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Wednesday 04. February 2009

OPC UA Targeted for the TenAsys INtime RTOS

Unified Automation, ascolab GmbH, and TenAsys will work together to provide an OPC UA communication server for embedded x86 platforms.

Schwabach, Germany – February 04, 2009. Unified Automation GmbH and ascolab GmbH announce their technology partnership with TenAsys Corporation (Beaverton, Oregon, USA), a leading provider of real-time OS and virtualization software technology,  for application of the OPC standard Unified Architecture (OPC UA) SDK to the TenAsys INtime RTOS.

Unified Automation, a provider of OPC automation components and development tools, is a leader in providing ANSI C and C++ cross-platform embedded products and services for OPC UA. TenAsys’ INtime RTOS plus Unified Automation’s OPC UA SDK equals a never before realized OPC platform that combines the flexibility of Windows with the certainty of hard real time determinism.
The OPC UA communication stack can be implemented directly on the INtime RTOS, allowing OPC data services to be tightly coupled with real-time control applications. This arrangement reduces resource requirements and avoids state inconsistencies. OPC UA on INtime eliminates the fundamental limitation of traditional OPC systems, namely that they are restricted to non-deterministic Windows platforms using only a COM/DCOM communication interface.
With INtime on a multi core processor, the OPC UA communication stack and associated OPC server can run on dedicated cores. Unified Automation’s OPC UA plus INtime allows users to operate their OPC UA server deterministically on a network-attached embedded x86 PC, where the INtime RTOS runs standalone, or on an INtime RTOS “local node” running in conjunction with an embedded Windows PC.
With access to Unified Automation’s OPC UA SDK on the TenAsys INtime RTOS, the need for Windows-based OPC servers is reduced because developers can now integrate the OPC server directly into the embedded node, significantly reducing the cost and complexity of OPC systems and simultaneously improving their reliability.

About TenAsys

Real-time virtualization expert, TenAsys Corporation, specializes in operating software for the embedded computer industry. Their products are designed and optimized for use on Intel® x86 platforms using Microsoft® Windows® and the Visual Studio® development environment.
Since 1980, customers worldwide have entrusted TenAsys RTOS products to provide reliable deterministic control for their embedded x86 computers in a wide array of mission critical applications including: medical, telecom, industrial control, robotics, test and measurement, and military applications.
INtime and eVM products use virtual machine technology to combine real-time functionality with Windows versatility.
To learn more about TenAsys, our customers, and our products please visit www.tenasys.com
TENASYS, EVM, INTIME and IRMX are registered trademarks of TenAsys Corporation. The names of other companies, products, and brands mentioned herein may be trademarks of other owners. 

About Unified Automation

As a leading OPC UA technology provider, Unified Automation offers products and services in the field of standardized communication for automation industry and beyond. Based on OPC Unified Architecture technology, Unified Automation products offer a cross-platform OPC UA software development framework to enable vertical information integration for application providers, from embedded device manufacturers up to enterprise application developers.
Unified Automation’s products enable companies to easily build, deploy and integrate standard OPC communication technology. Our products are designed to improve the appeal and quality of customer applications and devices by enabling our customers to accelerate innovation, shorten time to market, and increase revenues.
For more information, visit www.unifiedautomation.com

About ascolab

ascolab GmbH, is an independent consulting and development company focused primarily on the OPC open communication interface. We have been a key contributor to the OPC UA standard process since its inception in 2003. As a consulting partner we design and realize complex communication solutions by providing services that include planning and design, realization and development, and life-cycle and long-term maintenance. We advise and assist in the area of server and client-side software development, including software certification.
For more information, visit www.ascolab.com

About OPC UA

The OPC Foundation defines standards for online data exchange between automation systems. They address access to current data (OPC DA), alarms and events (OPC A&E) and historical data (OPC HDA). Those standards are successfully applied in industrial automation.
The new OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) unifies the existing standards and brings them to state-of-the-art technology using service-oriented architecture (SOA). Platform-independent technology allows the deployment of OPC UA beyond current OPC applications only running on Windows-based PC systems. OPC UA can also run on embedded systems as well as Linux / UNIX based enterprise systems. The provided information can be generically modelled and therefore arbitrary information models can be exposed using OPC UA.
Visit the OPC Foundation website at www.opcfoundation.org for detailed information regarding the OPC Unified Architecture standard.