Future Electronics Features Renesas and Express Logic RZ Express Promotion

Montreal, Canada – August 13, 2014 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, features Renesas and Express Logic RZ Express promotion! This is a chance for qualified production customers of the Renesas RZ/A1 microprocessor (MPU) to apply to receive a single-product license of Express Logic ThreadX® real-time operating system (RTOS) and middleware stack at no cost. Customers who are chosen to receive this valuable single-product license free of charge will also enjoy free software support from Express Logic for 90 days. The RZ Express promotion is available for a limited time, so apply today!

Renesas RZ/A1 MPUs are the first devices in the RZ/A series. They combine a high-performance ARM® Cortex-A9 processor with up to an industry-leading 10MB of on-chip RAM to support faster device control, digital audio and video signal processing, and much more. The large on-chip RAM removes the need for external SDRAM, enabling low-power, cost-effective embedded display applications at up to WXGA resolution. RZ/A1 MPUs can also drive up to two displays and execute code in-place from cost-effective QSPI flash memory. Thanks to its ease-of-use, highly integrated design, and pathway to the extensive ARM® ecosystem, the RZ/A Series can accelerate time-to-revenue.

For more information about Renesas, RZ Express, ARM Cortex-A9, MPU, Microprocessors, Express Logic ThreadX, real-time operating systems, or middleware stacks, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide, with an impressive reputation for developing efficient, comprehensive global supply chain solutions. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 44 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer®. For more information, visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

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Future Electronics Launches Video on Using RTOS with MCU

Montreal, Canada – May 21, 2014 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has produced a how-to video showing the reasons for using an RTOS, Real Time Operating System, with an MCU.

The video discusses the benefits of using a RTOS or real time operating system with a microcontroller in embedded applications. An RTOS is an operating system which is optimized in order to be used in embedded and real time applications. A main advantage of an RTOS is that it ensures a timely and deterministic response to internal events or external events.

As more designs are migrating to 32-bit microcontrollers and applications that are being developed grow in complexity, using an RTOS can become beneficial for many reasons, including abstract out timing information, maintainability, clean inter-task communication interfaces, easier testing, code reusability across different projects, improved efficiency of CPU resources, flexible interrupt handling, and easier control over peripherals.

Due to the modularity of Micrium, users can choose only the components that are required for their application. Micrium’s RTOS uses the μC/OS-III which is a scalable and ROMable preemptive real-time kernel that can manage an unlimited amount of tasks.

The μC/OS-III is a third-generation kernel that offers resource management, synchronization and inter-task communication. A big advantage of the μC/OS-III is that it also offers several unique features that are not available in other real-time kernels.

Micrium’s μC/OS-III can be used with the most popular microcontrollers on the market, and comprehensive and detailed books that delve into the operation of real-time kernels are offered by Micrium with practical and working applications with hands-on working projects to allow programmers and developers to get their application running quickly.

Real-time operating systems can be useful in many applications. A good example is in the deployment of airbags during a traffic accident. In this case, a small timing error, whether the airbag is deployed too late or even too early, can cause serious and irreversible bodily injury. An RTOS is extremely useful here as it will ensure that all timing requirements are met.

In general, real-time operating systems are designed for event response applications and closed-loop control applications.

Applications that run for long periods of time can also benefit from an RTOS due to its reliability in situations where down-time is considered unacceptable or costly.

The μC/OS-III is the newest RTOS, designed to save time on embedded system projects. In addition to the features inherent in μC/OS-II, μC/OS-III also manages an unlimited number of application tasks, and features an interrupt disable time of near zero.

The video can be watched by clicking here.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide, with an impressive reputation for developing efficient, comprehensive global supply chain solutions. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 44 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer®. For more information, visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

Media Contact
Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com

514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com