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Embedded Controller Usage in Low-Power Embedded Designs

Embedded Controller Usage in Low-Power Embedded Designs

Executive Summary
Embedded controllers (ECs) are a common part of Intel’s low-power embedded reference designs and, therefore, an important consideration for system designers to create derivative designs for an ODM or OEM. This white paper will provide system designers with sufficient knowledge to understand the form, fit, and function of ECs and how best to include them in a design.

Background
Embedded controllers are often found in low-power embedded reference designs, performing a range of Input/Output (I/O) and system management functions. While these ECs have been an understood and established part of Intel® architecture-based laptop, netbook, and now tablet designs, their purpose is not as well understood in the embedded design world.

Since embedded designs tend to utilize Super I/O ICs, programmable logic—such as CPLDs or FPGAs—or discrete logic rather than an embedded controller, it can be problematic to leverage a low-power embedded reference design directly without knowing what the embedded controller is actually doing.

Read the full Embedded Controller Usage in Low-Power Embedded Designs White Paper.

Embedded Controller Usage in Low-Power Embedded Designs

Executive Summary
Embedded controllers (ECs) are a common part of Intel’s low-power embedded reference designs and, therefore, an important consideration for system designers to create derivative designs for an ODM or OEM. This white paper will provide system designers with sufficient knowledge to understand the form, fit, and function of ECs and how best to include them in a design.

Background
Embedded controllers are often found in low-power embedded reference designs, performing a range of Input/Output (I/O) and system management functions. While these ECs have been an understood and established part of Intel® architecture-based laptop, netbook, and now tablet designs, their purpose is not as well understood in the embedded design world.

Since embedded designs tend to utilize Super I/O ICs, programmable logic—such as CPLDs or FPGAs—or discrete logic rather than an embedded controller, it can be problematic to leverage a low-power embedded reference design directly without knowing what the embedded controller is actually doing.

Read the full Embedded Controller Usage in Low-Power Embedded Designs White Paper.

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