IEC 62304, EN 62304…Confused?

 By Nikhil Chauhan The requirements of IEC 62304 and EN 62304 are identical.  Both, IEC 62304 and EN 62304, share the same genealogy and are well recognized software life cycle standards. The only difference is that they are promoted by two different standardization bodies. IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and CENELEC adopted the same standard concurrently. IEC 62304 is a worldwide…

Taiwan’s technical prowess

Taiwan's high tech industry is dominant in PC-IT, Broadband CPE products like Wireless AP Routers, DSL/Cable modems, Portable Media Players, Low End Routers, Switches, Smart Phone and IP-STB/IPTVs. Some of the reasons for this prowess are explained here.Ever wondered just how big some of these Taiwan and APAC based OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers), ODM (Original Design Manufacturers) and EMS (Electronic…

Meet Wind River at CES

ABI Research recently stated here that connected home devices are the “Next Big Thing” in the consumer electronics industry with a global market value growing by a compound average of 23% annually over the next five years to more than $10 billion in 2014. This correlates with Broadband Forum's claim in their recent whitepaper, where they acknowledge that the global…

M2M, the buzzword

The one I am referring to is an abbreviation of Machine to Machine.It's simply a communication mechanism between machines or devices. The communication is done with minimal or no human intervention, hence the term machine. If interested, Wikipedia has a much more elaborate definition here.M2M is getting a lot of traction within the connected device community because it touches many…

G.hn, does it get the crown for in-home networking?

The new buzzword in wired networking is G.hn, pronounced as "G dot hn". I know, it does add another word to the alphabet soup of technologies, but I do think that it solves a fundamental lingering problem.Our homes have various types of wiring available today; these constitute power, cable, phone, etc. The problem is that all of these satisfy their…

Wi-Fi Direct permeating Personal Area Networking

Did you hear it?Wi-Fi Alliance launches a specification called Wi-Fi Direct that allows WLAN (Wireless LAN) devices to connect directly without an Access Point in between. Well, well, this appears to be a war of worlds between the WLAN and Bluetooth camps because this surely will fit the use cases of Bluetooth users. Does this also mean the end of…

Device convergence

Comcast is all set to launch their HomePoint service. The service converges VoIP handset and router functionality. The devices that come with the service are a base unit that functions as a cable modem and wireless router, and a portable handset that you can connect to additional handsets. Vonage recently launched their Vonage Mobile service, which is a free download…

Talk between devices

Ever wondered what it would be like without access to ever increasing means of connection? Thanks to social networking sites that I am now in touch with my friends who used to exchange bicycles while riding to my fifth grade class. In the past decade or so, we have come a long way. The social norms have been re-defined with…