Archive For 2009

179 articles

Meet Wind River at CES

By Nikhil Chauhan ABI Research recently stated here that connected home devices are the “Next Big Thing” in the consumer electronics industry with a global market value growing by a compound average of 23% annually over the next five years to more than $10 billion in 2014. This correlates with Broadband Forum's claim in their recent whitepaper, where they acknowledge…

Integrated Hardware, Software and Lasagna

By Mark Hermeling The fact that almost everybody in North America is either packing for the holidays, or has already left gives me a chance to finally write about an exchange I had with a customer a while ago.We were discussing how the hardware side of embedded software development had changed over the past years. Where in 'the olden days',…

Case study: Ultra Datel Safety-Critical Avionics Upgrade Using COTS

By Paul Parkinson I recently had the privilege of working with one of our partners, LDRA, and one of our customers, Ultra Datel, on writing a case study of their experiences of a mid-life upgrade of an existing avionics system. What caught my attention was the fact that the existing system was uncertified, and the upgrade involved migrating the existing…

Quit Bugging Me: Cell Death

By Mike Deliman You're working from home.  You trigger a remote transfer - a single update file is sent via a standard transfer protocol.  Part way through the file transfer, the cell phone goes down - actually - all the phones connected to that cell concentrator... go down.  This would be a bad thing to happen.  It actually did happen…

In the Shadows of Giants

By Mike Deliman When I was a child, the Apollos were flying, and the whole world was all about Mankind taking those first steps on Lunar soil. I remember my parents had this record, I think it came from a Time magazine. It was a little flimsy thing, noisy, and all it really was, was a speech. For whatever reason,…

First flight of the Boeing 787

By Paul Parkinson Today, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its historic first flight from Everett, Washington.  This is the culmination of years of development of a completely new aircraft which uses many state-of-the-art technologies to significantly improve efficiency, operating range and passenger comfort.For instance, the 787 employs an Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) architecture using VxWorks 653, which drastically reduces the…

Airbus A400M and Boeing 787 Dreamliner First Flight

By Alex Wilson Wow! What a week for our customers in Europe and USA! Last week saw the first flight of the Airbus A400M Military Transport and today the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies! Congratulations go out to Airbus, Boeing and all of their worldwide suppliers! Continue Reading >>

How Industry Software Expertise is Helping to Solve the Android Fragmentation Dilemma

By Jason Whitmire It is no secret:  While Google continues to push for wide adoption of smartphones driven by its open source Android platform, most industry pundits know that manufacturers typically need upwards of a full year of development and productization effort (and often Google’s help) to develop an Android phone. Not surprisingly, it takes much longer for an OEM…

Article: Multi-Core Slow Down

By Mark Hermeling An interesting article by Dan Woods on Multi-core slowdown. The article tries to temper people's expectations with regards to mArticle: Multi-Core Slow Downulticore. The basic argument goes: A multicore processor has more raw processing power, but it requires the software load that runs on top of that processor to be able to use those cores, if not,…

The Rise to Dominance of NAND Flash

By Bill Graham Flash memory is the dominant form of non-volatile memory for embedded systems and has been since the EEPROM days. I remember using an ultraviolet lamp to erase the old EPROMs, those were the days. You could erase your EPROM and permanently damage your eyesight at the same time!NOR flash, traditionally dominant in embedded systems, has provided as…