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25 - 27 February 2020 // Nuremberg, Germany

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Session 3.1: OS Basics

42 Reasons Using FreeRTOS Should Scare Developers Vortragssprache Englisch

Real-time Operating Systems (RTOSes) are finding their way into most embedded systems as the IoT comes into fruition. A major problem with RTOS selection, is that developers often blindly select open source solutions without performing an engineering analysis. Developers assume that open source solutions match commercial solutions in security, quality and application domains. Free, open source products do not follow industry “best practices” which increases product liability risk for companies. In this session, we will explore the differences between commercial and open source RTOS solutions and examine several reasons why using the leading open source solution, FreeRTOS, in a real-time application should scare developers. Key Take-A-Ways • The differences between commercial and open source RTOSes • The cost and value trade-offs between commercial and open source solutions • Example industry best practices that are not followed that increase company liability • Dangerous assumptions developers make about FreeRTOS • The main use cases for FreeRTOS • How to select a RTOS

--- Date: 26.02.2019 Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Location: Conference Counter NCC Ost



Jacob Beningo

Beningo Embedded Group


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