Archive For February, 2010

11 articles

Software Quality: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

By Paul Henderson On Tuesday of this week, Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motors Sales USA, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the car manufacturer’s problems and recalls.  Yes, it was Mr. Lentz’s turn in the proverbial hot seat.During pointed questioning by House members, Mr. Lentz said that the repairs prescribed by Toyota might “not totally” solve…

Quit Bugging Me: What Tool to Use?

By Mike Deliman When you're debugging a process, or a system, you never can be sure were it will lead you.  Sometimes you need special tools to find out what's happened.  Sometimes you just need a little extra visibility into the system. When you have a specific bit of code that runs, and that bit of code always fails the…

Police Drone: Episode 2

By Paul Parkinson On Thursday last week, I read that an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) had been recently used by the UK's Merseyside Police in the tracking and arrest of two suspected car thieves (BBC News:'Merseyside police drone tracks car theft suspects'). A quick Google search revealed some additional details in the Liverpool Echo ('Merseyside police make UK's first ever…

The Beauty Of Partitioning

By Mark Hermeling Developing for multicore often asks for new approaches to architecting embedded systems. A low-core-count multicore processor, say a 2 or 4 core processor, could be configured to use a single operating system in a SMP configuration. This would give one single OS control over both cores and is often a valid configuation. The OS should have features…

A good user experience goes well beyond the cool device in your hand

By Jessica Schieve  As thousands of people converge on Mobile World Congress the hype will be on the latest and coolest devices that will connect to the next generation wireless broadband network. People will be in awe of the newest “thin as paper” notebooks and the “do everything” smartphones. Device Manufacturers and Service Providers will demonstrate killer video and data applications running…

Launch Day: Solar Dynamics Observatory

By Mike Deliman This morning the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the first mission of the Living With A Star program, successfully launched this morning.  It was a beautiful launch, covered on NASA TV and the SDO web site. SDO's mission is to chronograph the Sun over the life of the probe, making a detailed record of it's variability, so we may understand more…

Kill Bugs: Volume 1

By Emeka Nwafor The Bride: [Japanese] I need Japanese steel. Hattori Hanzo: [Japanese] Why do you need Japanese steel? The Bride: [Japanese] I have vermin to kill. Hattori Hanzo: [English] You must have big rats if you need Hattori Hanzo's steel. The Bride: [English] ... Huge. (from Kill Bill: Vol. 1)I will probably need the help of a therapist to assist me in decoding why…

Wind River Hypervisor 1.1

By Mark Hermeling As you would expect from a market leader like Wind River, we have been busy, extremely busy. Busy with talking to customers and helping them define how they plan to adopt multicore and virtualization in their roadmaps, but also busy with progressing our own roadmap.Today we are announcing Wind River Hypervisor 1.1, with added support for the…

The Multicore Transition: Tools are Key to Success

By Bill Graham We just announced a new release of our state of the art tools which includes an update to Workbench and Workbench OCD version 3.2, plus our Wind River Compiler suite (also known as the Diab compiler). This news reminded me of my days as a product manager for tools software and the need to talk about the…

Blog Article: Boundaries are Disappearing

By Mark Hermeling Ok, so I got a little bit of flak verbally, through email and Skype for unilaterally declaring 2010 the year of embedded virtualization. People seem to agree though, it is a hot technology, and a technology that can change the way that we develop embedded systems.This post by George Zimmerman talks about how integration of technologies leads…