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Commercializing Firmware Based on the Zephyr RTOS

By June 15, 2021No Comments

Almost 700 people registered for the first-ever Zephyr Developer Summit, which took place virtually on June 8-10, to learn more about the RTOS. We had 3 tracks, 5 mini-conferences, 28 sessions and 51 speakers who presented engaging technical content, best practices, use cases and more. We’ll be adding event videos each week to the Zephyr Youtube Channel. Stay tuned here for more videos.

(From right to left) Carles Cufi, Maureen Helm, Keith Short (top), Anas Nashif (bottom), Michael Gielda (top), Mazen Gedeon (bottom)

Today, we’re featuring the keynote panel at Zephyr Developer Summit, “Commercializing Firmware based on the Zephyr RTOS,” that included:

  • Amy Occhialino (Moderator), Intel 
  • Anas Nashif, Intel
  • Carles Cufi, Nordic Semiconductor 
  • Keith Short, Google
  • Maureen Helm, NXP
  • Mazen Gedeon, Intel 
  • Michael Gielda, Antmicro

The Zephyr RTOS provides a good foundation for building products, but is not a product itself. Taking the Zephyr OS from upstream and making it part of an existing and well-established firmware development environment is a challenge that many users and members of the project face. Challenges include compiler support, integrating into existing IDEs, BSP porting to the Zephyr OS, and using the Zephyr OS’s device model and infrastructure.

In this video, the panel discusses these challenges and what the Zephyr OS is doing to address them. Additionally, they discuss the overall benefits of moving to the Zephyr OS for firmware development teams and how the benefits outweigh the challenges, based on firsthand experience from productization companies.

If you have questions or would like to chat with any of our Zephyr speakers, ambassadors or members of the Technical Steering Committee (TSC), please join us on the Zephyr Slack.