IEEE Publishes Standard Addressing Real-Time Architecture for Embedded Systems

IEEE Publishes Standard Addressing Real-Time Architecture for Embedded Systems

IEEE 2050™-2018 specifies a real-time operating system (OS) for 16- and 32-bit microprocessors deployed throughout the IoT ecosystem

PISCATAWAY, NJ, 6 September 2018– IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA), today announced the publication and availability of IEEE 2050 -2018—Standard for Real-time Operating System (OS) for Small-scale Embedded Systems. The new standard follows an agreement announced last November that transferred ownership of the TRON µT-Kernel 2.0 to IEEE SA and that provided a license to TRON Forum for use of the intellectual property.

“It’s rewarding to see collaborative efforts result in globally-recognized technical standards that help advance technology for humanity,” said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for the IEEE SA. “The TRON architecture now realized as an IEEE standard exemplifies how working together we can further promote open innovation frameworks that will shape technologies for the future.”

IEEE 2050 is anticipated to greatly expand development and global utilization of the specification already sourced by more than 12,000 licensed IoT manufacturers and others worldwide.

“The standardization of the TRON real-time architecture for embedded systems specification as an IEEE Standard represents the culmination of close collaboration between the TRON Forum, IEEE Standards Association and IEEE Consumer Electronics Society,” said Stephen Dukes, chair of the IEEE P2050 Working Group and vice chair of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Standards Committee. “This illustrates the dynamic structure of the IEEE Standards Association to foster and establish standards for rapidly developing technologies.”

The TRON Project, launched in 1984 by Prof. Ken Sakamura, aims to build an open architecture for embedded systems. Rather than imposing a closed ecosystem of hardware and software requirements, its founders have defined a set of interfaces that ensure broad interoperability between the various devices supplied by different vendors.

Dr. Ken Sakamura, chair of TRON Forum, stated “I am very happy to see the RTOS standard, which has been polished ever since the 1980s when it was first created, is now adopted as IEEE standard. The OS based on the specification has been used globally in many consumer electronics and other products and is the best fit for lightweight IoT edge nodes.”

IEEE 2050 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

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