Open Standards

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BMW wants to go open

By Doug Schaefer Ian Skerrett, our fine director of Marketing at the Eclipse Foundation, pointed out this article from MotorAuthority.com. BMW apparently is feeling out the market to see if there is an appetite by tier one manufacturers to work together on an open source stack for in-car infotainment systems.The concept BMW has in mind reminds me a lot of…

Open Source Handhelds

By Doug Schaefer Quite a while ago now I posted about the open source gaming device from Korea know as the GP2X. At the end of the day, it ended up with a storied history and while I love the concept of a handheld mobile device for which you can write your own applications, their execution as a company out…

nEUROn UCAV programme

By Paul Parkinson In case you missed the news, the article 'COTS for unmanned flights' (Electronic Product Design, 22nd April 2008) describes how the nEUROn UCAV programme (Airforce Technology) has standardized on the VxWorks 653 RTOS. nEUROn is a technology demonstrator programme involving five European companies, which in itself is not unusual, but it does have a significant objective -…

Software wants to be free…

By Doug Gaff …to run on the hardware of your choice. Or so Psystar wants you to believe about the Leopard OS. In case you haven't been following this story, Psystar has created a Mac computer clone and is selling them pre-installed with Leopard (or Ubuntu, XP, Vista, or nothing). It's called an Open Computer. According to Apple, this is…

We don’t need another Java dialect. What we need is expertise.

By Franco Gasperoni, AdaCore A group of experts is investigating the creation of a Java variant for safety-critical systems that can undergo DO-178B certification. This ongoing effort finds its roots in the work on the real-time specification for Java that started in December 1998. The question is: What problem does this effort try to solve? The answer is not technology.…

Managing Software Obsolescence

By Paul Parkinson Yesterday, I attended the Component Obsolescence Group (COG) quarterly meeting, which was held at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.  I was standing in for my colleague Alex Wilson, who wasn't able to attend, and I gave his presentation 'Managing Software Obsolescence through Standards.' The presentation was about how open standards and software abstraction can provide isolation from…

Drive by Ethernet?

By Paul Parkinson I read last week that BMW has been researching the use of the Internet Protocol (IP) over standard Ethernet (Cisco) to network automotive controllers ('BMW brings Internet protocol under the hood', EETimes). The motivation for the research is that at present, a number of different networking technologies (including CAN, LIN, MOST and FlexRay) are used in automotive…

The Check is in the Mail, Do No Evil and Other Matters of Trust

By Jason Whitmire All will agree that mobile Linux suffers from fragmentation today, and that fragmentation •    creates significant challenges to Linux adoption in mobile phones (lack of interoperability et. al.)  •    presents barriers to innovation •    increases the carrier cost to Linux terminal deployment. For Linux to succeed in the mobile market, we need to minimize…

Open Interfaces Needed

By Doug Gaff Customers demand choice, choice drives competition, and competition drives innovation and lowered cost.   That's a Free Market Economy, right? Well, no economic or political system is completely pure. Take my iPod for example. iPod's are small, pretty, and surprisingly reliable from a software perspective. But once you buy one, you're locked into "accessory monopoly." Not an Apple…

Military Aerospace & Electronics Show

By Paul Parkinson Yesterday, I attended the UK's Military Aerospace & Electronics technical conference and exhibition, which was held at the Heritage Motor Centre. The technical conference was split into three technical tracks, which were broadly related to avionics, land systems and technologies; and as is sometimes the case at these conferences I found that I wanted to attend some…