Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 3rd Apr 2003 17:16 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The main commercial company behind NetBSD is Wasabi Systems. The company has contributed advances and big chunks of code to the open source project, while they do offer a boxed release of NetBSD. However, their main business for the company is the embedded market and NetBSD is marketed as an embedded OS. Today, we talk to the Vice President of Wasabi Systems, Jay Michaelson.
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Different types of embedded
by petrilli on Fri 4th Apr 2003 13:46 UTC

There is more than one type of embedded market sphere. While there is a enormous market for the kind of kernels that fit on a 8-bit PIC-style CPU, most of those are really more "libraries" than full blown operating systems. This is the kind of thing you see in your toaster, or a microwave, or controlling some little toy. In these markets, you're trying to save every penny because your production volume is in the millions.

The next market is "hard real-time control systems," where your primary concern is response intervals, and these are often run on PPC/i386 platforms with things like QNX and VxWorks for hard-response times. This isn't the NetBSD space.

The NetBSD space is for that other huge set of devices---print servers, NAS, routers, gateways, etc.k, that need more power, but aren't concerned with hard real-time responses. They just need soft real-time. They also need more functionality, and often run things like 486 CPUs, or other processor platforms that are more "commidity" based. The money saved here is in memory and ancillery chips.