Embedded Systems

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What is an embedded system?

Embedded Processors are a microprocessor that is used within an embedded system. These processors are typically small, use a surface mount form factor and use less power. Embedded processors can be divided into two categories: ordinary microprocessors and microcontrollers. Microcontrollers have more peripherals on the chip. To summarize, an embedded processor is a CPU chip used in a system which is not a typical workstation, laptop, or desktop computer. Embedded systems are typically found in everyday devices that can be found virtually anywhere.


Everyday Applications

A few applications that embedded systems are commonly found are in consumer, cooking, industrial, automotive, medical, commercial, and military applications. Embedded systems are specifically designed to do a task, rather than be a general-purpose computer for multiple tasks. They have specific constraints that must be met, for reasons such as ssafety and usability.


The Market for Embedded Systems

On October 27, 2016, it was announced that Qualcomm would try to buy NXP. NXP is one of the largest automotive chip maker betting on autonomous cars and connected sensors. On March 2, 2015, it was announced that NXP Semiconductors would merge with the chip designer Freescale Semiconductor in a $40.00 billion US-dollar deal. They continued to operate under the name NXP conductor N.V.