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Selecting an Operating System for Your Embedded Application - Web Seminar



Selecting an embedded operating system (OS) may be a complex process. This software component may be purchased from a commercial vendor, obtained as open-source software, or developed in-house. A balance must be maintained between competing interests and full account taken of both technical and commercial parameters to determine which approach makes sense.

This session details that decision making process and shows how the technical features of an OS, whether purchased, obtained as open-source software, or developed in-house can affect engineering and business concerns and how the cost elements are often non-obvious. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach are addressed.

What You Will Learn

  • The trade-offs between commercial, open-source and an in-house OS
  • What technical parameters are associated with selecting an OS including Open Source
  • How selecting an OS can affect system design, like memory and power consumption
  • The balance between commercial and development concerns • What technical questions to ask an OS vendor

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 software developers planning to select or implement an OS
  • Technical managers needing to understand the OS selection process
  • Embedded system integration engineers

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

  • 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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