Embedded Lisp Interpreter


(ELI) A small Common Lisp-like interpreter embedded in the Andrew mail system, written by Bob Glickstein at CMU.

Last updated: 2000-04-05

Embedded Mode


A term used by COCOMO to describe a project development that is characterised by tight, inflexible constraints and interface requirements. The product must operate within (is embedded in) a strongly coupled complex of hardware, software, regulations and operational procedures. An embedded mode project will require a great deal of innovation. An example would be a real-time system with timing constraints and customised hardware.

Last updated: 1996-05-29

embedded system


Hardware and software which forms a component of some larger system and which is expected to function without human intervention.

A typical embedded system consists of a single-board microcomputer with software in ROM, which starts running some special purpose application program as soon as it is turned on and will not stop until it is turned off (if ever).

An embedded system may include some kind of operating system but often it will be simple enough to be written as a single program. It will not usually have any of the normal peripherals such as a keyboard, monitor, serial connections, mass storage, etc. or any kind of user interface software unless these are required by the overall system of which it is a part. Often it must provide real-time response.

Usenet newsgroup: comp.arch.embedded.

Last updated: 1995-04-12

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