Wind River Delivers Expanded Portfolio of Simics Virtual Platforms for Latest IA Platforms and UEFI BIOS Support


  • New Simics virtual platforms support the latest Intel architectures (IA).
  • Simics source code debugger provides UEFI BIOS support.
  • Simics virtual platforms for IA are available with leading BIOSes.


ALAMEDA, Calif. — Sep. 10, 2013 — Wind River®, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, has expanded Wind River Simics® support for the latest Intel® processors. Additionally, the Simics source code debugger now supports the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification. Wind River is collaborating with leading independent BIOS vendors (IBVs) to include BIOSes with Simics virtual platforms for Intel architectures.

Wind River has developed Simics virtual platforms for the new Intel Atom™ C2000 processor family as well as support for future releases of:

  • Intel Atom processor for embedded applications

  • Intel Xeon-EP™ based server platform

  • Intel Platform for Communications Infrastructure

  • 4th generation Intel Core™ i7 processor


Simics also now provides a UEFI BIOS-aware source code debugger, making it easier for teams to debug BIOSes and firmware. Using Simics, teams can start development, testing, and debugging of BIOSes well in advance of hardware availability. The combination of early availability of Simics virtual platforms and UEFI debugging support enables IBV–or any customer writing their own BIOS–to significantly accelerate BIOS development time. By starting early and working more efficiently, teams can create a fully developed and tested BIOS that is ready to be up and running within hours of receiving silicon.

Additionally, Wind River is collaborating with leading IBVs, including American Megatrends Inc., Byosoft, Insyde Software, and Phoenix Technologies, to provide access to their BIOSes for use with Simics. The combined offering allows customers to jump directly to OS and application development, avoiding the complexity of BIOS bring-up. Customers can now receive Simics software, a Simics virtual platform of specific hardware, a binary version of a BIOS that brings up the virtual hardware, and a UEFI BIOS-aware debugger.

"As the pressures to speed time-to-market and pre-silicon development rise, our technologies and collaboration across the embedded ecosystem will help customers get a head start. This allows them to change their approach to development and identify and solve problems faster, which ultimately results in higher quality code and faster time-to-market," said Michel Genard, vice president of tools and lifecycle solutions at Wind River. "Wind River Simics empowers teams to change the rules of the development process to achieve greater efficiencies and accelerate schedules to new levels never before imagined."

Wind River Simics is a full system simulator that accelerates software development by facilitating ground-breaking development capabilities that are typically impossible with physical hardware. Using Simics, customers can employ unique techniques such as stopping an entire system, inspection of any element within the system, precise and repeatable reverse execution, and fault injection.

More information about Simics can be found at

A demonstration of Simics will be presented at Intel booth #410 during Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2013 in San Francisco, September 10—12. For details about additional Wind River activities at IDF, visit

About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 1 billion products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with offices in more than 20 countries. To learn more, visit Wind River at or on Facebook.

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