October 19, 2004
An Introduction to Embedded Linux Development, Part 1
Over the last decade, a sea change has occurred in the world of embedded systems, driven by the appearance of sophisticated new products such as PDAs and cell phones and by the continual increase in the amount of resources that can be packed into a small form factor. The traditional small, narrowly focused embedded systems retain their significant presence, but these newer arrivals can capitalize on embedding a full-featured operating system. The operating system provides a wide selection of capabilities from which to choose. For example, wireless Internet connectivity and a GUI already are built in. Only a few years ago, embedded operating systems typically were found only at the high end of the embedded system spectrum.