15 Jun 2024

Enhancing computer-on-modules portfolio

Dominik Reßing (left), CEO at congatec and Steffen Winkler (right), Sales Manager Business Unit Automation & Electrification Solutions at Bosch Rexroth

Bosch Rexroth has opened up the Linux-based ctrlX OS operating system for embedded computer applications from congatec. With this move, congatec says its embedded and edge computing offerings will become part of the consistently open ecosystem surrounding the ctrlX OS operating system, enabling the development of modular, scalable solutions that are highly sustainable and agile.

The company says users will benefit from integrated hardware and software solutions for their OT (Operational Technology), with use cases ranging from embedded and edge devices all the way to edge clouds (also known as fogs). The key target markets for ctrlX OS in the embedded computing segment include automation, robotics, medical technology, as well as energy/smart grids and in-vehicle applications.

Congatec says its decision to adopt ctrlX OS will give the embedded computing market access to the entire solution portfolio of the ctrlX Store with its numerous apps. The apps from Bosch Rexroth and other third-party providers in the ctrlX World partner network follow an open, modular approach. This extends from the modules all the way to the end application and cloud integration. Combined building blocks at the hardware and software levels simplify the development of even complex embedded applications, including edge and cloud integration. This shortens time-to-market while providing a high level of design security.

“With this cooperation, we are taking another step towards comprehensively integrated and application-ready solutions for use cases ranging from connecting sensors and actuators in the field to the cloud. In Bosch Rexroth, we have found a strong international partner that provides very comprehensive and application-oriented software support for the modular and open design approach of our secure embedded building blocks. This makes our modular, scalable solution offering for networked and cloud-integrated applications even more attractive,” explains congatec CEO Dominik Reßing.

“Industry’s digitisation and sustainability goals can best be achieved with open, modular, and demand-oriented scalable solution platforms. With congatec, we have gained another partner company that stands for and embodies these values. Based on manufacturer-independent standards, we can now support any configuration of ctrlX OS-based embedded computing platforms, making ctrlX OS universally applicable and scalable on demand,” explains Steffen Winkler, Head of Sales Business Unit Automation & Electrification Solutions at Bosch Rexroth.

At congatec, developers can purchase Computer-on-Modules that come directly equipped with ctrlX OS licenses. With ctrlX OS, congatec customers gain access to the ctrlX Store with its currently around 60 apps. In addition to the Linux-based real-time operating system, ctrlX OS also offers developers superior support and root-of-trust from a German company. Furthermore, numerous apps, services and software development kits (SDKs) are just a click away. The ctrlX Store offers a wide range of solutions, for example for PLC applications, motion control and communication, as well as engineering tools. Developers also have access to a variety of IoT and cloud apps, including basic features like firewalls and VPN clients.

Company info: Congatec