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We propose an embedded architecture aimed for the applications of rule-based reasoning systems with real-time restrictions. Such systems are utilized mainly for monitoring, on-line diagnostics and control applications, particularly in the domains of process control, automotive industry, medical applications and other critical systems. The proposed architecture utilizes programmable hardware for acceleration of the actual reasoning process, thus unloading the main processor from the task and releasing its resources for other critical tasks which are bound with the real-time system control. The experimental results show that the architecture is suitable for aimed application area and capable of holding rule-based systems of appropriate sizes.