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Embedded devices

An embedded device is a device that contains a computing system that is programmed to perform a specific purpose within the device. Examples are:

  • Modern mobile phones such as the iPhone
  • Tablet devices such as the iPad or the Samsung Galaxy
  • Wearables
  • Navigations systems
  • Vending machines, coffee machines, etc.
  • Cameras
  • ATMs, card readers
  • Electricity meters
  • TVs, printers, routers, modems, etc.

The computing system may use MPUs (microprocessors) or MCUs (microcontrollers) that run various operating systems, such as Linux, Windows embedded, iOS, Android or an RTOS (real time operating systems).