FreeRTOS is now on Cadence Tensilica processors

April 17, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
For IoT and wearable applications combining control and DSP functions, Cadence Design Systems, now has the FreeRTOS real-time operating system available for its Tensilica processors and digital signal processors (DSPs).

FreeRTOS – the scalable real-time kernel designed for small, low-power embedded systems – has, according to a 2013 market share study from UBM been selected for 13% of embedded projects that use an embedded OS.

"The availability of FreeRTOS on Tensilica processors and DSPs means that Cadence customers now have the option to join the many developers worldwide who already benefit from the ease of use and bullet-proof reliability of FreeRTOS," said Richard Barry, FreeRTOS developer and principal engineer of Real Time Engineers Ltd.

FreeRTOS makes it easier for programmers to develop complex real-time software that combines control and DSP threads, and FreeRTOS has specific support for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Tensilica processors and DSPs are suitable for wearables and other IoT applications that combine wireless digital signal processing with control. By combining digital signal processing and control, designers can develop lower power, more efficient chips.