28 May '13, 9am

New Electronics roundtable: The issues involved in embedded software

convened a roundtable to explore some of the trends in the embedded software market. It could be argued that projects start with the operating system. A recent New Electronics survey showed 43% of respondents use a proprietary OS. Colin Walls, a technical marketer with Mentor Graphics, asked: "What happens when they spec an OS?" he asked. "There are three options: commercial; open source; or proprietary. Proprietary is surprisingly common and there are many reasons why people take that route. But it's not wise." Having considered whether the applications is real time or not – 'it's a fundamental question', said Walls – it's time to think about memory footprint. "A lot of people are concerned about this. Once the board's done, you're stuck with a given amount of memory and there are many situations where you need to keep the footprint down – you might want to put the kernel...

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