In many engineering descriptions I come across this term:

"Hardware/Software integration" or "Hardware/Software integration testing"

I came across couple of articles but they even made me more confused.

Can you give one or two examples which depicts a scenario for "Hardware/Software integration"?

If someone would ask me I would say "writing a piece of software or GUI which controls electronics". But I am not sure whether that would a correct example. Is there any typical example?


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Example 1: Hardware Integration

Some organization have Electrical Hardware building blocks that have been pre-designed, tested and validated. These building blocks could be for step-down regulator circuits, microcontroller controller circuits, audio processing circuits, video processing circuits, AM/FM RF circuits, BLE circuits, etc. In order to design a product electrical hardware engineers would select the appropriate electrical hardware building blocks and integrated them to create an electrical hardware product.

Example 2: Software Integration

Like the above some organization have software building blocks that have been pre-designed, tested and validated. These software building blocks are pre-designed, tested and validated. These software building blocks are designed to control and process data from electrical circuits similar to the above hardware building block list. A software integration engineer(s) would select the appropriate software building blocks to create a software design that would control the electrical hardware.

Most modern day electrical products require both Hardware and Software. Therefore, combining example 1 Hardware and example 2 software is considered hardware and software integration.

The purpose is to encourage re-use of proven building blocks to reduce product design time thus reduces time to market.

  • $\begingroup$ I updated the response. There are other variation, mostly in ASIC design space. But the concept is encourage re-use and reduce time to market. $\endgroup$ Nov 11, 2020 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ An example? Is my example in question correct? I need an example. $\endgroup$
    – pnatk
    Nov 11, 2020 at 0:01

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