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Arm Cortex-M & RTOSs are Meant for Each Other

Jean Labrosse  (Software Architect, Silicon Labs)

Location: Room 201

Date: Thursday, August 29

Time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Track: ESC - Embedded Software Design & Verification

Format: Technical Session

Vault Recording: TBD

A great majority of todays embedded systems are designed around 32-bit CPUs which are integrated into microcontroller units (MCUs) that also include complex peripherals such as Ethernet, USB Host, Device, SDIO, LCD controllers and more. The Arm Cortex-M is by far one of the most popular of today's 32-bit architectures. Not only does the Cortex-M excel at integer CPU operations but, many Cortex-M MCU implementations are also complemented with a Floating-Point Unit (FPU), DSP extensions, Memory Protection Unit (MPU) and a highly versatile Debug Access Port (DAP).

An RTOS is software that makes it easier for the embedded developer to manage and optimizes the time and resources available to the CPU. An RTOS provides a framework to embedded developers helping them better architect their application.

This session will begin by providing a quick overview of what an RTOS kernel is and, the features that are typically available to the embedded developer. We will then delve into what makes the Cortex-M especially well suited for use with an RTOS and, show how that benefits your application.

Presentation File

ESC2019CortexMandRTOSsLabrosse.pdf