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With TwinCAT/BSD, Beckhoff is making a high-performance alternative to Windows operating systems available to its customers. In an interview with A&D, Heiko Wilke, Senior Product Manager Embedded PC at Beckhoff, explains why this step was necessary and what developments are planned for the FreeBSD variant.
Heiko Wilke: As Microsoft will be ceasing support for Windows CE in the foreseeable future, it was naturally important to develop a sustainable successor system. From the security aspect, an up-to-date operating system whose development is actively ongoing is indispensable. That's why we offer long-term updates for TwinCAT/BSD and support for our devices in order to guarantee our customers investment security.
TwinCAT/BSD supports ARM and Intel Xeon CPUs. Will the system with its advantages such as higher data integrity "creep" into the Windows-based IPCs from Beckhoff?