Real-time operating system

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

real time operating systemAbbreviated as RTOS, a real-time operating system or embedded operating system is a computer operating system designed to handle events as they occur. Real-time operating systems are commonly found and used in robotics, cameras, complex multimedia animation systems, and communications. RTOS is typically used in military and government systems.

Embedded operating systems contain a bare minimum of components, and are stored in a ROM chip instead of a hard drive.

Many operating systems, such as Windows and Linux, have embedded versions. Other examples include Chimera, Lynx, MTOS, QNX, RTMX, RTX, and VxWorks.

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