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What is an Embedded Processors?

An Embedded Processor is a microprocessor that is used in an embedded system. These processors are usually smaller, use a surface mount form factor and consume less power. Embedded processors can be divided into two categories: ordinary microprocessors and microcontrollers. Microcontrollers have more peripherals on the chip. In essence, an embedded processor is a CPU chip used in a system which is not a general-purpose workstation, laptop or desktop computer.

Types of Embedded Processors

There are many different kinds of programmable embedded processors and at Future Electronics we stock many of the most common types categorized by Clock Frequency, RAM size, Data Bus Width, packaging type, MMAC/MIPS/FLOPS and I/O Voltage. The parametric filters found on our website can help you refine your search results depending on the required specifications.

The most common sizes for RAM are 4 kB, 8 kB, 32 kB and 64 kB. We also carry embedded processors with RAM sizes up to 128 kB. Cache memory size can range from 32 B to 320 kB, with the most common sizes being 32 kB and 64 kB.

Embedded Processors from Future Electronics

Future Electronics has a full selection of embedded processors from several manufacturers, including embedded microprocessor chips and embedded microcontroller chips and even an FPGA embedded processor. Simply choose from the embedded processor technical attributes below and your search results will quickly be narrowed in order to match your specific embedded processor application needs.

If you have a preferred brand, we deal with several manufacturers such as Digi International, STMicroelectronics, XMOS Limited or Zilog. You can easily refine your embedded processor product search results by clicking your preferred embedded processor brand below from our list of manufacturers.

Applications for embedded processors:

Embedded processors can be found in portable devices like digital watches, PDAs, digital cameras, GPS units and MP3 players. They can also be found in larger systems such as traffic lights, systems controlling power plants and factory controllers. Telecommunications systems also use several embedded systems from telephone switches to mobile phones. Embedded processors are also used in consumer electronics including video game consoles, DVD players and printers. Several household appliances including microwave ovens, washing machines and dishwashers use embedded processors as well.

Choosing the Right Embedded Processor:

When you are looking for the right embedded processors, with the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, you can filter the results by various attributes: by Clock Frequency (16 Hz, 200 MHz, 266 MHz, 400 MHz,…), RAM size (512 B, 4 kB, 32kB, 64 kB,…), Data Bus Width (from 16 b to 32 b) and I/O Voltage (up to 5 V) to name a few. You will be able to find the right embedded processor for your system including embedded microprocessors, embedded microcontrollers and FPGA embedded processors using these filters.

Embedded Processors in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities

If the quantity of embedded processors required is less than a full reel, we offer customers many of our embedded processor products in tube, tray or individual quantities that will avoid unneeded surplus.

In addition, Future Electronics offers clients a unique bonded inventory program that is designed to eliminate potential problems that could arise from an unpredictable supply of products containing raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.




Embedded Processor by Primary Attributes:

By Clock Frequency-Max





By Data Bus Width





By I/O Voltage-Max


By RAM Size




By Cache Memory Size




Embedded Processor Products


Manufacturer Part Number Description
Digi International 20-101-0520 Microprocessors (MPU) Modules RCM3200 44.2MHz CPU 512K
STMicroelectronics SPEAR320-2 SPEAR320 Series 333 MHz 8 kB RAM ARM926 Core Embedded Microprocessor -LFBGA-289
XMOS LIMITED XS1-G04B-FB144-C4 Programmable Processor XS1-G4 144BGA

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