Embedded Systems
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Pronunciation: \im-ˈbe-dəd ˈsis-təmz\
Function: noun
Etymology: - Embedded - to embed 1778, from en- + bed. Originally a geological term, in ref. to fossils in rock; fig. sense is from 1835; meaning "place a journalist within a military unit at war" is 2003. Systems - 1619, "the whole creation, the universe," from L.L. systema "an arrangement, system," from Gk. systema "organized whole, body," from syn- "together" + root of histanai "cause to stand" from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Meaning "set of correlated principles, facts, ideas, etc." first recorded 1638. Meaning "animal body as an organized whole, sum of the vital processes in an organism" is recorded from 1683; hence fig. phrase to get (something) out of one's system (1900). Computer sense of "group of related programs" is recorded from 1963. All systems go (1962) is from U.S. space program.[1]

1 A physical or digital component of pervasive-computing systems. Generally small, inexpensive, special purpose and simply programmed computer system inserted into a device to preform specific computing tasks to automate the operation (such as traffic lights) or improve interactivity (such as a Global Positioning System). Examples may increase in levels of multiplicity, complexity, cost and size depending on application; from digital watches and MP3 players, to large stationary installations like traffic lights, factory controllers, or the systems controlling nuclear power plants.

2See also Embedded System wikipedia definition

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Refer also "Digital Ground: Architecture, Pervasive Computing and Environmental Knowing" by Malcolm McCullough (MIT, 2004).

( ben howard,09/12/07)
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