Date Added: Jan 2010
In contrast to general-purpose computers, MicroControllers (MCUs) are often optimized for interrupt latency over instruction throughput, both reducing latency and making it predictable to support real-time control. Thus, MCUs are commonly used in time critical embedded applications, such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Recently, Intel Atom processors have gained considerable attention in the embedded space due to its advantages of low power and small form factor. Despite having relatively complex CISC architecture, Intel Atom processors are capable of handling real-time tasks within deterministic bounded time.