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Virtualization solution supports Intel Core i7

Posted: 23 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LynxSecure? embedded? virtualization? complex multi-operating systems?

LynuxWorks, Inc. has announced the availability of LynxSecure 4.0 on the latest embedded platforms from Intel, particularly the Core i7 family.

The availability of LynxSecure on the latest quad core processors from Intel allows large GUI based OSes such as Windows or Linux to securely co-reside with more traditional embedded real-time OS solutions such as the LynxOS family of RTOSes from LynuxWorks. An advanced software virtualization in LynxSecure is incorporated with the hardware virtualization technologies, such as vt-x and vt-d, on the Intel processors to empower native performance and functionality of all the OSes that are running as "guests."

Another highlighted feature that LynxSecure brings is the capability to run guest OSes that have Symmetric Multi-processing (SMP) capabilities. New quad-core devices from Intel allows this feature to be a reality by permitting one of the guest OSes to function across multiple cores, driving performance that has never been seen before in a virtualized embedded system. For embedded systems which need sophisticated user interface along with networked connectivity, as well as hard real-time data response, the combination of LynxSecure with the quad-core Intel core-i7 processor permits all of this functionality to be easily developed, or migrated from existing systems, giving an unprecedented development window for the next generation of complex embedded systems.

VP of Marketing at LynuxWorks, Robert Day explains, "Porting LynxSecure to the latest quad-core Intel processors is changing the face of embedded systems development." He adds, "This combination runs desktop OSes with embedded RTOSes on a single processor without compromising performance and allows for the consolidation of traditionally separate devices and functions onto a single secure system."

LynxSecure typically supports a wide range of commercial boards and the initial port to the Intel quad-core core i7 uses Intel's Customer Reference Board (CRB). The CRB allows embedded customers to examine the latest hardware and software technology and start the porting process for their software systems while either building their own custom hardware or making the selection of commercial hardware platforms.


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