Trustworthy forever

Functional Safety Engineering Processes: not a burden but a benefit.

Altreonic is speaking at Flanders Drive' seminar on Functional Safety Engineering Processes: not a burden but a benefit.

Eric Verhulst, CEO/CTO of Altreonic will open the seminar by putting the concept of safety engineering in a wider perspective under the title "Zen and the art of safety engineering".


The perfectly safe car could be the one that doesn’t move. Clearly, more will be needed to make such a Panamarenko car acceptable as a real car. What is needed is a total concept of Trustworthiness. The trust that it works as advertised means not only good systems engineering but also that it works as advertised under all circumstances. Albeit an important one, safety is just one of the required system properties.

Download the presentation here.

Thursday, 29 April 2010 from 9.00u-18.00 hrs.
De Montil, Moortelstraat 8, 1790 Essene, België. For registration and program visit

Altreonic presents at Embedded World

As part of its participation activities in Embedded World 2010,
Altreonic's team is pleased to invite you to our following talks events :

1. Tuesday 2.3.2010, from 15:00–15:30


Dr. Bernhard Sputh, sr. software manager Altreonic

2. Thursday 4.3.2010, from 12.00-12.30  

Hall 11, stand 11-201

Eric Verhulst, CEO/CTO Altreonic

Your presence will surely make these talks more interesting. you are always welcome to visit us at our booth :

Hall 11, stand 11-201.

3. Network further and meet Altreonic at the Artemis event.  

The ARTEMIS-JU Information Day Call 2010 which will take place from 1 March 2010 until 1 March 2010 at the Congress Cente Nuremberg Ost, Nuremberg, Germany.

We will be looking forward for your participation.


Altreonic News Q1 2010-1

1. Meet us at Embedded World 2010, Industrie Messe, ESEC, ERTS2

remaining items available from here:
2. New Company Profile
3. Asynchroneous services for OpenComRTOS
4. Ethernet support for OpenComRTOS
5. Latency demo shows OpenComRTOS real-time determinism
6. Enhanced OpenTracer
7. Session based host services
8. OpenCookBook analyses dependencies


1. Meet Altreonic at Embedded World 2010, Industrie Messe, ESEC, ERTS2

Embedded World 2010 Nuremberg, Germany, from March 2nd to March 4th. Embedded World remains the world's undisputed biggest get-together for the international embedded community. The exhibition set another new record in 2009 with more than 700 exhibitors, and some 16,000 trade visitors. Embedded World 2010 will again be the opportunity to see the latest trends and evolutions in embedded technologies, for hardware, software, tools and services.

We're looking forward meeting you on our booth 11-102. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to receive free entrance tickets to this exhibition.

Altreonic will be exhibit as well at:

  • Hannover Industrie Messe, from 19th till 23rd April, one of the largest exhibitions in Europe for industrial goods. Hall 9 F30/4

  • ERTS2, Toulouse, France,  from 19th till 21st  May. Embedded Real Time Software and Systems

  • ESEC, Tokyo, Japan, from 12th till 14th May, Asia's largest embedded systems technology expo. East Hall 5 34-8.

Embedded World Nuerenberg

ESEC Japan



Hannover messe

Altreonic Company Profile

“Solutions for Trustworthy Systems Engineering”

Altreonic NV is an innovative SME focusing on the embedded market with a unified methodology for developing trustworthy solutions. Based on a long experience since the late 1980's, custom engineering services are enabled by in-house developed tools to facilitate an integrated approach in particular for scalable and safety critical embedded software and hardware. The in-house development technology is also made available through a unique Open Technology Licensing model.
The industrial experience is enhanced by a continuous R&D effort, in-house as well as partner in regional as well as European research projects. Recent ones are:

  • OpenComRTOS: development of a novel real-time operating system using formal methods. This is still the core RTOS kernel now developed into VirtuosoNext Designer.
  • ASIL: a Flanders Drive project to develop a common automotive safety engineering workflow.
  • EVOLVE: an EU ITEA project on Evolutionary Verification and Validation of software.
  • CRAFTERS: an EU Artemis on developing novel solutions for many/multicore systems.
  • OPENCOSS: an FP7 IP project focusing on reducing the cost of certification.
  • COMPACT: a regional project on reliability of electronics.
  • NoFIST: a EUROCPS project with Thales on porting VirtuosoNext to a mixed criticality platform.

Altreonic is a regular speaker at international conferences and workshops.

VirtuosoNext Designer

One of the the core product of Altreonic is VirtuosoNext Designer, a unique formally developed network-centric real-time programming environment.
VirtuosoNext Designer supports from small microcontrollers to multicore CPUs and networked distributed heterogeneous systems with a very small code size in a topology independent way. The latest release supports fine-grain space and time partitioning, reducing security and safety risk to a minimum.
Current targets supported are ARM Cortex M3/M4/M5/R4/5R, A9, ARC, Freescale PowerPC, TI C66xx DSP, Leon3, MicroBlaze, XMOS, CoolFlux, Win32 and Linux.
VirtuosoNext runtime code is mostly generated from the  Visual Designer (Visual modeling and simulation environment).
It supporting VirtuosoNext application development from single processor, over multicore to multi-processor heterogeneous target systems. By design it allows to cross develop on a PC, develop a simulator and generate then runtime code without modifying the source code.
Complementary tools are:
GoedelWorks: based on an internet portal, it support safety critical projects from early requirements capturing till final code generation.
EventTracer: a graphical tool to visually display execution schedules on a multiprocessor target.

Open VE


Safe Virtual Machines for C.

Unique is the support for a Safe Virtual Machine that only needs about 3 KBytes. It allows to run binary compiled C code on any processor.


GoedelWorks is the web based project support environment for supporting projects from early requirements and specification capturing till product release with an integrated safety standards knowledge base.


Altreonic is using its own methodology and tools to develop a scalable and modular e-mobility concept code named "KURT". While used as  a research vehicle, the aim is to spin it off as a commercial vehicle. 


Altreonic's team supports customers with design and development services with a focus on low power and smart distributed, fault tolerant control. Other services are: formal development and verification of embedded software;


Altreonic's technology and products are available in a low cost Source code as well as an Open Technology License.

Find our corporate brochure attached below.

Or go to the on-line version here.




Altreonic at FM2009 and CPA2009

This year the formal community met in Eindhoven (see FM week) . It was a unique opportunity as it brought together specialists from all over the world. It was also one of the first times that several complementary groups held their conference at the same location and in the same week. Altreonic had a well received paper at CPA ("OpenComRTOS: A Runtime Environment for Interacting Entities", see attached pdf). Formal methods are becoming not only mainstream but also a prerequisite in any development that has safety or security requirements. This is now clearly reflected in the recent versions of the IEC61508 and DO-178 safety standards. An interesting keynote was given by Jeannette Wing, professor at Carnegie Mellow and Assistant Director at the US National Science Foundation. While the topic was "Formal Methods for Privacy", she addressed the definition of what is meant with trustworthy systems very well. Simply said: Trustworthy = safety + security + privacy + usability

Altreonic joins the DSP Valley cluster

DSP ValleyAltreonic has joined the DSP Valley cluster organisation. DSP Valley is a technology network organisation, focusing on the design of hardware and software technology for embedded processing systems.

DSP Valley groups over 50 members that include universities, research institutes and industrial companies. The next even organised by DSP Valley is a Business-to-Business (B2B) Matchmaking Forum on Tuesday December 3th, 2009 at Sportoase in Leuven (Belgium).


New 1.2. release of OpenVE with OpenComRTOS and OpenTracer

Altreonic has released version 1.2 of its OpenVE with OpenComRTOS, its formally developed network-centric RTOS. This version features an improved link driver model, a much improved build system generating the code for heterogeneous target systems besides other small improvements. The hostserver was also upgraded with more functions to support access to host nodes for e.g. console access and graphics. The OpenTracer was redeveloped as well and now makes it easier to visualise large networks of nodes, including the details of the inter-node interactions.

Tracer screenshot (detail)


OpenCookbook upgraded

OpenCookbook is Altreonic's web portal based product for developing systems or products supporting the engineering process from early requirements till the product is released for production. It implements a formalised engineering process providing tracebility between the different project entities (requirements, specifications, models composed of entities, workplan, development, verification, development and validation tasks). The major improvement of this release is the generation of the dependency tree, automatic bidirectional relationship links and a hyperlink document generator to produce a timestamped snapshot of the whole project. OpenCookbook, available for free as a set of drupal modules, can be downloaded from our website.

New 1.1. release of OpenVE for OpenComRTOS

Altreonic has released v. 1.1 of its OpenVE for OpenComRTOS. This version was improved to better support heterogeneous target systems and has an easier interface to the host server. The Win32 version is available free of charge from our download section. OpenVE now supports a growing number of embedded targets as well (in Single Processor and Multi-Processor versions).

The current list includes: Xilinx MicroBlaze, Leon3, ARM Cortex M3 and the multi-core XMOS

In a demo set-up, boards with all supported targets were seamlessly programmed and demonstrated.

You can experience this seamless heterogeneous real-time processing first hand. For 2995 euro we deliver a bundle containing OpenComRTOS for Win32 and ARM Cortex M3, both supported from within OpenVE, the Event Tracer and  a Luminary LM3S6965 development kit. Applications can be seamlessly distributed over the host PC and the ARM board out-of-the-box. See OpenComRTOS for ARM bundle for more details.

Roadmap for an e-mobility platform

When a crisis becomes an opportunity

The economic crisis we witness today has everything to be considered as a catastrophe, signalling the end of an economic dream. It might however be a lot better to see the crisis as a wake-up call. With hindsight, it is clear the crisis has been growing for about a decade and what we experience now is a painful correction. Rather than stretching the dream, we would do better by standing up and by looking forward. Beating the crisis means we create again real economic value, rather than (over-)consumption.



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