The RTOS Market for Robotics Set to Expand

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3Q 2021 | IN-6191


The Importance of RTOS in Robotics


BlackBerry QNX, one of the primary developers of Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) for both the automotive and healthcare markets, is looking to bolster its presence in the industrial robotics space. It joins a number of proprietary RTOS vendors, including Green Hills and Wind River, in trying to enable robotic systems with functional safety to meet the ever more challenging use cases being placed upon them.

RTOS are critical for internal communication within the embedded systems of modern robotics. Every robot has a number of low functions related to the internal workings and safety of the system. An example of this is emergency braking. While the compute-intensive work like path planning is managed by one operating system, specialist software in the form of an RTOS is essential for mission-critical communications where failure could result in injury, damage, or loss of life. As the internal computing architecture becomes more sophisticated and centralized around robot-specific Systems-on-a-Chip (SoC), many RTOS vendors, including QNX, are developing hypervisors to provide virtu…

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