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Selecting an Operating System for Your Embedded Application

Posted on: Jul 17, 2009 | Duration: 60 min.
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Selecting an embedded operating system (OS) may be a complex process. This software component may be purchased from a commercial vendor, obtained as open-source software, or developed in-house. A balance must be maintained between competing interests and full account taken of both technical and commercial parameters to determine which approach makes sense.

This session details that decision making process and shows how the technical features of an OS, whether purchased, obtained as open-source software, or developed in-house can affect engineering and business concerns and how the cost elements are often non-obvious. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach are addressed.

What You Will Learn:

  • The trade-offs between commercial, open-source and an in-house OS
  • What technical parameters are associated with selecting an OS including Open Source
  • How selecting an OS can affect system design, like memory and power consumption
  • The balance between commercial and development concerns
  • What technical questions to ask an OS vendor

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