Embedded Technology

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Embedded technology refers to the integration of computer systems within larger systems to perform specific functions or tasks. These computer systems, known as embedded systems, consist of a combination of hardware and software that operate within a set of predefined parameters.

What Is Embedded Technology?

Embedded technology, is a specialized computer system that is part of a larger system or machine. Usually, these technologies don’t have a user interface. They work “behind the scenes.”

Most of the time, an embedded system is a combination of computer hardware and software. The software used in embedded technology is tailored to the specific task the system is engineered to perform.

Since embedded systems often run on minimal hardware resources, the software is highly efficient, with a small code footprint and low energy consumption.

Embedded systems come in various sizes and complexities. At one end of the spectrum, you have a single-chip microcontroller that controls a home thermostat. On the other, you have a network of processors running the avionics on an aircraft. 

How an Embedded System Works

Embedded systems are usually designed to perform a specific function or task. They work by combining computer hardware with specific software to perform the defined function.

Examples of Embedded Technology

The various applications of embedded technology include:

Consumer Electronics

  • Smart Home Devices: Home appliances, from refrigerators to air conditioners, increasingly use embedded technology to provide new features and better energy efficiency.
  • Wearable Devices: Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and smart clothing use embedded systems to monitor health data and deliver notifications.


  • Car Control Systems: Modern vehicles use embedded systems for everything from engine control units (ECUs) to infotainment systems.
  • Driver-Assistance Systems: These complex networks of sensors and electronics, including anti-lock brakes and stability control, are imperative for safe driving.

Industrial Machinery

  • Robots: Whether in manufacturing or complex surgeries, robotic systems rely heavily on embedded technology to operate with precision.
  • CNC Machines: Computer Numerical Control machines use embedded systems to cut materials to specifications.

Medical Devices

  • Pacemakers: These life-saving devices employ embedded systems to monitor and regulate the heartbeat.
  • Imaging Systems: X-ray, MRI, and CT scanners all use embedded technology to capture and process diagnostic images.

Incredibuild’s Tools for Embedded Technology

Programming an embedded system can be highly complicated. That’s why they are usually programmed with C or C++.  To ensure efficiency and speed for embedded software development, developers require additional acceleration instruments.

Incredibuild offers a distributed computing environment that accelerates software builds, leverages idle CPU cycles on a network and offers parallel computing without compromising individual machines’ responsiveness. This creates a new opportunity for fast and successful embedded technology implementation