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Embedded Systems Architecture by Daniele Lacamera

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Media Access Control

The most important components to establish successful communication links over any physical media is grouped in the MAC logic, whose implementation is often a shared responsibility between software and hardware. Different technologies have evolved to define standards to access the links that are used nowadays for machine-to-machine communication, while only a few are able to scale within the context of a geographically distributed IoT system without intermediate gateways performing protocol conversions.

Some of the standards are directly derived from the IT world, and consist of adaptations of existing TCP/IP technologies capable of scaling down to fit within the limited resources available on embedded systems. Other ...

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