Embedded systems are evolving at breakneck speed, driving advances in technology and fuelled by lower costs of implementing hardware and software components.
Each embedded system is unique in its software and hardware make-up. The challenge of system development becomes necessarily unique, with every project dictating its own priorities.
The initial design phase will invariably focus on the specialised requirements of the embedded system to perform dedicated tasks such as accuracy, stability, and input/output relationships.
Requirements however, inevitably change in time.
Building a purpose-built embedded system may satisfy requirements at the initial development phase, but as the application develops and the requirements change, the system may in time become unable to satisfy these new needs.
The life of an embedded system post-release should form a key consideration in the design of the software. Early decisions about components and design for environmental effects can save significant opportunity cost when designing and manufacturing a commercial product down the line.
When developing a new or unique product or device, the integration of hardware, software, and programmable logic needs to be refined. Embedded systems often include custom-designed hardware and software, which need to be developed in parallel.
The impact is that embedded system development is rarely ever complete. But with time to market, safety and security critical, it has to be as close as possible. At the same time, predicting which constraints that may in time become problematic or require further development.
This creates a demand for flexibility in the embedded software to support future functions of the application as well as performing current system requirements to current resource constraints.
Programming the system at the initial development stage to support different configuration and settings goes a long way in simplifying the software updating processes in the future.
This degree of foresight comes with experience of system development practices. For example, starting with a small configuration with subsequent up-scaling requires a special level of architecture that provides comprehensive scalability, automation, and informatisation.
For companies choosing to outsource their embedded system development, it is crucial that the team they select take a specialist and experienced approach to development, and bring in-depth knowledge, practical experience and project management skills.
Pebble Bay supports embedded system development at every stage of the product lifecycle, from prototype to production design. We develop embedded software solutions, bespoke for application in sectors as diverse aerospace, military and telecoms.
Working with our hardware design partners, we act as a single point of supply for complete embedded system development. This often includes designs based on simple microcontrollers running “bare metal” software, through to 32-bit and 64-bit processors running real-time operating systems with extensive middleware and programmable logic.
Depending on your needs, we can deliver scalable pre-integrated hardware and software platforms complete with device drivers, or a turn-key system with application software. We are experienced at algorithm development along with real-time embedded code development.
With more than 30 years of experience developing embedded systems, we understand the technical and business issues at the core of your system requirements and can build embedded systems that are innovative, safe, secure and reliable.
Our goal is to create end-to-end embedded solutions that will meet each client’s requirements and integrate them into the client’s business process, ranging from embedded systems architecture & design, real time software design, documentation production, prototyping and manufacturing, through to schematic designing, BOM management & sourcing, embedded C/C++ coding of micro-controllers and we are also highly active in the IoT development.
We provide specialist embedded software development for embedded applications involving microcontrollers or microprocessors on their own or within a larger system. We are best suited to delivering your embedded system. Our embedded system development expertise, proven process and tools provide exceptional quality, reliability and speed of delivery to our customers. We work with open and proprietary operating systems, and create all levels of software – from firmware to application software.