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Embedded Linux by John Lombardo

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Chapter C. Booting from Flash Memory

SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T JUSTIFY THE TIME AND EXPENSE of developing a dedicated hardware platform for your embedded application. Perhaps the quantities are too small or the market is unproven. However, even under these circumstances you still don’t want to ship a big klunky box with a hard drive. Hard drives wear out over time; they also draw lots of power and get very hot. Besides, customers know a PC when they see one. Fortunately, manufacturers are starting to produce PC-compatible computer systems with form factors that please embedded system designers. Some look like settop boxes (think VCR), some are rack mountable. ...

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