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The Perfect Processor for Embedded Systems

Perfect Processor for Embedded Systems

Embedded designers can’t afford “the blue screen of death.” Desktop operating systems can get rebooted every so often, but embedded systems—good ones, at least—often have to run for years without a single reboot or power cycle. Medical devices are one obvious example in which reliability is absolutely paramount. But industrial-automation systems, security systems, motion controllers, automotive systems, and most other embedded devices have to be just as reliable. And that means building on a reliable foundation.

Building the best from the ground up

For more than 40 years, embedded engineers and programmers have been using Intel® architecture microprocessor chips for their most-demanding embedded systems. There’s good reason for that, and it has to do with Intel’s underlying design decisions. Back in 1971, the very first Intel® microprocessor chip was designed for an embedded system (there were no personal computers in those days), so it had to be reliable. Even then, the Intel architecture design philosophy combined high performance with high reliability. Today, Intel architecture chips embody dozens of different design techniques collected over the years. Every new generation of Intel architecture chips includes all the features acquired from previous years, plus new concepts intended to make embedded systems even more robust, reliable, and secure. The result is a solid foundation for even the most demanding real-time, always-on, hostile environments.

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