Customized IoT operating systems based on Linux and Zephyr

June 05, 2019 // By Peter Clarke
Customized IoT operating systems based on Linux and Zephyr Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a company spun off from the not-for-profit Linaro engineering organization in 2017, is offering customized IoT operating systems – or microplatforms – based on Linux and Zephyr.

Zephyr is the lightweight RTOS developed for resource-constrained and embedded IoT. Linux is an open-source extensible operating system which can also be adapted for real-time and IoT applications.

The company is coming to market with a subscription business model that will allow these microplatforms to be supplied with in-built security and continually tested in deployment and upgraded over-the-air (OTA) to maintain that security.

"You get your operating system tailored to your needs, with security, plus a full testing and lifetime updates. That can be used with any cloud provider – Amazon, Google, IBM, whoever," chairman Ian Drew, who was previously chief marketing officer at ARM, told eeNews Europe. "This allows OEMs to keep control of their data." microPlatforms are being used to enable support for hardware security elements, factory automation and offering lifetime management for IoT/Edge devices. The company has worked with Rambus Inc. to enable support for the Rambus Crypto Manager Root of Trust (CMRT).

The LmP is configurable to customer product requirements across multiple market segments, while maintaining a minimal common, secure, OTA updatable code base. Customer engineering teams from startups to industry leading enterprises are able to manage their own builds of the LmP.

Drew said that has been working with a Tier 1 consumer product manufacturer that insists on anonymity. "This company, a major consumer OEM, is adopting the OS for use on their manufacturing equipment. That's hundreds or even thousands of machines across tens of sites around the world," he said.

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