IntervalZero Releases Two Versions of RTX Real-Time Software; RTX 2009 SMP Enables Breakthrough Soft-Control Architecture

RTX 2009 SMP Enables Breakthrough Soft-Control Architecture

New architecture gives OEMs advantages in throughput and yields; improves production quality; enables a more compact physical footprint; and reduces costs

WALTHAM, MA (June 15, 2009) – IntervalZero, Inc. today released two new versions of its market-leading RTX deterministic, hard real-time software – RTX 2009, and RTX 2009 SMP, which includes support for symmetric multiprocessing.

IntervalZero CEO Jeffrey Hibbard said RTX 2009 SMP is “one of the essential components in a powerful new Soft-Control Architecture that is changing the basis of competition” for OEMs in the Industrial Automation, Medical Systems, Digital Audio Workstation, and Test and Measurement markets.

IntervalZero said the foundation for Soft-Control Architectures in hard real-time environments is an Integrated Real-Time Development Platform comprising Microsoft Windows, multiprocessor x86 architectures, and RTX 2009 SMP, which provides both real-time operating system functionality as an extension to Windows, and real-time symmetric multiprocessing.

By leveraging RTX 2009’s native SMP support on multiprocessor architectures, and its tight integration with the Windows environment, IntervalZero said OEMs can take advantage of a market-leading 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, industrial-strength commodity x86 processors and uses both Open Standards and Standard Communications Architectures, such as USB and real-time Ethernet.

IntervalZero said that Soft-Control Architectures provide OEMs with clear competitive advantages and product differentiation by delivering breakthroughs in throughput and yields; in production quality; in a more compact physical footprint; and in significant cost reductions.

The OEMs that will benefit most from a Soft-Control Architecture, Hibbard said, are those that have complex Human-Machine Interfaces and require both the precise coordination of multiple tasks, and the deterministic hard real-time performance that RTX delivers. He also said that a Soft-Control Arcitecture enables OEMs to take full advantage of innovative technologies and industry trends.

Trends and technology innovations that are driving economic and operational benefits for OEMs include: Open Standards, advancing chip technologies, particularly multi-core; real-time communications; Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) initiatives; and touch-centered usability.

Embraced individually, these opportunities can produce incremental benefits, Hibbard said. “Harnessed together in an RTX-enabled Soft-Control Architecture they yield revolutionary benefits that change the game.” IntervalZero, which is a Microsoft Embedded Gold Partner, recently announced a strategic collaboration with Systems Integrator Adeneo Embedded to accelerate OEMs’ adoption of Soft-Control Architectures. The release of RTX 2009 and RTX 2009 SMP gives IntervalZero customers options for SMP-supported and non-SMP versions. • RTX 2009 includes support for real-time operations on one shared or dedicated RTX processor in a uniprocessor or multiprocessor environment.

• RTX 2009 SMP makes it possible to operate on one shared, or up to seven dedicated RTX processors in a multicore/multiprocessor environment. SMP support enables greater, more scalable system performance. Support of multiple real-time threads running concurrently on multiple processors in a single system allows end users to create more powerful solutions, while reducing hardware costs and physical footprint With SMP, multiple cores can communicate directly with one another, eliminating the need for multiple single-board computers arranged in a bus communication design.

RTX 2009, and RTX 2009 SMP are supported on Windows Vista, up through SP2; Windows XP, up through SP3; and Windows Embedded Standard 2009. RTX 2009 and RTX 2009 SMP also support Visual Studio 2008.

New product features and updates include:

  • Support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and 2 and Windows XP service pack 3; and support for Visual Studio 2008;
  • Improved MSI-x support;
  • Expanded support of RTX Dedicated Mode such that the real-time subsystem (RTSS) can run on multiple dedicated CPUs. Up to seven CPUs can be dedicated RTSS processors. This new functionality includes APIs that allow developers to take advantage of SMP and balance their applications needs with the processors available. Developers can assign processor affinities for processes, threads, interrupts and timers.
  • Updated RTX tools that support an SMP environment;
  • Several new APIs for profiling across processors;
  • Additional RTX Property APIs.

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