The new Wind River Hypervisor 1.1 release supports the latest Intel processors and enables new inter-virtual machine communication capabilities. Additionally, debugging of virtual boards is now supported by the latest version of Wind River On-Chip Debugging.
Wind River Hypervisor makes it easier for customers to consolidate systems and adopt virtualization and multicore technology in embedded devices. New features of Wind River Hypervisor include:
- Support for the latest Intel microarchitecture codename Nehalem-based processors, such as the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series as well as Intel Core i5 processor and Intel Core i7 processor utilizing advanced virtualization hardware assist capabilities.
- Integration with Wind River’s industry leading operating systems, including the latest versions of VxWorks and Wind River Linux, while also supporting other operating systems for greater flexibility.
- Additional capabilities for inter-virtual machine communication, including support for MIPC (multicore/multi-OS interprocess communication), and virtual network and serial ports.
- When used in conjunction with recently released Wind River On-Chip Debugging 3.2, optimized for development of multicore, multi-OS and virtualized environments, developers can debug the most complex system-level issues such as race conditions, memory corruption and core synchronization.
Wind River plans to broaden processor support for existing processor architectures, along with introducing additional processor architectures, including Freescale QorIQ, to Wind River Hypervisor throughout this year.
Multicore and virtualization are changing the way the embedded device market develops next-generation devices by providing more processing power, while lowering energy consumption, which can lead to a dramatic reduction in bill-of-material cost. First launched in June 2009, Wind River Hypervisor allows device software developers to take advantage of multicore and virtualization to configure unicore and multicore processors quickly and easily, thereby decreasing time-to-market for next-generation devices.
Wind River Hypervisor is a type 1 embedded hypervisor featuring a small footprint, minimal latency for device access, plus deterministic capabilities and optimizations for maximum performance. Wind River Hypervisor supports a variety of different processor architectures, taking advantage of hardware virtualization support when applicable. Embedded developers are utilizing hypervisors to enable the replacement of multiple boards or CPUs with a single board and/or a single CPU, create innovative new devices that leverage multiple operating systems and reduce complexity and hence risk when integrating multicore processors.