Allows Safe, Parallel Deployment of Multiple Operating Systems on a Single Hardware while Preserving Hard Real-Time
Ravensburg, Germany - June 4th, 2013 - Real-Time Systems, a member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance and a leader in embedded virtualization and real-time hypervisor technology, today announced Real-Time Hypervisor support for the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors (formerly codename “Haswell”). The RTS Hypervisor allows the parallel execution of multiple, independent operating systems on a single hardware platform based on processors with the new Intel® microarchitecture.
The dual- and quad-core 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors with their enhanced support for virtualization lends itself to be partitioned using an embedded Hypervisor where each partition containing one or multiple CPUs can carry its own, independent operating system even for hard real-time purposes.
By utilizing the RTS Hypervisor, a traditional embedded system, typically consisting of an industrial PC for the user interface and a separate hardware for real-time tasks, can now be replaced by a single hardware solution carrying multiple independent operating systems. Building a manageable, secure system with e.g. Microsoft Windows® safely in parallel to a real-time operating system on just one board based on the 4th generation Intel Core processor, reduces the Bill of Materials while increasing a system’s reliability and reducing power consumption. This can be especially important for devices like portable ultrasound equipment and industrial controllers / HMIs just to name a few.
“Especially our customers in the medical field or in industrial control and automation equipment keep asking for processors with more and more performance but at the same time, the CPUs should use less and less power to keep temperature in a cabinet or housing at a minimum” said Gerd Lammers, CEO of Real-Time Systems in Germany. “This new generation of the Intel microarchitecture with its improved power efficiency and enhanced CPU performance is ideal for these types of applications. For this reason it was important that we had our Hypervisor ready for our customers the same day Intel released their new generation of x86 processors.”
“Consolidating hardware by executing multiple operating systems for different purposes on a single platform is clearly a trend our customers are picking up on”, says Sam Cravatta, Product Line Manager, Intel Intelligent Systems Group. “Real-time hypervisors like the solution from Real-Time Systems can utilize the onboard Intel® Virtualization technology found on the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family, enabling system consolidation for applications such as industrial manufacturing, medical systems, transportation infrastructure, and more.”
Out of the box, the RTS Hypervisor provides support for Microsoft Windows®, Windows Embedded Compact, VxWorks, QNX Neutrino, T-Kernel, OS-9, On Time RTOS-32 and Linux. Proprietary operating systems or other real-time code can be integrated easily.