New possibilities for real-time operating systems: PikeOS now supports Intel Elkhart Lake


SYSGO has announced a project aimed at providing a mixed-critical edge computing solution for industrial end-user applications. This will use Intel Atom x6000FE series processors to create a high-performance platform. By combining real-time safety-critical workloads with more advanced applications, end users should be able to improve the efficiency and flexibility of their processes. In doing so, leveraging the functional safety features built into Intel’s chip plays a critical role in the safe execution of real-time applications.

Machine learning in process automation: potentials and limitations for integration in safety controls

Thanks to advances in machine learning and real-time analytics, industrial companies today have many opportunities to optimise their operations. However, modern applications, especially in process automation and manufacturing industries, require a high level of safety and integrity to ensure operational reliability and occupational safety. Until now, special safety controllers were needed that had limited computing power, making it difficult to add new functions such as machine learning.

SYSGO and Intel have responded to the increasing demand in the process and robotics industries by developing a platform solution. The solution offers PikeOS support for Intel Atom(r) processors of the x6000FE series and will provide advanced solutions to customers in these industries. With this new platform solution, SYSGO will further strengthen its position as a leading provider of operating systems for critical applications in these industries.

PikeOS is based on the x6000FE series of Intel Atom processors and provides a secure computing solution for demanding application areas such as collaborative robots or flow control systems in the chemical industry that must meet strict functional safety requirements according to IEC 61508 standards. Intel and SYSGO are working closely together to leverage the built-in safety features of Intel platforms that are already pre-certified to ISO 13849 and IEC 61508. This collaboration enables developers to reduce the complexity of designing and certifying projects to meet stringent safety requirements without compromising functional safety.

For industrial customers looking for secure and high-performance solutions for demanding and safety-critical applications in mixed-critical environments, SYSGO’s real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS is an optimal choice. With Common Criteria certifications at level EAL5+ v5.1.3, IEC 61508, ISO 26262 and DO-178C, PikeOS meets the highest security standards and ensures high performance and flexibility. Thanks to SYSGO’s expertise, customers receive an individual and customised solution that is perfectly tailored to their needs and meets the highest requirements.

Thanks to the long-standing cooperation between SYSGO and Intel, a solution has been developed that represents a significant milestone, says Franz Walkembach, Vice President Marketing & Alliances at SYSGO. The solution allows customers to master demanding tasks in the industrial market with the help of intelligent applications. SYSGO and Intel have joined forces to create a unique solution that will help modernise industry and increase competitiveness.

SYSGO’s PikeOS: real-time operating system and hypervisor for multi-core processors with SIL 4 safety certification.

SYSGO is a leading European provider of embedded software solutions, including the real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS and the embedded industrial-grade Linux ELinOS. Since its foundation in 1991, SYSGO has helped customers in the aerospace, automotive, rail and IIoT industries to develop safety-critical applications. SYSGO was the first company in the world to achieve safety requirement level SIL 4 for its multi-core real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS. PikeOS version 5.1.3 meets Common Criteria at the EAL 5+ level for ARMv8, x86_64 and PPC and is certified to the most stringent safety standards such as IEC 61508, EN 50128, EN 50657 and ISO 26262. SYSGO’s solutions enable application development according to the “Safe & Secure by Design” principle. In addition, SYSGO also offers ELinOS, a Linux distribution with real-time extensions for industrial embedded systems. In addition, development platforms such as Railway (SAFe-VX) and the Secure Automotive Connectivity Platform (SACoP) are available to ensure secure data transmission in, with and between automobiles.

SYSGO is a company that specialises in supporting its customers throughout the entire product life cycle. The focus is on the certification of software according to international standards for functional and IT security. With its headquarters in Klein-Winternheim near Frankfurt as well as subsidiaries in France and the Czech Republic and a worldwide sales network, SYSGO has a global presence. ISO 9001:2015 and IEC/ISO 27001:2017 certifications attest to the company’s high quality standards. As part of the Thales Group, SYSGO is a major player in the field of secure software development and offers its customers customised solutions.

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