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
- Navigations systems
- Vending machines, coffee machines, etc.
- 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).