Certifiable RTOS & Hypervisor

  • Separation kernel-based hypervisor
  • Multiple and strictly separated partitions
  • Guest operating systems and applications
  • Compliant to the highest Safety & Security standards
  • Avionics & Space, Railway, Automotive, Industrial Automation and Medical
Application Separation

Application Separation

PikeOS offers strict partitioning and strong separation to provide built-in Security by design.

Hardware Consolidation

Hardware Consolidation

Extreme flexibility provides independence from suppliers in the choice of hardware architectures.


Use of COTS

The benefit of using Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components is to lower overall costs for applications.

Certification Kits

Certification Kits

SYSGO offers the right certification kit in order to help facing the certification authorities.

Common Criteria

PikeOS 5.1.3 is certified according to Common Criteria EAL5+ to fast-forward the approval processes.


ITAR free

As an European company, our products have no export restrictions and are therefore ITAR free.

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 available for x86, ARM v7 v8, SPARC/LEON v8, PowerPC and RISC-V.

Board Support Packages


What's new with PikeOS 5.1

Have a look at the features and updates of our latest PikeOS version.

See the Features


PikeOS Overview & Features

Safety Certification

PikeOS has been designed from ground-up to be certified according to major Safety standards like DO-178C, IEC 61508, EN 50128 / EN 50657, IEC 62304 or ISO 26262.

RTOS Safety   |   Certification Kits

Security - A universal Requirement

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.

Security Overview

Virtualization & Real-Time

PikeOS brings together virtualization and real-time by means of unique and never seen before technologies. It allows the migration numerous complex embedded circuit boards in to a single hardware. Furthermore, new hardware concepts such as Big SoCs (Systems-on-a-Chip) with multiple heterogeneous processor cores are supported, as well. 

RTOS Virtualization

Several Hardware Architectures

PikeOS supports processors that come with a Memory Management Unit (MMU) as well as less complex Systems-on-a-Chip (SoCs) that contain a Memory Protection Unit (MPU) only.

PikeOS BSP List    |    PikeOS for MPU

Supported Guest OSs & APIs

PikeOS Native API

PikeOS Native

The PikeOS native API is primarily designed 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.

More about Virtualization

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 can be certified according to DO-178C DAL A.

More about ARINC 653



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.

More about POSIX

Embedded Linux ELinOS

ELinOS Embedded Linux

Our ELinOS distribution offers the most straight forward integration into a PikeOS virtual machine as well as dedicated extensions to directly use enhanced PikeOS features. Linux operating system partitions are often used alongside a POSIX or ARINC 553 partition, setting up an overall system with mixed criticality. The PikeOS hypervisor technology ensures that a running Linux 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.

More about ELinOS   |   ELinOS as Guest OS


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

Longterm Support

Professional Support

We provide two types of product support: The Standard Support covers the basic questions on the product use (installation, tools usage etc.) via E-Mail. The Premium Support offers more customer-specific help with direct contact to a dedicated support engineer.

Software Secure Update

Life Cycle Updates

Customers can benefit from ongoing improvements by accessing the SYSGO customer portal, where the latest updates of target binaries, new Board Support Packages, and add-ons are available.

Training & Consulting

Training & Consulting

We want to make building your target devices as convenient as possible. However, SYSGO’s guided trainings boost the skills of your embedded developer team and maximizes the output – for efficient teams that love to develop for embedded devices.

Additional Products & Libraries

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.

Certifiable File System (CFS)

The 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.

Certifiable Math Library (CML)

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


"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.

Learn more


PikeOS for MPU

Real-Time Partitioning for MPU Architectures

PikeOS for MPU is aiming to provide a safe and secure execution environment for medium-sized hardware platforms which do not provide a memory management unit (MMU) and therefore cannot run the standard PikeOS.

PikeOS for MPU is intended to be used on MPU-based SoCs as well as on heterogeneous SoC implementing MMU and MPU clusters.

Learn more


Partner Technology Alliances


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

Computer Systems for harsh Environments

Together we provide mission-critical System-on-Chip solutions and radiation-hardened components for Aerospace, focusing on RISC-V and SPARC architectures.

Technology Alliance

Machine Learning

Responding to the demand from end-users in the industry process and robotics systems, SYSGO in collaboration with Intel is delivering a platform solution with the announcement of PikeOS support for Intel x6000FE series Atom® processors.

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

Industrial Robot Safety

PikeOS mixed criticality RTOS and COBOT (Collaborative Robot) solutions for Safety-certified hardware.

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

Compiler & Library Testing

Solid Sands offers compiler validation, code qualification and high Safety certification requirements for the PikeOS development environment.

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

Technology Add-ons

Rust Programming Language

By incorporating Embedded Rust into PikeOS, SYSGO is able to offer its customers a highly secure and reliable solution for their embedded systems.

MATLAB® Simulink®

MATLAB's powerful modelling software Simulink by MathWorks is suitable for quickly creating technical-physical and financial mathematical models in various engineering fields. It is integrated as extension with the PikeOS RTOS & Hypervisor.

More Customer Benefits


Multi-Core & Fine-Granular Locking

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



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


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


Avionics Customers

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


Embedded Linux

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


PikeOS native API

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


ITAR free

Less export compliance issues with PikeOS


Trainings & Support

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


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 available
  • “Current” means current version

PikeOS End-of-Life (PDF)

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