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VxWorks is a Unix-like real-time operating system made and sold by Wind River Systems of Alameda, California, USA. A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... The term software company could be applied to: a) a company that produces software, distributes software from a third party, or provides services such as custom software development. ... For other uses, see Software developer (disambiguation). ... Wind River Systems, Inc. ... Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®) is a computer operating system originally developed in 1969 by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ... A real-time operating system (RTOS) is a multitasking operating system intended for real-time applications. ... Wind River Systems, Inc. ... Nickname: Location in the state of California and Alameda County County Alameda Government  - Mayor Beverly Johnson (D) Area  - City 59. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...

Like most RTOSes, VxWorks includes a multitasking kernel with pre-emptive scheduling and fast interrupt response, extensive inter-process communications and synchronization facilities, and a file system. A Real Time Operating System or RTOS is an operating system that has been developed for real-time applications. ... In computing, multitasking is a method by which multiple tasks, also known as processes, share common processing resources such as a CPU. In the case of a computer with a single CPU, only one task is said to be running at any point in time, meaning that the CPU is... In computer science, the kernel is the fundamental part of an operating system. ... Look up scheduling in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In computing, an interrupt is an asynchronous signal from hardware or software indicating the need for attention. ... Inter-Process Communication (IPC) is a set of techniques for the exchange of data between two or more threads in one or more processes. ... Synchronization (or Sync) is a problem in timekeeping which requires the coordination of events to operate a system in unison. ... It has been suggested that Crash counting be merged into this article or section. ...

Major distinguishing features of VxWorks include efficient POSIX-compliant memory management, multiprocessor facilities, a shell for user interface, symbolic and source level debugging capabilities, and performance monitoring. POSIX or Portable Operating System Interface[1] is the collective name of a family of related standards specified by the IEEE to define the application programming interface (API) for software compatible with variants of the Unix operating system. ... Memory management is the act of managing computer memory. ... Multiprocessing is traditionally known as the use of multiple concurrent processes in a system as opposed to a single process at any one instant. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Shell_(computing). ... Source code (commonly just source or code) is any series of statements written in some human-readable computer programming language. ... A debugger is a computer program that is used to test and debug other programs. ...

VxWorks is generally used in embedded systems. Unlike "native" systems such as Unix and Forth, VxWorks development is done on a "host" machine running Unix or Windows, cross-compiling target software to run on various "target" CPU architectures as well as on the "host" by means of VxSim. A router, an example of an embedded system. ... Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®) is a computer operating system originally developed in 1969 by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ... Forth is a programming language and programming environment, initially developed by Charles H. Moore at the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the early 1970s. ... A cross compiler is a compiler capable of creating executable code for a platform other than the one on which the compiler is run. ... “CPU” redirects here. ...

VxWorks has been ported to a number of platforms and now runs on practically any modern CPU that is used in the embedded market. This includes the x86 family, MIPS, PowerPC, SH-4 and the closely related family of ARM, StrongARM and xScale CPUs. x86 or 80x86 is the generic name of a microprocessor architecture first developed and manufactured by Intel. ... A MIPS R4400 microprocessor made by Toshiba. ... PowerPC is a RISC microprocessor architecture created by the 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance, known as AIM. Originally intended for personal computers, PowerPC CPUs have since become popular embedded and high-performance processors as well. ... The SuperHichem (or SH) is brandname of a certain microcontroller and microprocessor architecture. ... The ARM architecture (previously, the Advanced RISC Machine, and prior to that Acorn RISC Machine) is a 32-bit RISC processor architecture developed by ARM Limited that is widely used in a number of embedded designs. ... DEC StrongARM SA-110 Microprocessor The StrongARM microprocessor is a faster version of the Advanced RISC Machines ARM design. ... The XScale, a microprocessor core, is Marvells (formerly Intels) implementation of the 5th generation of the ARM architecture, and consists of several distinct families: IXP, IXC, IOP, PXA and CE (see more below). ...



The name VxWorks is believed to be a pun on the VRTX real-time operating system, at the time created by Ready Systems, now a Mentor Graphics product. In the early 1980s VRTX was a new product and did not work so well. It was 4KB in size and could not be fully used as an operating system. Wind River acquired the rights to resell VRTX with an extension named VxWorks which was workable (including for example a file system and an integrated development environment), so VxWorks most probably means VRTX now Works or VRTX that Works. For other uses, see Pun (disambiguation). ... Versatile Real-Time Executive (VRTX) is a real-time operating system nowadays developed and marketed by the company Mentor Graphics. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Crash counting be merged into this article or section. ... An integrated development environment (IDE), also known as integrated design environment and integrated debugging environment, is a programming environment that has been packaged as an application program,that assists computer programmers in developing software. ...

When Wind River anticipated that Ready Systems would cancel the contract, they developed their own kernel and put it in VRTX's place. The core functionality of VxWorks is similar to that of VRTX.

Tornado (v5 and older) or Workbench (v6 and newer)

Tornado is an integrated development environment (IDE) for software cross-development. Tornado consists of the following elements:

  • VxWorks target operating system
  • Application-building tools (cross-compiler and associated programs)
  • An integrated development environment (IDE) that facilitates managing and building projects, establishing host-target communication, and running, debugging, and monitoring VxWorks applications
  • VxSim simulator

Workbench replaced Tornado IDE in version 6 and newer. The Wind River Workbench is now built on Eclipse technology.[1] Eclipse is an open-source software framework written primarily in Java. ...

Notable products using VxWorks

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Competitive operating systems

Similar real-time operating systems are available from other vendors:

The correct title of this article is . ... Segger Microcontroller Systems is a multinational company dealing in middleware for embedded devices and development tools. ... Embedded Linux is a Linux based embedded operating system used in cell phones, personal digital assistants, media player handsets and other consumer electronics devices. ... INTEGRITY is a real-time operating system (RTOS) produced and marketed by Green Hills Software. ... The LynxOS RTOS is a Unix-like real-time operating system from LynuxWorks (formerly Lynx Real-Time Systems). Sometimes known as the Lynx Operating System, LynxOS features POSIX compliance and, more recently, Linux compatibility. ... MontaVista Software develops systems software, development tools and Linux-based software targeting consumer electronics which includes automotive electronics, communications equipment, and television set-top boxes and other connected devices and infrastructure. ... Nucleus RTOS is a real-time operating system (RTOS) and full featured toolset created by Accelerated Technology, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics for various CPU platforms. ... For Mac OS 9, see Mac OS 9. ... The Operating System Embedded (mostly known under the acronym OSE), a real-time embedded operating system created by the Swedish firm ENEA. OSE uses signaling in the form of messages passed to and from processes in the system. ... QNX (pronounced either Q-N-X or Q-nix) is a commercial POSIX-compliant Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market. ... RTEMS (Real-Time Executive for Multiprocessor Systems) is a free open source real-time operating system designed for embedded systems. ... THreadx is an a RTOS made by Mr. ... TRON is an open real-time operating system kernel, and is an acronym for The Real-time Operating System Nucleus. The project was begun by Prof. ... RT-11 (for Run Time or Real Time) was a real-time operating system for the DEC PDP-11. ... Windows CE (sometimes abbreviated WinCE) is a variation of Microsofts Windows operating system for minimalistic computers and embedded systems. ...


  1. ^ http://www.windriver.co.kr/pdf/ProductNote_workbench.pdf

External Links

  • Wind River Homepage

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Long term support for VxWorks is available through the standard Wind River support contract.
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