KUKA Controls Releases VxWin 3.0.1 Windows Extension for VxWorks

3/16/2005 - KUKA Controls, a leading developer of real-time operating system software, announced the latest release of VxWin, a Windows Extension for VxWorks. With VxWin® Version 3.0.1, KUKA Controls focuses on the requirements of embedded developers by adding support for Windows® XP Embedded Service Pack 2 which offers new features including an extended hibernate mode; direct support for the Microsoft® Target Designer; and a new memory allocation technique with more flexibility for memory allocation. VxWin® Version 3.0.1 is now available through the global distribution network of KUKA Controls.

With this latest version of support for Windows® XP Embedded Service Pack 2, developers can incorporate the use of the Windows® function, "Hibernate once, resume many". In addition, "Hard" system shutdowns are now possible at all times, guaranteeing the reinstatement of a factory-set state in an extremely short boot time, which makes VxWin® appealing for applications which must be available quickly after powering up (e.g. navigation, telematic, or infotainment systems; medical device technology; or control systems).

VxWin® 3.0.1 features extended support for common Microsoft development tools as well: With the Microsoft® Target Designer, VxWin can now be easily and directly integrated into the customer-specific Windows® image. Manual installation is not necessary, resulting in fewer potential sources of error and shorter development times.

VxWin® enables the coexistence of two operating systems on one processor in part by dividing the PC memory so that VxWorks® and Windows® XP Embedded each operate in their own, separate memory area. In previous VxWin® versions the separation of memory reserved for the RTOS was solved using the Windows® MAXMEM parameter. As a consequence, this option was no longer available to other applications, such as e.g. frame grabber cards. The revised memory allocation technique of VxWin® 3.0.1 no longer uses MAXMEM and allows free allocation of the RTOS memory in the PC´s RAM. This memory architecture and the reliable separation of memory areas by the MMU ensure memory integrity and system stability.

An evaluation version is available for downloading on KUKA Controls´ website at www.kuka-controls.com. It offers all the functionalities of the full version for a 30-day test period.

About KUKA Controls GmbH (www.kuka-controls.com)
KUKA Controls GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of KUKA Roboter GmbH, the number one European industrial robot manufacturer and a part of IWKA AG Group. KUKA Controls specializes in real-time software, operating systems, motion control, graphical user interfaces (GUI), handhelds, dynamic algorithms, PC-based hardware development and application programming. KUKA Controls globally markets real-time extension technology for automation and robotics as well as test and measurement instrumentation, and medical devices and equipment. KUKA robot controllers are developed and produced for the parent company.

About KUKA Roboter GmbH (www.kuka-roboter.de)
KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg is an IWKA Group company and is the world's leading manufacturer of PC-based industrial robots. The company's core competencies are the development, production and sales of industrial robots, controllers, software and linear units. KUKA is the market leader in both Germany and Europe and ranks 3rd place worldwide. The KUKA Robot Group employs 1.650 people and is represented by over 20 subsidiaries in Europe, USA and Asia. In 2003, company sales were $420 million Euro.

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