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Readers of Virtualization Journal know that virtualization provides enormous benefits to makers and users of computing platforms ranging from desktops, to servers, and even supercomputers. The reasons for this are now obvious; cost savings through server consolidation, reduced administrative costs, and greater flexibility. Less obvious may be the degree to which virtualization can benefit deeply embedded applications such as cell phones, networking equipment, and point of sales terminals.    While there are similarities in some of the value propositions involved, there are also substantial differences due to the more challenging timing and resource budgets of embedded devices. Real-time processing in embedded applications puts a premium on low latency, highly deterministic approaches to hypervisor design, while the available volatile and non-volatile memory is small... (more)