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Choosing the correct hardware for embedded GUI apps

When building an embedded system there are many choices you will face when deciding the correct hardware and software combinations to best get your product to market. Hardware capabilities, performance, power requirements, memory types, OS implications, packaging options, platform scalability and interoperability are just some of the considerations you will have to work through in the early stages. Most of these decisions can be answered with research, testing, and peer discussion. When it comes to your GUI application however, Crank Software are committed to ensuring that it is created using all the best practice principles their customers have learnt along the way.

Hardware platform for embedded GUI applications

In the downloadable Best Practices Using Storyboard guide, the goal is to ensure your Storyboard application is created from the onset with these best practices in mind, and optimised for the hardware platform you’ve chosen. As a platform-agnostic framework, Storyboard can be used to build applications on a wide range of hardware platforms, and as such, your decision to use Storyboard should not influence which hardware you finally select.

Nevertheless, it’s critical that you understand the changing landscape of the MCU and MPU market, their capabilities and OS implications. For that reason, Crank Software decided to document these considerations for their customers and friends in our latest whitepaper, in which you’ll learn the questions you need to consider when assessing your embedded UI potential against your desired user experience.

The top 3 things to consider for optimal embedded GUI hardware selection

Embedded systems designers typically have three areas of consideration they must break down and understand when trying to decide which hardware platform suits their embedded GUI requirements: They include:

  • Is the platform powerful enough to run the GUI?
  • Does the system have the memory it needs?
  • What will be the inevitable overall storage requirements?

Once you have satisfactory answers, you’ll be in a better position to ensure you select the most suitable hardware. You’ll also feel confident in reassuring other team members that the platform selected is capable of achieving your end goal: a brilliant user experience on your embedded device.

This whitepaper is the first of a series helping users develop killer applications using Crank Software’s Storyboard Development Suite.

Volume 2: How to Improve Embedded GUI Development Efficiency Using a Collaborative Workflow