Hackers, Crackers, and Pirates: How to Protect Embedded Devices in the Internet of Things

Hackers, Crackers, and Pirates: How to Protect Embedded Devices in the Internet of Things

By Daniela Previtali/Wibu-Systems and Emeka Nwafor & Michael Weinstein/Wind River As devices and technologies continue to evolve and become more intertwined and connected, the embedded market is experiencing a rebirth. The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming production facilities into smart factories, energy transmission and distribution systems into smart grids, and homes and offices into smart buildings. This shift, in turn,…
Simulink Processor-in-the-Loop with Simics-in-the-Loop

Simulink Processor-in-the-Loop with Simics-in-the-Loop

By Jakob Engblom There are many ways to use simulation in model-based design (MBD) of control systems. In a typical MBD workflow, it is common to model a controller (essentially the electronic “brain” of the system) along with the plant it is designed to control ("plant" is the common term for a model of the physical system and its environment).…
Break Out and Stay Out with Open Source

Break Out and Stay Out with Open Source

By Andreea Volosincu Let’s talk about the issues around proprietary software and closed ecosystems. Using them keeps your embedded devices enclosed. However, some may come to think there is no better option out there, especially when they’ve seen  how other people have tried to break the proprietary bond but failed. Yes, looking at you Munich! Meanwhile the world continues to innovate…
Wanted: Virtual Switching without Compromise

Wanted: Virtual Switching without Compromise

By Charlie Ashton At the recent Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, there was lots of discussion about the tradeoffs associated with various approaches to virtual switching. In this post, we’ll outline the pros and cons of the most common solutions and show that it’s possible to meet aggressive performance targets without compromising on critical system-level features. Virtual switching is…
Continuous Integration + Internet of Things = Continuous Deployment

Continuous Integration + Internet of Things = Continuous Deployment

By Eva Skoglund I have a hunch – Continuous deployment will be the next important change for the embedded industry. Think about it, continuous integration work methods meet device Internet connectivity, what do you get? Continuous deployment of new services and capabilities directly into the live networks and devices connected to the network. Continuous deployment is already in use in…
What’s the Real Cost of Network Downtime?

What’s the Real Cost of Network Downtime?

By Charlie Ashton When networks go down, even for a brief moment, thousands of dollars are in jeopardy. Can service providers afford sacrificing carrier-grade reliability and risk facing downtime? I've been examining the technical requirements for carrier-grade reliability in telecom networks quite a bit in recent weeks. One recent blog post discussed the differences between "high availability" and "carrier grade," while a subsequent…
The Green Trend in the Aerospace and Defense Market

The Green Trend in the Aerospace and Defense Market

By Alex Wilson There has always been some controversy about whether the current global weather conditions are caused by man or are just a natural cycle taking its course.  But, whichever side you take, it’s difficult to deny that it is a good thing in any industry to look at efficiencies you can make in term s of the impact…

To the Moon! And Mars, and Asteroids, and Stars…

By Mike Deliman About 20 years ago the VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) hitched its first ride into space on a NASA probe, as part of one of the avionics packages – a star scanner – that was used to help keep Clementine on course. Since then VxWorks has been in many space-bound projects, returning to the Moon, beyond to Mars,…