Wind River extends embedded virtualization support

September 08, 2011 // By Phil Ling
The architectures supported by Wind River Hypervisor now include the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore, targeting companies in the industrial and medical market segments looking to run real-time applications alongside human machine interface (HMI) applications. Additionally, new support for Microsoft Windows 7 allows customers to achieve workload consolidation by running real-time applications alongside graphics-rich HMI software.

Wind River Hypervisor provides the guaranteed separation and isolation on ARM, Intel and Freescale's QorIQ, and lays the foundation for running functions requiring safety certification by government and regulatory bodies (e.g., IEC-61508), and/or security certified workloads alongside other workloads, thereby reducing certification costs and allowing for the creation of more innovative devices.

The release also provides an internal Ethernet switch that enables users to create isolated internal networks and inter-virtual machine communication through standards-based protocols. Additionally, networking companies on Intel architecture will be able to take advantage of PCIe device isolation and partitioning with this release's support for the SR-IOV standard which offers the ability to share Ethernet devices among multiple virtual machines while maintaining hardware access speeds.

"Kontron uniquely leverages the virtualization technology of Wind River Hypervisor to enhance its line of 10G and 40G ATCA hub blades," said Benoit Robert, executive director, product management at Kontron. "The result is a more intelligently designed product that reduces both the bill of materials and the total cost of ownership for our telecom equipment manufacturer clients."

Wind River Hypervisor, an integral part of its embedded software portfolio, supports virtualization and partitioning for embedded systems, provides integration with Wind River and third party operating systems, and provides a complete virtualization-aware development environment.

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