KUKA RTOS - Products

By: Kuka Control  09-12-2011
Keywords: Medical Devices, Operating Systems, Motion Control

KUKA Roboter’s RTOS Virtual Machine Technology is a world-wide unique, sophisticated platform for running any off-the-shelf Real-time Operating System (RTOS) co-existently with Microsoft Windows® Vista/XP/2000.

The RTOS may either run with highest priority together with Windows® on the same CPU core (without real-time restrictions!) or it may exclusively facilitate one ore more CPU cores.
Running different real-time operating systems as well as different instances of the same RTOS on different CPU cores is possible.

End customers are provided with an easy-to-use RTOS/Windows solution based on top of the RTOS VM.
Currently supported are:

Using KUKA Roboter's VmfWin product enables customers to port new operating systems or existing real-time firmware on top of the RTOS VM. The Virtual Machine Framework therefore provides a standard interface to the RTOS VM (e.g. hardware abstraction layer, communication services,..).

KUKA Roboter's RTOSWin product family is well proven since more than 10 years; it offers a simple, reliable and cost effective solution for a broad range of applications in:

  • PC based automation and motion control
  • Real-time test and measurement
  • Medical Devices
  • Fast control algorithms
  • Industrial Robotics

Keywords: Medical Devices, Motion Control, Operating Systems, Real-time Operating System, Test and Measurement

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