Open standards, such as Linux, OSGi or OSEK, offer a host of opportunities to electronic device manufacturers. However, migrating from proprietary legacy code to standards-based platforms can become expensive. Virtualization technologies offer a solution: advanced implementations make it possible for system developers to do more than just port their code reliably and cost-effectively. Through integration of standards-based components, the once closed system can now become flexible and future proof. Use of freely available open standard components leads to an increase in product value, rapidly offsetting the migration costs.
The cost-benefit analysis of the integration example described in the paper illustrates that there are clearly advantages in using a specialized Para Virtualization Operating Systems (PVOS) solution: the technology can turn a formerly closed system into a highly flexible platform in a time and cost-effective manner. Feature enhancements, which used to require lengthy development, are now readily available, thanks to open standards, and can simply be integrated into the platform. The scalability of PVOS platforms ensures that the entire system is future proof. Taken together, all of these features lead to clearly visible benefits for the manufacturer: the time-to-market as well as development and manufacturing costs for new products or product upgrades are greatly reduced.
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