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What are Embedded Microprocessors?

What are Embedded Microprocessors?


Embedded microprocessor systems are computer chips that are incorporated into products such as cars, fridges, traffic lights, industrial equipment, and so on. Embedded microprocessor systems are used every day by millions of people, but these systems are not seen because, as the name implies, they are buried inside the product or the equipment. And because they are not seen, they do not receive as much attention from the media as does the personal computer (PC). However, the number of embedded microprocessor system computers and their economic importance is considerable. It was reported that as far back as 1997, around 30 million microprocessor chips were used by PC manufacturers, whilst close to three billion were used in numerous embedded systems applications.


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