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What is embedded software engineering?

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Embedded Software Engineering

What is embedded software engineering?

The embedded software engineering definition is as follows-

Embedded Software Engineering is the process of controlling various devices and machines that are different from traditional computers, using software engineering. Integrating software engineering with non-computer devices leads to the formation of embedded systems. Embedded systems are typically popular in medical science, consumer electronics, manufacturing science, aviation, automotive technology. A typical embedded system requires a wide range of programming tools, microprocessors and operating systems. Embedded software engineering, performed by embedded software engineers, needs to be tailored to the needs of the hardware that it has to control and run on.

Now that we have the answer to “what is embedded engineering”, let us understand what are the requirements of embedded systems, which includes the software for embedded systems. The software and operating system requirements of an embedded system is also different from a traditional computer based system. Typically embedded systems use basic embedded system software such as C, C++, ADA, etc. Some specialized embedded systems may use OS such as Windows CE, LINUX, TreadX, Nucleus RTOS, OSE, etc.

Embedded software engineering differs from traditional application development in terms of the additional consideration to external factors such as temperature and other environmental factors that may affect performance.


HCL is a leader in developing embedded software and systems for various industries and domains. We have expertise in safety-critical embedded systems with more than 2000 person years of cumulative experience in developing small footprint and safety-critical embedded systems for Medical Devices, Automotive Electronics and Aircraft Components. We use our DSP expertise and IPs to develop fast embedded middleware, rich applications and interactive GUI for consumer electronics, computer peripherals and telecom products. Our embedded systems group comprises of a large talent pool of engineers and equipped with competencies in a range of programming tools, microprocessors and real-time operating systems.

HCL offers domain-specific hardware engineering and design services in VLSI ASIC, FPGA, and SoC engineering, board design, embedded software, mechanical engineering, and design, prototyping, and value-added engineering services such as compliance engineering, independent verification and validation and low volume manufacturing. We offer these services for partial lifecycle product engineering and for full lifecycle solutions.


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