NXP Announces Community-Based Industrial Linux Distribution for Industry 4.0

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NUREMBERG, Germany, Nov. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NXP Semiconductors™ N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI), a worldwide leader in advanced secure connectivity solutions, today announced an industrial Linux distribution with real-time OS extensions and Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) support for factory-automation OEMs. By breaking down the barriers of real-time computing and networking in a standard, community-based distribution, Open Industrial Linux (OpenIL) helps these OEMs usher in the Industry 4.0 era.

The OpenIL distribution includes TSN support, per-stream policing, time-aware shaping of network traffic, and 801.1AS time synchronization. TSN Ethernet is integrated in the Layerscape LS1028A industrial applications processor announced by NXP in March 2017.

Senior Industry Analyst Dan Mandell of VDC Research Group, Inc., said, “NXP has taken a leadership role with the OpenIL distro in focusing Linux designers specifically on industrial automation opportunities, while simultaneously leveraging its Layerscape System-on-Chip (SoC) capabilities to enable Industry 4.0 smart manufacturing systems. It should prove a powerful combination.”

Factory managers and industrial-equipment makers are turning to Linux for its operational stability, security, and cost of ownership. For similar reasons, they are turning to Ethernet to replace vendor-specific networking protocols.

“OpenIL combines security, TSN, edge computing, and Industry 4.0 into a single Linux distribution,” said Richard House, software vice president at NXP Semiconductors. “OEMs can focus on their value-added technologies to create the next generation of smart manufacturing solutions while utilizing proven hardware and software platforms.”

Originated by NXP, OpenIL’s baseline capabilities include IT infrastructure software such as networking stacks, web servers (useful for configuration management), scripting tools, and system utilities commonly part of Linux distros.

OpenIL facilitates OEMs adding software from the rich Linux ecosystem using an optional instantiation of the popular Ubuntu user-space filesystem layout. Other notable OpenIL distribution features include:

  • Xenomai real-time extensions to Unix, easing porting from a real-time operating system (RTOS) like VxWorks or pSOS
  • Extensible Markup Language (XML) and NETCONF-based network configuration utilities for TSN
  • Generalized precision time protocol (gPTP) with the linuxptp daemon
  • Drivers for the Ethernet Interfaces and the NXP SJA1105T TSN switch
  • Support for edge computing services

Attendees and media are invited to experience demonstrations at the NXP booth during SPS IPC Drives, booth 10.1 – 325. More information on the broad Layerscape family of Arm-based 64-bit processors is available at NXP.com/Layerscape. For more information on OpenIL, please visit OpenIL.org

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 31,000 employees in more than 33 countries and posted revenue of $9.5 billion in 2016. Find out more at www.nxp.com.

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