LxWin 7.1 with 64 Bit RT-Linux support released

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Acontis technologies has released version 7.1 of its leading LxWin real-time extension, which now provides support for 64-bit real-time Linux in addition to 32-bit. This extension enables users to run Windows and an extremely fast, real-time Linux in parallel. It enables the use of a wide variety of Linux drivers under LxWin without any change, including fieldbus controllers or GigE camera systems, communication stacks (EtherCAT, Profinet, OPC, OPC UA, TSN, …) or complex software like CNC controllers or software PLCs.

This enables customer to shift their real-time applications to the next level. Increased performance on integer as well as floating point operations will increase overall performance as well as minimize application jitter.

Additional benefits are enhanced security as the 64-bit Linux kernel is more actively maintained compared to the 32-bit version.

Using 64 Bit Linux, in the future, it will be possible to simply utilize memory above the 4 GByte limit without the need to adjust the application as it would be necessary for 32-bit real-time systems.

Besides this major feature update, the new LxWin 7.1 version also includes a variety of other enhancements such as support for Linux kernel version 4.9.240 and full Support for Windows 10 2004 and Windows 10 20H2. The WIBU Codemeter runtime was updated to version 7.10a. The hypervisor timestamp driver default source now uses TSC for better performance results. More CPUs (though not officially listed by Intel) will now benefit from Cache Allocation Technology (CAT) and Memory Bandwith Allocation (MBA). In addition, the Windows/Linux communication library now supports .NET Core.

The latest version also supports CAT CDP (Code and Data Priorization). Using CDP it is possible to configure Code and Data Cache separately. This may be useful to avoid critical code to be pushed out of the Cache in case big data areas are accessed.


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