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Embedded RTOS Design - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128228517, 9780128228524

Embedded RTOS Design

1st Edition

Insights and Implementation

Author: Colin Walls
Paperback ISBN: 9780128228517
eBook ISBN: 9780128228524
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 3rd December 2020
Page Count: 382
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Embedded RTOS Design: Insights and Implementation combines explanations of RTOS concepts with detailed, practical implementation. It gives a detailed description of the implementation of a basic real-time kernel designed to be limited in scope and simple to understand, which could be used for a real design of modest complexity. The kernel features upward-compatibility to a commercial real-time operating system: Nucleus RTOS. Code is provided which can be used without restriction.

Gain practical information on:

  • Scheduling, preemption, and interrupts
  • Information flow (queues, semaphores, etc.) and how they work
  • Signaling between tasks (signals, events, etc.)
  • Memory management (Where does each task get its stack from? What happens if the stack overflows?)
  • The CPU context: storage and retrieval after a context switch

With this book you will be able to:

  • Utilize a basic real-time kernel to develop your own prototype
  • Design RTOS features
  • Understand the facilities of a commercial RTOS

Key Features

  • Explains the principles of RTOS and shows their practical implementation
  • Demonstrates how to prototype a real-time design
  • Code is fully available for free use


Embedded systems engineers, computer engineers, software developers, computer engineering undergraduates and graduates

Table of Contents

1. Program structure and real time
2. Multitasking and Scheduling
3. RTOS Services and Facilities
4. Nucleus SE
5. The Scheduler
6. Tasks
7. Partition Memory
8. Signals
9. Event Flag Groups
10. Semaphores
11. Mailboxes
12. Queues
13. Pipes
14. System Time
15. Application Timers
16. Interrupts in Nucleus SE
17. Nucleus SE Initialization and Start-up
18. Diagnostics and Error Checking
19. Unimplemented Facilities and Compatibility
20. Using Nucleus SE
21. Nucleus SE Reference Information


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About the Author

Colin Walls

Colin Walls has over forty years' experience in the electronics industry, largely involved with embedded software - very much a pioneer in this specialty. He has been a frequent presenter at conferences and seminars including: • Embedded Systems Conference, San Jose and Boston • Embedded World, Nuremberg • Arm Tech Con, California • Mentor events world-wide • Numerous partner events Colin has authored a great many technical articles and one of the first books on embedded software ["Programming Dedicated Microprocessors"; Macmillan Education, 1986]. His most recent publication is "Embedded Software: The Works" [2nd edition; Newnes, 2012], which addresses a wide range of embedded software topics. He is an embedded software technologist with Mentor, a Siemens business, and maintains a blog at Colin is based in the UK, where he lives with his family. Away from work, his main interests are photography, reading/writing, and food and drink.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mentor, a Siemens business, Newbury, UK

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