06 Dec '12, 1pm

TI rolls open-source OS for MCUs - EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. –Texas Instruments released a real-time operating system developed entirely in-house for its microcontrollers. TI will offer the code for on a royalty-free, open source basis, aiming to ease the path to market for its customers. The TI RTOS is based on the company’s deterministic, multithreaded SYS/BIOS kernel along with a file system, TCP/IP stack and drivers for USB, Ethernet and other peripherals. Initially it is available on TI’s C28x and ARM Cortex M4 MCUs, eventually it will also be available on its MSP430 and other C2000 chips. The RTOS does not support 2-D or 3-D displays or virtual memory. It can be packed into as little as 2 Kbytes memory or—with all its extras—as much as about 170 Kbytes. TI claims at this level there’s little differentiation in existing RTOSes. It aims to deliver some innovation with features tailored for real-time control and ...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/design/microcontroller-mcu/4402835...

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