congatec in Germany has signed a strategic partnership with Sysgo for its real-time operating systems and Linux hypervisor for safety and cybersecurity applications.
congatec will combine the RTOS and hypervisor with its ARM and x86 boards for turnkey designs for industrial automation, medical, smart energy, railway, commercial and autonomous vehicles or construction machinery. The first implementations, certifiable in appropriate designs up to ASIL B or SIL 2, will be made available on x86 and ARM-Cortex-based computer-on-module (COM) boards. A typical use case is Safety Element out of Context (SEooC) as defined in ISO 26262.
“Entering into a strategic partnership with a world leading vendor of Computer-on-Modules enables us to offer customers scalable integrated hardware and software execution platforms that reduce time to market in complex embedded and edge computing projects. Leveraging multicore technologies and bringing together safety and cybersecurity capability in an all-in-one solution will bring our customers a valuable competitive advantage in their markets, while by design also addressing the increasing connectivity-related cybersecurity challenges,” said Etienne Butery, CEO of Sysgo.
The partnership agreement includes comprehensive certification support for the various safety standards around the ICE 61508 standard for functional safety of electronic systems. Support ranges from railway (EN 50129 / EN 50657), commercial and agricultural vehicles (ISO 26262), civil avionics (DO‑254), as well as PLCs in automation and process control (IEC 61508), to medical applications (IEC 62304). Customers also benefit from the PikeOS EAL3+ security certification according to the Common Criteria standard.
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The congatec platforms will incorporate a functional safety compliant computing core based on the PikeOS RTOS and hypervisor with Linux, plus certifiable drivers and board support packages ( BSPs). The first system based on Intel and NXP processors will target mobility appliances for the railway and commercial vehicle markets, including transport logistics.
All common standard communication protocols for use in functional safety applications such as Ethernet and serial interfaces will be supported with the relevant requirements documents, covering all hierarchy levels that are structured by requirement IDs including traceability.
“The partnership with Sysgo extends the scope of congatec’s existing automation, collaborative robotics and railway platforms to safety and security-critical systems. And this cooperation makes great sense for both partners, now that the latest platforms from NXP and Intel make it possible for the first time to develop functional safety-critical systems without additional hardware. The aim of the partnership is to exploit this possibility and to make it available to the customer with considerably reduced effort,” said Christian Eder, Director Marketing at congatec.
This will open up opportunities with Sysgo customers such as Samsung, Airbus, Thales and Continental.
“To lower development and certification costs, manufacturers of functional safety-critical equipment focus on using pre-certified COTS software and hardware. This accelerates the development cycle, mitigates design risks for safety-critical devices, and reduces certification costs. With Sysgo as the leading European RTOS vendor we now have the right partner to offer such functional safety and security packages off-the-shelf, along with any custom design service required on the carrier board level, as and when needed,” said Martin Danzer Director Product Management at congatec.
A strong root of trust is essential for the safety and security of applications in environments that form part of critical infrastructures – aka KRITIS – as specified by the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Functional safety appliances in critical infrastructures located in rugged environments are predominantly found in the transportation and traffic sector as well as in areas related to energy and water supply.
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