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Commercial real-time Linux rev’d

Jul 27, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

FSMLabs has updated its real-time Linux overlay and toolsuite, adding real-time networking improvements, A/D drivers, an Eclipse-based IDE, and support for 2.6.16 kernels on x86, among other improvements. The RTLinuxPro Development Kit 2.2.3 targets hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulation, telecom and network equipment, enterprise/factory real-time, and mobile devices, according to the company.

Touted new features in RTLinuxPro 2.2.3 include:

  • LNet zero-copy hard real-time networking support on “everything from gigabit Ethernet to Firewire 1394 and USB 2.0.” LNet is currently being applied in robotics and telecom switching applications, according to the company.
  • LNet real-time networking in the memory-protected PSDD (process space development domain)
  • Linux 2.6.16 support for x86 32-bit and 64-bit processors
  • FSMLabs Eclipse IDE
  • Matlab support, including execution of code generated from Simulink and Real-Time Workshop
  • Board support packages, including support for the new Curtiss-Wright Manta Quad PowerPC, the Cogent CSB637 ARM920, Diamond Systems PC/104 boards, SBS cPCI, FreeScale 5200, PQ3 reference boards, IXP 425, and others
  • Real-time analog-to-digital (A/D) drivers, including support for boards from Diamond Systems and UEI (United Electronic Industries)
  • FSMLabs Carrier Grade Linux and Carrier Grade RTLinux

Additionally, FSMLabs claims that RTLinux's real-time nanokernel, RTCore, has gained better tools support, making the synergy with Linux (or BSD) easier to exploit.

CEO Victor Yodaiken stated, “The first two quarters of 2006 have been remarkable. [New] products based on our software [range] from Samsung's spider robot [story] to Infineon's single core cell phone [story]. We've had major design wins at aerospace companies for hardware-in-loop simulation on multi-core processor technology [story], and at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, where we are developing complete data acquisition solutions.”

Director of Engineering Cort Dougan stated, “We want to retain Linux's value as a standardized platform. When we add value to Linux in terms of smaller footprint, higher boot speeds, and greater reliability and performance, it just increases the value of our proprietary products.”

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