Not unique to embedded
Posted Feb 23, 2012 17:30 UTC (Thu) by hollis
In reply to: Subtle interactions in the embedded world - what bugs can teach us
Parent article: Subtle interactions in the embedded world - what bugs can teach us
This is definitely not unique to embedded systems, and really "Well known but unchangeable" is a better description of an x86 PC than an embedded system.
In embedded systems the hardware is often not well known. Maybe it's a brand new component, or maybe due to the variety of the ecosystem it's your first personal encounter with it.
Also, embedded hardware is more malleable -- there's freedom to select alternate components (even ones that don't conform to decades of PC tradition), or with in-house designs you can at least complain to the hardware designer.
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