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These blog posts relate to the design of reliable and safe embedded systems.

Usability Standards for Medical Devices

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Examining the structure of the ANSI and ISO usability standards is the first step to developing medical devices that protect users from accidents.

The Perils of Preemptive Multitasking

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Every commercial RTOS employs a priority-based preemptive scheduler. This despite the fact that real-time systems vary in their requirements and real-time scheduling doesn't have to be so uniform. Multitasking and meeting deadlines is certainly not a one-size-fits-all problem.

How to Handle User Errors

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With thoughtful design, user interfaces for embedded systems can avoid some user errors altogether and helpfully guide the user through the rest.

Portable Fixed-Width Integers in C

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For embedded software developers, the most significant improvements to the C programming language made in the ISO C99 standard update are in the new <stdint.h> header file. Learn the typedef names for the new fixed width integer data types, to make hardware interfacing in C easier. And there are other benefits as well

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