Tics Realtime Customer Comments
I am writing to let you know how much we like your product.
The Tics Realtime Kernel has become a favored and well used
tool for applications we write for customers and for our own
internal use. We have included Tics in over a dozen systems.
- Joe Pasquariello, Fenway Systems, Oakland, CA
The Tics Kernel is one of those rare pieces of software that
finds the balance between power and simplicity and evokes the
term "elegance." The Tics approach to kernel services
and inter-task communication and synchronization allows us to
implement our real-time designs the way we think about them.
The message and queuing features that are built into Tics
tasks keep our software simple and straightforward. We are
using Tics in systems written in C and C++ and have found that
Tics works well with both.
Most of our systems require serial communication and we have
found the Tics comm functions for DOS to be exactly what we
need. We have also been able to integrate Tics with an event
driven user interface library to create multi-threaded user
interfaces under DOS. These systems are simple and fast and
our customers love them. Tics has made our lives a whole lot
easier. We are looking forward to more products from you in
I wish to commend you for a well designed and cost-effective
Tics Realtime Kernel Product. I have ported the kernel to a
Motorola MC68030 CPU embedded environment. The kernel's source
code files were well organized to allow me to complete the port
for the Microtec C cross compiler within 16 hours. Your support
via telephone facilitated the task. The kernel has performed
flawlessly without any system crashes since its installation in
- Morris Ho, President MDH Engineering, Lafayette, CA
My training is in electronics and I write the software for
embedded systems that I design. I appreciate the kernel's
simplicity and reliability and will recommend it to anyone that
requires a stand-alone real-time kernel.
Got your shipment of the Tics Realtime Kernel. Looks like a
good product. You seem to have found an excellent balance between
simplicity and flexibility and my distribution worked fine right
out of the box for some simple DOS based experiments. The services
are simple and act predictably. Congratulations...
- Randall Smith, Senior Software Engineer, Torrey Pines
Research, Carlsbad, CA
Tics is very capable yet simple to use and understand. The
code is well written and solid...I personally ported Tics to
both the 6809 and the 68332 in a few days. Since the code is
clear and well done, you basically just have to modify a few
functions and voila, it's up and running...
- Yvan Gosselin, Software Engineer and Director of R&D,
If you ever need support the designer of the product will be
there to answer questions or listen to your suggestions. You
talk to someone who understands what you are saying and knows
what he is talking about, not someone sitting there to take
notes and queue your requests...
Don't be fooled by the low price and the fact that you get source
code. The way I see it, Tics has been developed by a programmer
for programmers. Why spend ten times (or even 100 times) the
price when Tics can easily do the job...
Tics is running in our most important product. As a matter of
fact, it has been running flawlessly for more than a year now.
The system where it is used is based on a 68332; it controls 2
machines in real time, with about 50 parallel I/O's, 4 serial
ports, and 4 SPI ports. The system constantly exchanges data
and controls 6 other 8 bit microcontrollers. With Tics we were
able to simplify our design and get the product out in time.
I have been using the Tics Realtime Kernel with Borland C/C++
3.x for a period of about four years now. My real-time needs are
associated with complex machine, process control, and data
acquisition in manufacturing state-of-the-art semiconductor and
lightwave products. Tics has proven to be the ideal solution to
my real-time development needs under the successful MS-DOS
operating system and its embedded variants. Tics allows me to
circumvent the non-deterministic response times and the
multi-megabyte .exe's associated with any of the Windowed
operating systems. I have successfully implemented Tics in
combination with various third party function libraries used for
screen and hardware control. The kernel code is highly compact
and solid, plus gives you the luxury of access to the C source
code for learning purposes or adapting to other targets processors.
- Doug Mace, Lucent Technologies - formerly AT&T
Microelectronics, Reading, PA
The supplied bonus book "The Art of Real-time Programming"
provides much needed insight, tips, and techniques into real-time
programming issues. The author's writing style and implementation
details makes even dense concepts crystal clear.
I was very impressed with the personal, knowledgeable, and timely
technical support provided by Tics Realtime. The understanding and
assistance was surely appreciated. They not only met my
expectations for support, they exceeded them.
...I am a digital hardware and embedded software design
engineer for Hughes Aircraft and have used the Tics RTOS on
a couple of our projects. I have found Tics to be a very
powerful, productivity enhancing tool. Before reading up on
Tics, I considered "rolling my own" stripped down
RTOS for our real-time PC applications. But given the low
cost, the full feature set, the easy learning curve, the
excellent documentation, and the outstanding customer support
provided by Tics, it was a no-brainer to choosing Tics instead...
- Ron Bergen, Staff Engineer, Hughes Aircraft Co.
...As software developers for a prominent gaming company,
it was decided that our latest project should be based on a
real-time OS. Our company having already purchased several
such RTOSs in preparation for this project, it was left up
to our team to determine which package would provide both the
flexibility that we needed and the fast learning curve that
our project deadline required.
- R. McNelly, Engineering Programmer
After personally developing several small test programs using
various products, your RTOS was chosen as the base upon which
our system would be built. The Tics Realtime Operating System
has proven time and time again that we made the right decision.
Besides providing a feature-rich, flexible operating system
whose limitations I have yet to encounter in my application,
your product has allowed our team to produce maximum results
with a minimum learning-related down time. Three aspects of
your package make this possible: a practically self explanatory
command set; thorough, well thought out support literature; and
an exemplary customer support policy.
I have no doubt that your product will continue to prove itself
throughout the development of this product and will definitely
be my RTOS of choice for years to come.
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