Resources - Windows Development Environment

This page is for information about using OVP technologies on Windows.
Click on the links below for more information.

Development Environment and GUI related

Eclipse provides a GUI and IDE for C/C++ developers that can be used to control and develop Virtual Platforms and can be used for the cross development and debug of target applications for e.g. ARM, MIPS cores.

Downloading the Imperas Eclipse Helios package

Imperas have taken a full Eclipse version, removed a lot of un-necessary components, and tested it to ensure it works with the OVP packages available from this website. It is packaged up as a self installing package.

The OVP demonstrations require this package to be downloaded and installed.

Download Imperas_Eclipse_Helios_3_6_2.0.exe here. The package is currently only available for Windows and is approx. 80Mbytes.
Download Imperas_Eclipse_Helios_3_6_2.1.exe here. The package is currently only available for Windows and is approx. 80Mbytes.

To download the latest full Eclipse from the Eclipse website, please visit the Eclipse website here.

OVP Windows Development Environment MSYS / MinGW

The development of OVP platforms, processor and peripheral models on the Windows operating system has been validated in an environment using MSYS and MINGW.
A default build environment is provided with both the Imperas tools and OVPsim installations that will allow models and platforms to be built in this environment.

We provide here versions of MSYS and MinGW that are known to work with the build environment - these are described in the Imperas_Installation_and_Getting_Started.pdf User guide.


Download mingw-get-setup.exe (85KB) to obtain the latest MSYS base (recommended).

NOTE: select the installation of MSYS base only, MinGW versions known to work with Imperas/OVP build infrastructure are provided as separate zip files (see below).

Download MSYS-1.0.10.exe from here (3Mbyte)

For the latest versions you can visit


For the generation of Windows 32-bit host code the MinGW cross compiler download (47MB)

For the generation of Windows 64-bit host code the MinGW cross compiler download (47MB)

The MinGW zip files should be extracted into the installation directory (default C:MinGW) and the location of the bin directories added to the PATH

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