Linux as a Real-Time Operating System
In the last few years, there has been a rapid explosion the embedded systems market fueled in part by the significant increases in computing power and communication bandwidth. This has led to a trend towards networked, multi-function, convergence devices that implement a large part of their functionality in software rather than hardware. The increasing use of software in embedded systems coupled with the time-to-market pressures has resulted in the need for full-featured real-time operating systems and availability of third part software to support the development. As a result, many embedded systems developers are discovering that it is not worthwhile to develop (or maintain) home-grown operating systems—instead they are converging towards commercial realtime operating systems.
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