The µITRON4.0 Specification Study Group has been started on April 1998 to draw up the µITRON4.0 specification, the next-generation ITRON real-time kernel specification. Other goals of the study group include the standard interface between ITRON-specification real-time kernels and debugging tools, the application design guidelines for real-time systems, and the device driver design guidelines. The announcement is here.
The embedded TCP/IP Technical Committee is to standardize an API (Application Program Interface) for a TCP/IP protocol stack which has small overhead and is suitable for small-scale embedded systems. The first version of the API specification has been released as the ITRON TCP/IP API Specification on May, 1998, through the approval by the ITRON Technical Committee.
Java Technology on ITRON-specification OS Technical Committee, which is a subcommittee of the ITRON Technical Committee, was established to define the interface specifications which are necessary in implementing a Java runtime environment on an ITRON-specification real-time operating system. The specification designed by this committee has been released as the JTRON2.0 Specification on Oct. 1998. The announcement to release the JTRON2.0 Specification is here, and the one to start the activity is here.
The ITRON Hard Real-Time Support Study Group (HRT Study Group), which was started in November 1996 and finished in March 1998, was to study kernel functions geared to software components provision, and especially functions that support software components with hard real-time performance. Detailed information is here (in Japanese). HRT Study Group is one of the activities towards the standardization of software component interface for embedded systems (detailed information in Japanese).
The RTOS Automotive Application Technical Committee, which was started in May 1997 and finished in March 1998, investigated on the use of real-time OSs for automotive applications and the requirements on them. The result of the activity is here (in Japanese).