Embedded systems are “computers in disguise,” systems carrying along a computer or processor-based system that are not programmable by the user and in most cases do not have any observable resemblance to a computer [36]. The software is typically developed by the designers of the system, downloaded or hard-coded to the system at manufacture-time, and inaccessible to the end-user. Such systems can be found at home (washing machine, DVD-player, game console), in the office (printer, WLAN base station, building automation), cars (engine control, ABS brakes, security system), aeroplanes (fly-by-wire, navigation, autopilot), industrial, forest, and harvesting machines (process monitoring, process control, robotics), in your pocket (mp3 player, mobile phone, PDA) and even in your wallet (electronic bus tickets, credit cards, keycards).


Very Long Instruction Word Processor Design Instruction Level Parallelism Thread Level Parallelism Transport Trigger Architecture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jari Nurmi
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  1. 1.Institute of Digital and Computer SystemsTampere University of TechnologyFinland

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