Embedded systems are designed to handle specific purposes while regular personal computers(PCs) have several functions. For this reason, there are some physical differences between the two. One is that an embedded system has a small form factor, making it an ideal choice for an area with space constraints. An embedded system can perform its function without the need for an operator to physically access it, which means that they are easy to house, particularly in harsh settings. Another variation is that embedded computer systems don’t require hardware changes or additional storage.
The same physical differences that embedded computer systems have over regular PCs make their installation very simple, in addition to offering various mounting options. With a compact housing, the system can be mounted on a panel or any other structure to keep it away from hazardous conditions such as those present in industrial settings. Embedded systems have very low hardware needs; and so, there are fewer features to consider during installations, making the process uncomplicated.
With advances in technology, most embedded computer systems operate without fans while still producing effective cooling in the system. Industrial machines use passive cooling techniques to disperse heat from the internal components. These systems are also tightly sealed to prevent exposure to harsh elements such as extreme temperatures. Going fanless means that there is enough space for internal components, and the noise levels are reduced.
Embedded systems are engineered to operate throughout without interruption, requiring the construction to be sturdy enough to handle the intended roles. With its industrial build, the machine lasts a long time without needing repairs. The maintenance required to keep an embedded system running is minimal, and that saves costs. With computers performing their individual tasks, there is no need for excess capacity, and that means that internal components have a long life span, which negates the need to get replacements after every few months.
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