CHAPTER10

Topics in Embedded Systems

[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.

—Greg Papadopoulos

Sun Microsystems Chief Technology Officer

at the 2003 Microprocessor Forum, San Jose, California

10.1 INTRODUCTION

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 ...

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