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Real-Time Hypervisor for the 2nd Generation Intel? CoreTM Processors available now

Allows Safe, Parallel Deployment of Multiple Operating Systems on a Single Hardware while Preserving Hard Real-Time.


Ravensburg, January5,  2011 - Real-Time Systems, a member of the Intel® Embedded Alliance and a leader in embedded virtualization and real-time hypervisor technology, today announced Real-Time Hypervisor support for the 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM processors (formerly codenamed "Sandy Bridge"). The RTS Hypervisor allows the parallel execution of multiple, independent operating systems on a single hardware platform based on processors with the new Intel® CoreTM microarchitecture.

By utilizing the RTS Hypervisor, a traditional embedded system, typically consisting of an industrial PC with additional real-time hardware, can now be replaced by a single hardware solution. Executing e.g. Microsoft Windows® safely in parallel to a real-time operating system on just one board based on the 2nd generation Intel Core processor, reduces the Bill of Materials while increasing reliability and reducing power consumption. This solution is particularly useful for the industrial and medical markets where many customers rely on a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) for time-critical or mission-critical functions while using a different OS for other tasks, such as running a human machine interface (HMI). Because the RTS solution does not depend on a host OS, operating systems can start in any sequence, reboot independently and never harm each other.

"Real-Time Systems membership in the Intel® Embedded Alliance allows our Product Teams to release support for new Intel® microarchitectures in synch with Intel", said Gerd Lammers, CEO of Real-Time Systems GmbH. "It is important to our customers that our roadmap is aligned closely with the Intel® Embedded Processor roadmaps."

"With virtualization becoming more and more state of the art in modern embedded designs, customers look for hardware-based virtualization support such as Intel® Virtualization Technology," said Matt Langman, director of product marketing, Embedded Computing Division, Intel. "The RTS Hypervisor can utilize the built-in virtualization technology in the 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM processors  to enable delivery of stable and secure embedded systems that require multiple operating systems like medical and industrial applications."

Currently the RTS Hypervisor provides support for Microsoft Windows, CE, Linux, Android, MeeGO, QNX Neutrino, VxWorks, OS-9 and RTOS-32. Proprietary operating systems or other real-time code can be integrated easily.

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