Embedded System

Embedded computing is a surprisingly fragmented market. There are many perspectives and market segments that have different opinions on what constitutes an embedded system. In its most basic sense, though, it is simply a single-function computer that is usually part of a larger system and performs only peripheral functions. And the one thing that most people can agree on is that many businesses can use them to potentially simplify their operating systems and tasks.

What Makes Embedded Systems So Appealing?

Embedded computers are used in everything from multi-billion dollar defense projects to simple, personal electronic devices, and we’re starting to see them show up in many more industries as well. TVs, exercise equipment, cash registers, and cars all benefit from this computing model, and we’re starting to see manufacturers branch out and explore different types of functionality.

By embedding a single-function system into a device or piece of equipment, it allows you to automate some process, make the interface much simpler, and focus on a longer life-cycle for the product. These systems can be used in consumer goods, industrial applications, and customer interactions (in things like the kiosks that provide a specific service, from video rentals to information displays).

Specific Business Benefits

Building a new business with an embedded system or with an infrastructure that employs a range of embedded systems can offer some very useful benefits. The prolonged life-cycle of the hardware is a major cost benefit, and since these usually closed systems, rely on the manufacturer to provide support and updates so you won’t have to handle maintenance in house. Embedded systems are good for dealing with various cost and power constraints, and it offers a good alternative for companies that cannot (for reasons of time or ability) or will not build these solutions on their own. Companies can spend their time looking for a system that can integrate with the rest of their processes rather than allocating extra resources to build it from scratch.

Companies can easily get lost trying to build their own solutions. Putting too many resources toward hardware development can be detrimental to your growth – especially if a solution already exists. Despite this, many businesses still attempt to build rather than to buy. Either they are concerned with the initial costs or are worried about maintaining control of any intellectual property, but it the end it is almost always more expensive to build than to buy. There are many long-term costs associated with building your equipment from scratch that may not be apparent at first. By taking advantage of proven technology, businesses can build a stronger infrastructure and deliver more reliable products.

Embedded computers, whether they’re used in the medical, industrial, or consumer industries, combine a more effective life-cycle with a reliable supply chain and controlled configuration to deliver a solution that helps businesses focus on what they can deliver rather than what they can build.