OpenIL: the distribution of NXP Semiconductors for the industry

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OpenIL (Open Industrial Linux) is a new GNU / Linux distribution created by the giant NXP Semiconductors. NXP, for those of you who don't know it yet, is the semiconductor company that emerged after the 2006 split of the Philips factories. The famous company that previously followed an IDM business model was divided by the enormous costs of running a foundry and they became a fabless while NXP Semiconductors was born as an independent foundry that manufactures for Philips and other companies that only design chips.

These divisions are not something strange, we have already seen it with other large ones, one of the pioneers in this was Motorola, which gave rise to Freescale after getting rid of its factories, also with AMD which has given rise to GlobalFoundries, the second largest factory in the world. world behind TMSC, etc. As well, NXP has become a leader of secure connectivity solutions and is now armed with this new Linux-based distro. With OpenIL they promise from NXP to have a product with industrial grade security for trusted computing, hardened software, cryptographic operations, and other elements that need critical security in an Industry 4.0 or smart industry. And the truth is that when it comes to security and stability to perform professional or critical operations in the industry, it is not surprising that they have thought of Linux as a base.

If you still don't know what the Industry 4.0 say that it is a type of modernized industry focused on interoperability, communication through IoT or IoP, information transparency, technical assistance, and decentralization of decisions. And to make that possible, OpenIL includes RealTime capability, TSL (Time Sensitive Networking), Xenomai (a real-time framework for Linux), XML and NETCONF-based network configuration utilities, gPTP for precision in synchronizations, etc.


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