Real-Time at the Edge
Intel's real-time technology supports new solutions that require a high degree of coordination within and across networked devices. Intel® Time Coordinated Computing (Intel® TCC)-enabled processors deliver optimal compute and time performance for real-time applications1. Using integrated or discrete Ethernet controllers featuring IEEE 802.1 Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), these processors can power complex real-time systems.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a real-time system?
The term “real-time system” refers to hardware and software components that perform real-time application functions and can respond to events within predictable and specific time constraints.
What is the difference between hard real-time and soft real-time?
Real-time systems are classified as soft real-time or hard real-time. A soft-real-time classification means the system continues to function even if it’s unable to execute within an allotted time. Mostly importantly, if the system has missed its deadline, it will not result in dangerous consequences. A hard-real-time classification means the system will cease to function if a deadline is missed, which can result in catastrophic consequences.
What applications use real-time systems?
Real-time systems are key pieces of technology, and as such, they are used in a variety of industries with applications spanning from process automation systems to warehousing to production assembly lines, agriculture, and healthcare.
Industrial Controls Applications
Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Intel® Time Coordinated Computing (Intel® TCC)
Provides bounded maximum latency for scheduled traffic through switched Ethernet networks. TSN is a set of IEEE 802 standards that are defined by the IEEE TSN task group. These standards enable ultra-reliable and low latency communication over Ethernet to support time sensitive applications. TSN achieves this by using time synchronization, traffic scheduling, and network configuration.
- More secure and reliable delivery of data
- Seamless latency for data delivery
- Converged networks save operating costs
- Simplifies system configuration and operation
- Open ecosystem
- 1-3 integrated Ethernet TSN controllers
- Enable ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) machine-to-machine communication up to 2.5Gbps/port speeds
- Supports coexistence of hard real-time operational technology (OT) and soft real-time information technology traffic in a single network, reducing infrastructure cost
- Simplify board design with integrated Ethernet controllers; less power consumption, smaller form factor, bill of material cost saving
- Streamline software development with open standard reference software
Supported Ethernet TSN standards
- IEEE 802.1AS Generalized Precision Time Protocol
- IEEE 802.1Qbv Time-aware Shaper
- IEEE 802.1Qav Credit-based Shaper
- IEEE 802.1Qbu Frame Preemption
Customer Success Stories
"The introduction of the RTS Hypervisor on the latest Intel platforms facilitates new possibilities for real-time applications ranging from robotics and smart cars to factory automation and utility load management."
— Michael Reichlin, General Manager of RTS
Product and Performance Information
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