ADLINK Technology has recently announced the ROScube-I, powered by Intel technology, which is now validated as one of the first robotic controllers to support ACRN™ real-time hypervisor. ACRN is a flexible, lightweight reference hypervisor that optimizes and streamlines embedded development through an open source platform.
Built with real-time safety in mind, ACRN defines a device hypervisor reference stack and an architecture for running multiple software subsystems, managed securely on a consolidated system using a virtual machine manager (VMM).
ACRN hypervisor takes advantage of Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) and supports User VM and Service VM to run a User OS and Service OS, real-time VM (RTVM) and is designed to run a real-time OS, such as Xenomai. Because of its real-time capability, RTVM can be used for soft programmable logic controller (PLC), inter-process communication (IPC) and robotics applications.
ADLINK’s ROScube-I series, powered by Intel Xeon E processor, 9th Gen Intel Core i7/i3 and 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, and Intel Edge Controls for Industrial, is now one of the first ROS 2 robotic controllers validated for ACRN real-time hypervisor and provides a powerful, scalable solution for robotics applications, from mainstream to high end.
The ROScube-I also features exceptional real-time I/O connectivity supports a wide variety of sensors and actuators to meet the needs of real-time robotic applications. The ROScube-I supports an extension box for convenient functionality and performance expansion with Intel VPU cards and the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit for computation of AI algorithms and inference.
Robotic systems based on the ROScube-I are supported by ADLINK’s Neuron SDK, a platform specifically designed for professional robotics applications such as autonomous mobile robots (AMR). With the newly released ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy (foxy), Neuron SDK customers can enjoy the benefits of long-term support (LTS), as well as ADLINK’s quality-guaranteed services for ROScube.