Chapter 3

Real-time considerations for rugged embedded systems

A. Tumeo*; M. Ceriani; G. Palermo; M. Minutoli*; V.G. Castellana*; F. Ferrandi    * Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, United States Polytechnic University of Milan, Milano, Italy

Abstract

This chapter introduces the characterizing aspects of embedded systems and discusses the specific features that a designer should address in an embedded system “rugged,” i.e., able to operate reliably in harsh environments. The chapter addresses both the hardware and the less obvious software aspects. After presenting a current list of certifications for ruggedization, the chapters present a case study that focuses on the interaction of the hardware and software layers ...

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