Embedded systems are at the heart of the digital and societal revolution of the 21st century. Their design presents several challenges as they are often characterized by a limited available electrical energy, difficulty modifying the system once deployed, and a strong dependency on hardware through sensors or specialized computing units. Thus, this in-depth theme aims to train our engineers to effectively develop and implement embedded and heterogeneous systems.
Through this major, students will have the opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical skills implementing hardware (VHDL, FPGA, analog), integrating hardware and software elements within the same system, developing low-level software (drivers, operating system) and in parallel computing (GPU, DSP, distributed systems). These skills can be applied in several fields such as robotics, automation, cyber-physical systems, digital communications, the Internet of things, or remote sensing. The dual competence in software and hardware, integral to embedded systems, is highly sought after by companies.
Opportunities and possible careers
IMT Atlantique engineers who study this theme will be at the heart of digital professions, capable of selecting, designing and building the complex hardware and software systems essential to the digital transition.
This theme will open doors to a variety of job opportunities:
- R&D engineer
- integration engineer
- test and validation engineer
- pre-sales engineer
- technical business engineer
- design and development engineer
- standards engineer
- patent engineer
- project manager
The embedded systems industry is present in all sectors of the economy. The companies targeted by this theme all have specialized algorithm implementation needs. This includes SMEs, large groups and administrations in the following sectors:
- consumer electronics
- transport (automotive, rail, aeronautics, aerospace)
- telecom and IoT
- robotics industry
- home automation
- cyber security