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Hands-On RTOS with Microcontrollers

By : Brian Amos
Book Image

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

Chapter 9

  1. A queue can hold any data type, thanks to the underlying void* input parameter.
  2. A task waiting to send data to a queue is placed into the blocked state (suspended if portMAX_DELAY was specified).

  1. There were three considerations mentioned: data ownership of the underlying value, ensuring the correct data type is passed into the queue, and making sure the data stays intact (by not placing it onto a volatile stack).
  2. False. Task notifications only store a single uint32_t and allow a single task with a known task handle to be unblocked. Queues are capable of storing any datatype and can be used across multiple arbitrary tasks.
  3. False. Task notifications only store a single uint32_t.
  4. Speed and RAM efficiency.