Siemens ports Sokol Linux to RISC-V

Siemens ports Sokol Linux to RISC-V

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By Nick Flaherty

Siemens Digital Industries Software has ported its Sokol Flex OS software to the RISC-V open specification instruction set.

This is one of the first commercially supported, extensible, and customizable Linux platforms for the RISC-V architecture, based on the popular, open-source Yocto Project industry standard.

Siemens sees RISC-V as suited to industrial, medical, aerospace and consumer applications. The cloud-enabled Sokol Flex OS streamlines application development, allowing developers to focus on value-add differentiation.

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The Sokol platform includes security to monitor and detect common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) and is commercially supported to help customers develop reliable systems. In addition, Sokol Flex OS for RISC-V customers receive quarterly updates and security patches, including a robust toolchain for software performance analysis.

“Siemens continues to show leadership within the RISC-V ecosystem with the launch of Sokol Flex OS for RISC-V,” said Krishnakumar Ramamoorthi, senior product marketing manager of Microchip Technology’s FPGA business unit. “Now PolarFire SoC FPGA users can leverage a commercially supported Linux distribution backed by the power of Siemens.“

Siemens is a strategic member of RISC-V International and has been involved in its development and adoption since 2019 and has already produced one of the first commercial real-time operating systems (RTOS) for RISC-V architectures with Nucleus.

“Siemens is a respected collaboration partner to many in the industry, and their contributions to the success of the RISC-V community are especially apparent in the embedded space,” said Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International. “With their new solution, we’re witnessing the momentum go fully mainstream together with a rapidly growing ecosystem,”.

Siemens’ Sokol Flex OS for RISC-V platform will be available in Q1 2023.

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