Freescale, Green Hills collaborate on virtualisation technology

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Freescale Semiconductor and Green Hills Software have collaborated on expanding the role of system virtualisation technology in ARM based embedded and mobile applications.

Both companies say the alliance will focus on virtualisation and security for automotive, smart devices and enterprise mobility markets. Freescale's i.MX 6 family of application processors provides ARM Cortex-A9 based solutions in single, dual and four core versions, for consumer, industrial and automotive markets. According to Freescale the product family's i.MX 6Quad device is distinguished as the industry's only low power, four core applications processor based on Cortex-A9 technology to integrate a full 64bit memory bus. The processors feature advanced silicon level optimisations. Other i.MX virtualisation optimisations include the incorporation of TrustZone technology, cryptographic/hashing hardware accelerators, trusted boot and secure storage technologies – all of which combine with the Green Hills Integrity Multivisor. Bernd Lienhard, vice president and general manager, Multimedia Applications Division, Freescale, said: "Freescale is pleased to expand its long time relationship with Green Hills Software to include Integrity Multivisor as a premier security and virtualisation solution for current and upcoming versions of i.MX processors. Key factors for the selection … include its safety and security pedigree, ability to handle instant on and hard real time workloads, and the corporate strength and stability of Green Hills Software." Gordon Jones, vice president and general manager, Integrity Secure Virtualization, Green Hills Software, added: "Embedded and mobile device manufacturers need innovative hardware and software platforms upon which to differentiate and deliver value. Green Hills Software is pleased to provide system virtualisation and security solutions for Freescale i.MX processors, which provide awesome multimedia and application processing performance for automotive infotainment systems, enterprise tablets, medical devices and other smart connected machines."