Embedded System Design-Overview

Many people have this question that why has M&N Projects-Embedded System Design Academy embarked upon a path of providing education in the field of Embedded System Design.  To understand the reason we also need to know what Embedded Systems are and where they are used. 

 

What is Embedded System Design?

Embedded System Design is a highly specialized branch of Electronics Engineering.  It refers to the design of embedded hardware, embedded firmware in ‘C’ language or any other supporting higher level language, where integration of the embedded hardware and the firmware is done to create a working prototype.

 

Here the technological advances of electronics and the design expertise of mechanical engineering work together to create products that we find in our daily life. Embedded Systems are created with the integration of computer hardware, software along with programming of specialized embedded hardware that is programmed to perform one or more dedicated functions.

 

Following is an illustration of the Embedded System Design Process:

Where are Embedded Systems used?

We can find Embedded System based specialized hardware, in multiple devices, as listed below:

[1] Office Equipment's like Answering Machines, Tea/coffee maker, multifunction printer/copier/scanners etc.

[2] In cars we have DVD player, Music Systems, stereos etc.

[3] In manufacturing industries we have thermostats, Fire/Security alarm systems

[4] In Medical equipment's like Bio-Medical Instrumentation, Stress test equipment's etc.

[5] In consumer electronics we have watches, PDA, Mobile phones, video camera, calculators etc.

[6] Home equipment's like refrigerators, microwave ovens, washing machines etc.

 

What are the job opportunities in the Embedded System Design field?

The Embedded System Design field offers tremendous job opportunities worldwide. Designing Embedded Systems is a creative job. Some people term it as ‘art’. You must have flair to take up design challenges and you should have the talent to execute the idea in limited time frames that are imposed by consumer demands.

 

What are the challenges that the Embedded System industry faces?

Lack of skilled manpower is the biggest challenge that the Embedded System industry faces. Not many young engineers are ready to take this career path as this field is not as glamorous like IT industry.

 

Young engineers are highly talented and passionate but lack proper training and knowledge in the embedded system domain.

 

What are we doing to bridge this demand-supply gap?

Considering the shortfall of skilled manpower in the Embedded System Design field we at M&N Projects-Embedded System Design Academy, have developed career oriented, short duration modular courses to train electronics and computer graduates. We also encourage working professionals to learn new skills and enter this challenging field. We have also identified that many power professionals wish to learn Embedded System Design and enter this industry. We encourage them as well to attend our courses. Please find course details here.

 

What are the topics that students should learn in Embedded System Design field?

Following topics should be learnt to gain a foothold in the Embedded System Design field:

[1] C and Embedded C language programming

[2] Architecture of microcontroller like Intel MCS-51 or 8051, ARM 7TDMI core & Cortex M3, Microchip PIC16/PIC18 and their assembly language programming

[3] PCB design and PCB fabrication process

[4] Operating System fundamentals

[5] Details of RTOS internals, multi-tasking, task management, task scheduling, task communication and synchronization

[6] Linux device driver development

[7] Protocol based micro-controller programming. Protocols like RS-232, SPI, CAN, USB, Ethernet, Zigbee, Bluetooth, I2C, MODBUS etc.

[8]Python Language programming

 

 

Summary: Embedded System Design is a challenging field that invites talented people to take up challenging tasks in multiple domains. We at M&N Projects-Embedded System Design Academy, suggest that students should take up this field as a career option. There is no dearth of jobs in this field and one can work passionately to create great ideas that will be useful to many consumers. Come join this field and launch a great career.

 

 

Embedded System Design Academy

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