Embedded systems have been designed to work with limited or no human intervention. They are built in a way such that they efficiently handle their specific objectives. Due to the radical advance in technology, embedded systems are now integrated in such a way that they form part of the human lifestyle. Almost every household has the embedded systems, for instance, the remote control, the washing machine, refrigerator, and even smartphones. Most of the development in the embedded systems is as a result of the IoT which has made embedded programming easy and faster. Some of the advantages of using embedded systems include the following;
1. Practical Uses
In the modern digital world, many jobs that require manpower are handled by machines instead. This, therefore, shows how useful and effective the embedded systems are. The application of these embedded systems varies and has a wide range of uses. Domestically, all the devices in the house that are electronic such as the washing machines, the refrigerator is all embedded systems. They all serve their specific objectives. These systems require low maintenance and they last long. In terms of communication, the embedded systems such as laptops and phones help us communicate. In the entertainment system, the embedded devices facilitate high speed. The devices used in gaming have an embedded chip that ensures fast speed.
2. Small size
The embedded programming ensures that most of the systems produced are small in size. As technology keeps increasing, the sizes of these systems keep on decreasing to even smaller sizes. Before the digital era, the size of the desktops could cover a whole room, today the laptops are very small in size. One benefit of the small size is that the device is easily portable. The user can comfortably carry it anywhere. The small-sized devices are equivalently faster and are not expensive. The rate of power consumption is less compared to the larger devices. This is a great achievement of embedded programming.
One of the major characteristics of the embedded systems is the ability to last long without maintenance. The management of the devices is therefore very easy because, during the embedded programming, the materials used are durable and cheap. Circumstances when management is required are very rare and they are relatively cheap. For someone who owns a production business on the line of the embedded systems, it’s advisable to have a software engineer in charge of the maintenance of the systems, as they have an understanding of the systems.
4. Performance rate
The performance of these embedded systems varies, depending on the number of tasks it has to perform. A washing machine only has one single task hence its performance is high and fast. Other devices which are complex like phones and laptops have many tasks to perform hence, the rate of performance depends on its properties and elements.
The material used during the embedded programming is cost-effective hence the devices are relatively cheap. The design of the material used is a semiconductor hence the devices do not take in much power. This helps the user to use less power when using these devices and hence saves money. Since these systems are durable, they act as a long-term investment to the users.
Modern embedded programming has enabled developers to create very accurate devices using advanced software. These devices are designed to only act on the specific tasks they are built for, enabling them to function correctly. Some critical devices such as the pump used in insulin injection are accurately designed because any inaccuracy in the injection can lead to heavy damages. Some of them are simple hence can be handled easily.
7. Real-time devices.
One advantage of the embedded systems is the ability to respond faster, that is the reason why they are also termed Real-time devices. Remote control will change channels within minimal time, just as a mobile phone. Most of the electronics are swift even without human intervention.
The embedded systems are therefore devices that we require for our daily activities. Without improved embedded programming, these devices would not be very efficient. Other advantages that are human-based include; improving people’s standards of living as well as being used in fields that are advanced such as the military and aerospace.