Updates to our VxWorks MILS platform, including a new High Assurance Network Stack

This week we announced the latest update to our VxWorks MILS Platform, (for Multiple Independent Levels of Security) which includes a new High Assurance Network Stack (HANS) and guest OS support for Wind River Linux. In a previous post I discussed the growing importance of security in embedded systems. However, in so-called high assurance environments used by military and government…

VxWorks in Education: University of São Paulo, Brazil – Part 1

Wind River regularly contributes to education programs across the globe. One of these institutions is University of São Paulo in Brazil. They are doing some amazing things with VxWorks and Wind River products play a big role in research and education in their engineering program. In this post and the next, is an interview with Professor Glauco Caurin who teaches in robotics, mechatronics and mechanical engineering USP's São Carlos Engineering School:

Security is getting more critical every day in embedded software

A typical security discussion is usually about hackers getting into corporate IT systems or viruses on home desktops. Embedded systems have not always been the target for malicious attacks but times have changed. Embedded devices are more sophisticated and interconnected and in many cases connected to the Internet. This interconnection and Internet awareness has great benefits for expanding the ubiquity…

What else is new in Tilcon Graphics Suite version 5.8?

Although adding OpenGL 3D support was an important part of the recent Tilcon 5.8 update, there's other things to talk about in the new release. It adds other new capabilities such as increased hardware, driver and target OS support, and image rotation capabilities.This is also the first release of the Tilcon Graphics Suite to include source code for customers wanting to tune the Tilcon GUI engine configuration and build.

Tilcon in 3D

The need for 3D graphics is growing in embedded devices because User Interfaces (UI) are becoming more and more sophisticated. For medical devices this may mean 3D images of internal organs, joints, etc. For industrial devices it might mean 3D data representation, maps, or orthographic displays. For aerospace and defense, Heads Up Displays (HUD), radar and other display types do or will leverage 3D graphics. For consumer devices 3D graphics are already used for mobile gaming.

Multicore: Simplify by understanding key use cases

Wind River's CTO, Tomas Evensen gave a keynote today at the Multicore Expo in San Jose, California today entitled "Surviving the Software Avalanche: Simplifying Multicore". There certainly has been much discussion of multicore by many people (myself included) over the years but we are getting to a point now that we are seeing multicore use cases coalescing in the marketplace. I think a lot of us learn better by example and when we case multicore in a real customer use case, we see the benefit and value much more.

VxWorks: helping clean up radioactive waste

Our customer, Groupe INTRA (Intervention Robotique sur Accident) in France has developed robotic vehicles for the remote analysis and clean up of radioactive sites. Groupe INTRA is chartered to respond to a nuclear accident within 24hrs for its member organizations. This is a very cool and interesting application of robotics and real-time control to protect operators from deadly radiation. First…

VxWorks helping to bring LTE Down Under

Our customer, Huawei, recently announced they have been chosen to deploy Australia's first LTE network. This is great news because Huawei's LTE base stations are built using VxWorks - the VxWorks Platform for Networking Equipment to be exact. It's also great news because we are starting to see the fruits of our customers' efforts come to reality and it stands…