Gartner Research

Real-Time Operating Systems: Overview

Published: 13 September 2004

ID: G0090333

Analyst(s): Cynthia R. Lubrano, Mary I. Hubley


After a two-year lull, there are signs that the market for real-time operating systems is rebounding. Products from nontraditional RTOS vendors like Microsoft and Linux embedded distributors have made strong inroads.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • Real-Time Operating System Characteristics
    • High Reliability and Availability
    • RTOS Essentials
    • Real-Time Operating System Definitions
    • The Difference Between Hard and Soft RTOSs
  • Technology Analysis
    • A Look at the RTOS Market
    • The Linux Factor
    • The Need for Linux Standards
    • Business Use
    • Standards
    • Selection Guidelines
  • Technology Leaders
    • Accelerated Technology
    • Express Logic
    • Green Hills Software
    • LynuxWorks
    • Microsoft
    • QNX Software Systems
    • Wind River
    • Recommended Gartner Research
  • Insight

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