Technology Library

Feb 2006
The Quantitative Design Process in Embedded Systems and Strategic Engineering


The engineering of embedded systems optimized for particular purposes involves the mastery of multiple engineering disciplines and technologies, including: software engineering, digital and analog electronics engineering, networked systems engineering, operating system and compiler technology, processor micro-architecture technology, multi-processor platform technology, simulation technology and (i) for wireless products – radio frequency technology and engineering, (ii) for automotive control products – mechanical engineering and complex distributed control systems.

The methodologies and tools for building optimal systems has begun to be available over the past 3-4 years and, where deployed, are having a revolutionary impact on companies and industries. As the effects of economic globalization become more pervasive, the differentiation of successful companies will focus more on the excellence of engineering and its ability to rapidly build purpose driven families of software-hardware electronic controllers optimized for families of products within and across market sectors.

This paper deals with the technologies, methodologies and tools required to enable engineering teams to develop a competitive, often first-mover, advantage in the highly competitive global market. The use of engineering as a competitive advantage – read weapon – will distinguish the winners from the losers through this protracted market inflection point.