Atollic and Quadros Systems Partner to Offer RTOS-Aware Debugging

The Atollic® TrueSTUDIO® C/C++ embedded development suite for ARM® microcontrollers now offers debug visibility for the RTXC™ Quadros™ real-time operating system. Thirteen dockable windows provide deep insight into the status of the RTOS during a debug session. This feature is included in Atollic TrueSTUDIO v4.1 which was just released last week. (click on images for larger view) Get more informat ...[Read More]

Why would anyone pay for an RTOS or other embedded software?

Maybe this is a question you have asked.  Maybe it’s a question you live by. After all, why pay for software when you can download something similar at no cost? You’ve heard it before but you do get what you pay for. That doesn’t mean that a free RTOS is worthless. What it does mean is that you are on your own. Maybe you’re the hero type; a talented embedded engineer that c ...[Read More]

RTOS Explained: Understanding Interprocess Communications

A key feature of any kind of operating system is to be able to pass data between processes (tasks, threads, and interrupt service routines). The best RTOSes give the application developer as much flexibility as possible in how to do this. A single messaging option could be good for one situation but not for another. The RTXC Quadros RTOS provides three different object classes for passing data. Ea ...[Read More]

RTXC Quadros RTOS supports CEVA-X DSPs

We have been working closely with CEVA, Inc. to support their versatile CEVA-X family of low power, high performance DSP cores using the CEVA-Toolbox™ suite of development tools. CEVA holds 90% of the market for DSP cores and boasts adoption by many leading SoC developers. Today we announced our support for CEVA-X1622, CEVA-X1641 and CEVA-X1643 DSP cores. Read more about RTXC/CEVA integration here ...[Read More]

RTOS Explained: Understanding Event Flags

To fully understand event flags it will be helpful to read the previous blog entry on semaphores since both semaphores and event flags are techniques used by RTOSes for synchronizing tasks. Semaphores and event flags must have the inherent capability to capture and retain information about an event’s occurrence since the system may be otherwise occupied when the event happened. Event flags are bit ...[Read More]

RTOS Explained: Understanding Priority Inversion

A fundamental maxim in a real-time system is that the highest priority task that is ready to run must be given control of the processor. If this does not happen deadlines can be missed and the system can become unstable or worse. Priority inversion simply means that the priority you established for a task in your system is turned upside down by the unintended result of how priorities are managed a ...[Read More]

RTOS Explained: Understanding Critical Regions

Critical Regions and the Effect on RTOS Responsiveness A key design concern for any RTOS is that of its responsiveness to interrupts. Because an interrupt can occur at any time, the RTOS must be prepared to recognize the interrupt as quickly as possible and then accommodate the interrupt service routine (ISR) that handles it. The issue becomes one of managing the internal data structures of the ke ...[Read More]