FSMLabs (http://www.fsmlabs.com) continued its rapid pace of technology releases with the final technology release of the RTLinuxPro 2 Development Kit (2.2.3). The main application targets for this release include hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulation, telecom and network equipment, enterprise/factory real-time and mobile devices.
"We continue to deliver industry-leading hard real-time performance, and our customers get product to market, while our competitors continue to deliver roadmaps and promises, and their customers continue to wait," said FSMLabs CEO Victor Yodaiken. FSMLabs' patented hard real-time technology provides spectacular real-time performance on a wide range of processors: 2 microsecond worst-case interrupt latency on an AMD Opteron running both RTLinux and MS Windows XP (under VMWare), and 20 microsecond latency on an ARM9 running a full GSM/GPRS/EDGE stack.
This RTLinux release includes updates or new technology in the following areas:
-- LNet zero-copy hard real-time networking support on everything from gigabit Ethernet to Firewire 1394 and USB 2.0. Applications already in the field using LNet include robotics and telecom switching.
-- LNet real-time networking in the memory-protected PSDD environment.
-- 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 PC104 boards, SBS cPCI, FreeScale 5200, PQ3 reference boards, IXP 425 and others.
-- Real-time A/D drivers including support for the Diamond Systems and United Electronic Industries (UEI) devices.
-- FSMLabs Carrier Grade Linux and Carrier Grade RTLinux.
"The maturation of FSMLabs' technology and engineering infrastructure has allowed us to make several quantum leaps even in this incremental release," said FSMLabs Director of Engineering Cort Dougan. "We're building on 10 years of innovations, not just downloading open-source code, adding some drivers and putting it in a box. The new LNet component allows an engineer to build a hard real-time wire-speed router in just a few weeks. Direct support for A/D and digital I/O devices lets control engineers move directly to product development, instead of spending time on low-level software development." The set of development tools for the RTCore POSIX threads real-time environment has become richer, and the base of existing applications and drivers has become stronger. The synergy with Linux (or BSD) has become easier to exploit.
FSMLabs' Embedded Enterprise initiative aims at exploiting the productive synergy between state-of-the-art POSIX real-time in FSMLabs' RTCore, and the sophisticated capabilities and rich base of drivers, middleware and applications available on the Linux and BSD clients. "One of the big differences between FSMLabs and the standard embedded Linux vendors," remarked Dougan, "is that they have to push non-standard Linux variations to differentiate, while 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."
"The first two quarters of 2006 have been remarkable for FSMLabs," said Yodaiken. "We've announced ground-breaking products based on our software, ranging from Samsung's spider robot to Infineon's single core cell phone. We've had major design wins at aerospace companies for hardware-in-loop simulation on multi-core processor technology, and at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, where we are developing complete data acquisition solutions."
FSMLabs provides hard real-time mission-critical solutions designed for reliability and simplicity of operation. FSMLabs was founded in 1998 and is privately held, with headquarters in New Mexico, and sales and engineering staff worldwide. FSMLabs products include RTLinux, RTCoreBSD, Lnet real-time networking, PSDD protected memory real-time, VxIT legacy emulation, Carrier Grade Linux, RTCore Eclipse IDE and ControlsKit XML/RPC interface builder. For more information, visit www.fsmlabs.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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