General Introduction 1

Embedded systems surround us and assist us in our daily lives. They are ubiquitous and dedicated to a precise task, and can be distinguished at application level as well as performance level. They are usually intended for wireless communication and have a complex design, as we often have to juggle very strict constraints in terms of integration and functionality (surface, power consumption, throughput, etc.).

Today embedded systems are at the heart of the convergence of electronics/information technology (IT)/telecommunications and networks. This convergence requires us to familiarize ourselves with a range of disciplines. This book, compiled by experts in electronics, computer science, telecommunications and networks, aims to achieve this. Without being able to give a detailed discussion of all aspects relating to embedded systems design, this book comprehensively covers the issue of communication in embedded systems. This choice is easily justified by the fact that embedded systems are today overwhelmingly communications oriented and that communications and networks are an important sector for embedded systems.

This book consists of 10 chapters.

Chapter 1 is an introductory chapter, which presents the general characteristics of an embedded system, as well as the constraints that have to be considered at the design stage. This chapter provides an example of the production of an embedded system for video acquisition, processing, and display. This example ...

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