Amazon FreeRTOS: An IoT OS For Microcontrollers Unveiled

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AWS has launched Amazon FreeRTOS, an exciting new open-source microcontroller operating system to simplify the development of IoT devices. Amazon FreeRTOS, according to the firm, “is designed to create cool IoT solutions using low-cost efficient microcontrollers with a secure operating system that can easily connect to the cloud.”

Amazon FreeRTOS is an open-source real-time embedded operating system which adds IoT and edge computing capabilities down to very small IoT devices such as connected thermostats, sensors, fitness trackers, industrial automation, and automobiles.

“Microcontrollers have limited compute power and memory capacity and typically perform simple, functional tasks. Microcontrollers frequently run operating systems which do not have built in functionality to connect to local networks or the cloud, making IoT applications a challenge”, a Press statement from the company said.

To solve this problem, “Amazon FreeRTOS provides both the core operating system (to run the edge device) as well as software libraries that make it easy to securely connect to the cloud (or other edge devices) so you can collect data from them for IoT applications and take action”, said Amazon.

To make the development of common IoT capabilities easy for devices, for example, the OS offers over-the-air (OTA) updates (whose support will be added soon by Amazon), and and device configuration.

Furthermore, an extensive hardware and technology ecosystem allows developers to choose a variety of qualified chipsets, including Texas Instruments, Microchip, NXP Semiconductors, and STMicroelectronics.

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