Intel brings virtualization to industrial systems - Embedded.com

Intel brings virtualization to industrial systems

At Embedded World this week, Intel Corp. unveiled its Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series,  that uses virtualization techniques to merge and manage multiple discrete machine control systems into a single machine.

According to Jim Robinson, general manager of Segments and Broad Market Division, it also provides an accelerated path to implementation for developers, machine builders and system integrators. “More and more, the industrial sector is looking to technology for innovative ways to become even more efficient and competitive,” he said.

The virtualized machine control platform Intel is bringing to market, he said, is a complete bundled solution with an embedded computer using an Intel Core i7 processor and a pre-integrated virtualization software stack.

The software stack includes Wind River Hypervisor preconfigured to support three partitions running two instances of Wind River VxWorks* for real-time applications and one instance of Wind River Linux 5.0 for non-real-time applications.

Prior to this, said Robinson, consolidating systems was a considerable challenge because many applications within the industrial segment require real-time performance or the ability to perform in a very predictable way.

“Virtualization addresses this by enabling secure partitioning of important workloads using multiple virtual machines,” he said. “With three partitions, developers can consolidate multiple discrete subsystems onto a single device, offering reduced costs, increased flexibility and reduced factory space.”

Later this year, Intel will offer the bundle with the same software and the inclusion of McAfee Embedded Cotrol, but without the embedded PC.Included with the new offering is a new version of Intel System Studio, a suite of software tools tailored to developers creating industrial embedded systems including those using the Intel Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series.

Robinson said Intel System Studio is available free of charge for a limited time if purchased with the Intel Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series.

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