Phoenix-RTOS enhancing functionalities of latest NXP crossover processors


Phoenix-RTOS on i.MX RT

Phoenix Systems is testing a new version of its real time operating system – Phoenix-RTOS, perfectly suitable for microcontrollers implemented in new Internet of Things devices. These 40 nm microcontrollers offer significant computing power while using little energy. However, to fully utilize their potential, they need an operating system – just as computers or mobile devices. Phoenix-RTOS is the only operating system that allows to fully take advantage of these microcontrollers features as well as shorten time to market and deployment of new devices. The development of the devices is also possible thanks to new hardware solutions, such as NXP i.MX RT Series.

The convergence of low power applications processors and high performance microcontrollers is possible with i.MX RT Series - the industry’s first crossover processor, offering the highest performance Arm® Cortex®-M core, real-time functionality and MCU usability at an affordable price. Together with Phoenix-RTOS operating system, it enables a whole new spectrum of possibilities for producers of IoT devices.

“Phoenix Systems is providing best in class software solutions for the metering space including communication protocols. Their latest Phoenix-RTOS product enables a brand new approach of microkernel-based real-time operating system for high-end MCUs like i.MX RT” – states Jean-Marc Darchy, Smart Energy Regional Marketing Manager in NXP. „It will allow us together to extend the reach of software defined solutions based on i.MX RT and running under the control of this disruptive new operating system.”

According to Juniper Research, the number of connected Internet of Things devices, sensors and actuators, will reach over 46 billion in 2021. It unlocks new business opportunities, both for the producers of intelligent devices and IoT software developers. The main challenge for these new products is enablement of software-defined solutions, where previously hardware was needed. The new microcontrollers, such as NXP i.MX RT Series along with Phoenix-RTOS, is an answer to the market needs of device development for IoT, Smart Metering and others.

The development of Phoenix-RTOS operating system began in 1999 at the Warsaw University of Technology, and in 2011 first commercial implementations were completed. The second version of the system has been applied in smart meters and smart data concentrators, developed for one of the main Polish utility companies Energa-Operator as well as in intelligent gas meters. The third, current version, is now tested for multiple deployments.

“Phoenix-RTOS allows to quickly prototype and deploy new Internet of Things devices, which mean their faster delivery to the market. Today this agility and instant change implementation defines company’s position on the market” – states Paweł Pisarczyk, CEO of Phoenix Systems. “The first sector that appreciated Phoenix-RTOS is utility and energy industry, but its architecture goes way beyond it and allows to manufacture also various other IoT devices’.

Today Phoenix-RTOS is tested in avionics industry, where it can be utilized in drones.

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