congatec and SYSGO join forces

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congatec, a supplier of embedded and edge computing technology, has announced a strategic partnership with SYSGO, a provider of real-time operating systems for safety and cybersecurity applications.

The partnership aims to provide critical systems markets, such as industrial automation, medical, smart energy, railway, commercial and autonomous vehicles or construction machinery, with Arm and x86 based turnkey solution platforms that are specifically tailored to address functional safety and cybersecurity requirements.

First implementations, certifiable in appropriate designs up to ASIL B or SIL 2, will be made available on x86 and Arm Cortex based Computer-on-Modules. A typical use case is Safety Element out of Context (SEooC) as defined in ISO 26262.

The full-service offering provided under the new partnership agreement includes comprehensive certification support for the various safety standards associated with the ICE 61508 standard for functional safety of electronic systems.

Support for the SYSGO PikeOS RTOS and hypervisor based platforms ranges from railway (EN 50129 / EN 50657), commercial and agricultural vehicles (ISO 26262), civil avionics (DO‑254), as well as PLCs in automation and process control (IEC 61508), to medical applications (IEC 62304). Customers also benefit from the PikeOS EAL3+ security certification according to the Common Criteria standard.

“The partnership with SYSGO extends the scope of congatec’s existing automation, collaborative robotics and railway platforms to safety and security-critical systems. And this cooperation makes great sense for both partners, now that the latest platforms from NXP and Intel make it possible for the first time to develop functional safety-critical systems without additional hardware. The aim of the partnership is to exploit this possibility and to make it available to the customer with considerably reduced effort,” explains Christian Eder, Director Marketing at congatec.

"Leveraging multicore technologies and bringing together safety and cybersecurity capability in an all-in-one solution will bring our customers a valuable competitive advantage in their markets, while by design also addressing the increasing connectivity-related cybersecurity challenges,” added SYSGO CEO Etienne Butery.

New congatec solution platforms will incorporate a functional safety compliant computing core based on SYSGO’s PikeOS RTOS and hypervisor with Linux, plus certifiable BSPs.

The first, Intel and NXP processor based platforms will target mobility appliances for the railway and commercial vehicle markets, including transport logistics.

All common standard communication protocols for use in functional safety applications such as Ethernet and serial interfaces will be supported. The turnkey solution platforms will also come with the relevant requirements documents, covering all hierarchy levels that are structured by requirement IDs including traceability, so as to simplify reuse in customers’ own certifications and documentation - reducing the complexity of the process.