TenAsys Rolls Out INtime 3.1 RTOS for Windows

TenAsys(R) Corporation announces version 3.1 of the INtime(R) real-time OS for Windows. This newest release of INtime will be demonstrated at the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded Developer’s Conference (MEDC) show in Las Vegas, Nevada (May 1-3, 2007, booth #231). Production release of INtime 3.1 is slated for this summer.

In addition to adding support for Windows Vista for Embedded Systems, INtime 3.1 includes the ability to exploit the latest x86 multi-core processors with a unique form of asymmetric multi-processing: the ability to run real-time INtime applications on one core and standard Windows applications on the remaining processor core(s).

“For more than a decade TenAsys has been one of the leaders in providing RTOS solutions for applications that require real-time determinism alongside our family of full-featured Windows Embedded operating systems,” said Olivier Fontana, group product manager of Windows Embedded Business at Microsoft Corp. “TenAsys continues that leadership by enabling Windows Vista for Embedded Systems to also be used for unique and demanding devices such as control and automation applications.”

New features and enhancements in INtime 3.1 include:

  • Operation with all 32-bit versions of the Windows Vista operating system
  • Access to PCI Express and PCI-X I/O devices directly from real-time applications
  • Elimination of IRQ conflicts thru MSI support (Message Signaled Interrupts)
  • Inclusion of gigabit Ethernet drivers for Intel and Realtek controllers
  • Addition of Win32-style structured exception handling (SEH) for real-time processes
  • Up to 40% improvement in real-time clib and floating point library performance
  • Updates to the real-time USB stack with new sample device drivers

INtime 3.1 is a free upgrade for all INtime 3.0 customers that are covered by a TenAsys support contract.
Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) allow real-time applications to bypass the IOAPIC and hardware IRQ lines, eliminating the determinism problems associated with having to share interrupts among multiple I/O devices. Structured exception handling provides additional developer control over the handling of programming exceptions for C as well as C++ programs. Sample real-time USB drivers have been added that illustrate how to access multi-drop USB serial devices and USB digital and analog data acquisition and control devices over the INtime real-time USB stack.

“INtime 3.1 enables embedded system designers to keep pace with the latest in hardware and software technologies so they can insure their products are competitive,” said Kim Hartman, TenAsys VP of Marketing and Sales. “And TenAsys, a leader in software virtualization technology for real-time systems, is at the forefront of making this support available for multi-core Intel processor systems.”

A fully-functional evaluation copy of the INtime RTOS for Windows can be downloaded from the TenAsys web-site.

About TenAsys
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, TenAsys delivers real-time technology, tools, and services based on the embedded computer industry’s most popular processor and operating system technologies. TenAsys’ core technology has enabled the virtualization of operating environments as far back as 1990 with DOS-RMX, which at the time was marketed directly by Intel for use on Intel’s processors. TenAsys’ INtime software, first announced in 1997, has since become a leading RTOS to be used in Microsoft Windows systems.

In 2006 Intel Corporation recognized TenAsys as Intel Communications Alliance (ICA) Member of the Year, at the Affiliate level. As an ICA member, TenAsys joins a network of over 300 member companies providing products and solutions that help embedded system designers speed up development cycles, cut costs and solve design issues.

Also in 2006, Microsoft recognized TenAsys as its Windows Embedded Partner of the Year, ISV category, for the third year in a row. Cited for its efforts as an independent software vendor in enhancing the performance of the Microsoft Windows operating system for mission-critical, real-time, embedded applications; TenAsys is the only software company to receive this award three years in a row. TenAsys’ INtime software was also the first RTOS to be fully-integrated within the Microsoft Visual Studio(R) development environment.

TenAsys, INtime and iRMX are registered trademarks of TenAsys Corporation.