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Embedded systems

Embedded systems consist of hardware containing electronics and mechanics, as well as software designed specifically for it, i.e., an operating system. Embedded systems include, e.g., microwave oven, remote control, smartwatch, smartphone and traffic lights.

Well-designed embedded systems are cost-effective and stable

The embedded system always performs its planned and programmed task the same way. Therefore, tasks are easily predictable, and the computing power required for the system can be determined. In this case, electronics can also be optimized for the needs of the system.

When no extra electronics are added the embedded system, the production of the equipment is cost-effective and does not require any extra energy to operate. All excess software can also be excluded, which reduces the likelihood of errors and the operating system becomes more stable.

When the embedded system is well designed, its

  • Manufacturing is inexpensive and ecological, because the device does not have unnecessary components
  • Usage is energy-efficient and cost-effective because everything unnecessary has been omitted from the system
  • It's easy to use because there are no extra functionalities in the user interface
  • It’s comfortable in use, because the size of the device can be compressed to a minimum
  • Operation is stable, because there is nothing superfluous about its electronics, mechanics and software, meaning that the number of possible errors is also minimized.

Development of embedded systems

Electronics design, mechanical design and software development are integral parts of the development projects related to embedded systems. In order for the parts to become an intact and functional whole, it is also worth investing properly in concepting and testing the system.

Depending on the nature of the system and project, the project may require expertise in many other fields as well. Industrial design and user interface design can play a really significant role in the design of consumer devices, as automation design expertise is also very important when designing process equipment systems.

Like any other product development project, developing embedded systems is an iterative process. In simplified form, the stages of the planning project are as follows:

  1. To define the goal: that is, the problem or task you want to solve.
  2. To determine the user and operating environment, i.e., who will use the system and the conditions under which its usage will take place, etc.
  3. Designing the system at concept level
  4. The design and testing of mechanics, electronics and software
  5. The integration of mechanics, electronics and software
  6. Testing of the overall system
  7. Export to production and production support.

Updating embedded systems

Embedded systems are typically closed entities to which the user cannot make changes or fixes.

In intelligent systems, modifications and repairs can be implemented with software updates. At the same time, new functionalities can be introduced into the system to improve the user experience.

In simpler apps, it's usually impossible to make changes, and you cannot fix errors and problems after you deploy the app. If the error significantly impairs functionality, the system may need to be completely disabled.

No matter how complex the embedded system is, it is worth correcting errors and problems already at the product development stage. 

We make embedded systems for a wide range of platforms and technologies

We design embedded systems for a wide range of platforms and technologies, including mobile environments. Through us you will find all the necessary know-how from the design of embedded software to large-scale projects, in which the customer's idea is developed into a high-quality intelligent system that has even been taken all the way to production.

Whether you need expertise for a light microcontroller or for complex systems, we’re here to help you. Our experts are able to choose the best technologies and implement the best design solutions to ensure the competitive edge and cost-effectiveness of your systems. 

Contact us, and let's discuss how we can help you to take your project forward!

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