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The Real-Time Software Components (RTSC) project provides foundational tools and low-level runtime content to enable component-based development using the C language targeting all embedded platforms.

While other component technologies exist for embedded systems, RTSC is unique in that it scales down to highly resource constrained embedded systems including DSPs and 16-bit micro-controllers. In addition, RTSC components have a "dual existance": in addition to embedded target code, they include code that executes on a rich client platform to help manage the component's entire lifecycle - from building the component to monitoring the real-time operation of the component within a deployed application. This dual existance enables RTSC components to fully leverage Eclipse infrastructure without incurring overhead on the embedded platform.

The starting point for the RTSC project will include the XDCtools currently available from Texas Instruments as a free download. By making these tools freely and openly available, we hope to foster deeper levels of integration with the Eclipse platform, encourage adoption of RTSC by eliminating the understandable fears of proprietary ties to Texas Instruments, and bring modern component-based development tools to the embedded C programmer.

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