Archive For September, 2009

9 articles

Busting the Myths around VxWorks: VxWorks isn’t dead!

By Bill Graham I recently joined Wind River as product marketing manager for VxWorks and as an outsider and former competitor, I think there are many myths surrounding VxWorks that need to be busted. Even during my short time here at Wind River, I can clearly see these myths are well, just myths. I will be writing a series of…

Remember PluginFest?

By Doug Schaefer It's been a while since it was held. The Eclipse PluginFest was a really cool event organized by Ian Skerrett and hosted by the folks at Symbian in London. It was part marketing event and part engineering event intended to show how off the promise of Eclipse as a platform by doing some interoperability testing between the…

Tornado GR4 Goes Extreme

By Paul Parkinson In case you missed the news, our partner McObject has just announced that BAE SYSTEMS has selected the eXtremeDB running on VxWorks for the Tornado Advanced Radar Display Information System (TARDIS)  on the Tornado GR4 military jet.This avionics upgrade further extends the capabilities of TARDIS (which I discussed in a previous blog, and also in a customer…

Quit Bugging Me: ABI

By Mike Deliman What's in an ABI?  An Application Binary Interface is a lot like a API - Applications Programming Interface, except instead of just telling you how to make a call, what parameters to provide, and what returns and errnos to expect, an ABI also tells you something about how the interfaces work.  Understanding an ABI for a CPU…

Three Flavours of Virtualization

By Mark Hermeling Here is a great article on the Intel Tools and Software Blog on the three flavours of virtualization: Binary translation, para virtualization and hardware assist. Sharon covers all three flavours briefly, but well balanced. The message boils down to: you decide, which is consistent with many conversations I have every day with customers. It is Wind River's tasks…

A Very Unscientific Survey on the Future of WiMAX and LTE

By Jessica Schieve I recently spent an afternoon at the 2009 4G World Conference held in Chicago. This was a rather small conference on a very big topic. There were a variety of vendors on hand exhibiting their wares: antennas, microwaves, connectors, and even complete end-to-end 4G systems. Some of the leading telecom equipment providers were showing their latest gear:…

2009 Autumnal Equinox

By Emeka Nwafor 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…

Commercial Open-Source; An Oxymoron?

By Nithya RuffThe dictionary describes Oxymorons as "literary figures of speech usually composed of a pair of neighboring contradictory words (often within a sentence) or a combination of contradictory or incongruous words". Perhaps some view commercialization of open source as contradictory. Where does it say that paying for good value is wrong or having a strong and commercially viable entity…

Multi-core Needs Virtualization

By Mark HermelingHere is a good blog posting by Gernot Heiser on some of the reasons why virtualization is required for effective resource management on multi-corechips. The post has a strong focus on wireless devices. While there may not be a lot of multi-core1 chips in cell phones currently, this will certainly increase in the upcoming years. OK Labs is…