Green Hills Software, Inc. unveiled a minuscule embedded operating system with a ROM footprint as small as 1,600 bytes. Called Ķ-velOSity, the new RTOS offers a RAM footprint, as small as 1,600 bytes and service call times as low as 30 cycles. Green Hills' engineers say the new OS supports ARM technology, PowerPC host processors, as well as select Freescale ColdFire embedded controllers. They foresee its use in MP3 players, disk controllers and wireless control applications. Read more about it at http://rbi.ims.ca/ 4924-578.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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