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How to Install and Configure the RedBoot ROM Monitor

RedBoot is a portable, open-source ROM monitor that offers a download and debug environment. What more could you want?

Many embedded developers today use a ROM- or flash-resident software program that provides functionality such as loading and running application software, scripting, read/write access to processor registers, and memory dumps. A ROM monitor, as it is often called, can be a useful and far less expensive debugging tool than an in-circuit emulator.

How to Port the eCos Operating System

The first task when using any new real-time operating system (RTOS) is to get it up and running on your hardware. The open-source eCos RTOS makes that part pretty easy.

How to Reduce Power Consumption by Writing Better Software

Whether you are creating an operating system, firmware, or even device drivers, the way you write the software could affect the power consumption of the resulting product. Here are four approaches to minimizing power consumption through software.

Mutexes and Semaphores Demystified

The question "What is the difference between a mutex and a semaphore?" is short and easily phrased.  Answering it is more difficult.  In this first installment of a series of articles on the proper use of a real-time operating system (RTOS), we examine the important differences between a mutex and a semaphore.

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