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VxWorks extension to Windows XP juggles multiple processors

Posted: 20 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:vxwin? kuka controls? wind river systems? vxworks? real-time operating system?

Version 3.1 of VxWin from KUKA Controls, a Microsoft Windows XP extension for Wind River Systems Inc.'s VxWorks 6.0 real-time operating system, lets users harness the latest multiprocessors from intel and amd as well as use Wind River's Workbench development environment and Diab C/C++ compiler suite.

Specifically, VxWin 3.1 accommodates both APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller) and MP (MultiProcessor) multiprocessor systems, as well as the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) uniprocessor and multiprocessor HALs (Hardware Abstraction Layers) typically used in most current PC hardware. ACPI support adds freeze and unfreeze functions, which let users run VxWin as a service and let the application begin real-time processing, without users needing to log in.

VxWin 3.1 helps speed application development with its support not just for Workbench and Diab, but also for the Eclipse architecture, as well as such tools as the GNU compiler, Matlab, Simulink and Real-Time Workshop.

With VxWin 3.1, one processor can execute both Windows XP and VxWorks OSes by, in part, dividing a PC's memory so that each OS runs in its own protected memory space. In this way, you can, for example, add Windows-based applications into a VxWorks system with no additional hardware and without having to modify either OS.

A 30-day evaluation version of VxWin 3.1 is available and can be downloaded free of charge from the company's Web site. Developments seats go for $10,000 each, and run-time licenses in production quantities cost between $30 to $200 each.

- Gil Bassak


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