<divEmbedded Real-Time Software Developer IntervalZero and Systems Integrator Adeneo Embedded today announced a joint product offering aimed at easing Embedded OEMs' transition to a Soft-Control Architecture.
The companies said the offering – Soft-Control Accelerator – includes an IntervalZero RTX 2009 SMP software development kit with a year of Support, along with a three-day, on-site Adeneo services engagement that can be customized to meet the OEMs’ needs – design, architecture, development, integration or training.
Soft Control Accelerator will be offered in North America and is available only from Adeneo Embedded, the companies said.
“Soft-Control Architecture is a completely new category,” said IntervalZero CEO Jeffrey Hibbard. “It’s a very different way for OEMs to think about how they develop their hard real-time embedded systems. While we see that a Soft-Control Architecture can completely change the basis of competition for Industrial Automation and Medical Systems OEMs in particular, they first need to understand what it’s all about and the new capabilities it offers them. From there, they can look in depth at the possibilities a Soft-Control Architecture offers. Soft-Control Accelerator is a quick and easy way to start doing that.”
The foundation for a Soft-Control Architecture in hard real-time environments is an Integrated Real-Time Development Platform comprising Microsoft Windows, multiprocessor x86 architectures, and IntervalZero’s RTX 2009, which provides real-time operating system functionality as an extension of Windows, and enables real-time symmetric multiprocessing (SMP). IntervalZero’s RTX 2009 was released last month.
“Migrating to a Soft-Control Architecture can give OEMs competitive advantages and differentiate their products by improving throughput and yields; in their production quality; in a more compact physical footprint; and in cost reductions which can be substantial… Adeneo is very well positioned in terms of our experience and expertise with both Windows and with RTX 2009 to help OEMs learn about Soft-Control Architectures and capitalize on them,” said Yannick Chamming’s, Adeneo Embedded CEO.
By leveraging RTX 2009’s native SMP support on multiprocessor architectures, and its tight integration to the Microsoft Windows’ environment, Hibbard noted that OEMs get a Soft-Control Architecture that moves the hard real-time control logic, such as PLC or motion logic, from specialized hardware components to software components. The software runs on multi-core, commodity x86 processors and uses both Open Standards and Standard Communications Architecture, such as USB and real-time Ethernet.