Research & Technology

Our approach to research into superior solutions has always been the key factor in product development.
We invest around 7% of our net sales into research and development every year.

Driving Innovation and Tools

Research & Technology is a main factor of project and business success. In the fields of embedded system software, we mostly concentrate on applied research and transform scientific research results into applicable tools. Starting as a service provider and distributor, we decided to develop our own products.

  • 1999 - ELinOS, the embedded Linux distribution, was launched
  • 2005 - PikeOS safe & secure virtualization was introduced to the market.

The L4 Kernel, which has been theoretically described and developed by Jochen Liedtke in the late nineties, was considered, but too many flaws in its design made it inappropriate for Safety-critical applications. As a result of this analysis, SYSGO created a virtualization platform for embedded systems equipped with comprehensive development tools which now serves as a backbone of major national and international R&T projects in the fields of Safety and Security.

PikeOS as Backbone of Major R&T Projects

PikeOS is the reference platform for several R&D projects: SCARLETT, JEOPARD, INTERESTED, TECOM, DIANA, VerisoftXT. More than 100 leading European companies like Airbus, EADS, Infineon, Siemens or Thales are working on next generation of embedded platforms for safer Avionics, Railway or Automotive, trusted embedded computing, inter-operable tool chains for rapid design, prototyping and code generation, Java on multi-core processors, and verifiable Security, like e.g. in connectivity applications and the Medical market.

Current R&T Projects

SYSGO is involved in the design and implementation of new technological solutions to satisfy industrial requirements within major international projects. We are committed to provide our experience and implement new software components in our products that result from projects research.


Project: ACROSS


ARTEMIS CROSS-Domain Architecture

ACROSS is a three-year research project that aims to develop and implement an ARTEMIS cross-domain reference architecture for embedded systems based on the architecture blueprint developed in the European FP7 project GENESYS. The project is funded by the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Germany), Ministère de l'Économie, de l'industrie et de l'emploi (France), Ministero dell`Istruzione, dell`Universit


Project: AQUAS


Aggregated Quality Assurance for Systems

The AQUAS project investigates the challenges arising from the inter-dependence of safety, security and performance of systems and aims at efficient solutions for the entire product life-cycle within three essential capabilities of the ECSEL JU MASRIA 2016: Design Technologies (DT), Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), and European Asset Protection (EAP). The project builds on knowledge of partners gained in current or former EU projects and will demonstrate the newly conceived approaches across use cases spanning:

  • Space
  • Medicine
  • Transport
  • Industrial Control


Project: ARAMiS II


Development Process, Tools, Platforms

Safety-critical applications in the domains automotive and avionics as well as the future topic Industry 4.0 show a clear and still increasing demand for digital processing power. This can be provided by multicore technologies. The cooperation project ARAMiS, successfully completed in March 2015,  demonstrated that multicore processors can also be used in safety-critical applications. Based on these findings, ARAMiS II aims at development processes, tools and platforms for the efficient use of multicore architectures available in industry. The ARAMiS II consortium started its work on October 1st, 2016. It consists of 33 partners and is scheduled for three years. The project budget is 24,8 Mio. Euros in total. ARAMiS II is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research with ca. 14,6 Mio. Euro. It is coordinated by the  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany.


Project: ASHLEY


Avionics Systems hosted on a distributed modular electronics Large Scale Demonstrator for multiple Types of Aircrafts

In search for a more competitive, multiple types of aircrafts, IMA based, avionics platform solution, the Europeanaerospace industry has recently initiated the IMA2G paradigm thanks to the EC funded SCARLETT project. This latter successfully validated a first underlying set of IMA2G concepts (Separate Core Processing resourcesfrom I/O resources, introduce resource segments typology of electronics solutions, provide platform services layer to function supplier etc.), thus creating the expected Distributed Modular Electronics (DME) breakthrough to lay IMA2G solid rock foundations.

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Project: BaSys 4.0

BaSys 4.0

Open Platform for the 4th Industrial Revolution

BaSys 4.0 is a three year project that started on July 1, 2016. The goal of this project is to provide a holistic Industry 4.0 automation solution for dynamic as well as flexible management and reconfiguration for industrial scale production facilities.


Project: certMILS


Compositional Security Certification for Medium- to High-Assurance COTS-based Systems in Environments with emerging Threats

certMILS is a five year project that started on January 1, 2017 and will be coordinated by Technikon. It aims to protect critical infrastructure against cyber-attacks by compositional security certification and delivers a certified MILS platform, for the first time in Europe. It increases the economic efficiency and European competitiveness of Cyber-physical systems (CPS) development, while demonstrating the effectiveness of safety & security certification of composable systems.

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Project: CITADEL


Critical Infrastructure Protection using Adaptive MILS

The CITADEL project has built upon the MILS technology accomplishments of D-MILS and Euro-MILS, and performed the research and development necessary to create adaptive MILS systems. We propose to use adaptive MILS in new and evolving adaptive systems contexts having strategic focus within the EU, such as Critical Infrastructures and the Internet of Things, where adaptability is a crucial ingredient for the safety and security of future systems, and where the rigorous construction and verification made possible by MILS holds particular promise.


Project: DEMETER


Deep Submicron System-on-Chip (SoC) for harsh Environment Applications using European Technologies

The main part of the project is for ST to provide a radiation hardened FPGA and a multicore ARM based SoC with eFPGA in 28nm or beyond. The European Space Community needs high complexity radiation-hardened reprogrammable FPGAs allowing Dynamic Partial Reconfiguration (DPR) and providing state of the art, tamper proof and security features. These components must be free of export control. The ambition of DEMETER is to benefit from experience acquired within the BRAVE project to support the development of the next generation of rad-hard FPGA (“NG-FPGA-ULTRA”) in 28nm or beyond.


Project: EMPHASE


Integrated energy-saving multi-processor platform for autonomous electric driving

Project goals:

  •  Research into reliable, reconfigurable and intelligent E/E architectures, processing platforms, and sensor components.
  •  Research into the associated fault-tolerant data processing part
  •  Reconfigurability of the sensor and the associated data processing part
  •  Use of the same sensors for different tasks (e.g. near or far field detection), or different communication standards (Car2x, WLAN, 4G)
  •  Reduction of the energy demand in electric vehicles


Project: ESPOSA


Efficient Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft

The goal of this project is to develop and integrate novel engine components for a range of small gas turbine engines up to approx. 1000 kW and to develop new lean manufacture technologies. The project will also deal with engine related systems which will contribute to the overall propulsion unit efficiency, safety and pilot workload reduction. The new engine systems and engine technologies gained from ESPOSA should deliver 10-14% reduction in direct operating costs (DOC). The ESPOSA project plans to deliver better GTE engine affordability and reduction of direct operating costs through the development of advanced concepts for key engine components, development of lean manufacture technologies and modern engine systems improving engine overall efficiency. 




Hardware-basierte Sicherheitsplattform für Eisenbahn-Leit- und Sicherungstechnik
Hardware-based Safety platform for Railway control and Safety technology

The aim of the project HASELNUSS is the development of a customized hardware-based security platform for railway command and control systems that provides required security functions without jeopardizing safety. The platform features provisions to ensure system integrity and constitutes a foundation for secure infrastructure networking. The HASELNUSS architecture is based on a hardware security module (HSM) of the latest generation, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, used as a trust anchor and microkernel-based operating system PikeOS that allows secure coexistence of critical and non-critical applications on the same hardware and can be easily verified.


Project: PASS


Platform for Automotive Apps Guaranteeing Security and Safety

The aim of PASS is to develop an open and standardisable runtime environment combined with a suitable development tool chain for the secure execution of apps in the vehicle, including a safety concept. Apps must be executed isolated from each other and monitored, i.e. the runtime environment should only allow access of the apps to vehicle functions and communication if they comply with the app description and a previously configured security policy. Furthermore, apps should be distinguishable according to their safety relevance and isolated and secured according to their Automotive Safety Integrity Level and Evaluation Assurance Level classification.




Probabilistically Analysable Real-Time Systems

This three-year research project is designed to demonstrate how a probabilistic approach to timing analysis will significantly improve system performance and timing analysis of new high performance hardware features and more complex critical real-time embedded software systems. The project aspires to obtain research results that enable the use of complex processors in these types of systems, providing high performance in airplanes, cars and satellites and resulting in systems with more advanced safety and energy efficient features. 

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Towards the next generation of Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA)

The concept of Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) was invented in the early '90s to overcome the vast number of single electronic devices in the Avionics. PikeOS' safe and secure virtualization was introduced in 2005 with a concept of integration of multiple software APIs on a single hardware platform. Today, both concepts build the foundation for a revolutionary new approach in the Avionics.

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Our Contribution to your Success

The main idea behind ELinOS and PikeOS is to provide you with a comprehensive software development environment allowing a maximum of product development flexibility. You can use Linux, (hard) real-time operations, applications with different Safety- and / or Security-critical levels on the same platform, consolidate your hardware, certify your product if needed or reuse legacy code.

Porting projects to new hardware platforms is simple, making software development for embedded systems well structured, fast to market and cost-efficient. SYSGO's involvement in national and international R&T programs places these research efforts in a wider context and brings additional advantages: More drivers, hardware support, guest operating systems and better integration of tools.

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