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ACRN Project Releases Version 1.3

By September 30, 2019April 23rd, 2020Blog

We are pleased to announce the release of ACRN™ Hypervisor version 1.3 which introduces a number of new features.

What’s New in Release Version 1.3

  • Introduced the`acrn-config` tool to configure the VM and hypervisor from a XML configuration file at build time. See ACRN Configuration Tool Manual
  • OVMF supports Graphics Output Protocol (GOP), allowing Windows logo at guest VM boot time.
  • Platform-level coordinated graceful shutdown (S5) for User VMs.
  • Virtual UART (vUART) for inter-VM communication.
  • Ethernet mediator now supports prioritization per VM.
  • Features for real-time determinism, e.g. Cache Allocation Technology (CAT, only supported on Apollo Lake).

Overview of the ACRN Configuration Tool

See the full release notes and latest documentation for more information about this 1.3 release.

Document updates

We have many reference documents available, including:

Refer to the ACRN version 1.3 release notes for more details.

About the ACRN™ Project

ACRN is a flexible, lightweight reference hypervisor, built with real-time and safety-criticality in mind, optimized to streamline embedded development through an open source platform. To learn more, please visit

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