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Android, Linux and Real-time Development for Embedded Systems



Many developers have selected Linux for embedded applications, taking advantage of its open source distribution and the very large range of middleware and drivers that are available. This session considers how and when Linux is appropriate, identifies some of the challenges encountered with its deployment and approaches to overcome them. Android is an open source platform built by Google that includes an operating system, middleware and applications for the development of devices employing cellular communications. This session takes a look at the design of Android, how it works and how it may be deployed to accelerate the development of a connected device. Along with guidelines to getting started with Android, the Android SDK, its available tools and resources will be reviewed and consideration given to applications for Android beyond conventional mobile handsets such as medical devices, consumer electronics and military/aerospace systems. A brief review of how Android or Linux can co-exist with an RTOS in multi-core designs will also be conducted.

What You Will Learn

  • What the Android platform is and how it works
  • How Android facilitates the implementation of cellular communication for non-handset applications
  • What tools and services are available to help deploy Android
  • How Android co-exists with an RTOS in multi-core designs

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Colin Walls

A Technical Marketing Manager, Colin has over twenty-five years experience in the electronics industry, largely dedicated to embedded software. A frequent presenter at conferences and seminars and author of numerous technical articles and two books on embedded software, Colin is a member of the marketing team of the Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division, and is based in the UK.

Book: Embedded Software: The Works
Blog: The Colin Walls Blog

Who Should Attend

  • Embedded developers and System architects interested in deploying Android
  • Technical managers
  • System architects considering Android for the application of cellular telephony for machine-to-machine applications

Products Covered

This web seminar is part of our Tuesday Tech Talks.
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Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7.4, 10.8

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM


  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3


  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.

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