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Title: The Truths and Myths of Embedded Computing

Shekhar Borkar

Intel Fellow at Intel Labs and Director of Microprocessor Technology Lab


Computers have become ubiquitous, from powerful data centers housing supercomputing clusters to tiny microcontrollers in your toothbrush. However, the embedded computing discipline does not get its fair share of attention. In this talk we will define the scope of embedded computing, compare it to general purpose computing with appropriate metrics, challenge the myths that float around and uncover the truths. We will discuss challenges in architecture, design, and test of future embedded computers, which will become even more ubiquitous by becoming part of the general purpose computers.

Biographical sketch

Shekhar Y. Borkar is an Intel Fellow, Intel Labs and Director of Microprocessor Technology Lab. Borkar is responsible for directing research in technologies for Intel's future microprocessors.

Borkar joined Intel in 1981. He worked on the design of the 8051 family of microcontrollers, iWarp multicomputer and high-speed signaling technology for Intel supercomputers. Borkar is an adjunct member of the faculty of the Oregon Graduate Institute. He has published over 60 articles and holds 41 patents.

Borkar was born in Mumbai, India. He received a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, and a master's and a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Bombay in 1979.

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