The Advent of Multi-core MILS

By Paul Parkinson It has been a rather long time since my previous blog post. I intended to post a blog before the holidays regarding our partner Curtiss-Wright's announcement about VxWorks MILS support on the VPX6-187, but I simply ran out of time! So here it is as my first blog post of 2013. The Curtiss-Wright new release was actually quite a game changer. To…

Exciting Times – Virtually!

By Chris Ault It's an exciting time for embedded virtualization at Wind River!  We were recently named the embedded virtualization market leader by VDC Research Group.  In VDC’s 2011 ‘Virtualization for Mobile and Embedded Systems’ report, Wind River achieved the highest share of the market in 2010 with greater than 30 percent of total market revenue. In addition to this significant…

Unsuspecting Benefit of Virtualization

By Chris Ault I came across an article the other day that was discussing forthcoming innovations in the automation industry. The article discusses how Ethernet is becoming ubiquitous for manufacturing, closing the numerous and incompatible communications protocols and media enabling communication among the various control and controlled systems. The article then goes on to draw industrial automation into the cloud for things such as inventory…

Embedded Virtualization Opens New Possibilities

By Mark Hermeling One of the things that stands out in many customer visits that I do is that embedded virtualization often enables possibilities that the customer never thought possible. This of course is a good thing, it may enable them to put a new product to market that the customer had never thought of. In a few cases I…

Virtualization on Handsets or not?

By Mark Hermeling Here is an interesting article, continuing a discussion thats has been going on for a long time on mobile virtualization. It argues the case that a single mobile phone can run multiple operating systems using virtualization. A bit of googling will show that this is indeed already the case. However, there is a big caveat typically that…

Migrating to Multi-core using Embedded Virtualization

By Mark Hermeling So, let's assume that you are currently on a single-core board and you would like to explore the possibilities of delivering a next generation device using multi-core technologies. There are a lot of different ways to approach this. The most elaborate involve doing an architecture study into ways in which you could evolve your current device architecture.…

Embedded Virtualization in Gaming

By Mark Hermeling A few weeks ago I found myself in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. My reason for being there was a seminar that Wind River was organizing together with Intel and AVNET specifically focussed on companies that build gaming. The main topics were graphics, manageability and of course, virtualization. I am always eager to fold real-life…

Embedded Virtualization and Multi-Core

By Mark Hermeling VDC has released a recent report showing that multi-core is making fast inroads in embedded systems and we are seeing that at Wind River as well. There are exciting new possibilities with these chips, we have never had this much processing power in such small packages. Take for example Freescale's new P4080 chip, 8 cores, 2 memory…

Devices! Devices! Devices!

By Mark Hermeling That is what embedded systems is all about: handling devices. An embedded software system has input devices and output devices and some amount of software running on operating systems, running on hardware that turn input into output. The trick is to handle the input in a fast an deterministic way and generate output in a fast and…

Consolidate, Consolidate, Consolidate

By Mark Hermeling Many telecom applications are actually built up from multiple smaller sub-applications, often running on their own server in a rack, ATCA or otherwise. These servers run on multi-core processors, depending on the age of the last refresh this could be a dual, quad core or more. This is of course nothing new, what's new is how virtualization…