For months now you've read about dual- and multicore chipsets and hardware and the technical advances they represent. Today, embedded software vendor LynuxWorks announced the beta release of an advanced operating system, LynxOS 5, which is specifically designed to help developers take advantage of dual-core and multicore and create more complex devices.
According to Market Wire, the real-time OS, which is based on Linux and open standards, allows developers to bring complex products that leverage multicore hardware to market quickly and inexpensively.
A key feature is its symmetrical multiprocessing architecture, with which "any processor [can] work on any task," and which allows the operating system to balance workloads by moving tasks from one processor to another as necessary.
Also of note is LynxOS 5's compliance with what Market Wire calls "the latest open standards," including POSIX. The standards allow advanced real-time process creation, scheduling, time management and linking -- just to name a few capabilities.
LynxOS 5 is expected to be generally available in this quarter.