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Silicon Labs buys IoT RTOS firm Micrium

Steve Rogerson
October 6, 2016
 
Silicon Labs has acquired Micrium, a supplier of real-time operating system (RTOS) software for the IoT. This should helps simplify IoT design for developers by combining a commercial-grade embedded RTOS with Silicon Labs’ IoT expertise.
 
Florida-based Micrium’s RTOS and software tools will continue to be available to all silicon partners worldwide, giving customers options, even when using non-Silicon Labs hardware. Micrium will continue to support existing as well as new customers.
 
Founded in 1999, Micrium's flagship µC/OS RTOS family is recognised for reliability, performance, dependability, impeccable source code and extensive documentation.
 
“With an installed base of millions of devices, Micrium’s RTOS software has established itself as one of the most reliable and trusted platforms over the last ten years,” said Jean-Michel Orsat, chief technology officer at Somfy. “Micrium has been a rock-solid RTOS partner for Somfy, and we look forward to using Micrium’s RTOS software family for years to come, delivering the reliability and performance we need for our IoT applications.”
 
The RTOS software has been ported to more than 50 microcontroller architectures and has a global footprint with more than 250,000 downloads across all embedded vertical markets, with products certified to meet safety-critical standards for medical electronics, avionics, communications, consumer electronics and industrial control.
 

 
“By combining forces with Silicon Labs, the Micrium team will drive advances in embedded connectivity for the IoT while giving customers a flexible choice of hardware platforms, wireless stacks and development tools based on the industry’s foremost embedded RTOS,” said Jean Labrosse (pictured), founder and president of Micrium. “We will continue to provide our customers with an exceptional level of support, which is a Micrium hallmark.”
 
The combination of Micrium’s RTOS and Silicon Labs’ multiprotocol SoCs, wireless modules, wireless stacks and Simplicity Studio development tools gives customers an on-ramp from connected devices to the cloud with end-to-end embedded IoT design.
 
“IoT products are increasingly defined by software,” said Daniel Cooley, senior vice president of Texas-based Silicon Labs. “Explosive growth of memory and processor capabilities in low-end embedded products is driving a greater need for RTOS software in connected device applications. The acquisition of Micrium means that connected device makers will have easier access to a proven embedded RTOS geared toward multiprotocol silicon and software from Silicon Labs.”