[General-purpose] microprocessors will [someday cease to exist]. You will not see sockets anymore. This will happen first in the embedded space. It’s about delivering a system, not a processor.
Sun Microsystems Chief Technology Officer
at the 2003 Microprocessor Forum, San Jose, California
Greg Papadopoulos is among many who believe that embedded processors are the next big thing in computer hardware. Proponents of general-purpose microprocessors may find this statement provocative—if not downright inflammatory. It is, however, easy to see how someone could come to this conclusion, given that practically every device that interacts with the physical world includes ...