Connectivity for industrial measurement and control

Wind River Systems has announced VxOPC, a product aimed at the industrial measurement and control (IMC) market.

Fully integrated with Wind River’s VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS), the VxOPC solution implements the OLE for Process Control (OPC) data access server, a set of standard interfaces that makes interoperability possible between automation/control applications, field devices and business/office applications.

The VxOPC solution includes a data access server run-time component and associated interactive client tools, all integrated with Wind River’s Tornado integrated development environment (IDE). With the VxOPC product, customers can develop industrial applications for process control, robotics, machine builders, semiconductor manufacturing, distributed control systems, discrete controllers, and other industrial devices.

‘By introducing VxOPC, Wind River customers now do not have to obtain an OPC server from another automation supplier and go through the integration hassles,’ said ARC Advisory Group Senior Analyst Dick Slansky. ‘VxOPC, when combined with the current product offerings from Wind River, provides for a complete industrial automation control development suite for the embedded environment. Wind River is clearly focusing on the industrial measurement and control sector with VxOPC, and with this addition, nicely rounds out their capability to offer automation solutions for both process and discrete control applications.’

The VxOPC implementation is available on Wind River’s Tornado II development platform. It requires Tornado II IDE, VxDCOM, MSVC 5.0, or Visual Studio, and a Microsoft Windows NT host Supported target systems include PowerPC, x86, ARM, MIPS, 68K, CPU32, and Sparc architecture.

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