Archive For August, 2011

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Platform Wars

By Dan Noal In recent weeks, we’ve seen two seismic shifts in the mobile and tablet markets. First, Google announced its intent to acquire Motorola Mobility and a few days later, HP announced that it would discontinue producing webOS-based phones and the TouchPad.  Google’s move to buy a hardware manufacturer has long been speculated in the media.  Motorola Mobility had…

Embedded Virtualization to Underpin Next Generation Network-Centric Operations

By Chip Downing “Embedded virtualization” is a technology that is rapidly proliferating in global defense systems that deliver critical data to warfighters.  Embedded virtualization is typically instantiated in small layer of software called a hypervisor that controls all activities and functions on a microprocessor deployed in a military control and communications equipment. These hypervisors can be foundations for hosting a…

The Embedded Security Paradox

By Bill Graham For embedded systems developers, there exists a paradox in that security for the device is a high priority or "must-have" capability but it’s at odds with market and business requirements for their device as this often lengthens development time. Not only that, the nature of embedded systems is changing to a highly networked interconnected environment that increases…

Are Penguins Ready to Fly?

By Nithya Ruff This year, Vancouver, British Columbia was the site for LinuxCon North America 2011, where Linux celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Vancouver is normally known for its rainy and gray weather, but the Linux gods must have been shining on the Linux celebrations because the weather was spectacular!  In the same year that Wind River celebrates its 30 anniversary,…

Test Management 4.0: Reduce Risk by Understanding the Impact of Change

By Ido Sarig Big day today, we just announced the release of our latest version of Wind River Test Management, WRTM 4.0, the culmination of several years of hard work - kudos to our engineering team! In the coming weeks, I will be covering many of the new features of WRTM 4.0 in detail in a series of separate posts,…

A Virtual Year

By Jakob Engblom A while after I woke up my laptop today, I realized that the fan was pretty noisy. That typically indicates that the processor is working busy on something, and then I spotted Simics in the task bar. Checking in on that Simics showed that it was indeed running, and pausing it did lower the load on machine…

Unmanned Systems No Longer Require Human, or Canine, Participation

By Joe Wlad Forty-plus years ago, when automatic pilots were first used to perform automatic landings of large aircraft, there was a joke that was circulated among pilots everywhere. Future aircraft would be manned only by a single pilot and a dog. The pilot’s job would be to feed the dog. The dog’s job would be to bite the pilot…

Fish Finders, Embedded Linux and Graphics

By Paul Anderson  Here I am up at rustic cabin in Northern Wisconsin enjoying some time off the grid. I feel like Ralph Waldo Emerson getting in touch with nature, and exploring Transcendentalism, except for one minor detail: I have a wireless connection. Emerson was quoted as saying “Nature hates calculators,” and I’m not sure what he would think about…

FDA Outlines Oversight of Mobile Medical Applications

By Peter MacKay 2011 is turning out to be an evolutionary year for the growing mobile healthcare industry.  In 2007, the iPhone, while not the first handheld applications platform, arguably revolutionized the way modern consumers use telephones.  Around this time healthcare visionaries also foresaw the integration of what I call “user space” with medical enterprises, and a general change in…

How to Get Virtual

By Jakob Engblom My blog posts about Simics tend to focus on how virtual platforms are used and what you can do with them. However, underlying all Simics use is the issue of getting a virtual platform in place. You need some kind of platform to run your software on in order to get the full benefit of Simics. Thus,…