Ardence RTX Improves Embedded Systems Using Multi-Core Intel Processors

Ardence, the global leader in developing software platforms for the on-demand world, today announced that version 7.0 of RTX, its market-leading real-time solution for Embedded Windows(R), has been tested and validated to support the full suite of multi-core Intel(R) processors, such as the Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processors announced in February 2006. Ardence RTX is the only software solution that gives developers deterministic control of Windows XP-based systems that require a high level of performance and scalability.

“Multi-core architectures create a giant leap in system performance and efficiency. Ardence RTX leverages this to provide additional benefits to embedded OEMs that require guaranteed performance and reliability,” said Michael Ludgate, Intel Marketing Manager, Infrastructure Processor Division.

Time-sensitive embedded applications, such as those used in industrial automation, test and measurement, medical devices and military/aerospace, can achieve new levels of performance and reliability with RTX and Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processors. By design, RTX applications can be configured to run in “dedicated” or “shared” mode. In shared mode, one core handles RTX and Windows processing, and any remaining cores handle Windows Processing. However, RTX can take full advantage of Intel’s multi-core processors by operating in dedicated mode. In this configuration, an entire core of the processor is dedicated to the RTX application, while leaving the remaining cores available to Windows and other less-time-critical applications. This dramatically reduces the latency of real-time threads while preventing the processor starvation of Windows XP threads that could occur on a single-core processor.

“Ardence is committed to providing software solutions that enhance the capabilities of Intel platforms with Windows, and the seamless compatibility of these technologies is no accident,” said Stephen Woodard, Ardence Senior Vice President of Global Operations. “Collaborating with industry leaders such as Intel enables us to align our technologies and generate well-integrated solutions that provide competitive advantages to our customers worldwide.”

Earlier versions of RTX have supported multi-core architectures for a number of years, but RTX 7.0 introduces a powerful new feature for RTX developers – support for Host/Target debugging using Visual Studio 2005 and .Net 2003. Host/Target debugging allows the debugging of an RTSS application on target hardware running an RTX runtime environment from a development system.

Additional features introduced in RTX version 7.0 include:

  • RTX 7.0 now fully supports Windows(R) Server 2003 in both shared mode and dedicated mode.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 support: use of consistent and well-known development tools has been a hallmark of RTX since its inception.
  • RTX Debugger Data Extension provides increased visibility into RTX internal data structures through a set of extension commands.
  • PerformanceView provides the developer with a true view of overall system CPU utilization.

RTX is deployed widely in industrial automation, military and aerospace, simulation, robotics, test and measurement and medical devices. As a COTS-based software solution, RTX can enable the elimination of costly and aging proprietary hardware-based systems. Evaluation versions of RTX can be downloaded at no cost.

About Ardence Inc.
Ardence develops software platforms for the on-demand world. Our Software-Streaming Platform enables IT to become more agile by delivering a virtualized IT infrastructure. Our Embedded OEM Development Platform Enables Embedded OEMs to leverage Ardence’s control and real-time technologies – and our Embedded Windows expertise – to develop systems that deliver increased performance and manageability.

Ardence Inc. is a General Member with the Intel(R) Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. Founded in 1980, Ardence is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, and operates across North America, Europe and Asia.

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