MSC Vertriebs, ELTEC Team on Real-Time Linux for COM Express

MSC Vertriebs GmbH and ELTEC Electronik AG have agreed to a close collaboration to support real-time Linux /OSADL for COM Express(TM) products. The powerful COM Express modules from MSC will be equipped with ELTEC’s real-time Linux extensions, which are mainly driven by the OSADL (Open Source Automation Development Lab)-Consortium.

MSC Vertriebs GmbH offers comprehensive security functions for their modular COM Express platform based on the Intel(R) Core Duo and Intel(R) 82945GM from system start to execution of the application code, which can also be used with Linux. Any modification of the hardware, the BIOS, and the software is then immediately recognizable. The modules operate only in a distinct environment designated by the OEM. To accomplish this, the “TrustedCore” BIOS from Phoenix Technologies with TPM 1.2 (Trusted Platform Module) from Infineon is implemented on the module. An increased security of the customer owned know-how and intellectual property of the MSC platform is achieved, preventing copying, modification, and cloning – even in conjunction with the open operating system Linux.

Lothar Kümmerlein, Managing Director of Boards & Systems at MSC confirms: “We have found a partner in OSADL specialists at ELTEC, with whom their technology can be used in our COM Express modules so that they can be protected against unauthorized access and modification of data and software even in the Linux world.”

Beside their system know-how, ELTEC has extensive expertise especially in the area of real-time Linux with their drivers and frameworks and contributes, among others, to the activities of the OSADL consortium, in which ELTEC is considerably involved as a founding member. In the current version of the Linux kernel, there are several new functions incorporated, such as real-time preempt patches or virtualization (i.e. several operating systems running on the same hardware) that improve the real-time characteristic of Linux. Precisely these innovations open further capabilities in the automation and machine industry, thereby allowing the user interface (such as Windows) and the real-time capable control (for example under Linux) to operate on the same hardware.

“Resulting from the collaboration between ELTEC and MSC, synergies arise for the development of new COM Express modules and the capability to provide complete system solutions,” stresses Dieter Gebert, chairman of the board at ELTEC AG.

MSC Vertriebs GmbH is the main sponsor of the Embedded Linux Conference.

About OSADL (Open Source Automation Development Lab)
OSADL is a collectively organized institution, which has set the goal to develop, qualify, and standardize a Linux-based operating system environment for the automation industry. In this way, it should be possible for its members to save on development capacity and to allow different operating systems to be brought together on a standardized Linux core – without pursuing proprietary interests. Important requirements for the automation industry are, beside a deterministic behavior, a considerably longer product lifetime and a significantly reduced failure rate.

Further demands for the operating system environment are, among others, software products with real-time characteristics, long-term stability of the programming interface (API), as well as high scalability. In addition, increasingly more complex machines and installations require a maximum on ability to integrate the deployed, often heterogeneous, control systems. Since December 2005, eleven well-known companies have committed themselves to the standardization and certification of real-time Linux, whereby, among others, ELTEC is one of the founding members.

About MSC Vertriebs GmbH
MSC Vertriebs GmbH is a European-wide service company in the field of electronic components, board-level products, and customer specific development of industrial hardware. Founded in 1982, the MSC Vertriebs GmbH operates today as a pan-European distributor and manufacturer in a consolidated company with over 1100 employees.

Products requiring extensive technical support, such as COM Express(TM), ETX(R) components, EXM 32, microcontrollers & tools, programmable logic & tools, ASICs, industrial motherboards, power and linear products, displays, optoelectronics, as well as memory modules are our specialty and make MSC one of the leading companies for high-tech solutions.

MSC distinguishes itself distinctly from its competitors with its competent applications and development engineers, as well as its design capacity for hardware, ASICs, and BIOS. The regional location to its suppliers and the consistent approach toward new technologies guarantee a high level of competency for its customers.

About ELTEC Elektronik AG
ELTEC Elektronik AG with its headquarters in Mainz, Germany, offers specific system solutions on the basis of high-performance hardware and software products for the application markets automation technology, telecommunication, medical, security and traffic. The comprehensive range of products contains of CPU boards, frame grabbers, I/O products, imaging solutions, software, and complete systems. ELTEC develops and produces on the base of CE and ISO 9000 certified quality standards.