"Embedding the PC"

Many of today's embedded systems rely on sophisticated software running on an 80486 or Pentium processor. Even when simpler microcontrollers can do the job, PC-compatible computers are often chosen because they can implement features which make a product stand out in the marketplace. In addition, choosing a 486 or Pentium platform accelerates software development and shortens time-to-market by letting designers take advantage of the enormous software development resources which are available for the world's "mainstream" computer architecture.

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