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Multi-Operating System Support for Intel’s New Embedded Quad-Core Core I7 Processors

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The Intel Core i7 family has been widely used in the desktop and laptop market, and now the quad-core versions of the processor are available for embedded designs. Now LynxSecure 4.0 from LynuxWorks provides a flexible virtualization solution for use in embedded systems. 

The availability of LynxSecure on the latest quad core processors from Intel allows large GUI-based OSs such as Windows or Linux to securely co-reside with more traditional embedded real-time OS solutions such as the LynxOS family of RTOSs from LynuxWorks. The advanced software virtualization in LynxSecure is integrated with the hardware virtualization technologies, such as vt-x and vt-d, on the Intel processors to give native performance and functionality of all the OSs that are running as “guests.”

Another key feature that LynxSecure offers is the ability to run guest OSs that have Symmetric Multi processing (SMP) capabilities. The new quad-core devices from Intel make this feature a reality by allowing one of the guest OSs to run across multiple cores, offering performance never seen before in a virtualized embedded system. For embedded systems that require a sophisticated user interface coupled with networked connectivity, and also hard real-time data response, the combination of LynxSecure with the quad-core Intel core-i7 processor allows all of this functionality to be easily developed, or migrated from existing systems, giving an unprecedented development window for the next generation of complex embedded systems.

Taking advantage of the hardware virtualization capabilities of the Intel Core i7, LynxSecure offers the ability to run guest OSes at near-native performance. It enables an unmodified OS such as Windows to run at much higher performance than other solutions that rely on the traditional emulation layer approach. LynxSecure also offers built-in virtual networking, allowing Windows applications to seamlessly communicate via TCP/IP with other virtualized OSs, such as Linux, running in a separate partition. This rapid and secure inter-partition communication is handled entirely by LynxSecure without modifying the applications or the virtualized OS.

LynuxWorkrs, San Jose, CA. (408) 979-3900. [www.lynuxworks.com].