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OCTOBERDECEMBER 1998 0740-7475/98/$10.00 1998 IEEE 17 EMBEDDED SYSTEMS are computers in-
 

Summary: OCTOBER­DECEMBER 1998 0740-7475/98/$10.00 © 1998 IEEE 17
EMBEDDED SYSTEMS are computers in-
corporated in consumer products or other
devices to perform application-specific func-
tions. The product user is usually not even
aware of the existence of these systems.
From toys to medical devices, from ovens to
automobiles, the range of products incor-
porating microprocessor-based, software-
controlled systems has expanded rapidly
since the introduction of the microproces-
sor in 1971. The lure of embedded systems is
clear: They promise previously impossible
functions that enhance the performance of
people or machines. As these systems gain
sophistication, manufacturers are using
them in increasingly critical applications--
products that can result in injury, econom-
ic loss, or unacceptable inconvenience
when they do not perform as required.

  

Source: Al-Asaad, Hussain - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences