PikeOS RTOS & Hypervisor

PikeOS is a real-time operating system that offers a separation kernel-based hypervisor with multiple partitions for many other operating systems and applications. It enables you to build devices for environments with strong demands for Safety and Security. PikeOS is compliant to the highest Safety standards for Avionics & Space, Railway, Automotive, Medical and Industrial Automation markets.

Due to its separation kernel approach, PikeOS is the first choice for systems which demand protection against Cyber-Security attacks. In addition to the broad usage within millions of IoT and edge systems, it has also been deployed within various high critical communication infrastructures.

PikeOS brings together virtualization and real-time by means of unique and never seen before technologies. It allows you to migrate numerous complex embedded circuit boards in to a single hardware. It does not stop when it comes to new hardware concepts such as Big SoCs (Systems-on-a-Chip) with multiple heterogeneous processor cores. Finally, when it comes to certification, SYSGO offers you the right certification kit in order to help you facing the certification authorities.

PikeOS runs on several architectures - supporting processors that come with a Memory Management Unit (MMU) as well as less complex SOCs that contain a Memory Protection Unit (MPU) only. Please refer to the BSP list for more details.


PikeOS Product Overview


PikeOS BSP List

Board Support Packages

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What's new with PikeOS 5.1?

Have a look at what's new with features and updates of our latest PikeOS version.

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Supported Guest OSs and APIs

PikeOS Native API

PikeOS Native

The PikeOS native API is primarily designed in order to build para-virtualized guest operating systems. It provides a small but complete set of low level system calls that are optimized for performance, robustness, Safety and Security.

The PikeOS native API is also the first choice when it comes to software to be certified at the highest certification levels.

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Avionics ARINC 653 (aka APEX)

ARINC 653 (aka APEX)

The PikeOS ARINC 653 is built upon the PikeOS native API and provides a complete and fully functional APEX API target for Avionics systems, in particular with respect to Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA).

The ARINC 653 guest operating system is certifiable according to DO-178C DAL A.

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The POSIX API implements a subset of the PSE52 real-time controller system profile. It is a good choice for medium Safety-critical systems where a huge number of operating system services are required, but the use of Linux would still be too risky. It is often used for Automotive projects that require compliance to ISO 26262. The POSIX API is the backbone of the AUTOSAR adaptive solution.

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Embedded Linux ELinOS

Embedded Linux

When a large set of features is required, Linux is the operating system of choice. Although PikeOS has no restrictions on the Linux distribution to be hosted, the in-house ELinOS is recommended. It offers the most straight forward integration into a PikeOS virtual machine as well as dedicated extensions in order to directly use enhanced PikeOS features. Linux operating system partitions are often used alongside a POSIX or ARINC 553 partition, setting up a an overall system with mixed criticality. The PikeOS hypervisor technology ensures that a running Linux OS has no impact on the certification aspects of an API with a higher degree of criticality. Linux operating systems can be run in hardware as well as para-virtualized mode.

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CODEO Development

CODEO for PikeOS

The Eclipse-based IDE CODEO supports system architects with graphical configuration tools, provides all the components software engineers need to develop embedded applications and includes comprehensive helpers.

CODEO for PikeOS   |   CODEO Product Page


Additional Products and Libraries


Certifiable File System (CFS)

The Certifiable File System (CFS) is a PikeOS component that provides a fail safe file system with more functionality than the PikeOS native file system. In addition to the basic file operations implemented by the internal PikeOS file providers, the CFS can also handle directories and file manipulations. It is still a simplified file system compared to standard Linux file systems and is certifiable within the scope of Safety projects. Learn more

Certifiable IP-Stack (CIP)

CIP is a UDP/IP networking stack compatible with the standard RFC specifications. It is available for the POSIX and PikeOS APIs and provides a standard socket interface. CIP is certifiable within the scope of Safety projects. Learn more

Certifiable Math Library (CML)

The CML provides various mathematical functions of the C standard library. CML is certifiable within the scope of Safety projects. Learn more


"Avionic Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet" (ARINC 664 Part 7) is a deterministic aircraft data network bus system for Avionics systems. The network is based on standard IEEE802.3 Ethernet technology. SYSGO's implementation is software based and runs on COTS hardware.

Drivers for PikeOS as well as other embedded operating systems (e.g. LynxOS-178, ...) are available. All artefacts required to process a DO-178C certification are available. The currently available documents will cover a certification up to Level A.

The software stack can also be used stand-alone out of the context of an operating system, e.g. on switches.

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Software Partner Technologies


AdaCore offers a variety of products that can be integrated on PikeOS.

Technology Alliance


Java via Aicas “Jamaica” product. Requires POSIX or Linux guest operating system on PikeOS. The Java guest OS is implemented on top of PikeOS’s POSIX , i.e., the Java scheduler uses the POSIX scheduler for implementing the necessary Real-Time Java functionality.

Technology Alliance


Ansys delivers solutions for Safety-critical environments with its integrated model-based design & development platform. One of many flagship products is SCADE suite which allows model-driven development within a graphical environment. Source code can be directly exported and embedded into a PikeOS application project.

Technology Alliance

Advanced Graphics and Compute

CoreAVI is a global leader in architecting Safety-critical graphics, compute, and video drivers, embedded graphics processors, and DO-254/ED-80 certifiable COTS hardware IP.

Technology Alliance

Control Flow Integrity

Karamba offers runtime integrity technology (called XGuard) integrated in selected SYSGO OS products starting with SACoP automotive connectivity platform. The software integrity is required in the UN ECE Feb 2019 draft document and thus a needed requirement.

Technology Alliance

Data Distribution Service (DDS)

RTI's Connext® product enables intelligent architectures by sharing information in real-time, making large applications work together as one and offers to configure a variety of virtual partitions.

Technology Alliance

AUTOSAR Adaptive & Classic

Available via the SYSGO/Vector Joint Venture which offers Automotive certification ISO 26262 up to ASIL D. It runs on PikeOS with POSIX partitions. PikeOS can also support AUTOSAR classic running in one of the PikeOS partitions.

Technology Alliance


wolfSSL offers different Security elements with an emphasis on speed, size, portability, features, and standards compliance that can be sold as a bundle with SYSGO OS solutions. 

Technology Alliance


PikeOS: End-of-Life

Product Version Linked ELinOS Version Release EOL
PikeOS 3.4 (non cert) 5.2 2013-07 Since 2017-12
PikeOS 3.4 (cert) 5.2 2013-07 LTS on x86
PikeOS 3.5 6.0, 6.1 2015-01 Since 2017-12
PikeOS 4.0 6.0, 6.1 2016-03 Since 2019-06
PikeOS 4.1 6.1 2016-08 Since 2021-04
PikeOS 4.2 (non cert) 6.2 2017-01 Candidate
PikeOS 4.2 (cert) 6.2 2017-04 Current
PikeOS 5.0 (non cert) 7.0, 7.1 2020-06 Current
PikeOS 5.0 (cert) 7.0, 7.1 2020-08 Current
PikeOS 5.1 (non cert) 7.1 2021-01 Current
PikeOS 5.1 (cert) 7.1 2021-02 Current

About SYSGO's Roadmap

For standard products like PikeOS, SYSGO is performing continuous product development following the product roadmap as well as error corrections and feature enhancements. We provide customers regular product releases and updates as described in our roadmap.

Product versions and releases are identified by three-digit number A.B.C: 

A = Major Release, B = Minor Release, C = Service Release


  • “Candidate” means that we are discussing currently when and how to start EOL process for this version
  • “LTS” means long-term support is available
  • “Current” means current version
  • “Planned” means next planned version

PikeOS End-of-Life (PDF)

PikeOS Customer Benefits


Avionics Customers

Benefit from best in class ARINC 653, Part 1 + Part 2 and ARINC 664


Multi-Core & Fine-Granular Locking

Quicker and more deterministic multi-core handling via fine-granular locking on kernel-specific threads


ITAR free

Less export compliance issues with PikeOS



More flexibility via a broad support of architectures and guest OS types


Embedded Linux

Wide support of Linux open source, via SYSGO’s own Linux distribution ELinOS or vendor-specific or Yocto kernels


Safety & Security Bulletins / Patches

Step by step we enlarge Security add-on technologies, such as TSL, SSL or encryption libraries to help making systems more secure


PikeOS native API

Enhanced PikeOS native API allows migration from software running on proprietary operating systems as well as usage of open-source projects


Trainings & Support

User-oriented consulting to combine your acquired PikeOS and tools knowledge with your actual project requirements

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