Wind River VxWorks RTOS – The World's #1 RTOS for Embedded Real Time Systems

By: Wind River  09-12-2011
Keywords: embedded systems, User Interfaces

Why VxWorks?

  • Proven: VxWorks is the RTOS that powers more than 1 billion real-time systems across the globe, from small consumer products to commercial airliners. When the consequences for failure are expensive or, worse, life threatening, VxWorks RTOS is the only choice. After 30 years of RTOS leadership and consistently successful deployments, Wind River is the name you know you can trust.
  • Optimized: VxWorks RTOS has been optimized for performance, determinism, and code footprint on each processor platform it runs on. VxWorks RTOS is also optimized for specialized hardware support for such features as network acceleration and graphics. Why waste processing power on a non-optimized RTOS?
  • Innovative: VxWorks is leading the market in RTOS innovation. The first RTOS with 32-bit and 64-bit processing, multi-core and multi-OS support, and diverse connectivity options, VxWorks provides our customers with the leading-edge RTOS functionality they require to stay competitive. Why go with an RTOS that doesn't provide the solutions you need to take advantage of the latest technology?

Unparalleled Innovation

VxWorks drives RTOS innovation in key requirement areas for embedded systems. By their very nature, embedded systems are constrained by memory, performance, and power consumption. Application requirements continuously grow to satisfy new safety and security standards and customer value criteria such as rich user interfaces and connectivity. VxWorks meets these growing requirements with unparalleled RTOS innovation:

  • Multi-core/multi-OS: VxWorks is designed for use in various multi-core configurations as a single operating system in symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) and asymmetrical multiprocessing (AMP) modes or as a guest RTOS on top of Wind River Hypervisor.
  • Scalability: VxWorks offers robust and reliable RTOS performance on small memory- and CPU-constrained devices up to full 64-bit multi-core systems for high-end processing. Because of this scalability, VxWorks is the ideal RTOS for creating a common software platform for a product line of embedded devices.
  • Security and safety: Our leadership in safe and secure systems includes a certifiable RTOS for very stringent safety standards such as FAA/RTCA DO-178B/EUROCAE ED-12B Level A, IEC 61508, and ARINC 653. VxWorks also provides a multilevel secure (MLS), High Robustness RTOS for the demanding requirements of the Common Criteria and National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). VxWorks is the first RTOS to be certified under Wurldtech's Achilles certification program, an internationally recognized standard for industrial cyber-security.
  • Connectivity: VxWorks provides industry-leading advanced networking solutions for every facet of embedded systems communications, from device to device via USB, and core to core in an AMP multi-core system with MIPC.
  • Graphics: VxWorks RTOS and Wind River Media Library form a robust platform for embedded graphics solutions. With Wind River Tilcon Graphics Suite, developers have a complete graphical user interface (GUI) development system for next-generation devices.

Significant Strengths

At Wind River, we take pride in the innovations in VxWorks that have made it the No. 1 RTOS in the world, and we're committed to continued innovation in each of our core strength areas:

  • Footprint: VxWorks has a completely configurable and tunable small memory footprint for today’s memory-constrained systems. You control how much of the operating system you need.
  • Real-time performance: Capable of dealing with the most demanding time constraints, VxWorks is a high-performance RTOS tuned for both determinism and responsiveness.
  • Reliability: A high-reliability RTOS, VxWorks provides certification evidence required by strict security standards. Even for non-safety-critical systems, VxWorks is counted on to run forever, error free.
  • Scalability: An indispensable RTOS foundation for very small-scale devices, large-scale networking systems, and everything in between, VxWorks is the first RTOS to provide full 64-bit processing to support the ever growing data requirements for embedded real-time systems. VxWorks is scalable in terms of memory footprint and functionality; you will tune it to the exact needs of your project.

VxWorks Certifications

VxWorks conforms to or complies with the following standards and certifications:

  • IEEE Std. 1003.1 (POSIX)
  • IEEE Std. 1003.13-2003 PSE52
  • U.S. Department of Defense for Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) Software Communications Architecture (SCA) AEP 2.2.1 and 2.2.2
  • Many RFCs and Internet-Drafts maintained by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • IPv6 Ready Logo Program
  • IEEE Std. 802.1X, IEEE Std. 802.11i, and IEEE Std. 802.1.AE
  • Virtual Private Network Consortium (VPNC)
  • Wurldtech Achilles
  • ARINC Specification 653, Part 1
  • IEC 61508
  • RTCA DO-178B

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Keywords: embedded systems, User Interfaces

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