Archive For October, 2006

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Linux in Aerospace and Defense

In a recent blog entry, John Bruggeman considered the role of Linux in Automotive applications. He discussed the blurring of the distinction between car infotainment systems and driver assist systems. This got me thinking about the adoption of Linux in the Aerospace & Defence market, in particular the potential use of Linux and safety-critical avionics and military vehicles, which I…

Mapping Out The Future with TARDIS

I've just read a interesting article - 'Mapping Out The Future With TARDIS' in the journal Jane's International Defence Review (Volume 39, November 2006, page 29 Upgrade Update). Despite the title, this isn't about The Tardis (wikipedia) time machine featured in the Doctor Who sci-fi television programme; but instead the Tornado Advanced Radar Display Information System developed by BAE Systems…

Is multi-core ready for safety-critical?

I recently attended the Military & Aerospace Electronics conference in the UK, at which a number of technical presentations were given on new technologies relevant to this sector, including an excellent one by Gordon Hunt of RTI on the Data Distribution Standard (which probably deserves a blog entry in its own right). However, the presentation which I want to comment…

The Ravenscar Profile

A few weeks ago, I took a few days leave to enjoy the end of the British summer and went hiking amongst the green hills and valleys of the North Yorkshire Moors. What's that got to do with Aerospace & Defence or device software? Well, apart from the early-warning radar at the RAF Fylingdales base (wikipedia), you might think not…

A380 delays

I was saddened to read in the news last week that EADS said that production of the Airbus A380 will be delayed a further year (Forbes). I've outlined some of my thoughts on some technical aspects of the A380 programme below, but I'd also recommend checking out John Bruggeman's recent blog for his insights into the business impact of this…