Preface to the First Edition

This book’s goal is to provide a frame of reference for the burgeoning field of high-performance embedded computing. Embedded computers have moved well beyond the early days of 8-bit microcontrollers. Today, embedded computers are organized into multiprocessors that run millions of lines of code. They do so in real time and at very low power levels. In order to properly design such systems, a large and growing body of research has developed to answer questions about the characteristics of embedded hardware and software. These are real systems—aircraft, cell phones, and digital television all rely on high-performance embedded systems. We understand quite a bit about how to design such systems, but we also have a great ...

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