LynuxWorks plans ARM version of RTOS for the Internet of Things
It has launched the latest version, LynxOS 7.0, supporting the fourth generation core processors from Intel and the Qoriva PowerPC devices from Freescale, but is planning to support the Coretex A15 , A53 and A57 devices in the next release, 7.1, says Robert Day, vice president of sales and marketing for Lynuxworks. This will be in approximately six to nine months he says.
With version 7.0 Lynuxworks is targeting security for the network infrastructure for the “Internet of Things”, providing a secure operating system for gateways and smart routers using processors with MMUs but not the sensor nodes using smaller microcontrollers.
LynxOS 7.0 is a deterministic, hard real-time operating system that provides POSIX conformant API’s in a small footprint embedded kernel. LynxOS provides symmetric multi-processing support to fully take advantage of multi-core/multi-threaded processors. LynxOS 7.0 includes new tool chains, debuggers and cross development host support.
“We believe that LynuxWorks is raising the bar for security in embedded devices,” said Jared Weiner, senior analyst for VDC Research. “With the latest release of its LynxSecure hypervisor, and now with the security features built into the latest version of LynxOS, they are helping embedded developers build truly secure connected devices.”
LynxOS 7.0 provides the ability for developers to embed military-grade security directly into their devices by utilizing features such as access control lists, audit, quotas, local trusted path, account management, trusted menu manager and OpenPAM. It also contains networking support for long haul networks with TCP/IPV4, IPV6, 2G/3G/4G cellular and WiMax communication stacks. It also supports the short-haul networks common with M2M applications such as 802.11 WiFi, ZigBee wireless mesh and BlueTooth.
“LynxOS is already in millions of devices and this new functionality allows both existing and new customers to bring security to the forefront,” said Day. “We expect all our embedded market segments, from military and aerospace to industrial, medical and office automation, to benefit from the security and networking improvements in this next generation of LynxOS.”
LynuxWorks also partners with key middleware providers such as Real-Time Innovations (RTI) to offer these advanced middleware products ported on the LynxOS operating system.
“We believe that the combination of LynxOS 7.0 with its advanced security features, and RTI Connext middleware based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard, offer a compelling solution for building real-time connected embedded devices,” said David Barnett, vice president, Products and Markets for RTI. “For our customers in aerospace and defense, industrial and medical markets, our joint solution meets their security, real-time, high throughput and high availability need ─ all based on open standards.”