How do you develop and sustain an operating system primed for the continuously evolving nature of the internet of things? You model it, in part, on the highly successful Linux platform, which is exactly the tactic of the Zephyr Project, an open, real-time operating system overseen by the nonprofit Linux Foundation along with a variety of other big-name industry players.
Zephyr Project aims to bring real-time to the IoT
For as little as 8kB IoT device developers can have a real-time operating system in their design, thanks to the Zephyr Project. This open-source, community-created code is available through the Linux Foundation under the permissive Apache 2.0 license to make it as uncomplicated to use and deploy as possible.
With more than 25 billion Internet connected things predicted to hit the market by 2020, the “Internet of Things” is evolving from a promise to an everyday reality. Whether it’s how we control our energy usage or secure our homes, smart devices are changing the world we live in and how we live.
Community developing a secure, open source real-time operating system for the Internet of Things
SAN FRANCISCO, August 8, 2016 – The Zephyr™ Project, an open source collaborative effort to build a real-time operating system (RTOS) for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced today that Linaro Ltd, the collaborative engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM® architecture, has joined the project as a Platinum member. Linaro is a global organization whose 35 members include leading companies from many industry segments.
Linaro joins founding members of the project: Intel® Corporation (including its acquired business groups Altera Corporation and Wind River), NXP Semiconductors N.V. (including its recent merger with Freescale) and Synopsys, Inc.
As a Platinum member, Linaro will help drive Zephyr specifications and initiatives, and contribute toward the development of the Zephyr Project’s goal of becoming the premier multi-architecture open source RTOS for IoT. Linaro’s participation will especially help to ensure quality ARM® architecture support in the Zephyr Project.
“Since its establishment, we have worked closely with The Linux Foundation on many common projects of interest to Linaro and its members. These have been exclusively focused on ARM Cortex-A based systems,” said George Grey, Linaro CEO. “Joining the Zephyr Project signals Linaro’s interest in reducing MCU OS fragmentation and helping enable ARM Cortex-M based MCUs in the Internet of Things and embedded space. We see Zephyr as a unifying project, and as an architecture-neutral RTOS. Linaro will use Zephyr as the basis for developing and testing technologies applicable to the IoT and embedded markets.”
“IoT promises new levels of connectivity for embedded technologies,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “Linaro is not only a global leader in embedded devices, but one that deeply understands the power of open source. I’m excited to see how their collaboration with other members of the Zephyr Project impacts IoT.”
About the Zephyr™ Project
The Zephyr Project is a small, scalable real-time operating system for use on resource-constrained systems supporting multiple architectures. To learn more, please visit www.zephyrproject.org.
The Zephyr Project is hosted by The Linux Foundation, the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.
Linaro is leading collaboration on open source development in the ARM ecosystem. The company has over 200 engineers working on consolidating and optimizing open source software for the ARM architecture, including developer tools, the Linux kernel, ARM power management, and other software infrastructure. Linaro is distribution neutral: it wants to provide the best software foundations to everyone by working upstream, and to reduce non-differentiating and costly low level fragmentation. The effectiveness of the Linaro approach has been demonstrated by Linaro’s growing membership, and by Linaro consistently being listed as one of the top five company contributors, worldwide, to Linux kernels since 3.10.
The full scope of Linaro engineering work is open to all online. To find out more, please visit http://www.linaro.org.
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