Trends and Drivers in Fail-Safe Architectures for Rail Systems
The market for embedded computing technologies in rail applications is following a similar trend as has been seen in other embedded market spaces.
A layer of the technology value chain becomes 'table stakes', delivering limited competitive advantage to a point that it makes sense for application providers to reallocate R&D resources to differentiating elements of the end product and buy the base technology from companies who are dedicated to that technology.
We are witnessing this transition in the rail market for embedded computers that are certified to safety integrity level four (SIL4), the highest level. These embedded computers offer a certified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) generic fail-safe platform allowing rail application developers to focus their R&D resources on differentiating applications.
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