Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 21st Nov 2004 00:51 UTC, submitted by Lumbergh
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VxWorks & PPC
by Anonymous on Sun 21st Nov 2004 03:37 UTC

1. VxWorks is known for being buggy, poorly written and difficult to use.

It's popular because it's comparatively cheap to license, and there are a lot of people who know how to use it. Also the development tools are industry popular and VxWorks supports a large number of processors, peripherals and standards.

2. Embedded PowerPCs are much lower in power consumption than x86 and it's much simpler to deal with from a hardware point of view.

x86 has so much legacy cruft that designing with it is a real pain. RISC processors are usually easier to design with.

3. Radiation hardening is an issue and not many people make rad hardened parts.