Archive For October, 2006

44 articles

POSIX Profiles

By Alex Wilson Well, as work caught up with me I missed the Lisbon experience, but apparently it was raining there anyway - so it was just like home! As I mentioned profiles in my last blog, I thought I would expand on these based on Andrew Josey's presentation [PDF from Open Group Site] to see what they look like…

Four Commercials

By Dinker Charak Four commercials running across India caught my attention. The first one is a TV commercial which shows a couple of tennis players playing over the rooftops and jumping off the building during play. It ends with a person inside one of the buildings managing to catch an excellent return with a digital camera. A voice-over describes the…

Software Core Values

By Maarten Koning What core values do you use when you design software?  For VxWorks, we defined the core values to be small footprint, scalable and modular functionality, high performance, low latency and determinism, and reliability.  Enumerating the core values for software is pretty useful – it allows you to evaluate designs or technology at a high level to see…

Is standards based telecom equipment coming of age?

By Paul Tingey At the beginning of each day I try to spend a little time reading press releases and news items from the various industry sectors I take an interest in. As I read I often find individual items which catch my eye and make me explore a little deeper but, over the last few days, something else became…

Linux in Aerospace and Defense

By Paul Parkinson 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…

Microsoft versus Linux in Automotive Industry

By John Bruggeman Thanks to everyone for the feedback on my last blog “Linux and Automotive: Reaching a Tipping Point.” I’m really interested in this topic and all of the response I got inspired me to dive in a little deeper. Over the past several months, I’ve talked to a lot of people in the automotive industry. I asked them…

Rad Chips

By Mike Deliman In a recent EEtimes Article (requires login) NASA has begun looking for a suitable processor for continued manned space exploration.  Current space robots (MRO, etc) run BAEsystem's Rad750, based on PowerPC 750, and descended from AFRL's Rad6000 design.  The Rad6000 was the first 32-bit computer hardened for space use.  In the world of computers, these aren't huge…

Mapping Out The Future with TARDIS

By Paul Parkinson 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…

Quality vs. Customer Support

By Bulent Kasman "What is the single most important thing your manufacturer can do to make you completely happy with their service?"(IMV ServiceTrak Survey 2005) This was the question that caught my attention at a presentation I attended recently. Apparently the question is multiple-choice, with one answer allowed. Actually, the PDF form of the executive summary seems to be available…

One Thousand Days

By Mike Deliman This afternoon, Spirit Rover will start it's 999th Sol (Martian Day) on Mars.  Tomorrow will be Sol 1K. Next month, on the 14th/15th of November, Opportunity's calendar will hit the same milestone.  A Thousand Days on-planet. Congratulations to all the teams who crafted, constructed, controlled, and cajoled the rovers from conception to the current-day. Well Done! Continue…