Ardence Adds Intel Core 2 Duo Support to RTX 7.0 for Embedded Windows

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, has been tested and validated to support the new Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processors. In addition, Ardence, a General Member of the Intel(R) Communications Alliance, is working closely with Intel to add Intel(R)-specific enhancements to its product line. This includes integration with the Intel(R) Virtualization Technology and Intel(R) Active Management Technology (Intel(R) AMT).

Intel(R) multi-core processors are up to 40 percent faster than previous-generation hardware and boast enhanced energy efficiency. Ardence RTX is a software solution that gives developers deterministic control of Windows XP-based systems that require a high level of performance and scalability. Ardence has been a leader in multi-core technologies with its RTX product since it began supporting dedicated and shared multi-processor configurations in 2002.

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 the Intel(R) 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 multi-core Intel(R) processor-based platforms that run on Windows, and the seamless compatibility of these technologies is no accident,” said Stephen Woodard, Ardence Senior Vice President of Global Operations. “Working with industry leaders such as Intel(R) enables us to align our technologies and generate well-integrated solutions that provide competitive advantages to our customers worldwide.”

“The Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processors include a number of new features and technologies that deliver breakthrough energy-efficient performance for a wide variety of embedded platforms,” said Joe Jensen, General Manager, Marketing and Platform Programs, Communications Infrastructure Group, Intel(R). “The availability of software platforms supporting Intel(R) Virtualization Technology, such as Ardence RTX 7.0, helps our industrial customers create multiple ‘virtual’ systems, or partitions – allowing multiple operating systems and applications to run independently inside a single platform.”

Ardence is using its expertise in real-time operating systems to provide system designers with the capability to run a Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) side-by-side with an RTOS kernel. This will expand on its current Phar Lap ETS RTOS product and provide the ability to run hard real-time deterministic threads and a general purpose operating system such as Windows or Linux in a partitioned/controlled virtual machine – resulting in a “best of both worlds” scenario for embedded systems designers.

Ardence is evaluating Intel(R) AMT technology and the synergies that can be developed with its Streaming software product line. Integrating the management capabilities of Intel(R) AMT with the already robust features of the Ardence product line will offer a level of management unmatched by any product available on the market.

RTX 7.0, launched in July ’06, introduced 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. Founded in 1980, Ardence is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, and operates across North America, Europe and Asia.

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