Choosing the Right Hardware for Your Embedded Software

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If you’re looking to bring a new connected product to market, the chances are you’ve already thought about the importance of software.

Not only is software becoming more complex than ever with the rise of the ‘smart’ product, (let’s not even get into security, integration, and customizability) but end-users want intuitive GUI and Apps that add more embedded software skillsets needed.

But have you thought about the part Hardware has to play in your embedded system?

In this article, we will outline our top four tips to ensure you choose the right Hardware for your embedded software.

1. Software teams need to take the reins in decision-making when it comes to Hardware.

Traditionally, hardware decisions were the domain of hardware engineers and procurement specialists. However, we’re seeing that software teams are now playing a more pivotal role in choosing the computing technology.

This shift is driven by the need to align hardware capabilities with software performance needs.

A software team can also think about the product roadmap and ensure that your investment in hardware matches your product’s plans for Scalability and Future Proofing. As new features or updates are introduced you need to choose hardware that supports these requirements minimizing the need for costly hardware upgrades or replacements.

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2. Does your hardware provider offer Software Support?

This might seem stupid – why would a hardware provider offer software support? – but it could become a make-or-break factor in the future.

If your hardware provider does not have any integration accelerating capabilities, or official software partners who are experts with their hardware, it could mean a longer go-to-market and development time for your team.

Once your product is in the market, knowing that you have access to extended software support will also help you ensure product longevity, reduce the risk of software obsolescence, and enable your team to focus on innovation rather than constant updates and hardware migrations.

3. Hardware needs to meet Software Functionality requirements

In the past, it was the other way around. But now the hardware chosen for your embedded software must be capable of meeting the specific requirements of the software functionality. This involves considering factors such as processing power, memory, connectivity options, power consumption, and environmental considerations.

Failure to align the hardware with the software’s demands can lead to suboptimal performance, compatibility issues, and limitations in product features.


4. Pick a Software Provider with a hardware mindset

If you need to outsource your embedded development, application development, product connectivity requirements or more, make sure to pick a software provider with a hardware mindset.

What we mean by this is to partner with an embedded software company with proven ties with silicon providers and understands the restraints of your device’s hardware and software needs. If they have proven experience with your project scope – even better!

If you can, go with a company that offers consulting in hardware selection and is used to working closely with OEMs to understand their software requirements, industry-specific challenges, and long-term goals.

And here comes the plug… 😊

From the initial stages of hardware evaluation and selection, Witekio’s engineers provide valuable insights and hardware recommendations, considering factors such as software compatibility, long-term support, and scalability. By leveraging our deep knowledge of full-stack embedded systems, we can assist you in making informed decisions that align hardware capabilities with software needs.

Moreover, our expertise extends beyond hardware selection. We offer end-to-end support throughout the product development lifecycle, including software development, integration, testing, and deployment. This holistic approach ensures seamless synergy between software and hardware, mitigating risks and accelerating time-to-market.

Our top takeaways, condensed.

In the realm of embedded software, the significance of choosing the right hardware cannot be overstated.

OEMs must recognize the evolving landscape where software teams are increasingly influential in hardware decisions. By prioritizing extended software support, ensuring alignment with software functionality requirements, and leveraging the expertise of embedded software specialists like Witekio, OEMs can optimize their product development processes, enhance performance, and stay ahead in a competitive market.

Georgie Ryan Casling - Content Manager
07 July 2023