Andrew McCoubrey, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
Today's embedded systems often include several counters and clocks that keep track of time, and ensuring that they are accurate - and synchronized across multiple devices - can be critical. For example, synchronized clocks can be used to partition shared resources (such as network links) in distributed systems with critical real-time requirements.
Designers of next-generation high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) solutions for demanding intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems applications got a boost from the introduction of Intel's multicore Xeon D system-on-chip (SoC) processor earlier in 2016. This device provides as many as 16 cores in the same power footprint as earlier four-core devices and features the rugged ball-grid-array (BGA) packages and extended temperature range needed for deployed applications.