Magillem partnering with Imperas: Enabling IOT using virtual platforms


Paris, France – Feb 20, 2015 --  Magillem (, the leading provider of front-end design xml solutions and best-in-class tools to reduce the global cost of complex designs, announces its partnership with Imperas ( to leverage Imperas models in its X-Spec solution.

Sensor-laden intelligent devices invade our world and change the way to design systems. Many products and services have already crossed over into the Internet of Thing (IoT). Increased software functionality, coupled with multiple IoT nodes concurrency, has increased the complexity and scale of embedded software in typical development projects. The software component of these projects already represents their largest cost center , and the increase in concurrency sends design productivity barriers spiraling out of control. Virtual platform techniques are more than ever the best way to accelerate embedded software development and provide early validation of systems.

Magillem launches new tools to help validating the specification and the functional implementation of smart IoT devices.  Magillem's new Executable Specification (X-Spec) product line automatically generates and executes HW and SW code from specifications. X-Spec guaranties the coherency between the specification of an electronic product, expressed in any standard format (docx, xlsx, ipxact, systemrdl…), and its virtual implementation model.  X-Spec can automatically generate SystemC TLM code together with embedded C code for electronic devices and systems. X-Spec produces open-source code and relies on the Accellera open-source SystemC simulator.

Imperas has pioneered new solutions that target the need for fast models on these virtual platforms. Imperas  fully functional models, many of them open source, are available for processors from ARM, Imagination Technologies MIPS, Altera, OpenCores, PowerPC, Renesas, Synopsys ARC, Xilinx and others.

Thanks to this partnership, Magillem will boost the IoT ecosystem by facilitating the virtualization of smart things.  Magillem X-Spec embeds the Imperas fast simulation models and documentation for all the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) processors and peripherals. 

“The wide support of OVP fast processor core models, together with Imperas tools for software analysis, perfectly complements our Executable Specification (X-Spec) solution" said Jean-Michel Fernandez, ESL Product Line director of Magillem. "The tight integration of Imperas technology with Magillem X-Spec will help our customers to seamlessly execute their embedded Software on their Hardware specification.”

“The complexity of embedded systems, in particular the software for those systems, is growing exponentially,”  said Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas. "With the inclusion of virtual platform based technology in mainstream embedded software development methodologies, correct by construction tools like X-Spec are vital for efficient development of virtual platforms.”

A first platform has been successfully demonstrated for a smart building monitoring device :  a room presence detection virtual prototyping device, designed with STMicroelectronics, CEA and Imperas.


About Magillem

Since its creation in 2006, Magillem has been the pioneer in leveraging business content in top tier accounts worldwide.

Magillem has been listed on Euronext Paris since 2009 (FR0010827741) and is trusted by numerous clients like Altera, Renesas, Samsung, Faraday, NSN, Qualcomm, NXP, ST Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, Thales, ESA,  and the European Union.  

Magillem has 45 employees, including 40 engineers and PhDs in Research & Development. It also has an office in Tokyo, 4 agencies in the United States (New York, Austin and the San Francisco Bay area) and 8 distributors in Asia and Israel.

About Imperas

Imperas Software Ltd. 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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