Siemens Digital Industries Software today announced that its Sokol™ Flex OS software now supports RISC-V embedded development with the availability of one of the industry’s first commercially supported, extensible, and customizable Linux® platforms for the RISC-V architecture. Based on the popular, open-source Yocto Project industry standard, Siemens‘ Sokol Flex OS helps embedded developers create customized, Linux-based systems for RISC-V architectures with ease, security and confidence.
The RISC-V architecture is ideally suited for industrial, medical, defense-aerospace, and consumer applications. Semico Research predicts that global deployment of the architecture will reach 62.4 billion cores by 2025.
Siemens’ Sokol Flex OS for the RISC-V architecture streamlines application development, allowing customers to focus on value-add differentiation. Security and cloud enabled, Siemens’ Sokol Flex OS features built-in security to monitor and detect common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) and is commercially supported to help customers develop reliable systems. In addition, Sokol Flex OS for RISC-V customers receive quarterly updates and security patches, including a robust toolchain for software performance analysis.
“Siemens continues to show leadership within the RISC-V ecosystem with the launch of Sokol Flex OS for RISC-V,” said Krishnakumar Ramamoorthi, senior product marketing manager of Microchip Technology’s FPGA business unit. “Now PolarFire SoC FPGA users can leverage a commercially supported Linux distribution backed by the power of Siemens.“
Siemens’ investment in RISC-V systems development continues
Siemens is a strategic member of RISC-V International and has been involved in its development and adoption since 2019. Demonstrating Siemens’ ongoing investment and commitment to RISC-V technology, the company last year delivered one of the industry’s first commercial real-time operating systems (RTOS) for RISC-V architectures.
“Siemens is a respected collaboration partner to many in the industry, and their contributions to the success of the RISC-V community are especially apparent in the embedded space,” said Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International. “With their new solution, we’re witnessing the momentum go fully mainstream together with a rapidly growing ecosystem,”.
Siemens’ Sokol Flex OS for RISC-V platform will be available in Q1 2023. To learn more about this solution visit: https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/global/en/products/embedded/flex-os.html.
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