February 27, 2007

CoDeSys SoftPLC Available for PikeOS

Diana Brandt writes "Partition Microkernel Opens New Architectural Possibilities for Automation Industry

Mainz/Germany, February 12, 2007
SYSGO, the global supplier of highly reliable device software, has announced the integration of CoDeSys from 3S - Smart Software Solutions as a new partition type for SYSGO’s real-time separation microkernel PikeOS. CoDeSys is a leading hardware independent programming system for creating industrial controller applications, often called PLCs. It is used by more than 200 manufacturers of components and systems for the automation industry. With PikeOS, industrial controller suppliers can arrange their software in independent but cooperating partitions that are absolutely protected from each other.

“PikeOS is a huge asset for CoDeSys users. New application fields can be accessed as due to the protection of the partitions a high safety level is guaranteed”, said Dieter Hess, co-CEO and co-founder of 3S – Smart Software Solutions. “The support of legacy code provided by PikeOS allows the system designer to use the most appropriate features of existing, proven software technology, from systems such as Linux, POSIX and VxWorks, and to combine them in an optimal way.”

“3S – Smart Software Solutions is a very important supplier of software based programmable logic control for industrial applications and control equipment, and we’re happy that PikeOS is now available to 3S customers,” said Walter Gorssgarten, Partner Manager at SYSGO.
“Industrial control technology, with its broad spectrum of application domains, can make
excellent use of PikeOS’s inherent versatility, safety, and compatibility with established
software standards.”

The PikeOS partition microkernel supports heterogeneous software architectures that contain multiple additional operating systems and runtime environments, such as Linux, ARINC 653 and POSIX. With PikeOS, a relatively uncritical Linux-based part of the application, such as a graphical monitoring system or webserver, may run in one partition, with CoDeSys running in another. It is even possible to run several CoDeSys partitions concurrently; this enables a single control unit to control multiple machines. PikeOS allows partitions to communicate with each other, but one partition cannot corrupt another one.

Further developments are planned for the CoDeSys adaptation of PikeOS, including support for a networked, distributed system of PLCs that would be able to share portions of their states by means of a publish/subscribe mechanism.

About 3S – Smart Software Solutions
The German software specialist 3S-Smart Software Solutions is the manufacturer of the market leading IEC 61131-3 programming tool CoDeSys. The integrated compilers in CoDeSys which translate the controller application into machine code guarantee an optimal performance on the processors in use. As a complete automation suite, CoDeSys offers integrated product extensions for motion control or visualisation. The new CoDeSys 3.0 unites the functionality of the successful programming system CoDeSys with state-of-the-art technology: CoDeSys 3.0 is a complete automation platform and offers real object oriented programming with version profiles, network programming and an integrated IEC visualisation.

SYSGO is specialized in design, implementation and configuration of device software for the
embedded market. Besides SYSGO’s real-time operating system solution for safety-critical systems, PikeOS, and the Embedded Linux development environment, ELinOS, SYSGO offers the development of device drivers, board support packages and firmware. SYSGO supports its customers with services for Embedded Linux, real-time and certification for safety-critical applications. The target markets are Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Consumer Electronic and Network Infrastructure. SYSGO’s customers include DaimlerChrysler, EADS Airbus, EADS Military Air Systems, Honeywell, IBM, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Rockwell-Collins and Rohde & Schwarz. SYSGO AG was founded in Mainz, Germany, in 1991 and was reincorporated as a joint stock company in October 2002. The company has six facilities in Germany and Europe and provides a global distribution network.

Further information
Torsten Voegler
Marketing Manager
Am Pfaffenstein 14
55270 Klein-Winternheim
Phone: +49 6136 99480
E-mail: torsten.voegler@sysgo.com

3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH
Dipl. Ing. (FH) Roland Wagner, Marketing
Memminger Str. 151
87439 Kempten
Phone: +49/831/5 40 31-17
E-mail: r.wagner@3s-software.com

Florian Hohenauer/Kirsten Pade
Friedensstraße 6-10
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Direct line: +49 69 256693-15/-65
E-mail: florian.hohenauer@hotwirepr.com, kirsten.pade@hotwirepr.com"

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