CPU Tech Announces VxWorks Support for the Acalis® Secure Processor

Expansion in Embedded Operating System Support Makes High Security Processing Available to More Systems

Oct 25, 2010, 08:08 ET from CPU Tech

PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- CPU Tech, a leader in trusted and secure processing solutions, today announced the availability of the beta version of board support for Wind River's VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) for the Acalis Secure Processor on the EB872 Acalis Evaluation Board. The Acalis CPU872 Secure Processor addresses the urgent need to protect critical program information (CPI) as required by US Department of Defense Instruction 5200.39.

The combination of the high-performance VxWorks RTOS with the Acalis Secure Processor allows customers to easily transition their embedded designs to the Acalis environment. The EB872 board support package (BSP) provides Wind River Workbench users the ability to customize the VxWorks kernel within the Wind River environment, and enables a wide range of Wind River partner tools using the open Eclipse infrastructure.  Combining VxWorks robustness features such as process memory protection, secure network communications stacks, and guaranteed resource availability together with Acalis' secure boot, hardware firewalls, hardware encrypt/decrypt and secure interconnect makes for a powerful and compelling solution.

The solution consists of the VxWorks RTOS, a VxWorks BSP, the Acalis Secure Processor, an EB872 Acalis Evaluation Board all from CPU Tech, and the Workbench development environment from Wind River including optimizing compilers for the Acalis processor.

"CPU Tech customers can now enjoy the familiarity and flexibility of Wind River tools while developing high-performance and secure embedded systems," said Dave Bennett, VP Software Development at CPU Tech. "Support for the Workbench IDE provides an easy-to-use, highly productive environment for product development."

"The Acalis platform with VxWorks enables the creation of a straightforward, easy-to-deploy, multi-domain system," said Chip Downing, senior director of aerospace and defense at Wind River.  "This solution enables existing VxWorks developers to use their familiar RTOS and development tools for building systems on advanced silicon platforms that provide physical separation for critical security requirements."

"Having VxWorks support for the Acalis processor shortens our product timelines considerably," according to NUWC-Newport. "We are able to use the Wind River tools our engineers have developed expertise with while creating and debugging Acalis security designs."


The beta version VxWorks BSP for the EB872 Acalis Evaluation Board and the Acalis Software Development Kit are available today. For additional details, please contact acalis@cputech.com.

About CPU Technology, Inc.

CPU Tech produces the Acalis® Family of Secure Processors. Designed with a secure methodology and fabricated at the IBM Trusted Foundry, the Acalis CPU872 offers the strongest protection available for software and systems. Threats to software and systems begin with reverse engineering, which enables cloning, malicious insertion and development of countermeasures. Acalis protects not only on-chip software but entire systems against tampering or reverse engineering. CPU Tech is a privately held company founded in 1989 with headquarters in Pleasanton, CA.

Acalis® is a registered trademark of CPU Technology, Inc. and Acalis Sentry™ is a trademark of CPU Technology, Inc.


Jim Ball