Siemens pioneers commercial grade Linux support for RISC-V architecture

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Siemens Digital Industries Software has announced that its Sokol Flex OS software is now able to support RISC-V embedded development.

It is making available one of the industry’s first commercially supported, extensible, and customisable Linux platforms for the RISC-V architecture. Based on the popular, open-source Yocto Project industry standard, Siemens‘ Sokol Flex OS enables embedded developers to create customised, Linux-based systems for RISC-V architectures.

The RISC-V architecture is suited for industrial, medical, defence-aerospace, and consumer applications and according to Semico Research, the global deployment of the architecture could reach 62.4 billion cores by 2025.

The Sokol Flex OS for the RISC-V architecture streamlines application development, allowing customers to focus on value-add differentiation. Security and cloud enabled, the operating system features built-in security to monitor and detect common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) and is commercially supported to help customers develop reliable systems.

In addition, Sokol Flex OS for RISC-V customers receive quarterly updates and security patches, including a robust toolchain for software performance analysis.

Siemens is a strategic member of RISC-V International and has been involved in its development and adoption since 2019. Last year it delivered one of the industry’s first commercial real-time operating systems (RTOS) for RISC-V architectures.

“Siemens is a respected collaboration partner to many in the industry, and their contributions to the success of the RISC-V community are especially apparent in the embedded space,” said Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V International. “With their new solution, we’re witnessing the momentum go fully mainstream together with a rapidly growing ecosystem,”.

Siemens’ Sokol Flex OS for RISC-V platform will be available in Q1 2023.