VPX has opened up the possibilities to designing high performance embedded computing platforms with open standard, open architectures that have never before been possible. Today’s computing platforms are multi-dimensional; you no longer select a parallel backplane and begin plugging in processing and I/O modules to build your embedded computing platform. There are many more options that must be evaluated and decisions made before you start ordering modules and integrating them into a complete system. This complexity has great advantages, but only to those who take the time to fully understand the technology.
The original VMEbus specification was tightly coupled to the Motorola 68000 bus architecture; since then, the open architectures defined by the various VITA standards are no longer restricted to any specific processor technology. This feature takes a look at the status of the current choice of processors.
VITA Technologies reached out to the supplier community to ask “What is your vision of the embedded board/systems business five years from now? What does it look like to you, from an application, technology, and business perspective?” The responses I got back were very interesting to me. They reinforce my observations on a trend to mass customization in the industry that I have commented on for several years. While many suppliers have not quite acknowledged the inevitable movement to mass customization, others have embraced the trend. They have adjusted their product strategies to better address the changing needs of customers who desire products that can be effectively and efficiently modified for their most specific needs. They have adjusted their product strategy to develop products that lend themselves well to customization, and can be implemented quickly and cost effectively.
Almost every backplane-based embedded computing system in existence has a board that is considered the controller. Over the years, the industry has often used the term Single Board Computer (SBC) to describe that board. The term is used because all of the basic computer functionality is integrated onto that one board: microprocessor, memory, and I/O. The functionality of SBCs has evolved in step with the advancements made in computer technology, with both the performance and functional density increasing many-fold since the first boards were introduced in the mid 1980s.
Software architects designing critical embedded systems have tough choices to make when selecting an operating system. Decisions can be both simplified and complicated with new framework and platform initiatives coming into being.
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