Raising the bar

By Paul Anderson I have had the opportunity to have been part of the computing world in some form or another for about 25 years now (yes, I started young).  I started as a young home hobbyist building my own machines and writing software from the ground up, then having the opportunity to experience the early days of the open…

Fault Injection

By Bulent Kasman In his recent blog post, Maarten Koning writes about fault propagation paths. That is, faults happening in one place in the code propagating to affect other parts of a system, indeed even multiple systems in an interconnected world. I recently had a chance to talk with a group of engineers at a large telecom equipment manufacturer. They…

What shall I do with my iPod in the car?

By Peter Kleiner Recently I was at a congress in Germany about advances in electronics of the car (the congress was in German and there is no English web page yet - see http://www.elektronik-tagung.de/mic/elekTagung2006/deutsch/ ). There was a really interesting session about consumer devices and their emerging into the car. A standard mobile device that can be found in cars…

The MVA – a consortium of consortia

By Paul Tingey There is no doubt that open or industry standards now cover a large proportion of the technology components used in telecoms infrastructure equipment (as well as other markets). They have been so widely accepted that hardware, software and silicon manufacturers have organized themselves into consortia to coordinate their effects and create widely accepted standards within their technology…

Software Componentization

By Maarten Koning Componentization is a seductive software development practice.  Simply put, software componentization is when you break your software system down into smaller easily identifiable pieces that have well-defined interfaces – and you do this in a specific way (i.e. by following a component model). The promise of software componentization is five-fold: Continue Reading ››

C-130 AMP Spreads Its Wings

By Paul Parkinson Last week Boeing issued a press release about the maiden flight of the C-130 Avionics Modernisation Programme (AMP) aircraft. The C-130 AMP (GlobalSecurity.org) will extend the capability of many years to come by replacing federated systems with digital systems employing an Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) architecture using ARINC 653. This is also a proud moment for Wind…

UAV Roadmap

By Paul Parkinson On Monday, I posted the blog entry Why "My Other Vehicle is Unmanned"? which mentioned the regulatory challenges facing the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and their introduction into civil airspace. On Wednesday, Lockheed Martin announced in a press release that it has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Program Office to…

Software Defined Radio for the Common Man

By Mike Deliman Software Defined Radio.  The term doesn't mean much to the average person. But to certain security and defense industry types, the word brings a gleam to their eyes: to them it means multiple levels of security, the ability to share and protect data, and the ability to change the encodings and waveforms that implement their protocols -…

Target Management is Getting Mature

By Martin Oberhuber The Eclipse Target Management Project passed its 1.0 Release Review yesterday. Though the slides (PPT | PDF) were not actually presented in the review phone conference, they are an interesting read and outline the state and scope of the project very accurately. Officially, passing the Release Review means that the project is considered healthy in terms of…

So what is Fixed Mobile Convergence?

By Stuart Newton Where do you start on a topic like this? Fixed-Mobile Convergence (commonly known as "FMC", and not to be confused with Fixed Mobile Substitution – a later discussion), is a vast topic that has a hundred different meanings depending on who you talk to. In the last year, I have spoken to very few people who can…