Platform Develops Software On A Virtual MCU
By Mat Dirjish
Embeddetech is launching what it calls a next-generation, state-of-the-art embedded systems development platform that allows the development and testing of software on a virtual microcontroller (MCU) that interfaces to either virtual or real-world hardware peripherals. Essentially, the platform virtualizes the MCU so that it can run on a normal computer in a virtual environment where components can interface to the MCU. The virtual components behave like real components, i.e., touchscreen LCDs, sensor inputs/outputs, etc. , and present the same behaviors to the user.
A virtual MCU interfaces directly to hardware components via Embeddetech’s QuickDAQ.mikroBUS development board, which provides common electronic interfaces. Developers simply connect the necessary components to complete a custom development system without having to completely design a new platform from scratch.
The development board allows virtual microcontrollers to interface to three, industry-standard mikroBUS slots. MikroE, the company that standardized the interface, offers over 750 Click boards that provide a comprehensive variety of sensor inputs, output controllers, and connectivity solutions.
A Kickstarter campaign is underway to fund the final design, testing, and production of the new platform. Early bird backers will get Click discounts of 35% as well as a discounted QuickDAQ.mikroBUS. They will additionally receive a Virtuoso embedded virtualization software license, worth $150, for one year of non-commercial use. For deeper details and gleanings, visit Embeddetech,
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