What is a ROS?
Benefits of utilizing systems incorporating ROS/ROS 2
Effective autonomous control system development solutions utilizing ROS/ROS 2
Services provided by eSOL
Application examples
Development results

What is a ROS?

ROS (Robot Operating System) is an open source (OSS) application framework for robotics. The Robot Operating System (ROS) is a set of software libraries and tools that help you build robot applications. From drivers to state-of-the-art algorithms, and with powerful developer tools, ROS has what you need for your next robotics project.  ROS uses by default Ubuntu, a Linux-based OS as its standard environment, and this is widely used worldwide in the field of robot research and development.

ROS 2 takes on-board the main concepts of ROS, and development is proceeding through the addition of concepts required for commercialization and practical implementation—these include multi-platform support, real-time control, enhanced fault-tolerance, and support for multiple robots, including for embedded devices. Communications middleware employs high-reliability DDS (Data Distribution Service) and RTPS (Real-Time Publish-Subscribe) field-proven protocols, including in military ships, aerospace systems, and financial systems.

● Distributed processing framework
・This enables construction of scalable application systems, from single-processor through to multiple processor configurations.
● Extensive libraries
・Extensive robotics libraries available, including recognition algorithms and navigation functionality created in the field of robotics.
● High-performance development tools
・High-performance development tools available, such as those for simulation, route planning, visualization, and data-logging.

Market for ROS/ROS 2
・Automotive equipment
・Mobility equipment
・Manufacturing equipment
・Medical equipment
・Health care products

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Benefits of incorporating ROS/ROS 2

ROS/ROS 2 is targeting advanced architectures that:
● Provide sophisticated embedded systems using rich ROS/ROS 2 software resources
● Take advantage of distributed systems for efficient development of complex embedded systems
● Expand the scope of application of ROS/ROS 2 to the embedded market, making a wide variety of robot products a reality

eSOL supports the use of the rich functionality provided by ROS/ROS 2, as well as applications using it, and commercialization of ROS/ROS 2 in a range of embedded systems.

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Effective autonomous control system development solutions utilizing ROS/ROS 2

This uses the "ROS on eMCOS" scalable embedded platform supporting ROS/ROS 2, and in addition to the development of efficient autonomous control robots and autonomous driving systems, this provides an ROS execution environment for embedded systems that can be applied to product development.

* Example of system configuration

Taking advantage of the POSIX compliance of eSOL’s scalable RTOS, eMCOS POSIX provides a suitable production-ready ROS-based execution environment for embedded systems.
Important features include:

● Employ the eMCOS distributed microkernel architecture, and provides scalable support from single-core to multi/many-core processors as well as multichip.

● Enable usage of rich software resources in embedded processors, without needing to change the ROS/ROS 2 build system

● Provide real-time OS-specific features
・Lightweight, real-time threading
・Separation of system safety and non-safety systems
・Message-passing optimized for hardware configurations
・Linkage with other systems, such as in-vehicle systems

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Products and services provided by eSOL

We provide strong support for the commercialization of high-reliability robot systems with a view to ensuring quality and supporting functional safety, by providing ROS/ROS 2 engineering services that utilize our rich experience and knowledge, and software platform technologies centered around the eMCOS real-time operating system suited to autonomous distributed cooperative systems.

ROS/ROS 2 engineering services
  • ・ROS/ROS 2 application development
  • ・Integration of ROS/ROS 2 with existing systems
  • ・Robot control device driver development
  • ・SLAM prototype development using commercially available robots
  • ・Research and development of embedded ROS
  • etc.
Construction of application SDK using characteristics of ROS/ROS 2

Providing an eMCOS-based platform with high affinity with ROS/ROS 2

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Application examples

ROS 2 on Renesas RX MCU

Implementation of RTPS (ROS 2 communication protocol) on small-scale embedded microcontrollers

ROS on Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC

This enables effective development of high-reliability autonomous driving and control systems through the use of eMCOS POSIX that supports both “reVISION stack” from Xilinx Inc. provided as an environment that allows easy utilization of machine-learning-based image-recognition algorithms in embedded devices, and through the rich functionality provided by ROS.

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Development results

  • ・Microcontroller node development (RX MCU, rosserial)
  • ・Personal mobility development (Navigation Stack)
  • ・Infrastructure inspection robot development (OpenRAVE, rqt)
  • ・Autonomous mobile robot development (Navigation Stack, YOLO)
  • ・Autoware environment construction for autonomous driving (Stereo Camera, Detection, Localization)
  • ・Sensor device ROS evaluation environment construction (3D LiDAR, Point Cloud, CAN)
  • ・Environment construction for bridge with Windows PC (MATLAB / Simulink, MoveIt! Bridge)
  • etc.

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