Micrium adds ARMv8, Cortex-A50 RTOS support

April 10, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Micrium has extended its architecture support to include 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.

“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. Micrium asserts that the simplicity of its 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,” Labrosse concludes. “

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