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Hands-On RTOS with Microcontrollers

By : Brian Amos
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Hands-On RTOS with Microcontrollers

By: Brian Amos

Overview of this book

A real-time operating system (RTOS) is used to develop systems that respond to events within strict timelines. Real-time embedded systems have applications in various industries, from automotive and aerospace through to laboratory test equipment and consumer electronics. These systems provide consistent and reliable timing and are designed to run without intervention for years. This microcontrollers book starts by introducing you to the concept of RTOS and compares some other alternative methods for achieving real-time performance. Once you've understood the fundamentals, such as tasks, queues, mutexes, and semaphores, you'll learn what to look for when selecting a microcontroller and development environment. By working through examples that use an STM32F7 Nucleo board, the STM32CubeIDE, and SEGGER debug tools, including SEGGER J-Link, Ozone, and SystemView, you'll gain an understanding of preemptive scheduling policies and task communication. The book will then help you develop highly efficient low-level drivers and analyze their real-time performance and CPU utilization. Finally, you'll cover tips for troubleshooting and be able to take your new-found skills to the next level. By the end of this book, you'll have built on your embedded system skills and will be able to create real-time systems using microcontrollers and FreeRTOS.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction and RTOS Concepts
Section 2: Toolchain Setup
Section 3: RTOS Application Examples
Section 4: Advanced RTOS Techniques

Next steps

Now that you've been through this book and tinkered with each ready-to-run example wait... you haven't run the examples yet?! Time to get started on that! They have been included because having hands-on experience will help drive these concepts home, providing you with both valuable practice and a base development environment you can use for your own projects.

So, assuming you've already run through the examples included, an excellent next step to gain an even more in-depth understanding of FreeRTOS is to read Richard Barry's book, Mastering the FreeRTOS™ Real-Time Kernel. This book focuses on how to apply the general knowledge that is required to get started with embedded systems and build a solid foundation for future development. Mastering FreeRTOS, however, is laser-focused on the specific details of FreeRTOS, with examples for...