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Apr 22, 2016

MEN Goes Linux! New Membership with OSADL

Recently, MEN has become a member of the Open Source Automation Development Lab, OSADL. Due to the reinforced activities of OSADL around real-time Linux, MEN is perceiving the support of the association as a good possibility to offer an independent and cost-effective alternative to traditional real-time operating systems.


Real-Time Linux on the Rise

In the recent past there had not been much progress in the development of a real-time Linux. Due to the efforts of OSADL and their growing number of members, however, it was now possible to establish a working group who are intensively dealing with real-time capabilities for Linux. These new movements and the growing demand of Linux BSPs for new customer projects, have led MEN to focus even more than before on the open operating system and also consider it for real-time applications until now untypical for Linux.

Michael Plannerer, head of development at MEN, explains: “We noticed that our customers increasingly rely on Linux. Supported by the membership of OSADL, we want to use Linux-based BSPs even more widely and versatile than we do right now. As the real-time capabilities with Linux show excellent results in long time tests, we do not see any disadvantages for using Linux compared to traditional real-time operating systems, also in demanding applications. At the same time the open source software saves cost at the customer’s and our side and protects against discontinuation and supplier dependency”.

At the moment an Intel-based CompactPCI Serial SBC from MEN is in long time test. The results can be seen at the OSADL website: OSADL test farm.

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