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Great Moments for Space and Wind River in 2016

Great Moments for Space and Wind River in 2016

By Linda Pirrotta 2016 was a tremendous year for space exploration and discovery. Let's take a look at two espeically significant NASA missions. DAWN The Dawn mission was an extraordinary achievement for NASA-JPL, capping decades of exploration that expanded our knowledge and technological expertise in deep space by orbiting and exploring both the protoplanet Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. On June…
Wind River VxWorks 653 Certification Solution Reaches New Milestone and Achieves Top Honors

Wind River VxWorks 653 Certification Solution Reaches New Milestone and Achieves Top Honors

By Chip Downing For almost two decades, Wind River has supplied commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) certification evidence to hundreds of programs, accelerating our customers’ path to achieving FAA RTCA DO-178B / DO-178C, EUROCAE ED-12B / ED-12C, MIL STD, and driving a variety of industrial designs using IEC 61508 as a baseline certification standard. I’m excited to announce that one of these safety…
Software Containment in VxWorks:  VxPOD – A Separation Alternative to Virtualization

Software Containment in VxWorks: VxPOD – A Separation Alternative to Virtualization

By Ka Kay Achacoso The challenge in hardware consolidation for real-time embedded systems is ensuring that sub-systems don’t interfere with each other.   To take advantage of the space and hardware cost reduction that comes with hardware consolidation, some systems use virtualization technology to separate sub-systems from each other.  With Virtualization, a hypervisor is run either on the hardware (Type 1…
Wind River at MILCOM 2016

Wind River at MILCOM 2016

By Chip Downing This week the Wind River A&D team will be at MILCOM 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore, MD.  Wind River will be in booth #6006 and will showcase our latest technologies for building the foundations of next generation military communications using tactical clouds and secure tactical communications. We will be demonstrating our two flagship…
Multicore Certification at SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 2016

Multicore Certification at SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 2016

By Alex Wilson As I mentioned in my last blog, this year’s SAE ASTC had the theme “Innovation in Propulsion Technologies and Intelligent Aircraft Systems” and took place in Hartford, Connecticut, and was hosted by United Technologies, with further sponsorship from Boeing and TTTech. For Wind River, the main discussion of interest was around certification of multicore devices, and for…
SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 2016

SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 2016

By Alex Wilson This year’s SAE ASTC had the theme “Innovation in Propulsion Technologies and Intelligent Aircraft Systems” and took place in Hartford, Connecticut, and was hosted by United Technologies, with further sponsorship from Boeing and TTTech. Being in the homeland of United Technologies meant we had great participation and vision from the United Technologies leadership teams, this came out…
High Performance Signal and Image Processing on VxWorks

High Performance Signal and Image Processing on VxWorks

By Ka Kay Achacoso The VxWorks platform includes the Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (IPP).  This set of libraries is used for signal processing, image processing, video processing, cryptography, and other computations involving large vectors and matrices.  Intel IPP enables VxWorks applications to include text and object detection in aerial photos, machine vision in automated manufacturing, audio signal processing in aircrafts, high-speed…
From Mars to Earth, Wind River Is Applying Three Decades of Experience to Thwart Vehicle Hacking

From Mars to Earth, Wind River Is Applying Three Decades of Experience to Thwart Vehicle Hacking

By Marques McCammon Imagine you’re driving a two-ton SUV that’s traveling 70 miles-per-hour on the highway when suddenly, beyond your control, the air-conditioner fan starts blasting, the radio blares, windshield wipers whoosh back-and-forth and then the engine shuts down just as you approach a steep incline. That’s what happened last summer to Wired's Andy Greenberg when cyber security researchers remotely commandeered…
Anniversaries and Coincidences

Anniversaries and Coincidences

By Alex Wilson This year was one for some decade anniversaries, always big occasions, the first being 30 years since my graduation from Imperial College. I have many fond memories of life at Imperial, including my first computing experience in FORTRAN 77 on the college mainframe, and meeting my future Brother-in-Law! This year we all met up to celebrate this…
IoT is Growing Up

IoT is Growing Up

By Tim Skutt I spent a couple days this week at AUVSI XPONENTIAL – “the industry's largest congregation of unmanned systems professionals”.  I’ve attended this event for the past five years and this year was a definite turning point for the industry, and I think it’s a commentary on where IoT is in general. A former colleague I ran into…