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Is a smartphone or tablet an "embedded system"?

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  1. SpoonLicker

    SpoonLicker Banned Thread Starter

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    Smartphones use system-on-chips, in the majority at least.

    System-on-chips are usually correlated with "embedded systems".

    So, technically, would a smartphone be an embedded system?
     
  2. ekim68

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    Nope, but it would use an embedded system...:cool:
     
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    I don't understand your point?

    A smartphone is a PCB with a SoC usually.

    By such factors, would it be an embedded system due to an inability to change the hardware, or lack of updates to firmware per-se?

    Tablets and smartphones are usually designed to not change the hardware, and won't support any firmware updates either.
     
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    I was just jesting, in part because there's the screen and case that hold it together...:cool:
     
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    Hardware uses firmware, most of the time, as program code to initialize data it uses and needs.

    For example, Video BIOS, firmware for video cards, carries details about memory, memory used, any features, buffering, etc.

    Basically everything on the display is measured by the card's firmware.
     
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