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  • Operating systems
     → Spring 2013
    Operating system developments impact critical systems

    Operating system developments impact critical systems

    Jerry Gipper (Editorial Director)
    Software architects designing critical embedded systems have tough choices to make when selecting an operating system. Decisions can be both simplified and complicated with new framework and platform initiatives coming into being.

    Embedded avionics for military aircraft
     → March 2013
    Military avionics designs embrace common standards and TRLs

    Military avionics designs embrace common standards and TRLs

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    The task of improving situational awareness for military pilots in a tough budget climate with little development funding available requires designers to use open architectures and common standards to keep costs down. This trend also has fueled the enthusiasm behind the FACE Consortium, which promis... [read more]

    Linux
     → February 2016
    White Paper: Total cost of ownership Linux vs. QNX - Part 1

    White Paper: Total cost of ownership Linux vs. QNX - Part 1

    Chris Ault, Senior Product Manager (QNX Software Systems)
    Is there such thing as a free OS? In this white paper we examine the total cost of ownership of an open source operating system vs. a commercial operating system.

    Avionics Safety Certification
     → March 2013
    Cache partitioning increases CPU utilization for safety-critical multicore applications

    Cache partitioning increases CPU utilization for safety-critical multicore applications

    Tim King (DDC-I)
    Cache partitioning reduces worst-case execution time for critical tasks, thereby enhancing CPU utilization, especially for multicore applications.

    Microprocessors
     → January 2014
    Microprocessor-based VPX platforms enable advanced signal processing

    Microprocessor-based VPX platforms enable advanced signal processing

    RJ McLaren (Kontron America); Glenn Johnson (Kontron America)
    Improved power-to-performance ratios with multicore processors in VPX systems are boosting viability and reducing reliance on the high costs of FPGA development. Since they fundamentally change the way signal processing is implemented, parallel-rate microprocessors do away with hand-coding threads a... [read more]

    Choosing the right processor
     → February 2013
    Choosing a processor is a multifaceted process

    Choosing a processor is a multifaceted process

    David Katz (Analog Devices); Rick Gentile (Analog Devices)
    The days are over when selecting a processor was a relatively simple task, in light of today’s converged processing paradigm. But examining a few key considerations can ease the decision-making process.

    Top Embedded Innovators
     → June 2013
    2013 Top Embedded Innovators: Josh Lee, President and CEO, Uniquify

    2013 Top Embedded Innovators: Josh Lee, President and CEO, Uniquify

    Josh Lee is President and CEO of Uniquify in San Jose, California. With two cofounders, he bootstrapped Uniquify into what is now a thriving IP and chip design and manufacturing services business collectively referred to as “ideas2silicon.” The team has deep expertise in the specification, design, i... [read more]

    Top Embedded Innovators
     → June 2013
    2013 Top Embedded Innovators: Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker Verification Systems

    2013 Top Embedded Innovators: Adnan Hamid, CEO of Breker Verification Systems

    Adnan Hamid is CEO of Breker Verification Systems and the inventor of its core technology. He has more than 20 years of experience in functional verification automation. Prior to founding Breker in 2003, he managed AMD’s System Logic Division and led its verification team. Hamid worked at Cadence De... [read more]

    High-speed interconnects
     → December 2012
    RapidIO: Optimized for low-latency processor connectivity

    RapidIO: Optimized for low-latency processor connectivity

    Sam Fuller (RapidIO Trade Association)
    Interconnect architectures reflect the problems they are designed to solve. Focusing too heavily on raw bandwidth metrics often misses more important attributes such as reliability, determinism, and latency, which continue to be critical factors in embedded computing design. Comparing interconnects ... [read more]

    Signal processing trends in radar/sonar/EW
     → Jan/Feb 2013
    Virtex-7 FPGA technology boosts radar performance

    Virtex-7 FPGA technology boosts radar performance

    Rodger Hosking (Pentek)
    The latest Virtex-7 FPGAs from Xilinx deliver significant benefits for radar systems compared to previous-generation devices. Higher-density silicon with lower power consumption, more resources, faster interfaces, and more and faster memory not only enhances performance, it also opens new applicatio... [read more]

    Design considerations
     → February 2013
    White Paper: Top 3 Design Decisions When Programming an Embedded System

    White Paper: Top 3 Design Decisions When Programming an Embedded System

    Staff (National Instruments)
    Engineers working on large, complex project with short deadlines will face many design tradeoffs and decisions. Deciding where to focus time during the design phase is a big challenge. This paper identifies three important design decisions you should make when programming an embedded system, and pro... [read more]

    Future Airborne Capability Environment
     → March 2013

    FACE avionics standard will transform systems design

    Curtis Reichenfeld (An industry perspective from Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions)
    The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) middleware standard is here, and promises to advance quickly in the COTS ranks.

    Radar
     → Jan/Feb 2013

    Radar's brave new world: OSA

    Charlotte Adams (GE Intelligent Platforms)
    Radar apps are picking up the trend towards COTS and Open Systems Architectures (OSAs).

    Signal processing trends in radar/sonar/EW
     → Jan/Feb 2013
    MOSA provides cost savings, performance, flexibility for EW digital receivers

    MOSA provides cost savings, performance, flexibility for EW digital receivers

    Chris Lewis (Mercury Systems); Alton Graves (Mercury Systems)
    The use of a Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) can provide cost savings, and performance and upgrade flexibility gains, in digital receiver designs for use in Electronic Warfare (EW). Some approaches to employing MOSA in digital receivers are illustrated, as well as the benefits achieved.

    Static analysis
     → Jan/Feb 2013

    Static analysis exposes latent defects in legacy software

    Paul Anderson (GrammaTech)
    Static analysis tools can help find concurrency and other defects to cut legacy's latency.

    High-speed interconnects
     → December 2012

    Bandwidth demands redefine interconnect technology

    Warren Webb (Editorial Director)
    Warren defines the state of interconnect technology as data transfer rates continue their meteoric rise and maps out the December 2012 issue of Embedded Computing Design.

    Vetronics
     → Apr/May 2013
    Commonality and reduced SWaP drive vetronics designs

    Commonality and reduced SWaP drive vetronics designs

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    Budget cuts and changing strategic priorities have slowed the military vetronics market to one that is flat for the foreseeable future. However, innovation in electronics design has not slowed, as military embedded system suppliers develop creative ways to introduce more commonality in components to... [read more]

    Video processing
     → March 2013

    Video processing on the fly

    Charlotte Adams (GE Intelligent Platforms)
    Image processors flex for heavy amounts of remote video data.

    security
     → January 2013
    White Paper: Creating an Embedded Product with Support for UEFI Secure Boot

    White Paper: Creating an Embedded Product with Support for UEFI Secure Boot

    Martin O. Nicholes, Ph.D., Engineer (Insyde Software)
    To ship a system with the secure boot feature enabled, fundamental changes need to be made to the way the system is designed, manufactured, deployed, and maintained. Many companies have used signing services for operating system drivers, but supporting the secure boot infrastructure on a product lin... [read more]

    Radar
     → Jan/Feb 2013

    Radar, electronic warfare steadier parts of military market

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    With the impending U.S. military footprint reduction, radar and electronic warfare technology are increasingly important in providing ISR capabilities to the warfighter.

    Legacy software
     → March 2013

    "Buy" over "build": The military systems migration mantra

    Steve Graves (McObject)
    COTS-based DBMSs are emerging to take the reigns from homegrown and enterprise databases on the legacy migration path.

    High-speed interconnects
     → December 2012
    PCI Express over M-PHY: Proven technologies scale I/O performance to meet mobile needs - Q&A with Rick Wietfeldt, MIPI Alliance and Al Yanes, PCI-SIG

    PCI Express over M-PHY: Proven technologies scale I/O performance to meet mobile needs - Q&A with Rick Wietfeldt, MIPI Alliance and Al Yanes, PCI-SIG

    Jennifer Hesse (Managing Editor)
    This Q&A with Rick Wietfeldt, Chair, MIPI Alliance Technical Steering Group, and Al Yanes, President and Chairman, PCI-SIG discuses the two organizations' recent collaboration on a PCIe adaptation that runs over the MIPI M-PHY physical layer.

    GPUs
     → March 2013
    White Paper: GPUDirect RDMA

    White Paper: GPUDirect RDMA

    Dustin Franklin (GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc.)
    GPUDirect support for RDMA provides low latency interconnectivity between NVIDIA GPUs and various networking, storage, & FPGA devices. This white paper will include how CUDA 5 technology increases GPU autonomy and promotes multi-GPU topologies with high GPU-to-CPU ratios. In addition to improved ban... [read more]

    Trends in small form factors
     → March 2013
    Small form factor designs balance performance, power

    Small form factor designs balance performance, power

    Brandon Lewis (Associate Editor); Monique DeVoe (Assistant Managing Editor)
    Whether next to the sensor on a UAV payload, in a vetronics mission computer, or in a helicopter's avionics bay, computer architectures are shrinking, requiring smaller form factors with the same performance punch as larger designs. The embedded COTS community is offering various Small Form Factor (... [read more]

    In-vehicle infotainment systems
     → February 2013

    Embedded designers transform in-car technology

    Warren Webb (Editorial Director)
    Warren invites us into the evolving world of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) and outlines the rest of 2013's first issue of Embedded Computing Design.

    VPX
     → March 2013
    White Paper:  Introduction to VPX Systems

    White Paper: Introduction to VPX Systems

    Staff (Acromag, Inc.)
    VITA 46, 48, and 65: The Next Generation VME system replacement. VITA 46 is the VPX base electrical and mechanical specification. VITA 48 is the VPX REDI cooling spec. VITA 65 is Open VPX. Open VPX was the industry's attempt to bring order to chaos. Open VPX methodically defines a system of profile... [read more]

    Real time
     → March 2013
    White Paper: Implementation of  Real-Time Spectrum Analysis

    White Paper: Implementation of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis

    Dr. Florian Ramian (Rohde & Schwarz GmbH)
    Measuring signals in real time means: do not lose any signal. But how can we get rid of the blind times?

    Intelligent systems trends
     → March 2013
    Latest configurable Analog Front End (AFE) simplifies interfacing to hundreds of sensors

    Latest configurable Analog Front End (AFE) simplifies interfacing to hundreds of sensors

    Wil Florentino (Renesas)
    Many of today's embedded systems incorporate multiple analog sensors that make devices more intelligent, and provide users with an array of information resulting in improved efficiency or added convenience. The Analog Front End (AFE), allowing the connection of the sensor to the digital world of the... [read more]

    Open standards/specifications
     → Spring 2013

    Open standards converge to close on new markets

    Joe Pavlat (Editorial Director)
    Many open standards are now being successfully combined with others to create very powerful platforms that are taking less time and money to develop and deploy.

    COTS standards update
     → March 2013

    PC/104 Consortium technical update: Stackable PCs from ISA to PCI to PCI Express

    Jim Blazer (RTD Embedded Technologies)
    The PC/104 Consortium continues evolving the stackable PC architecture, most notably with developments in their PCI Express specification, PCIe/104.

    Avionics data bus
     → April/May 2013

    Avionics data bus technology meets the SWaP challenge

    Charlotte Adams (GE Intelligent Platforms)

    High performance
     → April 2013
    White Paper: High Performance Embedded Computing and Its Impact on Mil/Aero Applications

    White Paper: High Performance Embedded Computing and Its Impact on Mil/Aero Applications

    Peter Thompson (GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc.)
    GE Intelligent Platforms High Performance Embedded Computing takes advantage of the technologies and architectures widely deployed in commercial High Performance Computing environments, bringing to the embedded mil/aero world the advantage of their cost-effectiveness, proven performance and extensiv... [read more]

    Security
     → December 2012
    White Paper: Comprehensive Android Security Strategy

    White Paper: Comprehensive Android Security Strategy

    Tim Skutt, Senior Solution Architect (Wind River Systems, Inc.)
    Cyber warfare has swiftly migrated from hacking into enterprise networks and the Internet to targeting, and being triggered from, mobile devices. With the explosion in the number of connected devices, security attacks can now be launched from anywhere, targeting any place. Wind River(r) has combine... [read more]

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