1st Edition

What Every Engineer Should Know About Developing Real-Time Embedded Products

By Kim R. Fowler Copyright 2007
    496 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    496 Pages
    by CRC Press

    You can find them in your wristwatch or MP3 player; they perform specific functions in washing machines, traffic lights, and even pacemakers. Embedded systems are pervasive, ubiquitous, and widespread throughout our daily lives. Developing these real-time embedded products requires an understanding of the interactions between different disciplines, such as circuit design, power, cooling, packaging, software, and human interface. This volume provides the knowledge and insight engineers need to make critical design decisions and offers a clear guide for preparing and developing projects in different markets.

    The book begins by laying the basic groundwork for effective processes, covering smaller, self-contained devices and subsystems, ranging from handheld devices to appliances. Highly detailed case studies, which include designing instruments for space flight, implanted medical devices, and military support equipment, illustrate industry best practices and managerial issues. Each case study is detailed in terms of concept, market, standards, integration, manufacturing, and phases. With schedule and estimation templates, this highly functional text presents numerous examples of design tradeoffs critical to successful project development.

    Offering even coverage and clarification of the entire development process, What Every Engineer Should Know about Developing Real-Time Embedded Products provides engineers and industrial designers with practical tools to make important decisions, from deciding whether to buy or build subsystems to determining the appropriate kinds of field testing.

    Development Processes
    Variations on the Theme - Considerations for Mission-Critical Equipment and medical devices
    Tools of the Trade
    Case study 1- Major Appliances
    Case study 2- Telecom Products
    Case study 3- Commercial Laboratory Equipment
    Case study 4- Automobile Engine Controller
    Case study 5- Industrial Flow Meter
    Case study 6- Military Support Equipment
    Case study 6- Designing Instruments for Space Flight
    Case study 8- Aerospace Video Processor
    Case study 9- Satellite Subsystem
    Case study 10- Programmer for Implanted Stimulators
    Case study 11- Implanted Medical Devices
    Some Observations on Architectural Tradeoffs in Selected Real-Time Systems
    Some Observations about Consumer Appliances
    Some Observations about User Interfaces


    Kim R. Fowler