This allows the designer to run embedded software, either from Altera or their
own code, and leverage advanced analysis and debug operations, including
operating system awareness.

“Engineers are seeking rapid development methods that also provide immediate
feedback on configuration or customization," said Premal Buch, vice president,
Software Engineering, Altera. “The Altera Nios II device has been the most
widely used FPGA-based processor for many years, and this OVP model will help
customers expand their design options.”

The complexity of system modeling in multi-core and multi-processor
environments is driving the need for advanced virtual platform development and
verification environments. Verification technologies that operate at a range
of abstractions, including CPU- and OS-Aware levels, and that can provide
customizable operations that work intimately with the design, are required.
The performance of these systems will become more critical as the volume of
tests required increase.

The new model of Altera’s Nios II processor will be showcased in the Imperas
booth, number 520, at ARM TechCon, October 29–31, 2013.


The Altera Nios-II OVP processor model is available now, and may be downloaded
from the OVP website:

About Imperas and OVP

Imperas Software was founded in 2008 to develop and deliver embedded software
development systems. The company’s comprehensive product line enables the
rapid creation of high-performance virtual platforms and the efficient
development of embedded software utilizing those platforms. Imperas’
technology allows for software engineering schedules to be significantly
reduced while improving the quality of products relying on embedded systems.
In 2008 Imperas founded the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) consortium to improve
the availability of open model libraries and virtual platform infrastructure.
Leading communications, automotive, consumer electronics and embedded
processor companies rely on Imperas for the development of their electronic
products. The company’s corporate headquarters is located near Oxford, UK and
it maintains support and sales organizations in Silicon Valley, California and
Tokyo, Japan. For more information about Imperas, please go to

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Vice President of Sales
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