By Paul Tingey
Many years ago, at a previous company, I spent my days writing
assembler code for the 68302 processor and watched enviously as other
(more fortunate) engineers wrote "modern" C++ applications for
Pentium-II desktop PCs. In the canteen at lunchtime, no-one wanted to
listen to my witty anecdotes about humorous 68K register names. At a
technology level, embedded systems just weren’t "cool".
However, times are changing. Desktop PCs may now offer dual core
processors but, in reality, todays technology revolution is driven by a
telecoms infrastructure that enables rich applications based on VoIP,
Multimedia services and mobile communications. On the back of this
revolution, the technology inside telecoms infrastructure equipment is
getting pretty cool.