Chris Rothwell, Fellow
“What I can say as a customer is that we have had excellent success with the Micrium products. They provide low overhead (CPU cycles/memory) on the system, while providing advanced features. Over time, Micrium has added new modules and provides many of the capabilities we need. This is important to us, we don’t want to be experts in file systems and USB. Instead, we want to focus on our expertise in thermal printing.
“We have rarely needed to contact Micrium technical support. That is because the Micrium products tend to work correctly and the documentation is very good. In the few cases we have needed to contact Micrium, we have gotten quick, helpful answers. The various modules are simple to use and that allows us to produce less complex code that is more robust, maintainable and scalable.
“Overall we are very pleased with our use of Micrium products over a 10+ year period. The cost of licensing the Micrium products is insignificant when you consider the development time that has been saved by using them.”
Embedded Software for Business Products
Zebra offers customers a complete end-to-end solution for identifying, tracking and managing critical assets, people and transactions. Zebra’s broad range of products includes mobile computers and scanners to specialty printers, RFID, software, and services.
Zebra's innovative ZXP Series 8 is a retransfer printer that is ideal for printing on uneven card surfaces, such as smart cards, or for when the application calls for very high image quality or cards that are more durable and abrasion resistant.
The ZXP Series 8 runs Micrium's µC/OS RTOS. Chris Rothwell, a Fellow at Zebra Technologies says, "We bought Jean Labrosse’ book on µC/OS-II, and were very impressed with its quality and the level of technical detail it provided. It’s hard to call any technical book a page turner, but the book provided really interesting information and explained key RTOS concepts that have been invaluable in the years since. We were also impressed with the complete availability of source code and the complete description of how it worked."
"Ultimately, we decided to use µC/OS-II in our new product, and successfully completed development of the card printer product. We used both µC/OS-II and µC/TCP-IP. During the card printer development, µC/TCP-IP was under development and we became a beta tester for the products, as this was our first networked product. The printer product was successfully deployed and was the mainstay of multiple driver’s license programs in the US. We had a much better experience with the Micrium products. The RTOS just worked and we seldom needed help from Micrium. The RTOS ran very well on our low-performance CPU and the documentation made it very easy to use the RTOS. All-in-all, we were very pleased with the result."
"In the mid-2000’s, we switched over to µC/OS-III as soon as it became available. We really liked the many new features of the new RTOS, particularly the ability to run multiple tasks at the same priority. In the end, these products also used µC/FS, µC/USB-Device and µC/USB-Host."
"The various modules are simple to use and that allows us to produce less complex code that is more robust, maintainable and scalable. Overall we are very pleased with our use of Micrium products over a 10+ year period. The cost of licensing the Micrium products is insignificant when you consider the development time that has been saved by using them."
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