September 05, 2014

Efficient multitasking on your Arduino with OS47

When creating more complex Arduino-based projects, there may come a time when you really need system to do two things at once - and the hardware interrupts may not be useful enough. Apart from changing to a different platform, there hasn't really been that many options - until now. Thanks to the OS47 kernel library by Yves Demirdijan you can create a system that can multitask functions with either pre-emptive or co-operative multitasking.

Installtation is easy as this acts in the same way as an Arduino library, and as the code is written in C you can modify further for your own needs. Apart from the actual OS47 download, Yves has provided a tutorial on the software and also some theoretical explanations to help get you up to speed with the concepts. Due to the low-level requirements of the code, OS47 is currently only compatible with the ATmega328P found in Arduino Uno and compatible boards.

To get started, visit the OS47 page for information and download links. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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