Embedded systems are basically computer based control systems designed to perform specifically dedicated functions within a set of larger system. These are fixed or embedded as a part of the complete bigger system, hence the name as Embedded Systems.
An embedded system is a combination of computer hardware, software and additional mechanical or other technical components. Most of the embedded systems also need to meet real-time computing requirements.
The digital revolution has reached to a stage where it plays an integral part in our modern everyday life. Today, most of our everyday equipment and gadgets that we use have this technology. Indeed, it is reasonable to say that everyone already owns at least one piece of equipment, which contains a processor or microcontroller in it. If embedded systems are to become a serious discipline to contribute in progression of the Indian economy and global demand in general, it is imperative that our proven expertise in IT software should play a crucial role in developing talent with the required skills.
This colossal growth of processing and controlling power in small packages has fuelled this digital revolution aided by embedded systems technology.
Development of embedded systems began in early 1960s and since then it has grown exponentially in terms of power as well as functionality. Apollo Guidance Computer is one of the classic examples of the first modern embedded system developed at that time. Due to large scale proliferation of integrated chips and other related parts, costs of such systems have also come down drastically.
Today these systems span across many aspects of our daily life, ranging from consumer electronics devices to medical equipment, telecom instruments, automobiles and many more. A staggering 11 billion processors were used in embedded systems during 2007 and are rising annually. Embedded systems have been touching and changing modern lives like never before.
Embedded system development in India started around early 2000. The market reached approximately $5 billion by 2009 and now has the potential to triple in size by 2015.
According to recently released NASSCOM report, the total addressable embedded system R&D global opportunity is expected to reach approx. $89 billion by 2015 where India alone could contribute approx. $15 billion in size.
This means that Indian technology firms and engineering designers will have to drive actual product innovation and move towards product ownership.
Presently many Indian companies provide high level software designs and board level designs in a few cases. Not much work is carried out in terms of application design engineering, hardware design and innovation towards customized product development. This lack of domain expertise in industry is basic impediment for future growth.
Leveraging and growing in these areas can help Indian industry to have significant improvement in embedded systems space and a few companies already have started working towards this goal.
Two core parts of any embedded systems are its hardware and firmware or software inside the core processing unit.
However, many hardware platforms have reached their configuration potential and are saturated in terms of adding new things that cannot be added using firmware. Additionally at the advent of open source hardware platforms and quick prototyping and building blocks of hardware systems not much differentiation can be made by just the hardware system.
This means software or firmware is now a key differentiator; since any new feature or specification can be easily tackled or added using software changes.
Clearly, now the software has to play critical role of differentiation, innovation and future enhancements in embedded systems. The ratio of contribution by firmware and hardware, which was 30-70 (30% firmware & 70% hardware) earlier has now become almost 50-50 and is expected to grow further as hardware reaches its saturation in due course.
However, as far as Indian scenario is concerned, our industry still lacks expertise in main domains such as customized designs, ICs, new product designs, base level manufacturing, etc. Most of the products produced or supported in India are conceived in other countries and only get produced, supported and serviced here. This poses future threat in terms of overall healthy growth of embedded sector if not taken care of soon.
While there is so many opportunities in this filed, Questions is how can we benefit from this?
If you are an individual from engineering background “there is clear cut opportunity for becoming an Embedded Systems Engineer.
Great Course that prepare you for the Future
- Advanced Diploma In Embedded systems
- Diploma In Embedded systems
- Diploma In Basic Embedded systems
- Certificated program in Embedded Systems
|PAPER CODE||MODULE NAME||Weeks|
|ADES - 01||INTRODUCTION - EMBEDDED SYSTEMS, C Languages||3|
|ADES - 02||EMBEDDED C & 8051 MICROCONTROLLER||5|
|ADES - 03||EMBEDDED C & PIC MICROCONTROLLER||5|
|ADES - 04||AVR MICROCONTROLLER||3|
|ADES - 05||SYSTEM DESIGN USING ARM MICROCONTROLLERS||6|
|ADES - 06||SYSTEM DESIGN USING DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSORS||3|
|ADES - 07||EMBEDDED LINUX||3|
|ADES - 08||EMBEDDED RTOS (RTLINUX & VXWORKS)||4|
|ADES - 09||EMBEDDED PRODUCT DESIGN||3|
|ADES - 10||PROJECT WORK||5|
|ADES - 11||INTERNSHIP||12|
|PAPER CODE||MODULE NAME||Weeks|
|DES - 01||INTRODUCTION - EMBEDDED SYSTEMS, C Languages||3|
|DES - 02||EMBEDDED C & 8051 MICROCONTROLLER||5|
|DES - 03||EMBEDDED C & PIC MICROCONTROLLER||4|
|DES - 04||ARM 7 BASED MCU||4|
|DES - 05||AVR MICROCONTROLLER||2|
|DES - 06||EMBEDDED RTOS||2|
|DES - 07||PROJECT WORK||6|