By Bill Graham
Embedded microprocessors are steadily progressing towards more performance while maintaining or decreasing power requirements (more succinctly, the performance per watt is getting better and better). High performance processors that decrease system power requirements are desired in safety critical systems just as they are in the general embedded marketplace. Our recent release of VxWorks Cert Platform adds support for ARM processors to our safety critical VxWorks platform which compliments our current support for Intel Atom processors, both of which are important platforms for high capable but low power consumption devices. Adding ARM to the supported list of architectures expands the application of the safety critical real-time operating system (RTOS) platform to new possibilities such as mobile, handheld and graphics-oriented devices.