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1. (WO2017172616) FUEL DISPENSER HAVING INTEGRATED CONTROL ELECTRONICS
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A fuel dispenser comprising:

fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle;

a plurality of fuel handling components disposed along said fuel flow piping; control electronics in operative communication with said fluid handling components, said control electronics including a multi-core processor having at least two processor cores located on a common integrated circuit chip, said at least two processor cores utilizing different operating systems in an asynchronous manner.

2. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 1, wherein a first processor core of said at least two processor cores utilizes a real-time operating system and a second processor core of said at least two processor cores utilizes a non-real time operating system.

3. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 2, wherein said plurality of fuel handling components comprise at least one electrically-controlled valve, said first processor core operative to control operation of said valve.

4. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 2, wherein said first processor core executes pump hydraulic software to calculate a running total of volume and price of fuel dispensed during a dispensing event.

5. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 2, wherein said pump hydraulic software is identified by digital fingerprint before executing via said real-time operating system.

6. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 2, wherein said fuel dispenser includes a user interface having at least one peripheral device for input of sensitive payment information, said second core controlling operation of said at least one peripheral device.

7. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 6, wherein said at least one peripheral device comprises at least one of a card reader and a PIN pad.

8. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 1, wherein said multi-core processor has at least four of said processor cores utilizing at least three different operating systems, all operating in an asynchronous manner.

9. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 8, wherein said at least three different operating systems include a real-time operating system and a non-real time operating system.

10. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 8, wherein said at least three different operating systems includes at least two different non-real time operating systems.

11. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 10, wherein one of said at least two different non-real time operating systems is the Linux operating system.

12. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 8, wherein said fuel dispenser has a user interface comprising a media display, one of said cores functioning as a media processor to drive content to said media display.

13. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 12, wherein said content includes advertising information.

14. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 1, wherein said common integrated circuit chip further includes an on-board memory shared by all of said processor cores.

15. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 14, wherein software running on said processor cores communicate with each other via said on-board memory.

16. A fuel dispenser comprising:

fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle;

a plurality of fuel handling components disposed along said fuel flow piping, said fuel handling components including at least one electrically-controlled valve; a user interface having at least one peripheral device for input of sensitive payment information and a media display;

control electronics in operative communication with said fluid handling components, said control electronics including a multi-core processor having at least three processor cores located on a common integrated circuit chip, said at least three processor cores operating separately in an asynchronous manner;

a first processor core of said at least two processor cores utilizing a real-time operating system to control hydraulic functions of said fuel dispenser;

a second processor core of said at least two processor cores utilizing a first non-real time operating system to control payment functions of said fuel processor; and

a third processor core of said at least three processor cores utilizing a second non-real time operating system and functioning as a media processor to drive content to said media display.

17. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein said first processor core is operative to control operation of said electrically-controlled valve.

18. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein said first processor core executes pump hydraulic software to calculate a running total of volume and price of fuel dispensed during a dispensing event.

19. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein said pump hydraulic software is identified by digital fingerprint before executing via said real-time operating system.

20. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein said at least one peripheral device comprises at least one of a card reader and a PIN pad.

21. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein said multi-core processor has at least four of said processor cores utilizing at least three different operating systems, all operating in an asynchronous manner.

22. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein said first non-real time operating system and said second non-real time operating system are different operating systems.

23. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein said first non-real time operating system and said second non-real time operating system are different instances of the same type operating system.

24. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein at least one of said first non-real time operating system and said second non-real time operating system is the Linux operating system.

25. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein said content includes advertising information.

26. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 16, wherein said common integrated circuit chip further includes an on-board memory shared by all of said processor cores.

27. A fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 26, wherein software running on said processor cores communicates with each other via said on-board memory.

28. A method of operating a fuel dispenser having a plurality of fuel handling components and a user interface having at least one peripheral device for input of sensitive payment information, said method comprising steps of:

providing control electronics for said fuel dispenser, said control electronics including a multi-core processor having at least two processor cores and an on-board memory located on a common integrated circuit chip;

executing pump hydraulic software on a first processor core of said at least two processor cores via a real-time operating system, said pump hydraulic software being in operative communication with at least one of said fuel handling components;

executing peripheral control software on a second processor core of said at least two processor cores operating via a non-real time operating system separately and asynchronously from said first processor core, said peripheral control software operative to provide payment instructions via the user interface and receive sensitive payment information via said at least one peripheral device.

29. A method of operating a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 28, wherein said pump hydraulic software and said peripheral control software communicate with each other via the on-board memory of the multi-core processor.

30. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 29, wherein said pump hydraulic software is operative to control operation of an electrically-controlled valve of said fuel dispenser.

31. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 28, wherein said pump hydraulic software comprises meter flow measurement software to calculate a running total of volume and price of fuel dispensed during a dispensing event.

32. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 31, wherein said pump hydraulic software is identified by digital fingerprint before executing via said real-time operating system.

33. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 28, wherein said peripheral control software exports the sensitive payment information to obtain approval of a dispensing event by a host server.

34. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 33, wherein said at least one peripheral device includes at least one of a card reader and a PIN pad.

35. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 33, wherein said at least one peripheral device includes both of a card reader and a PIN pad.

36. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 28, wherein said multi-core processor has at least three processor cores.

37. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 36, further comprising executing media software on a third processor core of said at least three processor cores operating via a second non-real time operating system separately and asynchronously from said first processor core and said second processor core, said media software operative to provide at least one of advertising content and multimedia content to a display of said user interface.

38. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 37, wherein said non-real time operating system and said second non-real time operating system are different types of operating systems.

39. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 37, wherein said non-real time operating system and said second non-real time operating system are different instances of the same type of operating system.

40. A method of controlling a fuel dispenser as set forth in claim 39, wherein said same type of operating system is the Linux operating system.