In a bid to bolster its IoT portfolio, Silicon Labs has announced that it is acquiring real time operating system (RTOS) software specialist Micrium.

According to Texas-based Silabs, the acquisition "helps simplify IoT design for all developers by combining a leading, commercial-grade embedded RTOS with Silicon Labs’ IoT expertise and solutions.”

Micrium’s RTOS and software tools will continue to be available to all silicon partners worldwide, giving customers a wide range of options, even when using non-Silicon Labs hardware. Micrium will continue to fully support existing as well as new customers.

Micrium's flagship µC/OS RTOS family is recognised for reliability, performance, dependability, impeccable source code and extensive documentation, according to Silabs. Micrium’s RTOS software has been ported to more than 50 microcontroller architectures and has a global footprint with more than 250,000 downloads across all embedded vertical markets, with solutions certified to meet safety-critical standards for medical electronics, avionics, communications, consumer electronics and industrial control.

The combination of Micrium’s RTOS and Silicon Labs’ multiprotocol SoCs, wireless modules, wireless stacks and Simplicity Studio development tools gives a faster, easier entry point from connected devices to the cloud with end-to-end solutions for embedded IoT design, said Silabs.