Embedded software is designed for multiple uses, dependent on the need. This type of software is not computer specific, but rather, it is an addition to computer programs. Examples of embedded software include a virus that causes pop-ups or the basic programming that NASA uses to trigger events after a countdown. The systems that use embedded software can be either basic or DOS based. They can be used with the best of today’s technology.
The importance of embedded software has increased with the advancement in technology. The software can run off different types of processing systems, like LynxOS and Windows CE. This is an important feature, as this can be the difference between a closed-source interface and an open-source interface.
The construction behind embedded software is basic and it essentially runs parasitically through another program in order to operate. That is why viruses are so successful. They are corrupt embedded software programs that have been maliciously changed in order to cause harm to the programs that they attach to.
Embedded software is truly the function behind the actual software. When a computer boots and is running its anti-corruption codes, or its kernel protocol, it is the embedded software that is continuing the background process while the primary processor warms up the functions of the operating system in preparation of use.
It might help you to think of embedded software as being similar to the computer cookies that activate when a website tracks your preferences. Spyware, Malware, and trackers are all considered embedded software. However, missile trackers, sonar splices, and constant surveillance with machinery also require project-specific embedded software. This type of software was developed to help propel processes during a computer interaction but with undetected pull on the operating system. It was intended to be an invisible help aid.
Whether embedded software is malicious or useful to your computer depends on the programmer’s intent.