Micrium paves way with ARMv8 RTOS support

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WESTON, USA: Micrium, the premier supplier of high-quality embedded software components, announced support for the 64-bit ARMv8-based microprocessors.


Micrium's uC/OS-II and uC/OS-III now both support the ARMv8 architecture found in the Cortex-A50 series. This announcement brings Micrium's renowned RTOS ecosystem to the next generation of 64-bit application processors and SoCs.

"The kernel ports for the ARM Cortex-A50 are designed to be as versatile as possible," said Jean J. Labrosse, president and CEO of Micrium. "This versatility, obtained through simple configuration, allows developers to painlessly use many of the features offered by ARMv8."

Usually aimed at high-performance standalone real-time critical tasks, uC/OS-II and uC/OS-III can also work transparently under a hypervisor. At the same time, the simplicity of Micrium's RTOS solution makes it a natural choice to use as a secure kernel. This allows a trusted, lightweight kernel to service critical tasks, while at the same time run a general-purpose OS on the same microprocessor. Micrium is paving the way toward support of future ARM microprocessor architectures, such as the ARMv8-R designed for 32-bit safety-critical applications.

"Current Cortex-A users are now assured an easy upgrade path toward 64-bit computing," continued Labrosse. "Early adopters can thus harness the advantages of the ARMv8-A architecture while using Micrium's time-proven and trusted solutions."

The availability of the DS5 toolchain, development environment and simulation model was central in enabling Micrium to release kernel ports so early in the lifetime of the ARMv8-A architecture.