• on Education & Information
  • Published in issue 3/2008 on page 44
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Real-time Computing

How does a real-time operating system (RTOS) work?

Real-time Computing
The use of microcontrollers in electronic systems is forever increasing. Recently we published a series of articles in Elektor Electronics, describing the 16-bit microcontrollers from the 24F, 24H and 33F families made by Microchip. These modern, powerful microcontrollers have many peripherals and an advanced interrupt structure. Using a Real Time Operating System (RTOS) can help with managing the software structure and timing characteristics of a system based on such a powerful microcontroller.In this article we describe how such an RTOS works.
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