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Thursday, March 01, 2018

congatec moves into hypervisor software

By Nick Flaherty

We have long pointed out the importance of hypervisor software for embedded systems.

German board and module maker congatec's puchase of hypervisor developer Real-Time Systems (RTS) highlights this for IoT development and the next phase of automation equipment known as Industry 4.0.

Headquartered in Ravensburg, Germany, RTS is a leading provider of hypervisor software for real-time applications in the embedded market.

"The congatec strategy is to simplify the use of embedded computing technologies," said Jason Carlson, CEO of congatec. "As the connected IIoT and Industry 4.0 world is getting more and more complex, one of the most important strategic levers to meet this objective is to invest in software." 

RTS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of congatec and will continue to operate independently, providing software to run on any x86 hardware, but now with worldwide sales and technical support teams.

However this may be an issue for other board makers (and their customers) that use the hypervisor and also compete with congatec.

"If customers need a hypervisor with the best possible real-time performance, easy installation and configuration for any x86 multicore platform, supporting all popular real-time as well as general purpose operating systems, then the RTS Hypervisor from Real-Time Systems is the preferred choice," said Gerd Lammers, CEO at Real-Time Systems. "Our RTS Hypervisor therefore fits perfectly into congatec's strategy of simplifying the use of embedded technology under very demanding circumstances. We are confident that our customers will benefit from our joined forces as it gives us the chance to grow faster, extend our offerings to new markets and improve our services on a global base."

Real-Time Systems' customers are OEMs from markets such as robotics, automation, mechanical engineering, medical technology or test and measurement systems. New markets further arise from the increasing real-time requirements of IIoT and Industry 4.0 applications as well as real-time broadcasting and streaming. Other customers are embedded computer technology manufacturers who qualify the platforms they develop as ODMs for OEMs for the RTS Hypervisor.

"We are investing in the sustainable growth of Real-Time Systems. For instance, we want to extend the functionalities of the RTS Hypervisor in order to open up new markets in the field of transportation. All RTS customers will benefit from these investments; this is because the RTS Hypervisor is independent of any RTOS and GPOS, which gives us the chance to set new standards. The explicit goal is therefore to continue to attract embedded computer manufacturers as customers and to maintain existing customers in this segment," said Gerhard Edi, CTO at congatec. "We will take all necessary organizational measures to achieve these goals. Discussions with these customers have already been initiated in connection with this acquisition announcement."

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