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EMTrust GmbHEMTrust

  • EMTrust GmbH is an Embedded Computing Expert specialized on CompactPCI, PCI and PCI Express based System Level Solutions built for demanding applications in industrial heavy duty environments. Several decades of design and market experience secure the availability of standard and custom system configurations for data processing, control, automation and mobile server solutions. EMTrust was founded in 2008 to specifically take over of major asset parts of the former Inova® Computers GmbH.

E.E.P.D. GmbHE.E.P.D.

  • E.E.P.D. GmbH is an Embedded Computing Expert specialized on COM Express, PC/104, SBC, Semicustom and Fullcustom Board Level Solutions supported by configuration control, LCC management and technology insertion services for OEMs. More than 70 employees make up the backbone of E.E.P.D., which was founded in 1988 and is currently a leading player for large volume supplies into strategic industrial OEM Key Accounts – and provides a wide range of services such as design, development, tests and production.

V.D.S. Video Display Systems srlV.D.S. Video Display Systems srl

  • V.D.S. Video Display Systems srl is an expert for special Rugged LCD Display Solutions in Trains, Autobuses and Maritime applications. Since its foundation in 1988 V.D.S. is supplying edge technology for superior electronic platforms in for demanding user environment. All V.D.S. products are screened for high performance and reliability on rugged platforms, design experience and particular care on product manufacturing.

Merath metallsysteme GmbHMerath metallsysteme GmbH

  • Merath metallsysteme GmbH is a mechanical enclosure expert for Industrial Electronics and Data Processing Systems. Standardized and customised product design are delivered with highly automated and KANBAN based CNC manufacturing facilities – at high quality, reliability and Just in Time.

inaswiss Technology GmbHinaswiss Technology GmbH

  • inaswiss Technology GmbH specializes in ruggedized solutions for industrial control, transportation, telecommunication, avionics and robotics. According to your specifications, we configure your systems and assist you intensively during the integration and later on with services. We represent established international manufactures with hardware standards such as MicroTCA, AMC, CompactPCI, VME, PMC, PCI, IP and others.

LynuxWorksLynuxWorks

  • LynuxWorks, a world leader in the embedded software market, is committed to providing open and reliable real-time operating systems (RTOS) and software tools to embedded developers. The company's LynxOS family of operating systems offers open standards with the highest level of safety and security features, enabling many mission-critical systems in defense, avionics and other industries. The latest product in the portfolio, the award-winning LynxSecure, offers a secure separation kernel and embedded hypervisor that forms a platform for the development of high-assurance systems. Since it was established in 1988, LynuxWorks has created technology that has been successfully deployed in thousands of designs and millions of products made by leading communications, avionics, aerospace/defense, and consumer electronics companies. LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San José, California. The sales office for Central Europe is located in Haar (Munich). For more information, please visit www.tvlmedia.de or www.lynuxworks.com.

An embedded system is a computer system designed to perform one or a few dedicated functions, often with real-time computing constraints. It is usually embedded as part of a complete device including hardware and mechanical parts. In contrast, a general-purpose computer, such as a personal computer, can do many different tasks depending on programming. Embedded systems control many of the common devices in use today.

 

Characteristics

1. Embedded systems are designed to do some specific task, rather than be a general-purpose computer for multiple tasks. Some also have real-time performance constraints that must be met, for reasons such as safety and usability; others may have low or no performance requirements, allowing the system hardware to be simplified to reduce costs.

2. Embedded systems are not always standalone devices. Many embedded systems consist of small, computerized parts within a larger device that serves a more general purpose. For example, an embedded system in an automobile provides a specific function as a subsystem of the car itself.

3. The program instructions written for embedded systems are referred to as firmware, and are stored in read-only memory or Flash memory chips. They run with limited computer hardware resources: little memory, small or non-existent keyboard and/or screen.

 

Reliability

 

Embedded systems often reside in machines that are expected to run continuously for years without errors, and in some cases recover by themselves if an error occurs. Therefore the software is usually developed and tested more carefully than that for personal computers, and unreliable mechanical moving parts such as disk drives, switches or buttons are avoided.

Specific reliability issues may include:

1. The system cannot safely be shut down for repair, or it is too inaccessible to repair. Examples include space systems, undersea cables, navigational beacons, bore-hole systems, and automobiles.

2. The system must be kept running for safety reasons. "Limp modes" are less tolerable. Often backups are selected by an operator. Examples include aircraft navigation, reactor control systems, safety-critical chemical factory controls, train signals, engines on single-engine aircraft.

3. The system will lose large amounts of money when shut down: Telephone switches, factory controls, bridge and elevator controls, funds transfer and market making, automated sales and service.

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