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Introduced in the 1960s, embedded systems architecture has not remained static.

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.

Some form of sleek display, no matter how small, and a functionally rich user interface, have become the norm. These two features alone – connectivity and a display – introduce many conflicting design constraints, such as minimal size and power consumption.

In the coming years, the use of multicore microcontrollers are expected to surge in the embedded systems architecture arena. This trend is expected as several applications require an isolated run-time environment and it is simply architecturally sound to segregate applications into run-time machines.

Additionally, the cost of a multicore microcontroller is becoming more affordable for companies.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Embedded Systems Architecture Training, a 2-day practical training course focusing on embedded system’s architecture, models, specification, high level design, system partitioning, building blocks and components, quality, security, safety and reliability.

Participants learn about the architecture of embedded systems, embedded software, firmware and hardware, RTOS and real-time programming, portability, low power and more.

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