Announcing Extended Maintenance Plan for FreeRTOS
Today, we are announcing Extended Maintenance Plan for [FreeRTOS](https://aws.amazon.com/freertos/) \- a real-time operating system for microcontrollers. FreeRTOS Extended Maintenance Plan (EMP) allows embedded developers to receive critical bug fixes and security patches on their chosen FreeRTOS Long Term Support (LTS) version for up to 10 years beyond the expiry of the initial LTS period. FreeRTOS EMP helps customers secure their microcontroller-based devices for years, save operating system upgrade costs, and reduce risks associated with patching their devices. FreeRTOS EMP applies to libraries covered by FreeRTOS LTS, so developers can continue using a version that provides feature stability, security patches, and critical bug fixes, without having to plan a costly version upgrade. FreeRTOS EMP has a flexible annual subscription plan. Developers can continue to renew their subscriptions annually for a duration (up to 10 years) that aligns with their device lifecycle or application requirements. During the subscription period, developers receive timely notification of upcoming patches on FreeRTOS libraries, so they can plan the deployment of security patches on their Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Before the end of the current FreeRTOS LTS [period](https://freertos.org/lts-libraries.html), developers will be able to subscribe to FreeRTOS EMP using their AWS account, and renew the subscription annually to cover the product lifecycle or until they are ready to transition to a new FreeRTOS release. To learn more about FreeRTOS EMP, refer to the FreeRTOS [features webpage](/freertos/features/) and [frequently asked questions](/freertos/faqs/). [Sign up](https://pages.awscloud.com/FreeRTOS-EMP-Extended-Maintenance-Plan.html) to get periodic updates on when and how you can subscribe to FreeRTOS EMP.