Download | January 4, 2008

Embedded Design Guide

Source: Tektronix
Embedded systems are compact, specialized computing devices using dedicated microprocessors or microcontrollers, and typically perform very specific pre-defined tasks designed to service specific functions or integrated within much larger and more complex devices. Examples include automotive systems, avionics, network devices, industrial controls, medical prosthetics, consumer electronics and communication networks.

Thanks to the benefits of Moore's Law, the shrinking cost and growing performance of technology are leading to smaller and more powerful processing devices being integrated into a wide range of everyday items.

However, the truly significant developments in technology will be in the arena of decentralized, pervasive computing where previously separate devices will be both more intelligent and connected to networks.

Embedded devices, as the name implies, are sensors, processors and controllers that are incorporated into objects – which in turn interact with their environment, with people and with one another, and work in combination to support highly specialized applications and needs.