Graham Prophet: The open source Zephyr Project aims to deliver a real-time operating system (RTOS) for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The open source Zephyr Project aims to deliver an RTOS, and has issued a call for developers to help advance project for the smallest footprint IoT devices. The Zephyr Project has been conceived as an open source collaborative effort will unite leaders from across the industry to build a real-time operating system (RTOS) for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Early support for the Zephyr Project includes Intel (including its acquired business groups Altera Corporation and Wind River), NXP Semiconductors (including its recent merger with Freescale), Synopsys, and UbiquiOS Technology Limited. Zephyr Project is inviting others interested in this technology to participate.

Industrial and consumer IoT devices, the Foundation contends, require software that is scalable, secure and enables seamless connectivity. Developers also need the ability to innovate on top of a highly modular platform that easily integrates with embedded devices regardless of architecture. While Linux has proven to be a highly successful operating system for embedded development, some IoT devices require an RTOS that addresses the very smallest memory footprints. This complements real-time Linux, which excels at data acquisition systems, manufacturing plants and other time-sensitive instruments and machines that provide the critical infrastructure for some of the world’s most complex computing systems.

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