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Comau Robotics Picks Wind River VxWorks for RTOS


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November 30, 2011

Comau Robotics Picks Wind River VxWorks for RTOS

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Comau Robotics, which makes and sells industrial robots, is running Wind River’s VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) for its latest generation robot control unit, according to company officials.

Luca Lachello, software engineering manager at Comau, said after looking at other RTOSs, they turned to Wind River (News - Alert) “because VxWorks delivered the levels of performance, reliability, safety, and security required for our next-generation Robot Control Unit.”

The financial details of the transaction were not released to the media by press time.

A couple months ago TMC (News - Alert) had the news that Objective Interface Systems, a vendor of communications middleware, announced that it’s ORBexpress product supports Wind River's VxWorks 6.9 RTOS with Symmetric Multiprocessing on multi-core platforms.

Wind River's VxWorks 6.9 platform features multi-core support capabilities within the operating system, network stack, and development tools to produce an easy migration path to multi-core technology for embedded software developers.

Wind River is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel (News - Alert) Corporation.

The C5G is Comau Robotics’ fifth-generation control unit. Comau officials explain that the RTOS is used to run peripherals control software, application software and real-time functions on a multi-core processing system.

The VxWorks 6.9 release offers greater multicore processing performance in symmetric multiprocessing and asymmetrical multiprocessing configurations.

The C5G, Comau Robotics' fifth-generation control unit, is reportedly 50 times faster than the previous version. Using VxWorks, it runs peripherals control software, application software and real-time functions on an advanced multi-core architecture.

The system's high processing power, low power consumption, and power failure recovery functionality are made possible by VxWorks, Wind River officials said.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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