SYSGO joins the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL)

Goal of the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) is to promote and support the use of open-source software in the context of machine and plant control systems

Mainz, May 7, 2009 -- SYSGO, leading supplier of industrial grade embedded Linux, has joined the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL). Both organizations share the goal of collaborative development of open source solutions for the benefit of developers in the industrial automation market.

Many OSADL activities, such as enhancement of Linux real-time capabilities, development of support packages and stacks important to the industrial market, and looking ahead to safety critical Linux, are related directly or indirectly to SYSGO's ELinOS development efforts. This commonality of purpose has led to SYSGO's recent decision to join OSADL. The goal is to improve mainline Linux, and consequently ELinOS, to make it even more suitable for industrial and embedded applications than it is today.

SYSGO's ELinOS distribution has been the most widely used commercial embedded Linux solution in Europe for the past decade. Focused on industrial automation and other markets requiring a comprehensive and professionally supported solution, ELinOS includes support for all CPU architectures on which Linux is available. Platforms supported include ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, SH4, x86 and Xscale, and board support packages are available for a wide variety of vendors including OSADL members Eltec, Kontron and Phytec. SYSGO supports the PREEMPT_RT patches that provide real-time capabilities of mainline Linux.

"SYSGO has built its reputation by providing an embedded Linux solution that fits with industry needs", said Jacques Brygier, VP Marketing. "We recognize the benefits and the value of open-source software when used in a correct way and delivered with the level of service and support appropriate for industrial developers. We share with OSADL the concern to adapt this very powerful technology to industrial needs. Joining this organization is for us an additional way to support our customers."

The goal of the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) is to promote and support the use of open-source software in the context of machine and plant control systems. In principle, it aims to support these industries similarly to the way the Linux Foundation supports industries that focus on carrier grade, data center, desktop and mobile systems. "SYSGO is a very famous player in the embedded Linux world," said Dr. Carsten Emde, Manager at OSADL. "We see the membership of SYSGO as a very positive sign for the industry, given the long experience this company can bring to our project. OSADL is extending a warm welcome to the SYSGO people, and we are looking forward to a successful collaboration."


SYSGO excels in providing operating system technology, middleware, and software services for the real-time and embedded device market. A differentiating capability of SYSGO is the secure and certifiable PikeOS paravirtualization operating system which is built upon a small, fast, and safe microkernel and supports the cohabitation of independent operating system personalities on a single platform, including ELinOS, SYSGO's embedded Linux development environment. SYSGO supports international customers with services for embedded Linux, real-time capabilities and certification for safety-critical applications. Target markets include Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Transportation and Network Infrastructure. SYSGO customers include Airbus, Honeywell, Thales, Daimler, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Rockwell-Collins, Siemens and Rohde & Schwarz. Today, the company has six facilities in Europe, including Germany, France and The Czech Republic and offers a global distribution and support network, extending to North America and the Pacific Rim.


OSADL aims to be the center of focus for the development of Linux and related Open Source projects, concentrating on satisfying the demands of the automation industry. OSADL connects users, equipment manufactures and Open Source service providers to achieve synergies and partnerships in the spirit of Open Source initiatives. OSADL also provides ready-to-use packages for evaluation and a marketplace for manufacturers and service providers. The OSADL testing laboratories provide both certification services for hardware and software manufacturers as well as a test and verification facility for Open Source developers.