what ıs an embedded computer?

Before starting to explain the Embedded Computers, it is crucial to know the Embedded Systems and what is the real life application of the Embedded Systems. An embedded system is a hardware and software system based on a microprocessor or microcontroller that performs specific functions within a broader mechanical or electrical system. The continuous development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), machine learning, deep learning, and the Internet of Things is predicted to propel the embedded systems sector forward . Reduced energy usage, greater security for embedded devices, cloud connectivity and mesh networking, deep learning applications, and visualization tools with real-time data will all benefit from the cognitive embedded system. For more information regarding the working process of the Embedded Systems, you can visit our “How do Embedded Systems Work?” article.

In the 21st century, almost everything we use in our daily lives use embedded computers. From a simple calculator to the latest car models. Embedded computers may be defined as a computer that performs a certain purpose and is physically integrated into a larger system. They exist in an unlimited variety of forms and sizes, allowing you to utilize them for everything from monitoring and regulating automation lines to managing bus security cameras for public transit. Engineers may also optimize specialized setups for lower hardware needs and configurable software. Embedded computers are getting smarter and more advanced as technology improves. They play a crucial role in developing IoT and increasing connectivity between humans and machines.

An embedded computer consists of hardware and software to perform a specific task. Every device has a different embedded computer because of its software and is part of a larger electronic and mechanical system. Therefore, general-purpose laptops and CPUs are not considered embedded computers. Traditional computers are designed to run multiple software at the same time. Other components can be added and replaced on the motherboard as well, as opposed to the embedded computers where everything is mounted on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Embedded computers designed as System on Chip (SoC) to be able to reduce the form factor and the power consumption. Since they are required to work on only a specific task, it is not necessary to use socket CPU.    

How Does an Embedded Computer Work? 

The embedded computers must receive the data electronically from an input such as a sensor or an interactive device. This information is processed using the microprocessor inside the computer.

Finally, depending on the purpose of the embedded computer, the response is given as the output. The output can be a mechanical device such as an actuator, or an electronic device like an LED. For example, in an anti-lock system, the embedded computer gets alert if sudden changes in the acceleration occur through the speed sensor. Then, it prevents the brakes to lock suddenly by controlling the speed of deceleration using the hydraulic control unit. 

Characteristics Of Embedded Computers 


Every embedded computer share characteristic that makes them an advantageous option.

Small form factor allows the components of an embedded computer to be simpler, and allow them to be used in extended applications.

Passive cooling through air convention provides a silent operation, a wide temperature range, and longer service. Forecr’s fanless embedded computers allow high-performance applications to run efficiently for long hours without getting affected by the temperature.

Rugged design features enable the embedded computer to adapt to the environment without decreasing performance. Long durability is crucial in military and health applications where the computer runs highly critical applications. Embedded computers also must be resistant to dust, shock, vibration, and temperature.

Low power consumption prevents the embedded computer to generate less heat during long hours of working. This also makes the computer without a fan cool down and the need for detachable components. All these, in conclusion, reduces the cost as well.

Internet of Things (IoT) significantly increases the usage areas of embedded computers by connecting and transforming the data along with the devices. Companies that use artificial intelligence and machine learning in their applications encounter the productivity and high precision of embedded computers. 


Types of THE Embedded  Computers 

The Industrial Box PC 

Rugged industrial box PCs come with a protective case to make the computer adapt to every industrial environment. The fanless design of the Industrial Box PCs enables them to run high-performance programs for long durations. Industrial Box PCs are reliable, dust-proof, and humidity-resistant to make it easy to install outdoors.

DSBOX-N2 is a compact and cost-effective Box PC with NVIDIA® Jetson™ Nano™ embedded system which provides a high-quality user experience for machine learning applications. With a variety of connectivity options, it can quickly link different networks, industrial lines, and sensors. Customers benefit from high throughput thanks to custom-designed hardware. You may transmit orders to cobots, actuators, and LEDs once machine learning algorithms have processed signals, sensor data, and streams. In addition, the DSBOX-N2 maintains its coolness even when the CPU and GPU are overloaded.

With the NVIDIA® Jetson ™ Xavier ™ NX embedded system, the DSBOX-NX2 delivers supercomputer-level performance for edge Machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. It has a wide range of connectivity options, is intended for industrial automation, and can run for long periods with high CPU and GPU use without overheating. With its many mechanical mounting options, it may be utilized on a desk, mounted on a wall, or mounted on a conventional rail. The DSBOX-NX2 provides the highest possible throughput.  

For IIOT and video processing applications, the DSBOX-TX2NX is an edge AI Box PC with NVIDIA® Jetson ™ TX2 NX ™ embedded system. It can deploy simultaneous video processing applications with remarkable AI performance. It features an outstanding power architecture that allows it to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week for weeks and months without experiencing any issues. 

Rugged Military Box PC 

Military box PCs are designed to use in harsh military conditions, and extreme temperatures.

MILBOX-XV is a robust supercomputer-level military computer with a wide range of industrial connectivity choices, including both regular high-speed ports and a wide range of IO options for maximizing throughput. With its broad industrial connection options, MILBOX-XV, NVIDIA® Jetson ™ AGX Xavier ™ embedded system, enabling users to access all systems. It allows you to join field bus communication networks multi-protocol serial ports, particularly the vehicle information networks of military land vehicles, in addition to normal communication interfaces. 

Mobile Embedded 


Mobile embedded computers are used to integrate to smaller devices such as mobile phones and digital cameras due to their low compact size. They have a very low capacity of memory and resource, therefore used only for small range of areas.  

Network Embedded Computers  

Network embedded computers perform the task by connecting to either local or wide areas of the network. The most common applications are used in security systems where every device is connected using the network.  

Real-Time Embedded Computers  

In critical conditions, the computer must react immediately or in a very short time. Aerospace navigation, automotive cars use high-quality real-time embedded computers to minimize errors to prevent life-threatening accidents.  

Do you know how many different applications embedded computers can serve? Our article "Industrial Usage of Embedded Systems" contains the most recent information on the application of embedded computers and systems.