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ARM Based Embedded System Applications are Diversified

 

 

As embedded system applications are becoming more popular, people began to aware the benefit of using embedded systems. The major benefit of embedded systems is come from its higher performance with less hardware resources required. It also introduces much less initial investment over hardware. The more and more solutions from new operating system, hardware architecture and technologies, expand the field of embedded system applications.

In the past, most embedded applications were using industrial computers (IPC) or single board computers (SBC) as the hardware platform. This is mainly due to the easy to get resource from operating systems and software engineers. But, more and more solutions from ARM based platform and development environment has broken the x86 advantage. 

 

Embedded system application become very broad with its advantages

However, with the escalation of hardware technology, ARM-based SoC can easily adopt the original IPC SBC applications. Thanks to the new IC integrating technologies, the major hardware components of x86 platform are shrimped to a single chip ARM based SoC. This provides the much higher cost performance ratio of embedded system.  Embedded systems are majorly used in industrial applications in the past decades. With the low cost advantage and performance improvement, the ARM based platform now gradually turned to life and general commercial use. More and more diversified applications are applied to industrial, medical, gaming, intelligent traffic system, machine to machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT) and in vehicle applications.

In 2012, for example, embedded application has begun penetrated in large numbers to the life and medical applications and also continuing replace IPC applications such as server level usage. In addition to maintaining the high stability, low power consumption and lower footprint advantages, the performance of new ARM based processors for embedded applications are also being significantly improved.

The hardware architecture of new generation embedded systems has better performance and more abundant system resources 

In the old embedded system hardware architecture, most of the embedded systems are more inclined to be used in the application which is relatively conservative in specification and with more abundant design resources. As a result, if you need to improve the system performance, the choices will be relatively limited. For example, the limitation could come from the compatibility issues of a new generation system and the stopped supported device driver of older hardware. But these problems are being solved by the new ARM based embedded systems hardware architecture and operating system. In terms of performance and expansion, support is no longer a problem.

The embedded applications required high-definition video and 3D images such as digital image, gaming, outdoor screen control and intelligent Kanban system, demand high-performance video and audio hardware accelerations. The x86 IPC and SBC are almost not capable to deal with such a huge amount of data computing needs. The regular PC must be changed to or modified to support such requirements. The new generation ARM based embedded system have solved all this limitations.