KUKA Controls Simplifies Device Allocation in Dual OS Applications

8/18/2005 - KUKA Controls, a leading developer of real-time operating system solutions for Windows XP, announced the availability of the new Real-Time Device Manager (RTDM), included with CeWin® V3.3 and VxWin® V3.1. The RTDM is a powerful new tool to analyze and isolate IRQ resources for real-time hardware. The RTDM automates the assignment of hardware to the RTOS, greatly reducing the chance for operator error. The full RTDM functionality can be easily integrated into a third party installation using the documented libraries. The new RTDM is included with both the VxWin and CeWin demonstration downloads available at www.kuka-controls.com. The free demonstrations have the same functionality as the full versions for a 30-day test period.

KUKA Controls' real-time software extensions are distributed worldwide and are deployed in Aerospace, Automation, Defense, Medical and Test & Measurement applications. The company is a Microsoft Gold Level Windows Embedded Partner (WEP) and a Wind River Platform Partner. These long-term relationships provide smooth integration of the latest OS updates and assure customers of the necessary long-term platform stability. KUKA Controls also certifies third-party hardware compatibility to simplify development of new real-time applications.

The new versions, CeWin® V3.3 and VxWin® V3.1, also feature support for both APIC and multiprocessor systems including support for the ACPI uniprocessor and ACPI multiprocessor HALs used with most modern PC hardware. The ACPI support adds hibernate and power management functionality to the system. The extensions can now be started by a service, allowing the application to begin real-time processing without user logon.

VxWin and CeWin real-time extension technology enable the coexistence of two operating systems on a single computer, in part, by dividing the PC memory so that the RTOS (either VxWorks or Windows CE) and Windows XP each execute in separate, protected memory areas. No modifications are made to either operating system allowing developers to take advantage of previous experience and existing code while maintaining maximum flexibility.

About KUKA Controls GmbH
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
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 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 Euros.

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