Lynx MOSA.ic Framework Takes Modular Approach to Embedded System Design

March 11, 2019 Rich Nass

A funny thing happened on the way to my appointment with Lynx Software Technologies at Embedded World. I thought I was on my way to meet with an operating system (OS) vendor. Turns out, that was the old Lynx. The new Lynx is a company with a software development framework that encompasses, not just the OS, but a complete framework for designing and maintaining embedded systems.

The heart of that framework is the company’s MOSA.ic tool, which lets developers construct their software systems using independent application modules, aka a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA). Lynx claims that the tool/platform introduces a new perspective to application development that simplifies the creation, certification, and maintenance of inherently complex software systems.

The modular concept isolates computing resources into independent distributed environments that can manage themselves while providing software development tools for building guests at the complexity levels needed by specific target environments.

The Framework consists of three classes of tools: architecture design, module development, and system module integration. Architecture design lets the developer control the system’s behavior with an architecture configuration policy. Modules can be constructed from partitioned hardware and can connect to external devices. This methodology allows for easier future upgrades. Then, those modules can be integrated using the hooks built into the framework.

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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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