Virtualization and the Internet of Things

December 17, 2014 // By Windriver

Responding to and driving these developments, technology for industrial control devices has also changed dramatically in recent years—from 8-bit to 64-bit processors, from micro-controllers to multi-core—and now the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the game again. This paper discusses how embedded virtualization enables the device flexibility and security required for device manufacturers to take advantage of the opportunities created by IoT.

The Industrial control devices used to be manufactured with a business logic that was already built in when they left the manufacturing plant to perform one fixed function. But times have changed. Today, devices are shipped comparatively bare and are then given a personality through software download from USB devices, flash cards, etc. These more generic devices can be manufactured with a limited set of functionality and given more content during deployment by a system integrator.
windriver, IoT, embedded, RTOS