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14 Mar, 2013

Dennis Brophy IEEE 1801™-2013 Enters Pre-Publish Phase The completion and approval of electronic design automation standards has seemed to be the order of the day for several months now.  Added to this list is the IEEE Standards Association (SA) approval of their newly revised low power standard (IEEE 1801™-2013).  The IEEE SA’s Review Committee (RevCom) unanimously recommended approval and that was confirmed by … Read More

UPF, Erich Marschner, IEEE 1801, DVCon, RevCom, Low Power

25 Feb, 2013
Embedded Software

Embedded World 2013

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls This week I am on my annual pilgrimage to Nuremberg, Germany to attend Embedded World. This is the first major conference of the year that covers embedded software and is, I am sure, now the largest event serving this community anywhere in the world. I have written about past visits and this year’s trip will be quite similar, except that I will be rather busy … Most years I have had one … Read More

Embedded World, Low Power, Power Management, RTOS

24 Feb, 2013

Kamran Shah The Mentor Embedded team will be at Embedded World in Nuremburg Germany this week. In addition to a number of demos at the Expo (Hall 5, Booth 324) we are presenting a number of sessions as well. On Tuesday Colin Walls will give two presentations: His first session is titled “Power Management in Embedded Systems”. This is part of Session 4: System Level Design and will be from 3:15 pm to … Read More

Low Power, RTOS, Embedded World

19 Feb, 2013

Dennis Brophy Learn about new standards, industry surveys and trends This year’s DVCon is set and if you have not yet registered, you can do it now – or just show up!  If you want to secure seating at some of the Monday tutorial events, I strongly encourage pre-registration to ensure you can secure a seat.  And if you just want to see the exhibits and chat with suppliers, that’s free. The IEEE low power format is … Read More

IEEE 1801, Low Power, Harry Foster, Wally Rhines, UPF

4 Feb, 2013

Colin Walls I recently wrote a posting about designing a CPU for low power by creating an instruction set where common sequences of instructions would have the minimum number of logic transitions. I hoped that I would get some feedback and I did. I had an email from Apostolos Leventis. I am always delighted to be contacted by blog readers, either by comment or email – even if it is critical or correcting … Read More

Low Power

21 Jan, 2013

Colin Walls First up, please remember that I am a software guy, not a chip designer. Please read this posting with that in mind. I was chatting with someone at a conference recently and they planted an idea in my brain. I am not sure what to do with the idea, so I thought that I would exercise it here. The topic was the consideration of power consumption in embedded systems – a subject I have written about … Read More

Low Power

10 Dec, 2012
Embedded Software

In the news

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls It is quite common, as I am sure it is for you, that someone asks me what I do for a living. Most of the time I try to get away with just saying that I work for a software company. If pressed for more detail, I end up explaining what embedded systems are all about. Sometimes, when really pushed, I talk about how I actually spend my time – writing articles, do webinars, presenting at conferences, … Read More

IP-SoC, Low Power, Power Management

10 Dec, 2012

Kamran Shah

Collin Walls gave a recent keynote at the IP-SOC 2012 Conference titled “Power is now a Software Issue”. The keynote provides a nice overview of software considerations including hardware selection, use cases, the role of the operating system, BSPs and drivers as well as application development.  

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Low Power

19 Nov, 2012

Colin Walls I recently attended an event focused on power and embedded software hosted by the NMI in the UK, where I had been invited to make a presentation. My session was titled “Power Management in a Real Time Operating System”. If you would like a copy of the slides, please email. Of course, apart from presenting myself, I was interested in the other sessions, in particular one about compilers and … Read More

Low Power, compiler, Power Management, NMI

17 Sep, 2012
Embedded Software

ESC Boston

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls This week I am making a flying visit to DESIGN East [a.k.a. ESC Boston] to present a couple of classes. When I say “flying”, I am not alluding to my mode of transportation, but the duration of my visit. My first paper is Wednesday afternoon and my second is lunchtime on Thursday; I fly in Wednesday morning and out again Thursday evening. I even manage to pack in some other activity while … Read More

DESIGN East, RTOS, Low Power, Nucleus

3 Sep, 2012
Embedded Software

The Power Pyramid

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Power consumption of embedded systems is currently a hot topic – one I have posted on several times before. With the conference season coming up, I am working on a few papers that address this subject and I will talk about those nearer the time. However, there is one aspect of designing for low power that I thought it would be worthwhile putting under the spotlight. I want to introduce the “Power … Read More

Low Power, Nucleus

23 Jul, 2012
Embedded Software

Going to sleep

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Once again, I am thinking about embedded software and low power design, as I have discussed before. I still find it interesting that a characteristic of electronic devices, which until only recently would have been considered purely a hardware issue, is now very much on the agenda for software developers. The challenge now is to keep up with the capabilities provided by the chip makers … There … Read More

Low Power, Nucleus, RTOS

20 Jul, 2012

Dennis Brophy Live & In-Person at DAC 2012! Verification Academy, the brain child of Dr. Harry Foster, Chief Verification Scientist at Mentor Graphics, was live from the Design Automation Conference tradeshow floor this year.  Harry is pictured to the right giving an update on his popular verification survey from the DAC tradeshow floor. The Verification Academy, predominantly a web-based resource is a popular … Read More

Formal, Doulos, Verification Academy, UVM Express, Verification Trends, Tech Design Forum, ACE, Thales, AMS, UPF, ABV, UVM, Coverage Closure, iTBA, DAC, Low Power, ARM, OVM, Assertion-Based Verification

9 Jul, 2012

Colin Walls The subject of power in embedded systems just does not seem to go away – like my postings here and here. And I do not see the situation changing any time soon. If it is not design consideration for your current project, I promise that it will be on your agenda before long. As smart phones become increasingly ubiquitous, it seems worthwhile considering how concerns about power have influenced their … Read More

Low Power

26 Jun, 2012
Embedded Software

Power Suckers

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls I have often observed that the world of embedded software is usually dominated by a small number of “fashionable” topics – technology that everybody is talking and/or concerned about. The key one just now, which I have discussed before, is the influence that software has on device power consumption. This is a topic to which I will certainly return. A number of the Mentor Embedded team … Read More

Freescale, FTF, RTOS, Low Power, Nucleus

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