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Why do I need an RTOS?



During this technical session we will explore the reasons why or why not to chose an RTOS, and see some trends in the industry that give the RTOS new life.

For the past several decades embedded systems with some complexity always relied on an RTOS to get the job done. However, during this time, there have been advancements in compute technology that have increased the system complexity as well as decreased the cost for memory. Software solutions have seen the creation and advancement of open source OS solutions like Linux or Android. But are they the panacea that some make them out to be.

RTOS's are known for several things: Small, Deterministic, Fast Boot and Certifiable. While some applications are easily adapted to Android or Linux there are some that need the capabilities of an RTOS.

What You Will Learn

  • Key differences between an RTOS and open source solutions like
    Linux and Android
  • Where an RTOS is the right choice
  • What are some new trends in RTOS development

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Stephen Olsen

Stephen Olsen has over 20 years of embedded software experience. Having spent the past 11 years at Mentor Graphics, Stephen has been involved in consulting, embedded software and intellectual property. He is currently in Mentor Graphics’ Embedded Systems Division as an Operating Systems Architect. During his tenure at Mentor, he co-chaired the VSIA’s Hardware dependent Software (HdS) design working group. He has also authored several papers on system design including "How to choose a CPU for your SoC design." Stephen holds a BS in Physics from Humboldt State University in California.

Who Should View

  • Anyone who is considering using an OS in their next design, but aren't sure if an RTOS is the right choice for their project

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