RTS’ Real-Time Hypervisor software enables real-time operating systems (RTOS), such as Wind River VxWorks(R), to run simultaneously with a general purpose operating system (GPOS), for example Linux, on a single hardware platform while ensuring real-time behavior of the RTOS. The breakthrough technology utilizes the advantages of modern multi-core processors where each core may be assigned a separate operating system. RTS expects their product to find wide use in industrial automation, medical, telecom as well as in military markets.
Many of today’s embedded applications simultaneously require hard real-time performance, data processing, visualization as well as seamless connectivity to the enterprise. Unless so called “Real-Time Extensions” meet all specified requirements, multiple hardware platforms are necessary to safely and independently host the GPOS alongside an RTOS. By leveraging modern multi-core hardware architectures like the Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo Processors, the RTS Real-Time Hypervisor enables safe and independent operation by allocating processor cores, memory and devices to individual operating systems. Users can specify the boot sequence and even reboot one operating system while the other remains in full operation. In order to facilitate communication between operating systems, a configurable User-Shared Memory as well as a TCP/IP based virtual network driver is supplied as part of the RTS solution.
Deployment of multiple operating systems on multi-core processor platforms is a logical step in embedded systems design, reducing total hardware costs while increasing reliability and system performance.
The RTS Real-Time Hypervisor is available as a beta-version now. Final customer release will be in summer 2007.
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