HTSM Roadmap Embedded Systems
Laying the foundation for dependable and adaptable intelligent high-tech systems
(Version 2.2., December 13, 2011: 13.00)
Boudewijn Haverkort, scientific director and chair of the Embedded Systems Institute.
This roadmap has been composed in the period October-November 2011 by a large number of R&D staff of Dutch academia and industry.
Embedded Systems are integrated hardware/software systems built into devices that are not necessarily recognized as computerized devices or computers, however, these embedded systems do control and actually define the functionality and quality of these devices.
Embedded systems are typically not monolithic, but consist of multiple processing units, connected through wired or wireless networks. The size of the system components ranges from tiny battery-powered intelligent sensors and actuators, to large multiple-rack computing devices.
Key concern for embedded systems is that they have to fulfill a wide variety of strict resource constraints, ranging from limited energy-usage, memory-footprint and limited processing power to space and weight constraints. At the same time, they have to fulfill strict requirements regarding performance and dependability.
The limited resources and strict extra-functional requirements distinguish embedded systems from ICT systems in general. The design of embedded systems is (therefore) intrinsically a multi-disciplinary activity, requiring skills from computer science, electronics and mechatronics and control, next to a thorough understanding of and interaction with the application field.
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“Continuous innovation in methodologies, system architecture thinking and cross-disciplinary ways of working to master the ever increasing complexity are crucial to maintain and extend Europe’s and Dutch competitiveness in this strategic domain.”
About embedded systems
Embedded systems are omnipresent in today’s computer-controlled world. They are at the heart of most high-tech products and applications and represent one of the fastest growing global markets.
New products and services based on embedded systems technology are emerging every day, making state-of-the-art design and engineering competences for new products and applications a key competitive discriminator.
Embedded systems engineering
The design of embedded systems applications is intrinsically a multi-discplinary activity, requiring skills from computer science, electronics, communication technology, mechatronics and control, as well as a thorough understanding of- and interaction with the application field in which these systems are being deployed.
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