Issue: Apr 2006


Unique software only technology enables the coexistence of Microsoft Windows XP and Real-Time Ops



Device Software Optimization (DSO) solutions for real-time applications

by Rob White

KUKA Controls, a leading developer of real-time operating system software, announced today its designation as a Wind River Platform Partner, the global leader in device software optimization.

The partnership status identifies KUKA Controls as a key provider of Device Software Optimization (DSO) solutions for real-time applications that integrate seamlessly with Wind River products. Wind River selectively reviews and appoints only those companies whose solutions are proven compatible with Wind River products, provide superior technical advantages to the end user and are supported effectively in the worldwide market.

KUKA Controls unique software only technology enables the coexistence of Microsoft Windows XP and a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) on a single computer system without inhibiting the functionality or performance of either operating system and without modifying either OS. The determinism and response of the RTOS is preserved under all circumstances. This coexistence increases overall system performance and reliability while reducing the power and space requirements. In many applications, the KUKA Controls extensions eliminate the cost of additional graphics/visualization hardware. KUKA Controls VxWin product adds the high-end graphical interface and connectivity, including printing, of Windows XP to Wind River VxWorks. Additionally, VxWin adds real-time ability to Windows XP utilizing VxWorks. The end user also gains the benefit of the many Windows applications that can be used with the real-time system.

Developers benefit from the elimination of the cost and development of a separate dedicated user-interface, the use of familiar development tools, and the security of a solution proven in over 70,000 applications.

The benefits of KUKA Controls VxWin are in complete alignment with Wind Rivers Device Software Optimization strategy, said John Fanelli, Vice President of Product Planning and Management for Wind River. We believe users will gain tremendous value utilizing KUKA Controls software-only technology that combines the real-time performance of VxWorks with the rich and familiar feature-set of Windows XP giving the user the best of both worlds.


This partnership formalizes the close long-term collaboration KUKA Controls has enjoyed with Wind River for over 15 years, notes KUKA Controls Heinrich Munz, Director, Technology. Wind River is a true market leader and we are proud to be their partner in offering real-time DSO solutions.

KUKA Controls develops and markets Windows® real-time extension software for aerospace, automation, industrial, medical and test and measurement markets. KUKA Controls VxWin supports Wind River VxWorks 5.4 through 6.1 and Microsoft Windows® 2000 SP4 through Windows XP FP2 including Windows XP Embedded and Windows Server 2003.


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