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New Safety Certifications for PikeOS 5.1.3

SYSGO's real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS has again reached the highest levels of rail and industrial safety standards. PikeOS version 5.1.3 is now officially certified by TÜV Süd Rail at the levels SIL 4 of EN 50128 and EN 50657 (rail) and the highest level SIL 3 of IEC 61508 (industrial) for the ARMv8 architecture. The certifications include hardware virtualization (HwVirt), which enables hypervisor functionality and allows guest operating systems such as Linux and Android to run on ARMv8. In addition, the POSIX extension for PikeOS has now achieved SIL 2 levels of the industrial and both railroad standards. Together with the cybersecurity certification according to Common Criteria EAL 5+ already achieved at the end of 2022, PikeOS thus offers the highest safety and security level of all comparable solutions available on the market.

PikeOS is the basis for many embedded systems in vehicles, aircraft, space and rail, as well as in robotics, industrial plants and medical devices. Today, numerous innovative embedded and edge computing solutions - such as autonomous vehicles or collaborative robots - must not only meet the highest requirements for functional safety, but also for cybersecurity.

"Most modern embedded and edge computing applications in safety-critical areas today require data security in addition to functional security due to their IoT networking and the resulting threats such as hacker attacks. The two areas are now inextricably linked because a lack of security can compromise safety. Consequently, embedded systems need comprehensive protection. Our real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS now offers everything needed in a fully certified package at the highest safety and security level. This also enables heterogeneous solutions with mixed criticality. There is currently no comparable comprehensive and secure offering on the market. This underlines our technology leadership in this market segment for combined real-time operating system and hypervisor installations," explains Sven Nordhoff, Director Certification at SYSGO.

In addition to the certification kits now available, there are further industry-specific kits such as DO-178C which is relevant for avionics. PikeOS has been certified for the 64-bit ARMv8 processor architecture, for which numerous embedded processors are available. The non-exhaustive list includes NXP i.MX 8, STMicroelectronics STM32MP, Texas Instruments Sitara AM65xx, Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+, Renesas RZ/G, Atmel SAMA5 or Microchip SAMA7. In addition, numerous other commercial processors are also based on this architecture, such as Qualcomm Snapdragon, NVIDIA Tegra X1, Samsung Exynos, HiSilicon Kirin, MediaTek Dimensity, Ampere Altra and Cavium ThunderX2, for some of which there is also long-term support.

More information about the real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS 5.1.3 and the supported safety and security levels at: www.sysgo.com/pikeos

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