Google and Facebook choose Zephyr RTOS for IoT

October 05, 2020 // By Rich Pell
Google, Facebook select Zephyr RTOS for next-gen IoT products
The Linux Foundation has announced that Google and Facebook have selected the Zephyr Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) as one of the key technologies that will be used to build their next generation of infrastructure and products.

The two tech giants will collaborate with other Platinum members of The Zephyr Project - an open source project at the Linux Foundation that is developing a safe, secure, and flexible RTOS for the Internet of Things (IoT) in space-constrained devices - including Intel, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP, and Oticon to ensure IoT security and critical safety challenges.

"Google believes in building secure products for all of our users, and we are excited to join forces with Zephyr to develop a secure real time operating system," says Puneet Kumar, Director of Engineering, Chrome OS. "The Zephyr Project has built a strong community of experts, and we look forward to working with all of the participating organizations to improve the state of the RTOS our products depend on."

"Facebook is pleased to support the Zephyr project which shows great promise in accelerating the pace of RTOS innovation," says Ric Wheeler, Engineering Manager at Facebook. Olof Johansson, Engineering Director, adds that, "The project's focus on establishing neutral governance, encouraging a diverse development community, and the attention to security will help create a thriving and sustainable open source ecosystem around Zephyr. We are excited to be part of that."

Currently, the project reports that it is seeing an uptick in products developed on the RTOS, specifically those that help monitor COVID-19. Developers are creating products - ranging from distance trackers to contact tracing wearables and smart safety shoes - based on Zephyr RTOS because of its small footprint, integrated stacks, and its dependability to speed time to market, says the organization.

Several such products include the following:

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