Table of Contents

Software Engineering for Embedded Systems: A Roadmap

Foreword to Software Engineering for Embedded Systems


About the Editors

About the Authors

Chapter 1. Software Engineering of Embedded and Real-Time Systems

Software engineering

Embedded systems

Real-time systems

Challenges in real-time system design

Distributed and multi-processor architectures

Software for embedded systems

Hardware abstraction layers (HAL) for embedded systems


Chapter 2. Embedded Systems Hardware/Software Co-Development

Today’s embedded systems – an example

HW/SW prototyping users

HW/SW prototyping options

Prototyping decision criteria

Choosing the right prototype

Industry design chain

The need to change the design flow

Different types of virtual prototypes

A brief history of virtual prototypes

The limits of proprietary offerings

What makes virtual prototypes fast

Standardization: the era of SystemC TLM-2.0

Architecture virtual prototypes

Software virtual prototypes

Summary – the growing importance of virtualization

Chapter 3. Software Modeling for Embedded Systems

When and why should you model your embedded system?


What is a modeling language?

Examples of modeling languages

The V diagram promise

So, why would you want to model your embedded system?

When should you model your embedded system?

Operational complexity

Cost of defect versus when detected

Large development teams require modeling

Modeling is often the only choice

So – modeling is great, but aren’t all models wrong?

You have your prototype – now what?


Next steps – try it!



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About the editor

Robert Oshana

Robert Oshana has over 30 years of experience in the embedded software industry, primarily focused on embedded and real-time systems for the defence industry and semiconductor industries. He has BSEE, MSEE, MSCS, and MBA degrees and is a Senior Member of IEEE. Rob is an international speaker and has over 100 presentations and publications in various technology fields and has written several books on embedded software technology. Rob is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University and University of Texas and is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Director of Software Enablement for Digital Networking at Freescale Semiconductor.

Affiliations and Expertise

Freescale, Austin, TX, USA


"Editors Oshana and Kraeling, with a combined experience of over 50 years in embedded software and an array of authors with backgrounds in various aspects of hardware and software design both in industry and academia rely on a variety of case studies and software code examples to provide exhaustive coverage of the field of software engineering for embedded systems. There is an interleaved two-dimensional conceptual framework to the work that divides the topics into three vertical and five horizontal layers."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013