Delivering Application-Optimized Solutions While Harnessing Mobile Computing Ecosystem
ARM defines "Embedded Computing" as equipment that performs computing functionality, yet is provided as a "black box". This means preloaded applications, and no capability for the users of the equipment to add new hardware functionality or new applications. Applications include digital signage, ATM (cashpoint) machines and factory automation. Unlike personal computers, these systems are have significantly higher levels of reliability, which places tighter demands on the system architect in terms of thermal considerations (typically no mechanical fan to disipate heat can be tolerated), temperature range of operation, form factor and power. Increasingly, several of ARM's silicon partners are viewing this as an adjacent market segment to the tablet area, providing an opportunity to sell existing devices (potentially qualified to ensure operation over a wider temperature range) and software solutions to additional customers.
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Optimized ARM Embedded Computing Block Diagram
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Computing platforms are at the heart of a range of systems, including digital signage, industrial control and medical platforms. Many of these platforms are locally and remotely connected to other systems. Unlike PCs where there is a toleration of hardware or software failure, many of these embedded platforms must have a higher tolerance to failure and immunity to security attacks.