Introducing Performance Studio

What is Performance Studio? Is it: 1. Some kind of hair product 2. A new "clinic" for MLB players 3. Full name: : Wind River Linux Performance Studio for IntelĀ® Architecture; a new add-on product for Wind River Linux that helps you get the most performance out of your embedded Linux device software running on Intel hardware  If you correctly answered "3", give yourself…

It’s a Beautiful Day

I have been totally absorbed by the media coverage of the incredible rescue of the thirty-three Chilean miners that were trapped about a kilometer below the earth's surface for months. The images of jubilation as "Super Mario" and the other miners exited the pod will be imprinted in our minds forever. A real Feel Good Story. Many thanks to the…

Workbench and Jazz

Today I managed to carve out some quality hands-on time to play with Wind River Workbench integrated with Rational Team Concert - also known as Jazz. While playing with this development environment, I found myself wishing that "I had these types of development tools back when I was doing embedded development environment". If you are not familiar with Rational Team…

Kill Bugs: Volume 1

The Bride: [Japanese] I need Japanese steel. Hattori Hanzo: [Japanese] Why do you need Japanese steel? The Bride: [Japanese] I have vermin to kill. Hattori Hanzo: [English] You must have big rats if you need Hattori Hanzo's steel. The Bride: [English] ... Huge. (from Kill Bill: Vol. 1)I will probably need the help of a therapist to assist me in decoding why I think of…

Stark Bloggin’ Mad!

Wow!!! OK, so how is it that a few innocent tweets about the iPad gets me embroiled in a little Twitter / blogosphere skirmish with a colleague? Who would have thunk it? It's not just Schaefer, almost everyone seems to have formulated an opinion or a prediction about the future of mobile computing. Following last week's announcement of the Apple iPad there…

What exactly are you testing, and how?

"What exactly are you testing? How are you testing it?"I'm sure that these are amongst the questions that product, business, and technical managers across the embedded software industry have asked themselves on several occasions throughout their careers. I know I have.The importance of testing embedded software isn't new. In my "youth", I remember our VP of Product Development circulating a…

Simulation? Virtualization? What’s in a name?

Check out this great panel round-table conversation about Virtualization & Simulation featuring a great set of panelists from Virtutech, Freescale, Cadence, GreenSocs, and our own Wind River CTO. The discussion touches on a number of important topics, including: the differences between virtualization and simulation the level of abstractions in models and their importance in predicting a system's behavior methodologies driving…

2009 Autumnal Equinox

September 21st marks the last full day of the memorable summer of 2009, a summer that was memorable on several fronts - including personal and professional. My summer of 2009 includes memories of rainfalls of near biblical proportions, personal triumphs and losses, the passing of several social icons, and the evolution of the embedded software market.There is some small debate…

What’s the 4-1-1 on 3.1.1?

We have just announced that we are taking orders for Wind River Workbench On-Chip Debugging version 3.1.1. Here's some infomation (i.e. "the 4-1-1") on this release. Version 3.1.1 is a significant update to the software and firmware that powers our JTAG debugger units - the Wind River ICE 2 and the Wind River Probe. A couple of the highlights include…

When will my Smartphone be as smart as a fifth grader?

Mobile mania is upon us.In recent days, we've been introduced to the awesome looking Palm Pre. The Pre is Palm's attempt to share some of the spotlight with Apple's innovative and popular iPhone. Apple has had a big role to play in feeding the Mobile mania frenzy and it too was in the news this week. I have to acknowledge…