Software dominates the embedded system design process; according to some estimates, software development can now consume up to 70% of a project’s resources.

Traditionally, software development started when the hardware arrived, but not any more: software designers are using virtual prototypes to get their projects started in time to meet the deadlines.

But there are also operating systems, which manage this growing complexity. The choices are numerous and have an impact at the system level, as well for deeply embedded products. And C is no longer the only programming language.

Whatever the complexity of the embedded system you’re developing software for, New Electronics addresses the issues regularly by looking at the latest tools and techniques available.

Cisc can beat risc

How the latest cisc processor technology is helping to simplify the design of industrial applications. By Roland Gehrmann.

Only skin deep

Past attempts to adapt a general purpose os to the real time needs of the embedded world have never prevailed. Could Linux be different? By Philip Ling.

Forgotten, but not gone

While engineers could be forgiven for automatically choosing flash memory in new designs, the traditional read only memory can still offer a lower cost alternative for the right application. By Philip Ling.

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