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Wind River’s Latest VxWorks Offering Brings Benefits of Java to Embedded Development

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With IoT as the backdrop, I believe this is a new golden age for the operating system, and overall embedded business as companies across market segments are looking to digitally transform not only individual devices, but also interconnected systems. A major challenge becomes programing, testing and updating these devices remotely in the field as each device could be running a different operating system.
 
The Wind River Micro Runtime for VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS), adds Java application support to its portfolio that also includes C/C++ support. IoT developers can use Micro Runtime to design applications bringing the benefits of Java to embedded development such as increased development efficiency and code portability, and over-the-air bug fixes saving money and creating new revenue opportunities.
 
Micro Runtime provides an optimized embedded Java runtime engine enabling customers to leverage the skills of millions of Java developers and also reuse applications to run on their existing VxWorks investment. Micro Runtime also solves the typical Java support issue faced by small footprint and resource constrained embedded devices.
 
Specifically, Micro Runtime is a complete solution with the Java runtime engine and an Eclipse-based full software development kit (SDK) on a Windows or Linux host to develop, debug and deploy Java applications for VxWorks-based devices. 
 
 Figure 1. Micro Runtime Architecture Diagram
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In the series of latest enhancements to industry-leading RTOS, including the recent introduction of VxWorks Plus, a broad suite of advanced middleware features and protocols that help address a host of specialized needs unique to specific industries, including aerospace and defense, industrial, medical, consumer, and networking were upscaled. 
 

It’s definitely an exciting time to be in the operating system and embedded business, and extremely gratifying to watch our customers transform their businesses with the help of Wind River technology.


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