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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

Open source/free IDEs

Since IBM created the Eclipse foundation to promote an open source, highly extensible IDE, many Eclipse-based IDEs have popped up. We'll take a look at two such IDEs in this section. In recent years, Microsoft has started to focus heavily on open source projects, creating the freely available, open source Visual Studio Code text editor, which is also covered in this section.

AC6 System Workbench for STM32 (S4STM32)

AC6 is a consulting firm that has contributed an Eclipse-based IDE that targets STM32 MCUs. System Workbench adds some support for STM-based discovery boards to help get projects set up quickly. AC6 also offers System Workbench for Linux, which can be useful if you are developing an application...