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Technology has two components to it. Only one of those two components is generally thought about when the term technology is used in most contexts. The first component is the hardware component, and this is the factor that is generally associated with technology on all levels. Whether it is the computer desktop device of today or the embedded microprocessor of tomorrow, hardware and technology are essentially analogous terms within the general vernacular.

However, this definition of technology leaves out the software, which is a very integral part to the overall technological package. Technology, by its very nature, needs software to run. Your computer wouldn't be very useful without an operating system, word processor or internet browser, all of which are examples of software that was developed to go along with the hardware that had been discovered. The technology of today would not solve any of the problems that it currently does without the software that it utilizes for those tasks and this is why software development is so important to the future of any technological market.

Embedded Software Development understands this and that is why it is a company that is at the cutting edge of developing software solutions for embedded technology. The very way in which embedded technology functions is a step up from the current level of technology enjoyed by the public and that is exactly why the development of software that is also a step up from the current level is necessary. Companies like Embedded Software Development ensure that embedded software continues to be developed in order to meet the demands of the embedded technologies that are produced.

At the current moment in time, people face the prospect of an embedded technology market that has the ability to go through the roof in a way that no technological breakthrough has done before. Considering the general booms that technology has brought over time, this is quite a remarkable potential. However, the potential nestled within embedded technology can only truly be nurtured through a campaign of embedded software development that is just as furious as the development of hardware. This is the main reason as to why embedded software development is crucial to the future of embedded technology.

Embedded Software Development is a company that accepts and understands this need and strives to provide software development for embedded technology that will allow the revolution to continue.

Embedded Software Design and Development

Embedded software's main difference with conventional software has to do with the issue of efficiency. When you create a piece of software designed to run on hardware systems that are highly specialized and therefore highly efficient, keeping resource use to a minimum becomes a top priority. While this main difference illustrates the lack of base similarity between embedded and conventional software, at the same time a major similarity between the two has to do with how such software is constructed.

There are two phases involved in software creation, and both of them are regularly pursued at Embedded Software Development. The first phase is the design phase. This phase is the theoretical phase and it starts with Embedded Software Development getting the basic conceptual sketches of the software from the client. The client will specify what they want the software to do and then based on those sketches Embedded Software Development will then go ahead and create a design for the software that will allow all of those functions to happen. The design involves no code, but is rather a flowchart type visualization of what the software will be able to do when it has been completed.

Once the design phase of software creation has been completed, the development phase begins. This is the phase in which the actual software is constructed from scratch, using different portions of code in order to execute the ultimate goal of what the software was going to achieve in the design phase. Certain design conclusions might be tweaked depending on financial or practical concerns encountered during the development phase and of course testing will be done on the software to make sure that it conforms. At the end of the development phase, the software will be available for the client to use. This is the basic method of software creation used by Embedded Software Development and every other reputable software creator on the planet.

Embedded Software Development Services

There are many services that Embedded Software Development offers to its clients. Many of these services are related to each other. This is primarily a testament to just how efficient the embedded technology game is, and it also allows the company to offer discounted rates to people that want work done in multiple areas.

The primary service that Embedded Software Development offers is software updating. Through the use of this service, Embedded Software Development will take a piece of software that already exists in the conventional world and retool that piece of software so that it works with embedded technology. Many new pieces of software already work well with embedded systems, but it never hurts to increase efficiency and make the software even better. Embedded Software Development understands this, and therefore offers this service universally.

In addition to software updating, Embedded Software Development also offers software customization. There are many pieces of embedded software out there that are great for a company to use, but would be even better if that company had one or two tweaks to the software in order to bring it in line with what they want. Automation is a good example of this, as is an updated graphical user interface. These are changes that can be made without access to the proprietary code in its entirety and that is exactly why Embedded Software Development can offer this service at competitive rates.

Finally, Embedded Software Development also offers software development. This is the pricier option for companies, but it also results in a product that is probably as tailored to the needs of a particular company as is possible to get. Software development is the creation of software from scratch, with all of the minor things that the client wants tossed in because of the extra coding freedom. It is eventually going to be the flagship service offered by Embedded Software Development.

Embedded Software Development with eCos

ECos is a term that is relatively new to the software market, but it is a term that is going to become better known in leaps and bounds as time goes on and the idea of embedded technology takes hold. The eCos stands for embedded Configurable operating system, and it is one of the flagship software types to accompany embedded technology.

When the hardware is prepared to do a single task or small range of tasks with a high amount of efficiency, then an operating system that is highly efficient and configurable is naturally the best choice. This is what eCos attempts to be and it is one of the reasons that companies like Embedded Software Development absolutely love it.

Another advantage of the eCos concept is that it is one that is open source. This means that the eCos can be taken and adapted for different situations without having to pay royalties to the person that developed the initial source code. Open source software is one of the waves of the future are far as software trends are concerned and one of the reasons that this is true is that the embedded markets of the world have wholly embraced the open source concept for the creation of most of their original pieces of software. Open source software is increasing at a rate far faster than the peak increase rate of proprietary software and that is something that is expected to continue into the near future.

The eCos concept is one that is particularly useful for Embedded Software Development because it represents the basic set of conditions that must exist for any software that is to run on embedded systems. Since the eCos is the real time operating system of the embedded world, software development should naturally occur around it if people support it as being the flagship operating system product for embedded technology. Embedded Software Development certainly believes that it is and the software development the company does reflects that belief.

Embedded Systems Software Development

An Embedded System is quite analogous to a non-embedded system in terms of the word system. That is to say that an embedded system will include elements of hardware that include input, processing, storage and output as well as software elements that tie all of those hardware elements together. A conventional technology system has these same elements and for that reason is far more complicated than people generally give it credit for being. Embedded technology is no different and that is exactly why companies like Embedded Software Development work from both the software and the hardware end of things.

While the vast majority of work that Embedded Software Development does is related to software problems and solutions in some way, shape or form, at the same time it is very important for people to remember that it is impossible to do software work without thinking about the hardware at some point. All software needs to run on hardware and because of that the software developers need to consider hardware when they are adding elements of functionality to their software. The most functional embedded software in the world will likely not run on low end embedded systems and that is why much software needs to be cut back or at least created in different levels to facilitate harmony with the hardware systems that people might run.

It is primarily for this reason that Embedded Software Development remains active in the hardware field, consistently following news of embedded technology achievements and working that knowledge into the software development it does. This is the least that a responsible software company should do. Embedded Software Development, however, also goes the extra mile in being able to converse with clients about the current hardware options available to them on the market and that represents an extra service that comes free of charge.

Embedded Software Experience

Practical Control excel at embedded software development. We have a wealth of experience of software for single and multi-processor designs and numerous operating systems and interfaces. Proficient in USB stacks, devices and profiles, Bluetooth and IP interfaces, streaming and codecs. Our team has undertaken projects ranging from £5K to £250K with in-house project managers available for more complex project delivery.

Operating Systems

  • Linux Kernels 2.4/2.6, WinCE 5.0, Symbian, ECOS, POSIX compliant systems

Devices

  • ARM7 ( e.g. Philips 214x ), ARM9, Intel XScale, Texas MSP430, Rabbit RCM3000, Texas TMS320C5x/6x.Image
  • Xilinx FPGAs. Flash Memory. ADC, DAC high speed sampling.

Languages

  • C, C++, Java, Python, Perl, XML, XSL, JSP

Embedded Software Tools

  • UML Design, Platform Builder, Eclipse, LINT, concurrent version systems(CVS), Visual C++, Borland C++Builder, Metroworks Code Warrior

Protocols

  • USB MSD, USB SPP (Serial port profiles), USB HID, Custom USB drivers, Bluetooth, Zigbee 802.15.4, TCP/IP, UDP, USB, HTTP, PPP, SMTP, SMS, SIP
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