Custom widget in embedded system overhead
Dear Qt experts!
We are trying to use Qt 4.8.5 for some Linux-based embedded medical devices in our company. I need to plot measured data and update them very often (20-30fps). The system is ARM based, 400Mhz, have no GPU and no FPU. I subclassed QWidget and overridden the paintEvent(). I have WA_OpaquePaintEvent and WA_StaticContents set. For testing, my paint event is empty, and I call the update() function of the widget form a timer set to 50ms. My problem is that the empty update is eating up 30% of the CPU. The amount varies with the area of the widget, so I think QT may redraw something in the background. I read many posts but I cannot find the solution for my problem. If I comment out the update call, the CPU usage drops to ~1% (even if I generate a sine in the timer for testing the widget, which should be much more complex than an empty function call). My widget is rectangular, is not transparent and I want to handle the full drawing procedure from the paint event.
Is it possible to reduce this overhead, and handle the whole painting process by my own?
(EDIT: Oops, posted to wrong thread, sorry)