Industrial automation is a market that is strongly influenced by the existing infrastructure. The aim is to protect and further develop existing investments. So there is a very high priority on flexibility and scalability of the platforms used. Their performance level ranges from energy-saving single-processor systems with passive cooling to highly complex multicore systems. Maximum availability and reliability in a harsh industrial environment are self-evident anyway. In many applications real-time capability and tolerance to extended temperature ranges are further requirements. Further requirements are the availability of standard field bus interfaces including ready-to-use board support packages (BSPs) and software stacks.