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Battle lines forming for IoT OS

MADISON, Wis., May. 30, 2018 – 

The market already features a host of real-time operating systems positioned as ideal or "optimized" for the Internet of Things. But the latest wrinkle is a growing demand among IoT SoC designers looking for a "bendable" RTOS. They want to design a proprietary IoT device architecture tightly married to a specific microkernel that they can modify, its framework and communication stacks.

Silicon Labs is among the first IoT SoC vendors to openly discuss this. Its 2016 acquisition of Micrium, a supplier of RTOS software, has allowed the Austin, Texas-based company to "bend the kernel of Micrium RTOS for connected IoT applications," Daniel Cooley, senior vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs' Internet of Things (IoT) products, explained to EE Times last year.

Rob Oshana, vice president of software R&D at NXP Semiconductors confirmed a similar trend on the IoT market.  He told us, "Yes, next-generation IoT devices are now being designed from the ground-up

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