By David L. Feldman, ZF Micro SolutionsNov 20 2006 (0:30 AM), Embedded.com
During the past several years End-of-Life (EOL) notices for most legacy x86 processors have increased dramatically leaving many OEMs producing products for the embedded market with few choices other than significant system redesign. Often these OEMs are offered higher performance processors that are no longer viable in the desktop market.
These processors usually have higher power requirements and typically require a different and specific set of companion or support devices in order to create a fully functional system. In many cases the newer devices no longer support some of the legacy interfaces and peripherals needed by OEMs to maintain compatibility with the products they are attempting to keep in production.
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