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LinuxDevices: Running Real-time Linux on the Axis ETRAX System-on-chip

Mar 14, 2003, 03:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Andersson, Jens-Henrik Lindskov)

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"Real-time, embedded systems and Linux are commonly used words in these days. The thesis on which this article is based looks deeper into the possibility of turning Linux into a real-time operating system. Particularly, it investigates available hard real-time solutions for Linux, but also looks into the soft variants for completeness.

"RTAI is selected as a suitable solution for Axis and is ported to the ETRAX 100LX, an Axis-developed system-on-chip processor designed with networking and embedded systems in mind. A large number of performance tests are conducted during the evaluation to make sure that the implementation meets the demands of a real-time operating system.

"The evaluation shows that RTAI provides good real-time performance, especially when compared to standard Linux..."

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