Platforms for Success in Next Generation IoT Designs

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Over decades, the diverse needs of OEMs fostered the development of a range of different embedded runtime options, from real-time operating systems (RTOSs), to microkernels to Linux, among others. Now, many OEMs are looking towards new technology choices such as virtualization as a mechanism to consolidate previously discrete systems – which often used different operating systems or had different levels of required safety certification.

The transition to third-party OS platforms continues to redefine the embedded ecosystem. As OEMs looked at adding more and more smart functionality to their systems, they recognized that they also needed sophisticated OS platforms. In some cases, this meant adding one altogether to systems previously powered by simple kernels or bare metal engines.

In others, it meant moving to a third-party solution when they could not scale their own in-house offerings, recognizing a need to focus resources on other stack layers and tap into what the ecosystem had to offer. As more and more OEMs abandon in-house operating systems in favor of third-party solutions, both open source and commercial operating systems have gained favor.

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