Embedded Systems

Group Activity

The goal here is to learn the penetration, impact and trends of embedded systems in our world. Start with the resources I give you, then go beyond to find more.

In 15 minutes consider the questions/topics below. Create a concise 5 minute google doc presentation giving the answers to the general questions.

Four Groups

1. Embedded Systems in the Automobile


  • How many Processors in a modern auto?
  • What sort of functions are being performed
  • What is the major goals/advantages of these systems
  • What are some major directions for the future?

2. System on a chip

SOC On Phones

  • What is a SOC?
  • How are SOC's different from other computers?
  • What are the major goals of SOC's?
  • What are the emerging trends in SOC's?
3. The 8051 Processor

An Overview

* What is the historical and current significance of the 8051? * What are the major architectural features of this processor? * What are some common uses? * How wide spread is the use of the processor? * Are we still using them? Why?

4. Embedded Systems Overall Impact


  • What is the penetration of embedded systems on the planet? What is the expected growth rate?
  • What are some unique aspects/challenges of software engineering relating to embedded systems (compared to software running on desktop/laptop/mobile computers)
  • What does the future of embedded systems look like?
Topic revision: r1 - 2016-01-10 - JimSkon
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