For as long as the industry can remember, Jean Labrosse, founder, president and CEO of Micrium, has provided educational material and support designed to bring engineers up to speed in RTOS use. Most of you probably have a uC/OS-III: The Real-Time Kernel volume on your shelf now.
The company’s newer kernel version, the uC/OS-III has been on the market for a couple of years now, but unlike its predecessor, uC/OS-II, its source code could only be accessed upon purchase. Micrium just changed all that.
uC/OS-III is source code available, accompanied by free volumes of the uC/OS-III The Real Time Kernel series of books is available in six flavors: STMicroelectronics STM32F107, Renesas RX62N Renesas SH7216, NXP LPC1700, TI Stellaris, and Freescale Kinetis. The combination of the source code, book and available (for purchase) evaluation boards, give engineers virtually everything they need to become proficient.
So how does the company make money if it’s giving away the store? Although the source code is free for colleges, universities, and peaceful research pretty much forever, once a design engineer understands how to use it and is ready to use it in a specific product design, it must be licensed from Micrium for commercial use. This is the same source-available model used with uC/OS-II since 1999.
According to Jean Labrosse, given that Micrium now has six major distributors with a huge number of feet on the street, the source available becomes a real tool to encourage use rather than potentially being a model that is difficult to monitor. According to Jean, no other company has the educational materials that Micrium already has in place to make kernel adoption this easy. And, the availability of source code makes its use a no brainer when compared with other non-commercial and non-supporter kernels currently available for “free.”
Just the kernels are source available. The company has a ton of other specific software that works with the kernel such as TCP/IP, GUI, File System, USB, CAN, and more. Once you’re proficient using the kernel through this source available model, the rest of it should be child’s play.
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Best of luck with the free source code, free books, and free evaluation model, Micrium.