IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and TRON Forum Sign Agreement to Advance IoT Development and Interoperability

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Agreement transfers the leading real-time operating system (OS) title
for 16- and 32-bit microprocessors deployed throughout the IoT ecosystem

PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated
to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE
Standards Association (IEEE-SA)
, today announced the signing of an
agreement with the TRON
, a forum that supports a
development project called TRON Project that addresses real-time
architecture for embedded systems. The agreement transfers ownership of
the TRON
µT-Kernel 2.0
to IEEE-SA and provides a license to TRON Forum for
use of the intellectual property. The signing of this agreement is
anticipated to greatly expand development and global utilization of the
specification already sourced by more than 12,000 licensed IoT
manufacturers and others worldwide.

“In our ongoing efforts to foster openness and the broad utilization of
globally-recognized technical standards, the IEEE-SA continues to seek
collaborative agreements that help advance technology for humanity,”
said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for the IEEE-SA. “This
agreement with the TRON Forum will pave the way for development of new
standards in line with the goal of both our organizations to promote
open innovation frameworks. We look forward to our continued work and

The TRON Project is a project launched in 1984 by Prof. Ken Sakamura,
now dean of the Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and
Design (INIAD) at Toyo University. The Project aims to build an open
architecture for embedded systems. Rather than imposing a closed
ecosystem of hardware and software requirements, its founders have
defined a set of interfaces that ensure broad interoperability between
the various devices supplied by different vendors.

“As part of our efforts to share Japanese technology more broadly on the
global stage, the agreement with IEEE-SA represents a milestone
achievement in furthering the utilization of the µT-Kernel 2.0
specification for IoT applications around the world,” said Prof.
Sakamura, the founder of TRON Project. “We look forward to an ongoing
collaboration with IEEE-SA as we pursue a shared goal to bring benefit
to industry and humankind through standardization development based on
openness, best practices and assured interoperability for emergent

The agreement signed by IEEE and TRON Forum allows the two parties to
jointly develop IEEE standards based on the TRON Forum specification.

“The agreement signed with TRON Forum demonstrates how IEEE-SA is
engaged in new models to accelerate standards development and streamline
global distribution to meet the needs of rapidly developing technologies
where time to market is imperative,” said Stephen Dukes, Standards
Committee, vice chair, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. “Placing the
µT-Kernel 2.0 under the auspices of the IEEE-SA will make the technology
more broadly available for companies and groups looking to an open
architecture for developing standards, effectively helping to drive the
development of the IoT market through cost reduction and enabling mass

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About the IEEE Standards Association

The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting
body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process
that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.
IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current
scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of
over 1,200 active standards and over 650 standards under development.
For more information visit

About IEEE

IEEE is the largest technical professional organization dedicated to
advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly
cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional
and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice in a wide variety
of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and
telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and
consumer electronics. Learn more at

About TRON Forum

TRON Forum (Location: Shinagawa, Tokyo, Chair: Ken Sakamura, Dean,
Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design (INIAD),
Toyo University) has been established in 2002 to promote TRON Project
which aims to establish an Open IoT environment that is free of
proprietary restrictions by using open source, open data and Open API.
The forum has conducted activities focusing on T-Engine Project that
aims to improve the development environment of embedded systems and
operating Ubiquitous ID Center which promotes and disseminates
ubiquitous ID architecture and its component technologies such as ucode.
Learn more at

About TRON Project

TRON Project was launched in 1984, prior to the establishment of TRON
Forum under the leadership of Ken Sakamura. TRON Project has been
promoting the standardization of the development environment of
real-time OS and embedded systems with an aim to achieve a ubiquitous
computing environment that supports our lives by embedding computers
based on open architecture in all machines around us.


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