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.

Bit players

Spansion looks to stand out from the herd with 8bit per cell flash. By Paul Dempsey.

Separated by something?

Barriers to communication between system design and software development departments are, it seems, now being broken. By Christopher Smith.

As you like it

It isn’t quite painting by numbers, but this starter kit could help you create your next masterpiece. By Philip Ling.

Bridging the divide

An alternative silicon debug methodology promises to bridge the gap between system validation engineers and silicon designers. By Yu-Chin Hsu and Robert Ruiz.

No soft option

The software content in cars is increasing at an amazing rate, yet ironically it is one of few remaining parts not made by machine. By Philip Ling.

Help is at hand

With the death knell sounding for the external emulator, is there a true replacement at hand? By Vanessa Knivett.

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