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RTOS aimed at Internet of Things

Posted: 28 Feb 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VxWorks  Internet of Things  RTOS  VxWorks 

Wind River has announced its most recent version of the VxWorks real time operating system (RTOS) for the Internet of Things. According to the firm, the VxWorks 7 provides a secure microkernel as small as 20KB to run edge nodes in the Internet of Things. Networking stacks can be added for connectivity up to around 100KB.

A combination of the microkernel and the standard kernel, built on the same VxWorks platform, allows designers to reduce development and maintenance costs by using one RTOS across different cores, big and small. Wind River owner Intel is taking this approach with different versions of its Quark core. It can be also be applied across different classes of connected devices, from small-footprint consumer wearables to large networking equipment and everything in between.

A modular approach allows customers to apply targeted, efficient upgrades to packages and protocols without changing the system core that minimizes testing and recertification efforts and allows customers to sustain their systems on the cutting edge of technology.

Version 7 also includes comprehensive set of built-in security features includes secure data storage, tamper proof design, secure upgrade, root of trust, and user and policy management as well as a secure bootloader with hooks into ARM's TrustZone.

This version adds support for a range of industry-leading standards and protocols such as USB, CAN, Bluetooth, FireWire and Continua, as well as out-of-the-box, high-performance networking capabilities. The graphics ready platform includes a highly efficient stack based on the published OpenVG API, hardware-assisted graphics drivers and the Tilcon graphics designer tool as well as OpenGL ES support.

- Nick Flaherty
  EE Times Europe





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