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Trango Hypervisor supports ARMv6

Posted: 25 Jun 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Trango Hypervisor  ARMv6  TrustZone tech 

Trango Virtual Processors has announced support for the ARMv6 architecture in its hypervisor product line.

Addressing wireless, networking and entertainment markets, Trango's support of the ARMv6 architecture was driven by its customers' requirements for greater connectivity and richer multimedia content, and, most importantly, secure solutions that ensure revenue protection.

"The ARMv6 architecture offers higher performance and scalability for our customers," states Pierre Coulombeau, Chief Operating Officer at Trango Virtual Processors. "Our Hypervisor solutions benefits from the architecture and microarchitecture enhancements embodied in the ARM1136J(F)-S, ARM1156T2(F)-S, ARM1176JZ(F)-S CPU cores, while maintaining the same high security levels our hypervisor offers on the ARMv5 architecture. Furthermore, with the addition of TrustZone technology in the ARM1176JZ(F)-S processor, ARM has introduced dedicated hardware support for virtualisation that Trango plans to leverage" added Coulombeau.

On the ARMv6 architecture, the Trango Hypervisor enables an MMU-enabled ARM11 family processor to run securely and simultaneously up to 256 virtual processors. Each virtual processor can execute a rich operating system such as Linux or Windows CE, a real-time operating system, or a stand-alone driver or application.

One of the benefits of the Trango virtualisation solution is the ability to isolate proprietary or sensitive code and data from the Linux GPL license constraints. Running GPL-based and proprietary-based code on top of different virtual processors, the Trango Hypervisor enables the separation of features, providers and their license constraints; as if they were running on different physical processors but at the cost of a single core.

Another value-add is the ability to run a rich OS in parallel with business-critical applications and services, such as DRM, secure update or e-commerce, fully isolated and fully protected against hardware and software attacks.

Finally, you can leverage the enhanced performance of the ARMv6 CPU cores by integrating functions traditionally executed on two or more processors, into one. For instance, smart phone designers can combine the features, functionality, and security of the smart phone with the cost of a feature phone.

"ARM welcomes Trango's Hypervisor release for the ARMv6 architecture", said Kevin McDermott, Director of CPU Marketing at ARM. "Offering virtualisation benefits on the high-performance and power efficient ARM11 CPU family, TRANGO is addressing SoC manufacturer and OEM demands for greater connectivity and improved multimedia features". Currently available on the ARMv5 architecture and MIPS32 / MIPS64 embedded architectures, the ARMv6 architecture-based Hypervisor products will be available for shipment to customers starting in July.

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