it's time to act
On Time, the developer and supplier of RTOS-32, will cease operations at the end of this year. For users of RTOS-32, this means they will not be able to receive OS updates, new drivers, support, or purchase new licenses from 2023 onwards.
The importance of embracing change
RTOS-32 users should, therefore, urgently evaluate alternative real-time solutions. And not only for new developments but also for the installed base of their existing solutions. However, companies must avoid overloading their R&D departments. Immediate porting of all real-time applications can quickly lead to reduced agility and an innovation backlog, as critical capacities for new and further developments are occupied.
Even acquiring the source code licenses for RTOS-32 to execute modifications in-house is only a short-term solution, as it is impossible to freeze a system configuration for all time. In addition, significant capacities and expertise must be spent on RTOS-32 maintenance. So, a need to change is inevitable in the medium to long term.
An agile transition
For maximum agility, we recommend our RTS Hypervisor. It can be used to operate a second real-time operating system in parallel to RTOS-32, so that real-time applications can be incrementally ported to the new RTOS. Even time-intensive porting of complex applications does not have to be completed in a hurry as the Real-Time System Hypervisor keeps its RTOS-32 compatibility. This relieves the development department, saves costs, and ensures more reliable operation of the new solutions.
Some devices may not be supported by RTOS-32. This is where the RTS hypervisor can help as well. Supporting a wide range of real-time operating systems, the RTS hypervisor allows you to assign and use the device in a virtual machine hosting a RTOS for which standard drivers are available.
However, our RTS Hypervisor covers more than just real-time operating systems. It also enables the parallel use of classic multipurpose OSes such as Linux or Windows. Our RTS Hypervisor supports a broad range of x86 real-time operating systems and standard operating systems for this purpose. The complete list can be found here: https://www.real-time-systems.com/de/maintained-os-versions.html.
Finding the right real-time OS
We are happy to support our customers in choosing the ideal RTOS-32 successor. A first pre-selection can be evaluated based on the following questions:
- Are Win32-compatible APIs to be used?
- Is professional support by the RTOS vendor needed?
- Should the new RTOS be royalty-free?
- Should the Visual Studio environment be retained?
- Is remote debugging required during the development phase?
|Win32 API||Royalty-free||IDE||Source code|
|Linux preempt-rt||no||yes||Visual Studio Code possible||yes|
We are at your disposal for a comprehensive and professional evaluation of your solution with our RTS Hypervisor. This evaluation is completely free of charge and without obligation. So, you could even use the change from RTOS-32 as an opportunity for a highly agile alignment of your solutions. Especially if you take advantage of the system consolidation that our hypervisor technology enables.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Real-Time Systems GmbH
|Phone:||+49 (0) 751 359 558 - 0|
Real Time Systems North America
6262 Ferris Square
92121 San Diego CA