Chapter 8. Hardware Configuration Management

Chapter Overview

8.1 Why Is Hardware CM Important? 106

8.2 Where Do I Start? 107

8.3 When You Can’t Version Control a Circuit Chip 107

8.4 Don’t Forget the Interfaces 108

8.5 Understanding Dependencies 108

8.6 Traceability 108

8.7 Deploying Changes to the Firmware 109

8.8 The Future of Hardware CM 109

Hardware configuration management is often overlooked and undervalued. The truth is that hardware components need to be version controlled just like source code. The challenge is that engineers can’t easily check a circuit board into a source code management tool, and there is often no easy way to version control changes to a hardware component. Another problem is that engineers may be trying to troubleshoot ...

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