SOURCE: LynuxWorks

LynuxWorks

June 06, 2013 08:00 ET

LynuxWorks Announces LynxOS 7.0 With New Security Features to Protect Embedded Connected Devices

As more embedded devices connect to the Internet and each other, LynxOS 7.0 meets the increasing security requirements for real-time operating systems

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 6, 2013) - LynuxWorks, Inc., a world leader in the embedded software market, today announced LynxOS 7.0, the next generation of their most popular real-time operating system (RTOS) enabling embedded developers to add security functionality to their connected devices. The open standards-based LynxOS has been powering millions of embedded devices for the last 25 years across all industries and now adds significant new features to help meet the needs of the billions of next-generation connected devices.

Due to the ubiquity of the Internet, a network infrastructure is now in place for the "Internet of Things" -- a new world of tens of billions of connected devices. The majority of those devices are expected to be hubs and sensor nodes, collecting data and transmitting it from machine-to-machine (M2M). Application examples include aerospace and defense communication infrastructure, industrial automation, smart meters, fleet management, device monitoring, medical and patient monitoring, and situational awareness.

With cyber threats being more sophisticated, and more of the critical infrastructure being controlled by these embedded devices, security protection will be required on each device rather than just relying on the network protection that is in place today.

In an April 2013 VDC Views' article titled Operating System Security is Critical to M2M Devices, Jared Weiner, senior analyst for VDC Research, stated, "… [security] has become increasingly important as more devices are equipped with 'smart' functionality." Weiner added, "Security is among the operating system selection criteria with the greatest momentum. As the challenges of addressing security risks evolve, it is increasingly important to guard against threats at the operating system level. Operating systems for next-generation connected devices must provide support for secure communication by enabling security technologies such as authentication and encryption. Through their domain expertise and industry partnerships, operating system vendors are well positioned to play the role of trusted advisors while OEMs work toward implementing a formal security initiative."

"We believe that LynuxWorks is raising the bar for security in embedded devices. With the latest release of its LynxSecure hypervisor, and now with the security features built into the latest version of LynxOS, they are helping embedded developers build truly secure connected devices," Weiner concluded.

LynxOS 7.0 provides the ability for developers to embed military-grade security directly into their devices by utilizing features such as access control lists, audit, quotas, local trusted path, account management, trusted menu manager and OpenPAM. It also contains networking support for long haul networks with TCP/IPV4, IPV6, 2G/3G/4G cellular and WiMax communication stacks. It also supports the short-haul networks common with M2M applications such as 802.11 WiFi, ZigBee wireless mesh and BlueTooth.

"LynxOS is already in millions of devices and this new functionality allows both existing and new customers to bring security to the forefront," said Robert Day, the VP of Sales and Marketing for LynuxWorks, Inc. "We expect all our embedded market segments, from military and aerospace to industrial, medical and office automation, to benefit from the security and networking improvements in this next generation of LynxOS."

In many market segments, a more advanced communication mechanism will be required to offer extremely low latency, high throughput and high availability for application-to-application communications to help satisfy demanding real-time Quality of Service (QoS) requirements. LynuxWorks partners with key middleware providers such as Real-Time Innovations, Inc. (RTI) to offer these advanced middleware products ported on the LynxOS operating system.

"We believe that the combination of LynxOS 7.0 with its advanced security features, and RTI Connext middleware based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard, offer a compelling solution for building real-time connected embedded devices," said David Barnett, vice president, Products and Markets for RTI. "For our customers in aerospace and defense, industrial and medical markets, our joint solution meets their security, real-time, high throughput and high availability needs -- all based on open standards."

About LynxOS 7.0
LynxOS 7.0 is a deterministic, hard real-time operating system that provides POSIX conformant APIs in a small footprint embedded kernel. LynxOS provides symmetric multi-processing support to fully take advantage of multi-core/multi-threaded processors. LynxOS 7.0 includes new tool chains, debuggers and cross development host support. LynxOS 7.0 provides open APIs, including medium-assurance security per the general purpose operating-system protection profile (GPOSPP).

LynxOS 7.0 supports the most popular reference targets in the Intel® and PowerPC architectures including the new Intel® 4th Generation Core™ and the Freescale QorIQ processors. LynxOS 7.0 Board Support Packages are available for targets from GE Intelligent Systems, Curtiss Wright, and Extreme Engineering.

About LynuxWorks
LynuxWorks, a world leader in the embedded software market, is committed to providing open and reliable real-time operating systems (RTOS) and software tools to embedded developers. The company's LynxOS family of operating systems offers open standards with the highest level of safety and security features, enabling many mission-critical systems in defense, avionics and other industries. The latest product in the portfolio, the award winning LynxSecure offers a secure separation kernel and embedded hypervisor that forms a platform for the development of high assurance systems. Since it was established in 1988, LynuxWorks has created technology that has been successfully deployed in thousands of designs and millions of products made by leading communications, avionics, aerospace/defense and consumer electronics companies. LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San Jose, CA. For more information, visit www.lynuxworks.com.

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