Legacy Applications on modern hardware made possible with Charon-SSP cross-platform hardware virtualization

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Rochester Electronics relies on legacy intellectual property (IP) to support customers with the challenges of semiconductor obsolescence as part of a fully authorized semiconductor replication process. Legacy applications on unsupported hardware can be a vital part of Rochester’s procedures and workflow. They provide a link to intellectual property (IP) that may still hold significant value. This link is at risk of being lost due to aging hardware and the inability to repair systems.

By utilizing Charon-SSP by Stromasys Rochester was most recently able to preserve legacy licensed design IP written and compiled in 1996 for Sun Sparc architecture. Stromasys is an original and leading provider of enterprise-class cross-platform virtualization solutions. They offer a remedy that allows for continuous use of legacy applications and mining systems for legacy IP.

Charon-SSP/4M/4U/4V are members of the Charon cross-platform hardware virtualization product family. Charon-SSP creates the virtual replica of the original SPARC hardware inside a standard 64-bit x86 compatible computer system.

For Rochester, the transition from legacy hardware to emulated system started with imaging the storage from the legacy system and saving it to a modern system. Merging the commands of the past and the technologies of the present, the Stromasys and Rochester teams preserved the operating system, legacy application, and design data.

This preservation meant no software rework was necessary. Original operating systems settings (Solaris 2.5.1), including kernel options, were kept intact. No translation of commands or data was necessary.

Accessing the emulated machine with Free and Open Source (FOSS) provided an upgraded user experience and improves productivity.

The overall performance of the emulated system has been enhanced. CPU intensive tasks that would have taken hours, can now be executed in minutes. Disk performance has increased since it is no longer reliant on SCSI disks that spin at low speeds. By using modern hardware at modern networking speeds, network and other IO performance accelerate as well.

Stromasys’ Charon-SSP software has extended the lifecycle of Rochester Electronics’ mission-critical applications through virtualization, modernization, and system enhancement. Rochester’s legacy design system, powered by Charon SSP, creates one of many solutions available to Rochester customers as part of their semiconductor lifecycle solution.

About Stromasys

Stromasys is the original and leading provider of enterprise-class cross-platform virtualization solutions for PDP-11, Digital VAX and Alpha, PA-RISC, and SPARC servers. The company extends the lifecycle of business and mission-critical applications through virtualization, modernization, and system enhancement.

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and in Raleigh, North Carolina, with sales offices as well as engineering, development, and research labs located around the world, Stromasys has implemented cross-platform virtualization solutions for the world’s leading companies in over 70 countries.

For more information visit: www.stromasys.com

About Rochester Electronics

Rochester Electronics is the world’s largest continuous source of semiconductors–100% Authorized by over 70 leading semiconductor manufacturers.

As an original manufacturer stocking distributor, Rochester has over 15 billion devices in stock encompassing more than 200,000-part numbers, providing the world’s most extensive range of end-of-life (EOL) semiconductors and broadest range of active semiconductors.

As a licensed semiconductor manufacturer, Rochester has manufactured over 20,000 device types. With over 12 billion die in stock, Rochester has the capability to manufacture over 70,000 device types.

Rochester offers a full range of manufacturing services including Design, Wafer Processing, Assembly, Test, Reliability, and IP Archiving providing single solutions through to full turnkey manufacturing, enabling faster time-to-market.

Rochester is the Semiconductor Lifecycle Solution. No other company compares to the breadth of Rochester’s product selection, value-added services, and manufacturing solutions.

With direct sales and support staff in all major markets, complemented by a network of regional and global authorized channel partners, we aim to meet your needs over the phone or via our e-commerce platforms anytime, anywhere.

For more information visit: www.rocelec.com


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