Archive For September, 2011

13 articles

Boeing 787: The long certification journey comes to an end

By Joe Wlad Today, Boeing delivered its first 787 aircraft to All Nippon Airways (ANA) marking a huge technical, moral and financial achievement. Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO, GE Aviation Systems, commented in today’s news release: “This is an opportunity for 787 partners to celebrate their role in bringing the 787 Dreamliner to ANA and the world.” We at Wind River…

Catching up at IDF 2011 – An Embedded Chat with Intel ECG

By Eddie Glenn In case you missed it, the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) was held last week in San Francisco.  The Simics team was busy at IDF with multiple Simics-related events being held.   At IDF, we handed out free memory sticks preinstalled with Simics, models of Intel devices, and a hands-on tutorial.  This is a great way to quickly learn…

Why I Do What I Do

By Pete MacKay As an embedded systems architect I have a unique perspective.  Computer technology has permeated so much of our society that I get to see ‘inside’ of things.  I’ve sent baggage (and myself) through scanners at airports I wrote software for and stood behind teachers talking about an educational handheld I played a key role in designing.  I…

Stop, Think, and Tie Your Shoes Right

By Jakob Engblom I was sent a link to a past TED talk about how to tie your shoes. It is worth watching, and from the discussions I have seen on Facebook around the video, it seems that most people do it the "wrong" way.  I have actually started to try to do it the "right" way, and the result is…

Medical Devices, Life Savers

By Nikhil Chauhan There's no doubt, medical devices are saving the most precious elements of nature - people's lives. The World Health Organization's video below highlights the importance of medical devices to health care.  Medical devices need to be secure and safe. My colleague Santhosh elaborated in a recent blog post on how FDA's 510(k) process is under scrutiny amidst the…

Linux, Common Criteria and OS Protection Profiles

By Paul Parkinson In 2011, computer and network security news stories, which were previously the preserve of specialist journals and blogs, have become commonplace in the mainstream media. There are now many different types of threat, which are sometimes categorised into hacktivist, e-crime and most recently, advanced persistent threats (APT). Whilst some of these attacks have exploited zero day vulnerabilities,…

M2M: Smarter than Ever (But Still Misunderstood)

By Brian Vezza Within the next few years, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices will account for more than half of all connected devices shipped annually. Think about that for a minute. There will be more M2M devices shipped each year than PCs, cell phones, tablets, set-top boxes, and gaming platforms put together. There are already hundreds of millions of M2M devices (if…

Qualifying Your Vendor

By Ken Herold Every medical device manufacturer marketing their device in the US must comply with regulations such as 21 CFR 820.50 Subpart E Purchasing Controls. This applies to all outside components they wish to incorporate into their device, including software. In part, this requires the manufacturer to: “(1) Evaluate and select potential suppliers, contractors, and consultants on the basis…

Feeling the need for speed and making it happen

By Mark Guinther “I feel the need…The need for speed!!”  Quoting old movies is where my similarities to Tom Cruise end, but it is a relevant line for today’s networking equipment.  Faster applications is one of the last steps in getting faster results to subscribers, resulting in happy subscribers which means happy service providers, happy service providers mean happy equipment…

A Medical Device Platform: Beyond the Operating System

By Bill Graham With the release of the new Wind River Platform for Medical Devices it's a good time to point out the breadth of products and services that make up a modern embedded solution suite. In fact, our medical solutions go well beyond the products that make up the Platform. The Platform for Medical Devices provides the main components: VxWorks…