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These blog posts discuss the proper structure of embedded systems designs.

Mutexes and Semaphores Demystified

What's the difference between a mutex and a semaphore? Even very experienced firmware developers too often fail to fully appreciate the importance of using the correct tool for the job at hand. And, unfortunately, misuse of these two distinct types of synchronization primitives can lead to difficult to debug defects in embedded software, with potentially severe consequences in safety-critical medical devices, avionics and transportation equipment.

Pros and Cons of AndroidOS for Embedded Systems

In this webinar we discuss an overview of Android software architecture, hardware requirements, licensing terms, and security considerations. We also examine a few case studies which illustrate the pros and cons of building embedded systems around the Android operating system.

Hardware-Software Partitioning in Embedded Systems

One of the biggest challenges when architecting an embedded system is partitioning the design into its hardware and software components. Partitioning decisions must typically be made early in the design of a product. The consequences of hasty or biased decisions or lack of proper analysis can include, in the worst case: higher BOM cost, time-to-marked delays, or even an inability to meet requirements.

Key Learnings from Past Safety-Critical System Failures

Ever had a DVD player freeze? A mobile phone crash and reboot? A home router that required a reset? Welcome to the 21st century, where every device has at least one processor. Without question, our daily lives are enhanced by the embedded systems around us. And many of us take for granted that these devices will do their intended jobs tirelessly and correctly, day in and day out, without fail.

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