Embedded Computing - Medical, Industrial and ePOS applications.
ARM defines "Embedded Computing" as equipment that performs computing functionality, yet is provided as a "black box"; preloaded applications, limited/no capability to expand hardware functionality and in some cases no screen. Unlike PCs, system cost, power and form factor constraints often demand the use of Real-Time Operating Systems or Linux, to enable the platform to operate with less system memory.
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.
A number of ARM's silicon partners are investing in silicon and software to pursue the mobile computing space with end products such as netbooks and eReaders. This same technology is reusable for embedded computers that are at the heart of ATM machines, ePOS equipment and factory automation systems.The combination of ARM's business model and technology brings the user five main benefits:
A spectrum of software-compatible, single and multi-core processors that span a spectrum of performance points enable OEMs to utilize their software investment across a broad range of products - and improves the development cycles for the release of new platforms
The availability of highly integrated, power-efficient single chip solutions allow OEMs to reduce system power, board footprint and system cost
Choice: A range of software-compatible devices from which to select that can run the same processor software; help OEMs to select the component that best fits their specific application. Likewise, from a software perspective, there is wide variety of software options, including a range of real-time operating systems, Linux and Microsoft solutions from which to select
High performance kits provides by ARM's Physical IP division provide a jumpstart for semiconductor companies that wish to extract maximum performance and/or power benefits from ARM processors while minimizing use of internal design resources