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An overview of the BTRON/286 specification

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3 Author(s)
Sakamura, K. ; Dept. of Inf. Sci., Tokyo Univ., Japan ; Kushiki, Y. ; Oda, K.

A description is given of BTRON, or Business TRON, a set of operating system specifications for workstations and personal computers that use bitmapped displays. BTRON is a 16-b version of the Japanese TRON project's 32/64-b architecture, designed to be more affordable and fill business data and graphics needs. The primary goals set for BTRON call for the realization of easy operation through a standardized human-machine interface (HMI) and the assurance of data compatibility across different applications and machines. BTRON establishes a method for exchange data and control across applications, and it realizes a document management system in which text and graphics can be mixed freely and layouts handled with ease. It offers standard support of English, Japanese, and other languages, providing a wide variety of fonts. Basic services of the operating system nucleus that are examined are process, file, event, device, and real and virtual object management. TAD (TRON Application Databus) is also explained.<>

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

June 1989

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