Virtera says VM-arm supports a range of ARM software environments, from bare machine programs running without an OS to full operating systems such as ARM Linux. The company plans to provide "near-complete" simulation of the StrongARM SA-110 and Sharp Zaurus SL-5500. Additionally, the simulator can be extended to model modified ARM processors and systems before they reach production, Virtera says.

The free version of ARM-se has been available for download since late May, along with a technical whitepaper. The commercial version is expected this year.

ARM Ltd. announced yesterday that it will also ship simulation tools capable of running at 100 MIPS (millions of instructions per second) on a fast Pentium 4 system.

sounds like fun just waiting to happen!