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RTS Hypervisor and IEEE 1588 Support for Intel Atom Processor E6xx Series

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

Ravensburg, September 14th 2010 -
Real-Time Systems, a member of the Intel® Embedded Alliance and a leader in embedded virtualization and real-time hypervisor technology, today announced support of the new Intel® AtomTM processors E6xx series with their Real-Time Hypervisor. The RTS Hypervisor allows the execution of multiple operating systems independently, in parallel on one single chip. Additionally the associated Intel® Platform Controller Hub EG20T featuring IEEE 1588 support can be used with RTS's IEEE 1588 PTP Master stack to precisely synchronize the system time with other nodes on a network, making the solution a perfect fit for Industrial, Control, Medical or Data Acquisition.

By utilizing the RTS Hypervisor, the traditional system architecture consisting of an industrial PC and additional embedded real-time hardware, can be replaced by a modern single hardware solution. Executing e.g. Microsoft Windows® safely in parallel to a real-time operating system on just one computer hardware based on the Intel Atom processor E6xx series, helps to reduce the overall system costs while increasing reliability and greatly reducing power consumption. This solution is particularly useful for the industrial and medical markets where many customers rely on an 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.


As the newly released Intel Atom processor E6xx series platform now features an IEEE 1588 time stamping unit in the Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20T, the RTS IEEE 1588 stack seamlessly integrates into the solution, providing highly accurate clock synchronization over standard Ethernet.


Within the RTS Hypervisor environment, inter-system communication is simplified through a virtual TCP/IP-based network and shared memory. Real-Time Systems technology also supports message-signaled interrupts (MSI) for all guest operating systems, eliminating interrupt conflicts and simplifying system configuration.


 "The availability of Intel® Virtualization Technology, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and an IEEE 1588 time stamping unit among others, makes the new Intel® AtomTM processor E6xx series a perfect fit for a lot of our customers" said Gerd Lammers, CEO of Real-Time Systems GmbH. "The increased performance along with reduced power consumption and the availability for extended temperature ranges is very appealing."


"The new Intel® AtomTM processor E6xx series is ideal for virtualized, low-power embedded systems" said Jonathan Luse, director of marketing for Intel Low Power Embedded Products Division. "Having  RTS real-time Hypervisor as well as a full IEEE 1588 PTP implementation ready upon release of the Intel® AtomTM processor E6xx series helps developers quickly build devices based on this new platform".


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

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