Archive For 2007

83 articles

Drive by Ethernet?

By Paul Parkinson I read last week that BMW has been researching the use of the Internet Protocol (IP) over standard Ethernet (Cisco) to network automotive controllers ('BMW brings Internet protocol under the hood', EETimes). The motivation for the research is that at present, a number of different networking technologies (including CAN, LIN, MOST and FlexRay) are used in automotive…

The Check is in the Mail, Do No Evil and Other Matters of Trust

By Jason Whitmire All will agree that mobile Linux suffers from fragmentation today, and that fragmentation •    creates significant challenges to Linux adoption in mobile phones (lack of interoperability et. al.)  •    presents barriers to innovation •    increases the carrier cost to Linux terminal deployment. For Linux to succeed in the mobile market, we need to minimize…

Open Interfaces Needed

By Doug Gaff Customers demand choice, choice drives competition, and competition drives innovation and lowered cost.   That's a Free Market Economy, right? Well, no economic or political system is completely pure. Take my iPod for example. iPod's are small, pretty, and surprisingly reliable from a software perspective. But once you buy one, you're locked into "accessory monopoly." Not an Apple…

Military Aerospace & Electronics Show

By Paul Parkinson Yesterday, I attended the UK's Military Aerospace & Electronics technical conference and exhibition, which was held at the Heritage Motor Centre. The technical conference was split into three technical tracks, which were broadly related to avionics, land systems and technologies; and as is sometimes the case at these conferences I found that I wanted to attend some…

EclipseCon 08 – Huge Number of Submissions

By Doug Gaff Wow!  True to form, we had a big spike in submissions yesterday to beat the submission deadline. Many thanks to the community for the intense interest and support of EclipseCon!  We are currently over-allocated at 144%, and the actual breakdown is even more challenging: Continue Reading ››

EclipseCon 08 – Submission Deadline is Looming

By Doug Gaff The EclipseCon 08 call for submissions comes to an end on Monday. As your Technical Program Chair for next year's conference, I've been busy behind the scenes with keynotes, categories, processes, and our program committee.  I'm coming up for air to give you a quick reminder to get those last-minute submissions in! There are over 200 submissions…

Vulcan Returns to the Skies

By Paul Parkinson I've been trying to keep track of aerospace news recently by using using various Google Alerts and subscribing to news feeds, but one story I nearly missed during the build up to the the Dubai Air Show the story 'Vulcan bomber returns to the sky' (BBC News). This relates to a team of enthusiasts at Vulcan to…

OHA, Android and Eclipse

By Doug Gaff It's been amusing following the fervent speculation around the gPhone, especially the collective sigh of letdown heard 'round the blogosphere when Google announced the Open Handset Alliance and said in a video, "there's no such thing as a single gPhone... we're enabling an entire industry to create thousands of gPhones." Apparently the gadget-hungry among us just wanted…

Open Handset Alliance and LiMo – Why both initiatives are here to stay

By Jason Whitmire It's easy to take the fragmentation of the mobile phone industry for granted. With over 40 different proprietary and Open Source Middleware and Application Frameworks addressing Ultra Low Cost, Entry, Feature and Smart Phone market segments, software costs have exploded and are expected to hit some 25% of the entire Bill of Materials on a mobile phone…

Eclipse Summit Europe Day One: Device Software Symposium

By Doug Gaff Day one at ESE brought the symposiums, and thanks to a flurry of last-minute position papers, the Systems Engineering in Device Software Development symposium got off to a good start. We has 12 attendees from a variety of eclipse backgrounds, including OSGi for embedded, CDT, eRCP, DD, simulation, automotive, mobile Java runtimes, and commercial embedded tooling. Certainly…