FSMLabs and Advantech Offer Low Power Compact Embedded Platforms and Announce Partnership Collaboration

RTLinux Brings Enterprise Linux and Low Microsecond Real-Time to 10 watt

Single Board Computer

Apr 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from FSMLabs

    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
 telemetry applications.
     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.
     About 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 sales@fsmlabs.com .
     About Advantech
     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.
     All other trademarks are the property of their respective organizations.
     Adam Fluckey - adam@fsmlabs.com
     FSMLabs, Inc.