Software Engineering for Embedded Systems

1st Edition

Methods, Practical Techniques, and Applications

Editors: Robert Oshana
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124159174
eBook ISBN: 9780124159419
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 22nd April 2013
Page Count: 1200
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This Expert Guide gives you the techniques and technologies in software engineering to optimally design and implement your embedded system. Written by experts with a solutions focus, this encyclopedic reference gives you an indispensable aid to tackling the day-to-day problems when using software engineering methods to develop your embedded systems.

With this book you will learn:

  • The principles of good architecture for an embedded system
  • Design practices to help make your embedded project successful
  • Details on principles that are often a part of embedded systems, including digital signal processing, safety-critical principles, and development processes
  • Techniques for setting up a performance engineering strategy for your embedded system software
  • How to develop user interfaces for embedded systems
  • Strategies for testing and deploying your embedded system, and ensuring quality development processes
  • Practical techniques for optimizing embedded software for performance, memory, and power
  • Advanced guidelines for developing multicore software for embedded systems
  • How to develop embedded software for networking, storage, and automotive segments
  • How to manage the embedded development process

Includes contributions from:

Frank Schirrmeister, Shelly Gretlein, Bruce Douglass, Erich Styger, Gary Stringham, Jean Labrosse, Jim Trudeau, Mike Brogioli, Mark Pitchford, Catalin Dan Udma, Markus Levy, Pete Wilson, Whit Waldo, Inga Harris, Xinxin Yang, Srinivasa Addepalli, Andrew McKay, Mark Kraeling and Robert Oshana.



Key Features

  • Road map of key problems/issues and references to their solution in the text
  • Review of core methods in the context of how to apply them
  • Examples demonstrating timeless implementation details
  • Short and to- the- point case studies show how key ideas can be implemented, the rationale for choices made, and design guidelines and trade-offs


Embedded systems engineers, software engineers, under graduate and graduate computer and electrical and electronic engineers

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