Industrial Automation

RTX Real-Time Platform for Industrial Automation

By combining Microsoft Windows, x86 multicore multiprocessors, and IntervalZero’s SMP-enabled RTX software, which transforms Windows into a real-time operating system (RTOS), Industrial Automation OEMs and system owners realize breakthrough economic and performance benefits. They achieve cost reductions of 25% or more by replacing proprietary real-time hardware with software components. And they double application performance every 18 months by getting on the PC chip makers’ performance curve.

Market Demands: Industrial Automation

Simplify Development Environment to Lower Costs, Increase Productivity
  • Tighter software/hardware integration is vital
  • Integrated development environment reduces time-to-market and fixed engineering costs
Better Utilization of Multicore Processing Capabilities; Parallel Processing
  • Real-time symmetric multiprocessing is an essential factor for fewer interrupts, improved performance and better control
Replace Hardware Components Where Possible
  • A way to reduce manufacturing cost, raise quality and lengthen mean time to failure
  • Use more Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Hardware
  • Improved User Interface for Immersive Multi-Touch Experience

RTX Real-Time Platform Benefits

For OEMs

Product Costs
  • Customers report a 25-50% cost reduction in compute platform
  • Improved asset utilization through symmetric multiprocessing and parallel processing
  • Simplified manufacturing process from fewer parts
Operational Costs
  • Reduced inventory costs for boards, DSPs and FPGAs
  • Reduced maintenance costs – software is easily downloaded
  • Simplified integrated development environment lowers costs, increases productivity
  • Extensible; can deliver customized solutions at commodity pricing

For Equipment Owners

  • Increased production rates, yields and operator productivity
  • Better quality, tighter precision parts in less time
  • Lower capital costs from OEMs’ simpler machine design
  • Lower operational costs from improved flexibility and integration