APIs, Apps and Software Definitions

  • E

    embedded operating system

    An embedded operating system is a specialized OS for use in the computers built into larger systems. An embedded system is a computer that is part of a different kind of machine. Examples include computers in cars, traffic lights, digital televisions, ATMs, airplane controls, point of sale (POS) terminals, digital cameras, GPS navigation systems, elevators, digital media receivers and smart meters, among many other possibilities. 

  • embedded software

    Hardware makers use embedded software to control the functions of various hardware devices and systems. Embedded software controls device functions in the same way that a computer’s operating system controls the function of software applications.

  • embedded systems programming

    Embedded systems programming is the programming of an embedded system in some device using the permitted programming interfaces provided by that system.

  • I

    IFTTT (If This Then That)

    IFTTT is an online service that automates Web-based tasks so that if one specified event occurs, another is triggered. IFTTT stands for "If This Then That" and the acronym is pronounced to rhyme with "gift."

  • IoT middleware (Internet of Things middleware)

    Internet of Things (IoT) middleware is software that serves as an interface between components of the IoT, joining elements that would not otherwise be able to connect and communicate.

  • M

    microcontroller

    A microcontroller is a compact integrated circuit designed to govern a specific operation in an embedded system.

  • P

    pervasive computing (ubiquitous computing)

    Pervasive computing (ubiquitous computing) is the growing trend of embedding computational capability into everyday objects to enable them to communicate and perform useful tasks.

  • R

    RIOT operating system

    RIOT operating system is an open source operating system specialized for IoT (internet of things) devices.

  • S

    smart home or building

    A smart home or building is a home or building, usually a new one, that is equipped with special structured wiring to enable occupants to remotely control or program an array of automated home electronic devices by entering a single command.

  • switch-on-a-chip (SOC)

    A switch-on-a-chip (SOC) is a network - typically a storage network - switch (a device that channels incoming data flow from any of multiple input ports to the output port appropriate for its destination) that is built into a single microchip (integrated circuit).

  • W

    Windows Embedded

    Windows Embedded is Microsoft’s embedded operating systems  product group. Examples of embedded systems include computers in cars, traffic lights, digital televisions, ATMs, airplane controls, point of sale (POS) terminals, digital cameras, GPS navigation systems, elevators, digital media receivers and smart meters, among many other possibilities.

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