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AMD collaborates with Green Hills to port Integrity real-time OS

Making the operating system fit the chip
Wed Mar 28 2012, 15:19

CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced that it will collaborate with Green Hills Software to port the Integrity real-time operating system (RTOS) to its G series Fusion APU processors.

AMD's embedded G series Fusion APU processors need the help of both operating systems and applications to make use of its unique selling point, the DirectX 11 compatible graphics core. Now the firm has announced that Green Hills' Integrity RTOS will be ported to run on its G series Fusion APU chips for use in military, medical, networking and control-systems environments.

Chris Smith, VP of marketing at Green Hills Software said, "The Integrity board support package for the AMD Embedded G-Series APU supports the AMD DB-FT1 Development Board and will enable AMD customers to build a strong software foundation based on market proven Green Hills technology. With its advanced separation kernel architecture, Integrity has achieved numerous certifications for industry safety and security standards, leading to its widespread adoption in the embedded market."

AMD's G series APU chip with its v10.0.2 SMP release is the specific chip that will be used for the Integrity RTOS port. AMD claims this specific chip was designed for RTOS requirements of deterministic timing needed to guarantee performance.

AMD's collaboration could see its G series Fusion APU chip end up becoming a viable option in industrial applications. Typically operating systems such as Microsoft's Windows and even standard Linux distributions do not provide the performance guarantees and protection required to attain certain safety standards used in demanding and even life-critical real-time operating systems. µ


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