Embedded systems architecture features self-contained units that have a dedicated purpose within a device.
The architecture of an embedded system is centered around its microcontroller, also sometimes referred to as the microcontroller unit (MCU), typically a single integrated circuit containing the processor, RAM, flash memory, serial receivers and transmitters, and other core components.
Embedded systems architecture is widely used in everything from industrial machines and consumer electronics to automobiles and medical equipment. Embedded systems architecture is also built into cameras, digital watches, household appliances, airplanes, vending machines, toys and mobile devices.
The advantages of embedded systems architecture are impressive, and include:
- Consuming less power
- Scalable and reliable
- Fast performance
- Works on wide variety of sectors and environments
- Improves product quality and enhances performance
Technological advancements in embedded systems architecture are continuous. In fact, embedded systems have recently seen several major improvements in terms of concept, development, design, and quality standardization as well as in the marketing stages during their lifecycle.
Some of the trends in embedded systems architecture include increasing the use of open-source technologies, efficient security deployment, multiple connectivity options, and algorithms.
Three major trends involving embedded systems architecture are greater system integration at both chip and board level, more connected devices, and a virtual revolution.
In actuality, any embedded design today is significantly different from those 20 years ago. Firstly, connectivity is paramount, which adds extra functionality and emphasizes security. Also, as users, the level of interaction from an embedded system is high, whether with our smart devices, in our car, or at work.
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