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Lynx ports LinuxSecure Separation Kernel Hypervisor to Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC. It’s the hypervisor’s first ARMv8 target

by Xilinx Employee on ‎11-07-2017 01:49 PM (27,833 Views)


William Wong, Technology Editor for ElectronicDesign.com, just published an article titled “Hypervisors Step Up Security for Arm Cortex-A” and the first item he discusses is Lynx Software Technologies’ LynxSecure Separation Kernel Hypervisor running on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale MPSoC. Wong writes, “The 64-bit, Arm Cortex-A ARMv8 architecture supports virtual machines (VMs), but it requires hypervisor software to deliver this functionality.”


LynxSecure 6.0, the latest version of the company’s Separation Kernel Hypervisor, was just announced late last month. The initial port of this new hypervisor to the ARM architecture targets the multiple Arm Cortex-A53 processors in the Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC. (Previous versions only supported the x86 microprocessor architecture.) LynxSecure uses the Arm Cortex-A53 processors’ MMU, SMMU, and virtualization capabilities found on Armv8 processors to fully isolate operating systems and applications. It allows access only to the devices allocated to these applications and operating systems.


According to Lynx, it chose the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC as the first porting target for the LinuxSecure hypervisor “for its broad market applicability, early customer interest, and the long-term relationship between Lynx and Xilinx.”


For more information about the LinuxSecure Separation Kernel Hypervisor, see this brochure or contact Lynx Software Technologies directly.