System Design

It is a distinguishing mark of a very good name that the plant should offer its hand to the name and the name should grasp the plant by the hand…

Carolus Linnaeus

Preface to Critica Botanica(1737)

Thirty years ago, when people thought of embedded systems, they primarily thought of custom computing machines built from electronic (discrete and integrated) circuits. In other words, most of the value of the work was in the hardware and hardware design; software was just some glue used to hold the finished product together. Yet with miniaturization of hardware, increases in speed, and increases in volume, commodity hardware has become very inexpensive. So much so that only high-volume products can justify the cost of building elaborate ...

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