IntervalZero RTX Real-Time Software Supports Windows 7

IntervalZero, Inc. announced the addition of Windows 7 support for its market-leading deterministic, hard real-time software products – RTX 2009, and RTX 2009 SMP, which includes support for symmetric multiprocessing. Along with Windows, IntervalZero RTX 2009 SMP is a key component in Soft-Control Architectures that give OEMs advantages in throughput and yields; improve production quality; enable more compact physical footprints; and reduce costs.

By leveraging RTX 2009′s native SMP support on multiprocessor architectures, and its tight integration with the Windows environment, IntervalZero said OEMs can move hard real-time control logic, such as PLC or motion logic, from specialized hardware components to software components. By running the control logic in parallel and concurrently on multiple x86 cores in an SMP environment, OEMs can outperform DSP- and FPGA-based solutions and also eliminate much of the inventory, maintenance and development costs associated with a DSP and FPGA infrastructure.

“With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft made advances in gesture technology and improved performance on multi-core processors. These are the kinds of innovations and improvements that our customers are demanding so it was a priority for us that RTX support Windows 7 as quickly as possible. It benefits our customers and creates additional opportunities in key markets,” said IntervalZero CEO Jeffrey Hibbard.

IntervalZero is primarily focused on the Industrial Automation, Medical Systems, Digital Audio Workstation, and Test and Measurement markets.

The OEMs that will benefit most from Soft-Control Architectures, Hibbard said, are those that have complex Human-Machine Interfaces and require both the precise coordination of multiple tasks, and the deterministic hard real-time performance that RTX delivers. He also said that a Soft-Control Architecture enables OEMs to take full advantage of innovative technologies and industry trends.

Among the trends and technology innovations that are driving economic and operational benefits for OEMs are: Open Standards, advancing chip technologies, particularly multi-core; real-time EtherNet; Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) initiatives; and touch-centered usability.

Embraced individually, these opportunities can produce incremental benefits, Hibbard said. “Harnessed together in an RTX-enabled Soft-Control Architecture they yield revolutionary benefits that change the game.”

IntervalZero, which was Microsoft Embedded 2009 Vendor of the Year in both North America and EMEA, has a strategic collaboration with Microsoft Embedded System Integrator of the Year, Adeneo Embedded to accelerate OEMs’ adoption of Soft-Control Architectures.

IntervalZero provides customers with options for SMP-supported and non-SMP versions.

  • RTX 2009 includes support for real-time operations on one shared or dedicated RTX processor in a uniprocessor or multiprocessor environment.
  • RTX 2009 SMP makes it possible to operate on one shared, or up to seven dedicated RTX processors in a multicore/multiprocessor environment. SMP support enables greater, more scalable system performance. Windows 7 support is for dedicated configuration.

Support of multiple real-time threads running concurrently on multiple processors in a single system allows end users to create more powerful solutions, while reducing hardware costs and physical footprint.

With SMP, multiple cores can communicate directly with one another, eliminating the need for multiple single-board computers arranged in a bus communication design.

In addition to Windows 7, RTX 2009, and RTX 2009 SMP are supported on Windows Vista, up through SP2; Windows XP, up through SP3; and Windows Embedded Standard 2009. RTX 2009 and RTX 2009 SMP also support Visual Studio 2008.

RTX 2009 and RTX 2009 SMP with Service Pack 1, which was released today, includes the following new features and updates:

  • Dedicated configuration support for Windows 7
  • Configurable priority inversion protocol
    • Priority promotion with tiered demotion
    • Priority promotion with limited demotion
    • Disabled
  • Win32 Managed Code Support
  • Support for Registry access within RTSS applications
  • Visual Studio 2008 support
  • Supports the use of PAE under all configurations
  • Earlier boot start through the PNP Automatic start option

More information: IntervalZero