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Posts tagged with 'Nucleus'

10 Feb, 2014

Colin Walls Apart from writing about embedded software matters, I also read widely and enjoy the perspectives offered by many of the key figures in the field. One writer, who always gets my attention, is Jim Turley. Jim is never afraid of raising contentious issues and tends to take something of a chip-centric view of embedded systems. He seemed surprised, in a recent article, to find that engineers’ priorities … Read More

Nucleus

20 Jan, 2014
Embedded Software

Low power modes

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Power management is a hot topic – or maybe that should read “a cool topic” – among embedded developers of late. In the course of a recent conversation on the subject, I realized that there are, in effect, three kinds of power saving procedure that embedded software might effect: Use dynamic voltage and frequency scaling [DVFS] to tune the CPU performance to the needs of the … Read More

Low Power, Nucleus, Power Management

16 Jan, 2014

Anil Khanna It is no secret that demand for electricity far outstrips available supply. Demand from both the rapid urbanization of developing economies as well as emergence of new applications in developed nations is driving this trend. Generating additional capacity is one, albeit quite expensive, option to deal with this imbalance. Alternatively, turning to technology to help address this issue is another. Source: … Read More

OpenADR, RTOS, Nucleus, smart grid, smart meter, SEP, smart energy

15 Jan, 2014

Jamie Little This is not your daddy’s 18-wheeler! We’re all quite familiar 18-wheeler diesel trucks. We see them on the road every day. They are a critical part of our mass infrastructure in various capacities. From moving companies, freight liners, to independent truckers, to retailers and package delivery, there are lots of big trucks on the road – collectively consuming significant amounts of diesel fuel. … Read More

STMicroelectronics, Embedded, stm32, STMicro, Nucleus, RTOS

6 Jan, 2014

Colin Walls A majority of embedded devices nowadays are implemented using an operating system of some kind. This has not always been the case and need not be today. Historically, using an OS was less common mainly because the applications were less complex and CPUs less powerful. Some thought is needed, at an early stage in a project, to determine which OS to use [or whether to use one at all] … This all … Read More

Linux, multi-core, RTOS, Multi-OS, Nucleus

10 Dec, 2013

Jamie Little “When profits hang in the balance, get a Reliable Scale”  That’s a great tagline for an industrial scale company! Since 1984, the folks at Reliable Scale Corporation in Calgary, Alberta, Canada have been producing a variety of scales for agriculture, oilfield and industrial applications; including live animal & bin weighing, force sensing for pumpjack and wireline applications as well as general … Read More

rtos nucleus mcu microcontroller, RTOS, Cortex M3, Atmel, Mentor Embedded, Nucleus, industrial control, MCU

25 Nov, 2013

Colin Walls I recently discussed hypervisor technology and how it is being applied in embedded systems. This coincided with Mentor Embedded’s announcement of Mentor Embedded Hypervisor. I described what a hypervisor is and something about how it works, but I did not address applications for hypervisors – where they are used and why. The initial announcement that I quoted, was focused on using hypervisors … Read More

Nucleus, Multicore, hypervisor, Embedded Hypervisor, multi-core, Multi-OS, Linux, mentor embedded hypervisor

18 Nov, 2013

Colin Walls My busy two week conference period is now behind me and, having had a bit of R&R in the meantime, I have had a chance to reflect on some of my experiences and impressions of the three events: ARM TechCon, ECS and IP-SoC. If you attended any of these events, please email or comment to share your thoughts. If you would like copies of any of my materials, please email … ARM TechCon, Santa Clara, … Read More

Power Management, ARM TechCon, ARM, Multicore, RTOS, Self-test, Nucleus, Low Power, USB, MCAPI, USB 3.0

11 Nov, 2013
Embedded Software

Embedded hypervisors

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Some technologies, it seems to me, should not really exist. They do, however, because they address a specific need. Typically, such technologies stretch something to make it perform in a way that was not originally intended. An example would be the fax machine. In a paper-based office environment, there was a frequent need to move documents from A to B. Initially, this resulted in the mail. But fax … Read More

Nucleus, Multicore, Embedded Hypervisor, ARM, multi-core, Multi-OS, hypervisor, mentor embedded hypervisor

4 Nov, 2013
Embedded Software

ECS & IP-SoC

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls As I mentioned previously, I am in the midst of a busy time for conferences. This week, I am at ECS in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday/Wednesday and IP-SoC in Grenoble, France on Thursday. I have a total of four presentations, along with some other activities at these events … ECS has become a significant fixture in the calendar for embedded events in the Nordic region and seems to get bigger … Read More

Self-test, Low Power, Nucleus, RTOS, Power Management

7 Oct, 2013
Embedded Software

The next Big Thing

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Way back when I first started this blog, I wrote about the way that embedded development is subject to fads and fashions. Even though embedded developers are conservative and only adopt new technologies and ideas when they address real problems, when such adoption does occur it is always seen as a Big Thing. Every couple of years, something comes along that fits this category. I have found it interesting … Read More

smart meter, IoT, smart energy, M2M, Nucleus

30 Sep, 2013

Colin Walls On desktop computers, data that you are working on right now, in an open application, is most likely just stored in RAM. When you are finished, the information is saved to disk for more permanent storage. That is the way it is for word processing, spreadsheets etc.; databases are bit different. The idea of having volatile memory for temporary use – where a power failure can cost you a morning’s … Read More

file system, Linux, RTOS, Nucleus

24 Sep, 2013

Jamie Little The Nucleus Innovate Program continues to attract small companies from many different segments in the embedded market. In fact, we’re seeing several small automotive companies join the Nucleus Innovate Program. Companies like HGM Automotive Electronics, who specialize in transmission shift kits, throttle sensors, transmission pans and accessories. From an embedded system perspective, their COMPUSHIFT … Read More

Texas Instruments, ST Microelectronics, ARM Ltd, RTOS, Nucleus, NXP Semiconductor

23 Sep, 2013
Embedded Software

Smart Energy panel

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Smart Energy is a topic that I have discussed here a bit – here and here for example. It is a somewhat vague term that encompasses home automation, networking of appliances in the home and online connectivity to utility companies. These are all areas that will see significant growth in the coming few years. On Wednesday this week, I will be chairing an online Smart Energy panel session. This is … Read More

Nucleus, smart meter, SEP 2.0, smart energy

5 Sep, 2013

Anil Khanna The smart energy market and the adoption of “smart” products continue to evolve at a rapid pace. While several factors, such as cost, environmental concerns, local policies etc. impact the rate of acceptance of smart energy, technology is playing a key role in fostering it. The advantage is that there is a growth in applications both at the larger networked grid-level as well as (and more so)at the … Read More

Nucleus, RTOS, smart grid, smart meter, SEP 2.0, smart energy

Embedded Software

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