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Enabling Multi-OS Embedded Systems with Hypervisor Technology



Business managers and software developers alike face a conundrum when building today’s intelligent embedded systems: How does one successfully develop and deliver an increasingly complex, connected, and consolidated product, while meeting the escalating business demands of security, cost, performance, and tight-market windows?

Complex and highly integrated SoCs are quickly becoming the norm these days as demands increase for more performance, improved security, and reliable connectivity options – with less power. Many options have emerged to address these demands and one of the most effective is embedded virtualization. What was once the sole domain of desktop and server environments has now become an accepted practice in the constrained space of embedded systems.

Today’s embedded devices are more connected than ever, increasing the concerns about reliability and security exposure. Virtualization technology using silicon capabilities, for example ARM TrustZone, can address these security challenges by enabling strong isolation and containment of guest operating environments. Hypervisor functioning at the highest privilege level in a system and partitioning memory and devices can ensure that misbehaving applications, either un-intentional or malicious, cannot disrupt or corrupt other areas of the system.

What You Will Learn

  • Embedded market trends and how they affect software development.
  • How to extract optimum performance from Multicore and MultiOS capable silicon.
  • Security related capabilities of the ARM architecture and considerations.
  • Embedded virtualization, it is pros and cons, how it compares against what has been used in IT space

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Felix Baum

Felix Baum is working in the Product Management team of the Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division, overseeing the virtualization and Multi-OS and Multi-Core technologies. Felix has spent nearly 20 years in the embedded industry, both as an embedded developer and as a manager. During the last few years he led product marketing and product management efforts for various real-time operating system technologies and silicon architectures. Before that, working in business development, he managed the technical needs of strategic alliance partners around the globe, helping them address the challenges of integrating and promoting joint solutions for mutual customers. Prior to that as a field applications engineer in the greater Los Angeles area, he consulted with customers on the development of highly optimized devices for a broad range of industries, including Aerospace, Networking, Industrial, Medical, Automotive and Consumer. Felix started his career at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, designing flight software for various spacecraft and managing a launch campaign for the GRACE mission. Felix holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the California State University at Northridge and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Who Should View

  • Platform developers who are using or planning to use multi-core silicon for an embedded device, and are concerned about system security, partitioning and separation in the consolidated system.
  • Engineering managers responsible for successful development and delivery of an increasingly complex, connected, and consolidated product.
  • Project managers responsible for meeting the escalating business demands of security, cost, performance, and tight-market windows for their product lines.

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