Embedded system je počítačový systém navrhnutý pre špecifické riadiace funkcie v rámci väčšieho systému, často v reálnom čase. Je vložený ako časť kompletného zariadenia, často vrátane hardvéru a mechanických častí. Embedded systémy riadia mnohé dnešné bežne používané zariadenia.
|Embedded systems contain processing cores that are typically either microcontrollers or digital signal processors (DSP). The key characteristic, however, is being dedicated to handle a particular task. Since the embedded system is dedicated to specific tasks, design engineers can optimize it to reduce the size and cost of the product and increase the reliability and performance. Some embedded systems are massproduced, benefiting from economies of scale.||Embedded modules, or embedded system modules (ESM) are a relatively new group of electronic components reffered to modules, which can be “embedded” to a target device, providing intelligence or a complex of various functions.|
|Physically, embedded systems range from portable devices such as digital watches and MP3 players, to large stationary installations like traffic lights, factory controllers, or the systems controlling nuclear power plants. Complexity varies from low, with a single microcontroller chip, to very high with multiple units, peripherals and networks mounted inside a large chassis or enclosure.||Modules can be of a various kind, typically a compact computer-onmodule (COM) or a computer module with a display. Common feature of all these modules is that by their incorporation into a design of a device you can greatly enhance performance of your device, and/or you can substantially shorten development time and a time to market, as well as decrease development costs. Usage of embedded modules is typically convenient for production batches from single units to thousands of units.|