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EGNOS Satellite Navigation System Safety Certification

By Paul Parkinson In case you missed it, yesterday Wind River announced that VxWorks has been selected for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), and has been chosen to run the Integrity Processing Facility (IPF) check set. The IPF, developed and delivered by Logica, is the crucial element that validates the information broadcast by the satellites to safety-critical users…

The Open Group: Real-Time Embedded Systems Forum, Rome

By Paul Parkinson Last week, I attended the The Open Group, Rome 2010 conference, specifically the Real-Time Embedded Systems Forum track (agenda), in order to participate in the MILS API standardization working group sessions. The goal of the working group is to produce a standardized API for a Minimal Runtime (MRT) environment which is suitable for High Assurance systems, which…

So, What Does _Your_ Software Architecture Look Like?

By Mark Hermeling Customers often ask me in my opinion as to what their path to multi-core should be. Invariably I ask them two things. 1) Describe your current hardware architecture, your next hardware architecture and what your hardware architecture will look like in 3 years; 2) Describe your current software architecture and any plans you have to evolve it.…

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…

2010 Is The Year Of Embedded Virtualization

By Mark Hermeling I believe that 2010 will be the year of embedded virtualization, all the signs point in the right direction. It always takes a while for new technology to grab the imagination of embedded device developers. Embedded developers are traditionally a conservative bunch, however, the benefits of virtualization can not be ignored, even by them.Continue Reading >>

Integrated Hardware, Software and Lasagna

By Mark Hermeling The fact that almost everybody in North America is either packing for the holidays, or has already left gives me a chance to finally write about an exchange I had with a customer a while ago.We were discussing how the hardware side of embedded software development had changed over the past years. Where in 'the olden days',…

Case study: Ultra Datel Safety-Critical Avionics Upgrade Using COTS

By Paul Parkinson I recently had the privilege of working with one of our partners, LDRA, and one of our customers, Ultra Datel, on writing a case study of their experiences of a mid-life upgrade of an existing avionics system. What caught my attention was the fact that the existing system was uncertified, and the upgrade involved migrating the existing…

First flight of the Boeing 787

By Paul Parkinson Today, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its historic first flight from Everett, Washington.  This is the culmination of years of development of a completely new aircraft which uses many state-of-the-art technologies to significantly improve efficiency, operating range and passenger comfort.For instance, the 787 employs an Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) architecture using VxWorks 653, which drastically reduces the…

Airbus A400M and Boeing 787 Dreamliner First Flight

By Alex Wilson Wow! What a week for our customers in Europe and USA! Last week saw the first flight of the Airbus A400M Military Transport and today the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies! Congratulations go out to Airbus, Boeing and all of their worldwide suppliers! Continue Reading >>

Ada & C mixed language development

By Paul Parkinson Last week, I downloaded AdaCore's GNAT Pro 6.2.2 and the latest GNATbench 2.3.1 release (which was announced yesterday), as I wanted to port an Ada & C mixed-language application to VxWorks 6.7. I wanted to do this to show a customer how they can develop new Ada applications (as well reusing existing intellectual property) and integrate them…