MIPS goes virtual

New virtualization support allows isolation of multiple operating systems.

This had to happen. The virtual MIPS (NASDAQ:MIPS) world. With the rest of the world betting on virtualization it was a safe bet that MIPS would partner with SYSGO to implement virtualization. SYSGO markets PikeOS,  a hypervisor environment.

On servers virtualization is primarily used to maximize the efficiency, but in the embedded world it could be used in additional ways.  One way is in set-top boxes where you potentially could run a VM from the cable or sat company and your own applications in another VM. Maybe using the same operating system or maybe with different operating systems.

You could also potentially run security software in a VM that could eliminate the need for an additional processor.

“With PikeOS, we are addressing a new generation of embedded safety, security and reliability requirements across a range of markets. Compared to a conventional RTOS, the dynamic re-allocation of computing time enabled by PikeOS allows the best possible usage of CPU resources. We are pleased to work closely with MIPS to offer this solution to its licensees, who will benefit from the clean, flexible architecture and unique features of PikeOS,” said Jacques Brygier, vice president of marketing, SYSGO.

“Hypervisor-based virtualization is an important piece of the embedded security picture across each of MIPS Technologies’ target markets. Such a solution is flexible, and enables scaling of security across multiple applications and operating system instances. Together with SYSGO, we are already engaging with customers and prospects in the digital home, networking, automotive and mobile markets,” said Gideon Intrater, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies.

With the addition of MIPS almost all the major players now support virtualization.  All of this just in time* as it would seem Global Foundries process is seeing a MIPS chip tape-out on 28nm this week. S|A

*hurry up and wait some more

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