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15 May 2005
Virtera has released version 1.0.0 of its Zaurus emulation software. You can get the demo version from http://www.virtera.com for free! The software is called VirtualMHz for ARM and the Zaurus emulation is only one part of it. In general, it's a general-purpose simulator of the ARM architecture and implements the SA-1100 as its first micro-processor and Zaurus SL-5500 as its first platform. It uses dynamic instruction translation so performance is pretty good - on a fast enough PC, you can emulate an SL-5500 in real-time!

Previous versions were available as beta tests for 30 days. The demo version is now time unlimited and fully featured. In fact the demo version only lacks some of the debug and developer mechanisms of the full product (which has not been released yet), but everything else is included. This is a proprietary product and not based on open source. The software only runs on Linux on a PC. Sorry, no Windows version yet.

If you're interested, check it out at:

http://www.virtera.com

Follow the link for Software Download. You need to fill in the download form to access the software. There are also various documents and the whitepaper available for download, plus a FAQ and bulletin board.

Cheers,

Mark.
14 Mar 2005
Hi there!

I'm looking for beta testers for a new software product that emulates the Sharp Zaurus on a PC running Linux. It is able to model most of the system features of the Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 platform such as the memory, LCD, touch-screen and serial ports for example. It is possible to connect to a network via PPP and download OpenZaurus packages from an internet feed.

The emulator will be a commercial product, and priced appropriately for home users, and for business users. I'm currently looking for volunteers for the beta test program. Basically you get to try it out for free before the release, and we get to find about bugs or suggestions for improvements. This is a great way to try out new Zaurus distro without worrying about bricking your Zaurus in the process!

If you are interested, please check out the details over at:

http://www.virtera.com

and become a site member if you'd like to give it a try. You will need to have access to an x86 Linux machine (many distros are supported). Sorry, Windows is not supported yet.

It can run bare machine programs, vanilla Linux kernels, and OpenZaurus SL-5500 distributions. The emulator uses some fairly sophisticated simulation techniques so performance is really good. It is close to a real-time simulation of the SL-5500 on a fairly ordinary 2.6 GHz Pentium 4, and better on an Athlon 64 3400+. It does a pretty good job running Zaurus Pacman in real-time for example!

There have been quite a lot of improvements recently:
- bug fixes
- support for AMD processors
- support for more distros
- now able to save root file system back to a file preserving state
- performance improvements

Look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers,

Mark.
29 Jan 2005
Hi everyone!

I've been working in stealth mode on a software emulator for the ARM architecture. It runs on a PC (Linux only at present) and emulates the system features of the Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 platform. Currently I am able to run bare machine programs, vanilla Linux kernels, and OpenZaurus SL-5500 distributions. The emulator uses some fairly sophisticated simulation techniques so performance is very good. I am close to a real-time simulation of the SL-5500 on a fairly ordinary 2.6 GHz Pentium 4. It does a pretty good job with Zaurus Pacman for example!

The emulator will be a commercial product, and I'm looking for volunteers for the beta test program. If you are interested, please check out the details over at http://www.virtera.com and become a site member if you'd like to give it a try. You will need to have access to an x86 Linux machine with a supported distro, and have some familiarity with installing from RPM, building Linux kernels and installing OpenZaurus to get started.

Look forward to hearing from you! Cheers,

Mark.
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