Innovations in embedded design are the result of the growing demand by customers for state-of-the-art services. These services may be vehicle infotainment, medical uses, in home control systems, and other applications. These systems continue to utilize greater amounts of graphic-intensive content, resulting in more sophisticated interfaces with additional functionality and system complexity. Competing system requirements such as instant boot, fast real time performance, long-term support, high reliability, and reduced costs are pushing designers to utilize the latest innovations to create the desired system solutions. This paper explores how today’s technology is enabling high performance, reliable and cost effective solutions.