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  • RTOS
     → March 2014

    Real-time operating systems in the cloud era: Revolution or evolution?

    Curt Schwaderer (Editorial Director)
    Decades-old RTOS technology is still going strong, and is responding to new trends and advances to meet today’s embedded system needs.

    Embedded software
     → August 2009
    White Paper: Nucleus Kernel Evaluation Overview

    White Paper: Nucleus Kernel Evaluation Overview

    Mentor Graphics (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    Free! Mentor Graphics offers a special Nucleus® Kernel Software Evaluation Kit. Download evaluation kit from the link provided on the first page.

    C++
     → June 2010
    White Paper: Dynamic memory allocation and fragmentation in C & C++

    White Paper: Dynamic memory allocation and fragmentation in C & C++

    Colin Walls (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    In C and C++, it can be very convenient to allocate and de-allocate blocks of memory as and when needed. This is certainly standard practice in both languages and almost unavoidable in C++. However, the handling of such dynamic memory can be problematic and inefficient. For desktop applications, whe... [read more]

    Displays
     → June 2009
    Video: Nucleus Graphics Designer

    Video: Nucleus Graphics Designer

    Phil Brumby (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    Nucleus Graphics embedded UI engine and designer enables the rapid creation and customization of visually rich, highly usable graphical user interfaces (GUIs). It can be used for all types of embedded device with a graphical display.

    Operating systems
     → December 2009
    Rise of the multi-OS

    Rise of the multi-OS

    Glenn Perry (Mentor Graphics)
    Multiple OS deployment is taking off in asymmetric multiprocessing systems.

    System integration
     → February 2011
    White Paper: How to Simplify Your Next Embedded Design

    White Paper: How to Simplify Your Next Embedded Design

    Stephen Olsen (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    With today’s SoCs increasing in complexity, it’s no wonder the software needed to run on these devices is taking longer to create, adapt, and optimize for a given application on a given piece of hardware. No question practices and methodologies behind system design need to change.

    Android
     → April 2010
    Android and RTOS together: The dynamic duo for today\'s medical devices

    Android and RTOS together: The dynamic duo for today's medical devices

    Matthew Locke (Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division)
    Patient monitoring devices can benefit from the user interface capabilities and real-time data collection provided by the combination of Android and an RTOS.

    Software
     → October 2009

    'EAL 6+' says it all – or does it? Q&A with Marc Brown, Vice President, VxWorks Product Strategy and Marketing for Wind River Systems

    Military Embedded Systems magazine (OpenSystems Media)
    Editor's note: To be or not to be … EAL 6+ certified: That is the question. Apologies to William Shakespeare, but you get the point. With EAL 6 (or 6+) certification becoming the latest trend among embedded software vendors, the criteria for achieving such should be fairly straightforward … or is it... [read more]

    Medical applications
     → June 2009
    White Paper: Nucleus: Medical applications

    White Paper: Nucleus: Medical applications

    Todd Brian (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    The selection of a real-time operating system for a medical device is critical. This white paper considers the RTOS functionality and specifications that influence the selection process, addressing performance, reliability, device usability, and compliance with standards and regulations when develop... [read more]

    Virtualization
     → September 2009

    Allowing for GPOS and RTOS: The unique virtualization needs of mission-critical embedded systems

    Chris Main (TenAsys Corp.)
    When hosting multiple heterogenous OSs on one processor chip simultaneously, virtualization is key. Meanwhile, mission-critical virtualization melds RTOSs and GPOSs – and might fold in some legacy applications too.

    Unified system design
     → June 2012
    Unified system design: Software and hardware on the same page

    Unified system design: Software and hardware on the same page

    Colin Walls (Mentor Graphics)
    Virtual prototypes and hardware emulators improve design hardware, accelerate software bring-up, and bridge the designer/engineer gap in embedded systems.

    Multicore
     → October 2009
    White Paper: How Multicore Enables the Fast and Efficient Deployment of Multi-OS Systems

    White Paper: How Multicore Enables the Fast and Efficient Deployment of Multi-OS Systems

    Dan Driscoll and (Mentor Graphics Corporation); Stephen Olsen (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    This paper discusses how multicore designs are creating the need for a true multi-OS system. Within this discussion Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP), Asymmetric Multi-Processing (AMP), multicore hardware and software, development tools, and actual use cases will be covered.

    Simulation
     → August 2009
    White Paper: SimTest Simulation: A Powerful  Tool for Embedded Software Development

    White Paper: SimTest Simulation: A Powerful Tool for Embedded Software Development

    Ville-Veikko Helppi (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    This paper discusses host-based simulation and introduces two new tools that utilize this type of technology.

    RTOS
     → June 2009

    Two different realms: RTOS support for safety-critical vs. security-critical systems

    Tim King (LynuxWorks)
    Safety- and security-critical system functions are evolving simultaneously. However, the two system types have different yet similar requirements. Thankfully, modern RTOSs are stepping up to meet their respective needs.

    EAL 6+
     → November 2009
    Shades of gray? Green Hills sees red over Wind Riverís Brown comments

    Shades of gray? Green Hills sees red over Wind River’s Brown comments

    Chris A. Ciufo (Editor)
    When elephants dance … oh, heck. You know the rest.

    Virtualization
     → April 2010
    Real-time and general-purpose operating systems unite via virtualization

    Real-time and general-purpose operating systems unite via virtualization

    Chris Main (TenAsys)
    Combining real-time and general-purpose operating environments on the same platform places stringent requirements on how virtualization is implemented.

    VoIP
     → May 2010
    White Paper: NanoVOIP: Mocana’s comprehensive developers’ suite for building enterprise–class security into VoIP devices and services

    White Paper: NanoVOIP: Mocana’s comprehensive developers’ suite for building enterprise–class security into VoIP devices and services

    Kurt Stammberger (Mocana)
    Mocana's NanoVOIP Developers' Suite is a comprehensive security solution for application developers and device designers trying to build secure VoIP products. NanoVOIP contains all of the protocols, algorithms, standards specifications and tools you need to turn an average VoIP implementation into a... [read more]

    Embedded software
     → July 2009
    White Paper: Three Proven Techniques for Improving Embedded Software

    White Paper: Three Proven Techniques for Improving Embedded Software

    Dave Kittinger (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    These days embedded developers are looking for new and cost-efficient methods to maximize the performance of their application while still maintaining a high level of design efficiency. This paper takes a look at three proven methodologies for improved performance through simple code modifications.

    RTOS
     → May 2010
    Secure virtualization combines traditional desktop OSs and embedded RTOSs in military embedded systems

    Secure virtualization combines traditional desktop OSs and embedded RTOSs in military embedded systems

    Robert Day (LynuxWorks)
    Microsoft Windows can run on the same system as Linux and RTOS, with each having its own secure partition and running applications at different security classifications. For the next generation of military embedded systems, the combination of LynxSecure and Intel hardware allows the ultimate in flex... [read more]

    Multimedia
     → July 2009
    White Paper: Delivering Rich and Customizable User Interfaces for Multimedia-enabled products

    White Paper: Delivering Rich and Customizable User Interfaces for Multimedia-enabled products

    Geoff Kendall (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    In today's increasingly competitive consumer device markets, multimedia-enabled products must offer a user interface (UI) that is both visually compelling and easy to use. But changing an embedded UI can often require a lot of time and work.

    Software
     → October 2009

    Modernizing legacy military systems with top-grade static analysis

    Tom Schultz (Coverity)
    Outdated legacy code bases in warfare and defense systems create vulnerabilities to safety and prohibit the introduction of new, network-centric technology. With static analysis, these systems can be retrofitted to be high integrity, making devices more technologically competitive.

    Multicore
     → December 2009
    RTOS: Cars, cores, and clouds

    RTOS: Cars, cores, and clouds

    Sebastien Marineau-Mes (QNX Software Systems)
    Embedded devices are progressively becoming access points to cloud services.

    Compilers
     → July 2009
    White Paper: How a Compiler Can Aid Embedded Software Developers

    White Paper: How a Compiler Can Aid Embedded Software Developers

    Pat Wellander (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    When a software developer is acquiring a compiler, a primary consideration is the code quality produced by the compiler.

    USB
     → July 2010
    White Paper: USB Explained: An Introduction to USB and Its Future

    White Paper: USB Explained: An Introduction to USB and Its Future

    Stephen Olsen, Software Engineer (Mentor Graphics Corporation); Colin Walls, Embedded Software Technologist (Mentor Graphics)
    Embedded considerations for using USB in a design are split between need to implement functionality as a peripheral device, a host, or both. This was addressed in the On-The-Go (OTG) supplement to the USB 2.0 specification.

    Power management
     → June 2009
    White Paper: Power Management for Portable Consumer Electronic Devices

    White Paper: Power Management for Portable Consumer Electronic Devices

    Stephen Olsen (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    This paper covers the basics of reactive power management, as well as the more advanced topic of proactive or predictive power management. System integrators and developers well gain a better understanding of these power management techniques and how these techniques can reduce power consumption.

    GUI
     → August 2009
    White Paper: Effective Embedded Differentiation with Graphical User Interfaces

    White Paper: Effective Embedded Differentiation with Graphical User Interfaces

    Geoff Kendall (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    This paper discusses the motivations for and potential benefits of switching to LCD-based interfaces, and goes on to describe the challenges facing anyone attempting to deliver a great embedded GUI. This paper concludes with a checklist of things to look for when assessing the merits of the various ... [read more]

    Space applications
     → Spring 2009

    Detecting ripples in space-time

    Hermann Strass (European Analyst)
    Suspension control electronics handle complex calculations for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory.

    VMEbus
     → December 2010

    Fighting cancer - VME system to destroy cancer cells and repair DNA

    Hermann Strass (European Analyst)
    A VMEbus-based irradiation and data acquisition system developed at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg, Uni Erlangen, uses protons to detect DNA's repair mechanism to aid in the fight against cancer.

    Digital energy
     → September 2010
    Green up: We all use electricity, right?

    Green up: We all use electricity, right?

    Don Dingee (Editorial Director)
    This month, we quickly contemplate a question: What's "digital energy," and what does it mean for embedded?

    Linux
     → August 2009

    Getting the right Linux for your new design

    Brad Dixon (MontaVista Software)
    Developers need to evaluate each element of the software supply chain to determine if it supports their design goals.

    ERTMS
     → April 2011
    Fast train through Europe

    Fast train through Europe

    Hermann Strass, European Analyst (European Analyst)
    CompactPCI-based European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) networks Italy’s Alta Velocità to the top of speed and safety.

    System-on-Chip
     → December 2009

    Achieving flexible power management for embedded systems

    Palani Subbiah (Cypress Semiconductor)
    Programmable SoCs allow users to build their own custom peripherals using a highly configurable system.

    Machine-to-Machine communication
     → August 2009
    White Paper: The Promise of M2M: How Pervasive Connected Machines are Fueling the Next Wireless Revolution

    White Paper: The Promise of M2M: How Pervasive Connected Machines are Fueling the Next Wireless Revolution

    Syed Gilani (Mentor Graphics Corporation)
    This paper defines the concept of M2M, cites examples on how M2M is being implemented in various businesses/industries, and discusses how some of the partners in M2M are beginning to offer innovative solutions.

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