SOCORRO, N.M., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- FSMLabs,
(http://www.fsmlabs.com) a core system software development company
targeting mission-critical applications and Advantech, the leading
ePlatform service provider today announced that FSMLabs will be qualifying
Advantech embedded boards under RTLinux and that the two companies would
work together to support joint customers. Both companies provide technology
for productions systems in robotics, factory automation, infotainment, and
The first qualified board is an Advantech fanless "3.5 inch Biscuit
SBC" that uses 10 watts to run RTLinux hard real-time under the full load
of sophisticated middleware like Java, databases, and web servers. Users
can choose to run the industry standard Linux networking stack or FSMLabs'
agile zero-copy real-time networking on the built in Ethernet.
"RTLinux really brings out the capabilities of our boards, showing off
their impressive speed/power ratios," said Jack Huang, vice president of
Advantech. "Our customers insist on reducing time to market, so getting the
RTLinux complete control software solution already pre-qualified and tuned
to our boards is a major advantage." Cort Dougan, FSMLabs Director of
Engineering agreed that, "time to market pressures mean that embedded and
real-time applications developers are turning to application platforms that
can eliminate costly low-value initial engineering efforts and Advantech
gives our customers a huge range of high quality, cost effective hardware
platforms that are well suited to RTLinux and RTCoreBSD."
FSMLabs RTLinuxPro and RTCoreBSD let developers meet requirements for
low-latency hard real-time responsiveness without sensitivity to
application load for a wide range of CPU clock rates. For example, on the
Advantech PCM-9386 the worst case context switch from real-time thread to
real-time thread is 5.8 microseconds. Scheduling jitter is under 14
microseconds without heavy network load and goes up to no more than 52
microseconds when both network and graphics load are added. These
measurements are all computed while the Linux "guest" operating system is
fully loaded and the network is being stressed. By comparison, native Linux
and BSD limit real-time performance, with response times for comparable
operations measured in terms of milliseconds, not microseconds. The
host/guest architecture enables developers of intelligent devices to build
high-reliability systems and to support the ever-increasing software
content on those devices.
Application developers can take advantage of the RTLinux and RTCoreBSD
models to use standard Linux and BSD applications and services in
conjunction with POSIX 1003.13 real-time code that runs in the RTCore
environment. "Increasingly, our customers need to make use of sophisticated
middleware like Java or advanced network services like IP encryption," said
Jack Huang, vice president of Advantech. "RTLinux allows them to make use
of those services from Linux or BSD UNIX without fear that critical
real-time functions will be delayed." "Putting Advantech boards on our
industry leading automated software build and test racks will give our
customers additional assurance that there will not be costly surprises
during development or in deployment," said Victor Yodaiken, CEO of FSMLabs.
FSMLabs provides hard real-time solutions designed for reliability and
simplicity of operation, that targets mission-critical applications.
FSMLabs was founded in 1998 and is privately held, with headquarters in New
Mexico and sales and engineering staff in Alaska, Maryland, Texas, Canada,
India, Russia, Korea, and Japan. FSMLabs products include RTLinux, RTCore
BSD, 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
email email@example.com .
Advantech, the leading ePlatform service provider, has been an
innovator in the development and manufacturing of high-quality,
high-performance ePlatform services and products since 1983. For over
twenty years, Advantech has been refining what is possible in the ePlatform
service market, offering comprehensive system integration hardware and
software, customer-centric service, global logistics support, and an
industry-leading front as well as back office e-business infrastructure.
For more information, visit www.advantech.com .
RTLinux, RTCore, Lnet, PSDD, ControlsKit, and FSMLabs are registered
trademarks of Finite State Machine Labs Inc. Linux is a registered
trademark of Linus Torvalds. OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development
Labs, Inc. LSB is a trademark of the Free Standards Group.
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