Embedded Systems Design
Embedded systems design is a highly challenging exercise requiring an intelligent combination of electronic and software engineering, and throughout the entire design cycle there is a constant interplay between these two disciplines.
Embedded systems design can be split into a number of areas:
● Hardware design and development
● Software design (eg. UML – Unified Modelling Language)
● Embedded software development
● FPGA or CPLD design
● Human Machine Interface (HMI or MMI) design
● Communication protocols design
● Industrial design
An embedded system can sometimes benefit from a real-time operating system (RTOS), although it is not essential. An RTOS can make a deterministic system with a smoother user-interface, but it also takes precious resources and can add to unit costs.