Unified Hardware and Software Models for Smart System Design

Ravi Kapadia

"Smart" electromechanical systems (e.g., washing machines, car anti-skid braking systems and reprographic machines, i.e., printers and photocopiers) are machines with intelligent, embedded computer control. Conventional embedded controllers performed a preprogrammed set of actions, but as machines have become more versatile, controllers are being designed to generate and evaluate different plans to perform specified tasks, search for optimal actions, and react to changing environments. Traditionally, hardware design in embedded systems has preceded software design resulting in sub-optimal designs. As the use of embedded software proliferates, integrated hardware and software design becomes critical.

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