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how to make ROS to work on a microcontroller like PIC24

asked 2012-04-03 05:41:10 -0600

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Hi, I am doing research on CubeSat (a small satellite) It contains PIC24 microcontroller, so I want to know that can we install ROS in a microcontroller like other RTOS. If we can install please guide me how to make it or what are the prime requirements??

I am completely new to this field please provide information from basic, I feel its complicated.


Thanks & Regards Rama K Ande

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Yes it is complicated :)

Kevin gravatar imageKevin ( 2012-04-19 01:00:58 -0600 )edit

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answered 2012-04-03 12:31:32 -0600

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Yes it is complicated :)

I am not sure a PIC24 can run linux and then ROS on top of it. I don't think this is possible. Even if it is, I personally haven't heard anyone talk about it. Take a look here and here to see if you can meet the hardware requirements.

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The hardware requirements are also very dependent on what functionality you want to get out of ROS. If you want to run a GL accelerated simulation that won't work. If you want to do basic IO it will be much easier.

tfoote gravatar imagetfoote ( 2012-04-30 07:29:13 -0600 )edit
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answered 2012-04-04 03:12:43 -0600

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Hi Its a research work not about a specific system like CubeSat (satellite). If the ROS is going to work in a system based on Microcontroller then the ROS will be wide open to run on more different systems, Its going to be a big assert.

Any more ideas please.. Thanks & Regards Rama k Ande

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answered 2012-04-03 17:12:38 -0600

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Even if it is possible, I don't think it would be the best design choice :) Search for uClinux. But I am wondering why ROS on such a system -satellite- !

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answered 2012-04-04 04:28:53 -0600

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There is eros, but the PIC24 is likely too lightweight for even that.

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answered 2012-04-19 00:48:54 -0600

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Hi can any tell me where can I find minimum hardware requirements for installing ROS

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Why don't you just go and try to build ROS and linux for a PIC24 and see how it runs. I personally don't think it will work, but good luck!

Kevin gravatar imageKevin ( 2012-04-19 01:03:16 -0600 )edit

In truth, it's hard to say until someone tries it. The lowest-end processor that I'm personally aware of that runs ROS is a Gumstix. A good benchmark to consider may be that "if you can find a way to get a stripped down version of Linux to work on it, you can probably get ROS to work on it"

Ryan gravatar imageRyan ( 2012-04-19 04:27:44 -0600 )edit

As far as I have seen, uClinux is the largest initiative towards running Linux on MMU-lacking units, such as PICs. If you have time, please try running uClinux on a PIC24 and move on running ROS on it. This will teach you and us if that is possible, if so, how much reasonable it is.

Kadir Firat Uyanik gravatar imageKadir Firat Uyanik ( 2012-04-20 07:25:00 -0600 )edit

thank you for your reply, I will be trying to work on getting some information regarding PIC and ROS

raan10 gravatar imageraan10 ( 2012-04-21 03:21:21 -0600 )edit
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answered 2012-04-16 03:35:36 -0600

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Hi every one Can any one explain me why PIC24 is not suitable for ROS? why it is too light to handle, is it depends on the memory or speed or any thing? what are the minimum requirements of a micro-controller to handle ROS?

Please your answers are going to be very helpful for my research. Thankyou..

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