Archive For February, 2011

10 articles

VxWorks: Pushing the Limits on System Flexibility

By Felix Baum As you may already be aware, Wind River just released the latest version of our flagship real time OS offering, VxWorks. We worked hard to make sure that our customers can rely on it as a foundation to propel their solutions to market faster and enable them to differentiate their products from the competition by truly capitalizing on the flexibility…

VxWorks 6.9: A foundation for Innovation

By Bill Graham We just announced our latest major release of VxWorks 6.9 as the foundation for innovation in embedded software. What do we mean by this? There are two main aspects to this concept. Firstly, developers don't usually get enough time to innovate and work on differentiating features in a product (whiz bang capabilities that make the product stand…

Working Faster with Less (Simulated) Sweat

By Jakob Engblom One very important property of a virtual platform like Simics is its speed of execution. Without sufficient execution speed, a virtual platform is not very useful - users want to have results in reasonable time. Raw simulation speed (getting as many target instructions as possible simulated each second) is important, and Simics is certainly pretty good at that.…

The Dawn of a Paradigm Shift in Embedded Device Software Security

By Marc Brown The number of connected embedded and mobile devices is increasing exponentially, predicted to be in excess of 50 billion by 2020.  The lion’s share of this growth is expected to come from traditional market segments where there is an increasing push to transform sensing equipment to more autonomous embedded control, real-time telemetry, and proactive diagnostics. We all know…

Come and see us at Mobile World Congress!

By Chris Buerger Grab a pen and write down this number: Hall 2, booth 2C04 – this is where you’ll find the Wind River booth at Mobile World Congress (MWC). Mobile innovation comes alive at demonstrations. At this year’s MWC event, we are showcasing the latest and greatest mobile Android and MeeGo innovations from Wind River. Along with the newest features…

Making the Case for MeeGo 2.0

By Chris Buerger As an owner of the original Maemo-based N770, today is a sad day. Earlier, Nokia announced it would make Windows Phone 7 Nokia’s primary mobile platform, not MeeGo. This puts the brakes on what many considered a bold corporate initiative to bring Linux to a new class of Nokia mobile devices. Well before the iPad, well before…

Being Helpful or Simply Correct?

By Jakob Engblom The other day, I spent some time getting a new operating system up on one of our Simics virtual platforms. The platform is stable, the hardware is shipping and it is being used with the very software I was setting up. However, as the operating system was booting, I got quite a lot of warnings from Simics about incorrect…

Autonomy and Robotic Advancement

By Mike Deliman A few months ago at the Robotics Virtual Trade Show, in my presentation I spoke about the evolution of robotic systems.  One thing I predicted was as time goes on, robots will become more independent and autonomous, performing more of the work humans and mainframe-style systems have traditionally performed.   Among the robots I talked about were robots similar to NASA's Stardust…

What the LA Lakers and Apple iPhone can teach us about software engineering

By Ido Sarig Half way into the 2010-2011 NBA basketball season, the Pacific division leading LA Lakers had an embarrassing loss to the bottom-dwelling Memphis Grizzlies. The LA Times described the performance of several of the players at the Sunday, Jan.2, 2011 game as “sleep walking” – which turned out to be not far from the truth! Three Laker players…

Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2011

By Paul Parkinson I'm looking forward to the 19th annual Safety-Critical Systems Symposium which is being held in held in the UK next week. The conference programme covers a range of subjects including safety cases, testing of safety-critical systems, updates to safety standards, and technologies. On the Thursday afternoon, I will be presenting a paper Safety, Security and Multicore. Wind River will be participating…