Wind River, globally renowned provider of software solutions for the intelligent edge, has announced RISC-V open architecture support for its VxWorks Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). VxWorks is the most widely deployed commercial RTOS to have support for the RISC-V open hardware instruction set architecture (ISA). The company has also joined the RISC-V Foundation, a non-profit consortium chartered to standardise, protect, and promote RISC-V ISA together with its hardware and software ecosystem for use in all computing devices. VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) VxWorks significantly extends the reach of RISC-V in the embedded developer space" Adding RISC-V support for VxWorks comes on the heels of the recent wave of innovations made to the RTOS, making it the first to include support for C++17, Boost, Python, and the Rust collection of technologies. “We are pleased to welcome Wind River into the RISC-V Foundation and our global ecosystem," said Calista Redmond, CEO of the RISC-V Foundation. “VxWorks significantly extends the reach of RISC-V in the embedded developer space. We look forward to continued software developments by Wind River and the RISC-V community.” Collaboration with SiFive and Microchip “It’s exciting to see RISC-V gain significant industry traction as it brings the dynamism of open architecture development to hardware,” said Michel Genard, vice president of product at Wind River. “Wind River is very pleased to continue innovating VxWorks while contributing to the success of RISC-V with collaborations like the ones we have with SiFive and MicroChip providing support for their Unleashed and PolarFire SoC FPGA boards.” “Having VxWorks support for our RISC-V-based PolarFire SoC FPGA family brings an extremely compelling offering to embedded systems designers who increasingly need real-time, and Linux capable solutions that are low power, thermally efficient, and secure,” said Shakeel Peera, associate vice president, marketing, FPGA business unit at Microchip. “Our partnership with Wind River is an important one as we work together to advance the collaborative RISC-V ecosystem and community.” Compatible with SiFive Core IP devices “The adoption of RISC-V by Wind River in VxWorks is a great step in the ongoing enablement of the RISC-V ecosystem,” said Dr. Naveed Sherwani, president and CEO of SiFive. “The ability to run VxWorks on SiFive Core IP devices will enable new application markets across the world.”
Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, recently announced the availability of its new ultra secure SmartFusion2® SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2® FPGAs that have more advanced security features at the device, design and system levels than any other leading FPGA manufacturer. The new data security features are now part of Microsemi's mainstream SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs and allow developers to leverage the device's lowest power consumption in its class, high reliability capabilities and best-in-class security technology to build highly differentiated products that help gain a significant time to market advantage. According to the Aberdeen group, by the year 2020 approximately 50 billion machines will be connected. Not only do these machines need to be secure, but they need to be secure at the device, design and system levels. For example, even a machine or system that meets Advance Encryption Standard (AES) could be vulnerable to side channel attacks. Microsemi's licensed, patented differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasure solution increases overall system security by protecting the keys that are stored in the system—protecting it against such attacks. "Even at a time when security is constantly in the public eye, most of the FPGAs being used to develop mainstream applications do not necessarily offer the level of security needed to protect data and valuable application IP," said Shakeel Peera, senior director of product line marketing at Microsemi. "Microsemi's new FPGA security features provide that added layer of protection crucial for many of the new mainstream solutions being developed such as core routers, switches, small cells, remote radio heads, missile systems, factory automation, process control and secure communications." Microsemi's newest generation of SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and IGLOO2 FPGA programmable devices are the industry's most secure, boasting the three key elements needed for a secure programmable devices—secure hardware, design security and data security. Built through a secure supply chain management system, Microsemi data security devices feature: Licensed, patent-protected DPA resistance from Cryptographic Research Inc. Active tamper detectors including an active mesh Secure flash key storage Unique key generation through Intrinsic ID's Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) Quiddikey®-Flex Full NIST-certified crypto accelerators According to a report by the Ponemon Institute, the cost of a data breach can be up to approximately $246 per compromised record which can have a significant effect on the long term viability of a business. This, along with the wide variety of mainstream applications now being developed with FPGAs that have limited security features, illustrates that addressing a multi-layered approach to security is more important than ever. Additionally, the use of hardware based security creates an even more secure system than software-only solutions, and forms the baseline for secure software systems.