Microsoft versus Linux in Automotive Industry

By John Bruggeman Thanks to everyone for the feedback on my last blog “Linux and Automotive: Reaching a Tipping Point.” I’m really interested in this topic and all of the response I got inspired me to dive in a little deeper. Over the past several months, I’ve talked to a lot of people in the automotive industry. I asked them…

Rad Chips

By Mike Deliman In a recent EEtimes Article (requires login) NASA has begun looking for a suitable processor for continued manned space exploration.  Current space robots (MRO, etc) run BAEsystem's Rad750, based on PowerPC 750, and descended from AFRL's Rad6000 design.  The Rad6000 was the first 32-bit computer hardened for space use.  In the world of computers, these aren't huge…

Mapping Out The Future with TARDIS

By Paul Parkinson I've just read a interesting article - 'Mapping Out The Future With TARDIS' in the journal Jane's International Defence Review (Volume 39, November 2006, page 29 Upgrade Update). Despite the title, this isn't about The Tardis (wikipedia) time machine featured in the Doctor Who sci-fi television programme; but instead the Tornado Advanced Radar Display Information System developed…

Quality vs. Customer Support

By Bulent Kasman "What is the single most important thing your manufacturer can do to make you completely happy with their service?"(IMV ServiceTrak Survey 2005) This was the question that caught my attention at a presentation I attended recently. Apparently the question is multiple-choice, with one answer allowed. Actually, the PDF form of the executive summary seems to be available…

One Thousand Days

By Mike Deliman This afternoon, Spirit Rover will start it's 999th Sol (Martian Day) on Mars.  Tomorrow will be Sol 1K. Next month, on the 14th/15th of November, Opportunity's calendar will hit the same milestone.  A Thousand Days on-planet. Congratulations to all the teams who crafted, constructed, controlled, and cajoled the rovers from conception to the current-day. Well Done! Continue…

Embedded = IT + 15 years?

By Tomas Evensen The cryptic title refers to an observation that many people have about the Embedded Industry; that it is trailing the IT industry by a number of years and that most trends in the IT world eventually will find their way to the embedded world. This is especially true as we are finding our way to the world…

Linux? Real time? I don’t think so…

By Dan Poirot Phil Hochmuth asks the question "What do real-time additions to the Linux kernel mean for the real-time OS market?" We are going to have to set him straight on one point real quick... Wind River is all about offering customers choice and Industry standards. ...but Linux and real time? Nope! We can stand proud and point to…

Linux and Automotive: Reaching a Tipping Point

By John Bruggeman Linux has always been suspect when it comes to automotive applications. The general belief was that safety-critical automotive applications required a deterministic, real-time operating system.  Linux just didn’t cut it for telematics or under-the-hood applications.  OEMs relied on proprietary OS companies for their solutions. Now some of that belief is grounded in fact. Consequently, Linux adoption in…

Is multi-core ready for safety-critical?

By Paul Parkinson I recently attended the Military & Aerospace Electronics conference in the UK, at which a number of technical presentations were given on new technologies relevant to this sector, including an excellent one by Gordon Hunt of RTI on the Data Distribution Standard (which probably deserves a blog entry in its own right). However, the presentation which I…

What’s Cooking at Eclipse?

SD Times did a great overview of Eclipse releases expected in the near future.  The news story mentions Wind River's Martin Oberhuber, who co-leads the Eclipse Target Management Project within the larger Device Software Development Project (DSDP). Eclipse-related conversations can often be found across the Wind River Blog Network.  But we also feature three independent bloggers who focus solely on…