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Tenasys has announced that embedded system developers can now run multiple instances of the Intime real-time operating systems (RTOSs) alongside Windows on the same multi-core processor platform.

The 4.0 release of the company’s Intime RTOS for Windows allows for this advanced functionality.

Previously, embedded systems requiring multiple RTOSs and Windows needed to employ multiple independent processor platforms.

By consolidating multiple operating environments into a single platform, embedded system suppliers can save costs and improve the scalability of processing power.

Intime 4.0’s multiple-RTOS feature provides a key advantage over multi-tasking systems employing a single RTOS, according to the company.

Developers do not have to be burdened with the possibility of multiple, high-priority real-time processes interfering with one another.

Time-critical processes can be fixed to run on their own cores of a multi-core processor, promoting the modular design of real-time systems without the difficulty of resolving priorities between deterministic processes.

If processes running on separate cores need to signal one another, Intime 4.0 provides a way to do this using shared memory.

Intime 4.0 is fully multi-core enabled and can support up to 31 instances of the RTOS simultaneously.

It features: a new ANSI C and ANSI C++ library with support for TR1 and Boost; a new ‘Network 7’ fully featured TCIP pack, services and drivers; and support for Windows 7, Server 2008, Vista and XP.

The RTOS uses Visual Studios 2005 and 2008 for real-time code development and debugging.

Intime 4.0 is a free upgrade for all Intime for Windows customers covered by an active Tenasys support contract.

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