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1 Embedded Systems Microcontrollers & Embedded Processors An Overview

2 Embedded Systems What is an Embedded System? Where are Embedded Systems used? Typical Embedded Systems Hardware Embedded OS and Software References

3 What is and Embedded System? A specialized computer system that is part of a larger system or machine. Typically, an embedded system is housed on a single microprocessor board with the programs stored in ROM. Virtually all appliances that have a digital interface -- watches, microwaves, VCRs, cars -- utilize embedded systems. Some embedded systems include an operating system, but many are so specialized that the entire logic can be implemented as a single program. (Definition from

4 What is and Embedded System?

5 ES, Other definitions A special purpose computer built into a larger device. ◦ Special purpose:  - Embedded systems have a (more or less) well-defined purpose  - Contrast with: general purpose computers (PCs etc)  - Both hardware and software is tailored to application(s), which are well defined  - However, re-programmability is a requirement ◦ Built into a larger device:  ESs are (usually) part of a larger device, augmenting its capabilities

6 ES, Other definitions Any device that includes a programmable computer but is not itself a general-purpose computer. Anything that uses a computer but does not look like one. The microprocessor in an embedded system is like an electric motor in a washing machine.

7 ES Types & Characteristics ES Characteristics: ◦ Efficiently ◦ Cost effective ◦ Power efficiently ◦ Real-time ◦ Predictability

8 Where are Embedded Systems used? Signal processing systems ◦ Real-time video, DVD players, Medical equipment. Distributed control ◦ Network routers, switches, firewalls, mass transit systems, Elevators “Small” systems ◦ Mobile phones, pagers, home appliances, toys, smartcards, MP3 players, PDAs, digital cameras, sensors, pc keyboard & mouse Modern cars: Up to 100 or more processors ◦ Engine control unit ◦ ABS systems (Anti Lock Brake systems) ◦ Emissions control ◦ Diagnostics and Security systems ◦ Accessories (doors, windows etc)









17 CELL PHONE –Block Diagram

18 Typical Embedded Systems Hardware Commercial off-the-shelf components (COTS) ◦ e.g. wireless radios, sensors, I/O devices ◦ Cheap Application-Specific ICs (ASICs) ◦ ICs tailored to meet application needs ◦ Good performance for their intended task(s) ◦ Original ESs were ASICs only Domain-specific processors ◦ DSPs ◦ Microcontrollers Microprocessors ◦ General Purpose Processors

19 ES: Solutions Embedded Systems Solutions: ◦ Microcontrollers ◦ Embedded Processors ◦ Digital Signal processors

20 New trends in ES HW Systems-on-chip ◦ Usual (or desired) specs:  32-bit RISC CPU  Built-in interfaces to RAM and ROM  Built-in DMA, interrupt and timing controllers  Built-in interfaces to disk or flash memory  Built-in Ethernet/802.11 interfaces  Built-in LCD/CRT interfaces ◦ New SOCs appearing almost every week! Examples ◦ Intel StrongARM SA-1110 ◦ Motorola PowerPC MPC823e ◦ NEC VR4181 ◦ Many, many more

21 Embedded OS and Software Principal role: ‘Not transformation of data but interaction with physical world’ Acquires properties of physical world ◦ Takes time ◦ Consumes power ◦ Does not terminate (unless it fails)

22 Embedded Operating Systems: Office-style OSes ◦ PalmOS ◦ WindowsCE RTOSes ◦ VxWorks ◦ QNX Linux ◦ Linux is already ubiquitous  Hundreds of different devices are using it  ◦ Numerous commercial + open source products Mobile OS ◦ Symbian Others ◦ TinyOS

23 References Web References: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Mani Srivastava’s EE202A class  ◦ Edward Lee, “Embedded Software”  ◦ Microprocessors: Uffenbeck, john Books: ◦ The 8051 Microcontroller and Embedded Systems: Mazidi, M.A. ◦ 201 مدار عملی با میکروکنترولر 8051 ، ف. خاکپور، انتشارات صفار

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