The Zephyr open source real time operating system (RTOS) project has seen a significant boost with backing from European microcontroller, sensor and development tool suppliers
Swiss sensor maker Baumer is joining the project as a Platinum member with German chip maker Infineon Technologies and Swedish tool provider Percepio joining as Silver members alongside Qualcomm Innovation Centre in Canada and Silicon Labs in the US.
These say they have selected Zephyr RTOS as one of the key technologies to build their next generation of connected products and solutions.
Zephyr, part of the Linux Foundation, has a growing set of software libraries that can be used across various applications and industry sectors such as Industrial IoT, wearables, machine learning and more. The emphasis is on broad chipset support, security, dependability, long term support releases and a growing open source ecosystem.
“Zephyr fits where Linux can’t,” said Kate Stewart, Vice President of Dependable Embedded Systems at the Linux Foundation. “It will help these new members with development, delivery, and maintenance across a wide variety of products and models. We look forward to working with our new members to improve the technology their products and solutions are based on.”
In October 2021, the Zephyr community of almost 500 contributors made the long term support (LTS) v2 release available that offers vendors a customizable operating system that supports product longevity, security and interoperability. Products based on the LTS release will benefit from a maintained code base throughout their development and deployment lifecycle.
The LTS will serve as the baseline for the auditable version of Zephyr, which will benefit both the maintained LTS and development branches.
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Baumer develops smart sensors, encoders and digital cameras for industrial automation, and joins Antmicro, Google, Intel, Meta, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP and Oticon as a platinum member. Roman Kellner, Embedded Software Team Lead at Baumer, will join