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The Ideal RTOS



This webinar discusses the trade-offs, advantages and disadvantages between a commercial and an in-house RTOS implementation.

In a modern embedded system, all but the most simplistic software applications are based upon a real-time operating system [RTOS]. This software component may be purchased from a commercial vendor or developed in house. There are also alternative possible sources for the code.

A wide range of factors, both technical and commercial, determine whether a commercial or in-house implementation makes sense. This session carefully analyses the implications of these factors and the various trade-offs, recognizing the wide-ranging variability in embedded designs. The advantages and disadvantages or both a commercial RTOS and an in-house implementation are outlined and reviewed in detail. Background, real-world examples are used to illustrate some of the conclusions.

Additionally, the following RTOS standards will be reviewed and their implication on future designs considered: POSIX, microITRON, OSEK/VDX and Java.

What You Will Learn

  • The trade-offs between a commercial and an in-house RTOS
  • What questions to ask an RTOS vendor
  • How commercial and technical issues need to be balanced
  • Where open-source fits into the picture
  • Why OS standards are interesting

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 View

  • Embedded software developers planning to use or select an RTOS
  • Technical managers
  • Purchasing managers concerned with the provision of software IP
  • Software engineers who maintain in-house real time kernels

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