Zephyr Project Welcomes T-Mobile as Platinum Member


Supported by the Linux Foundation as one of its key IoT-related projects, the Zephyr Project is an open-source, scalable, Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) supporting multiple hardware architectures. Resolved to provide a secure and easy to deploy RTOS, Zephyr enables businesses to manage and support more than 350 boards running embedded microcontrollers from Arm and RISC-V to Tensilica, NIOS, and ARC as single and multicore systems. Organizations benefiting from the Zephyr Project gain access to a host of advantages:

  • The flexibility and freedom of choice supported by the open-source and neutral governance provided by Zephyr allow the project to promote multiple hardware architectures.
  • Embedded devices can be securely connected to any cloud with an array of agnostic data relating to industrial, automotive, smart city, and smart home.
  • All developed products are accompanied by long-term support and an in-depth security development lifecycle.

Over the last half-decade, the project has increasingly gained momentum and introduced new members. The latest  is Platinum member T-Mobile, which will be leveraging the RTOS to power its new Developer Kit. Innovators will benefit from quick and simple access to build on T-Mobile’s network, and reduction or elimination of extensive costs, troubleshooting necessities, and inefficient build times. The Zephyr Project is an open-source project at the Linux Foundation that builds a safe, secure, and flexible RTOS for resource-constrained devices. T-Mobile is the first wireless carrier to join the project.

“As a leader in the industry and our first telecom member, T-Mobile brings a unique perspective and expertise to the Zephyr ecosystem,” said Kate Stewart, Vice President of Dependable Embedded Systems for The Linux Foundation. “Zephyr’s existing wireless capabilities (Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, and 802.15.4), coupled with DevEdge, T-Mobile’s new developer platform, will unleash innovators to create new solutions for the connected future.”

Featuring a constantly expanding set of software libraries that can be used across various applications and industry sectors, including Industrial IoT, wearables, machine learning, and more. Zephyr is built with an emphasis on broad chipset support, security, dependability, long-term support releases, and a growing open-source ecosystem.

“T-Mobile is thrilled to be the first wireless provider to join the Zephyr Project. We envision a future where everything that can be connected, will be. That requires massive innovation,” said Rob Roy, SVP of Emerging Business Innovation at T-Mobile. “Zephyr’s RTOS will help T-Mobile enable developers to build better and faster, unlocking massive innovation on our network.”

T-Mobile joins alongside other big-name Platinum members, including:

  • Antmicro
  • Baumer
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Nordic Semiconductor
  • Qualcomm Innovation Center

T-Mobile will join the Zephyr Governing Board and its commitment to ensuring balanced collaboration and feedback that meets the needs of its community. T-Mobile is giving away Developer Kits for free while supplies last to developers who sign up now for a limited time. To learn more and to sign-up for a kit, developers can visit T-Mobile’s DevEdge here.

Additionally, the project confirmed the reconvening of the Zephyr Development Summit, both virtually and in person, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, on June 8-9. Open to the public with variable registration rates; the summit will feature highlights including:

  • An introduction offering several presentations and overviews for new developers alongside in-depth tutorials from Golioth and Nordic Semiconductor.
  • Mini-Conference for RISC-V collaboration with presentations about SMP support, what it is currently and what lies ahead, as well as the use of the RISC-V architecture in the Zephyr ecosystem.
  • Mini-Conference for testing and traceability, offering sessions about design and testing, unit tests and emulators, new framework for testing fleet of platforms, and a Birds of a Feather (BoF) for quality and testing processes for Zephyr.

This year, the summit will feature speakers from Antmicro, AVSystem, Bitergia, Boston Technology Law, Entropic Engineering, Circuit Dojo, Facebook/Meta, Golioth, Google, Huawei, Intel, Laird Connectivity, Lattix, Linaro, The Linux Foundation, Nordic Semiconductor, Percepio, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, Wind River, and Zonneplan.

Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.

Edited by Erik Linask

Special Correspondent

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