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5 Apr, 2013

Phil Burr Here at Mentor Graphics we are always pleased to get customer feedback on the use of our technology for embedded software development. One such customer is Imagination Technologies whose “Pure” product division has used our embedded user interface (UI) technology and services to create and power the UI in their outstanding “Pure Avalon 300R Connect Freeview+ HD Digital TV Recorder”. … Read More

HMI, Inflexion, RTOS, UI, Nucleus, Nucleus ReadyStart

1 Apr, 2013

Colin Walls Some time ago, I recorded the content for a Web seminar about power management in embedded software. Although I am talking about the subject generally, I am, of course, strongly alluding to the capabilities incorporated into Nucleus RTOS. The session was “broadcast” last week, but, if you would like to experience a rare example of me being caught on video, you can watch the recorded version. … Read More

Low Power, Nucleus, Power Management

25 Mar, 2013
Embedded Software

Reading the meter

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls I remember reading a book about nuclear power, which had been written in the 1950s. It confidently foretold that an era of cheap energy was about to commence – so cheap that electricity would not need to be metered. I, for one, am still awaiting this golden age. Of course, things did not work out like that and meters for gas and electricity are still with us. The technology of those meters is … Read More

Nucleus, smart meter, SEP, smart energy

4 Mar, 2013
Embedded Software

Innovate!

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls I recall a few years ago, I was at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, CA. We had a presentation theater on the booth and my job was to manage it. That meant that I got to do some of the presentations and persuaded colleagues to do others. One session, that was not mine, was particularly successful. I am not sure whether this was because of the unique style of the presenter or the words she … Read More

Nucleus, start-up, Nucleus RTOS

18 Feb, 2013

Jamie Little NXP has joined the Nucleus Innovate Program with its line of LPC ARM Cortex M4 family of microcontroller devices. The first Nucleus BSP available for NXP will be on the Hitex LPC4350 evaluation board. Just to mention a few of the onboard goodies, the LPC4350 has speeds up to 204MHz, USB, LCD, Ethernet with 1MB FLASH and 264kb SRAM, making the LPC3450 a very capable development platform. Moreover, the … Read More

NXP, Nucleus, RTOS, LPC1800, LPC4000, free software, MCU, multi-core, LPC4300, LPC4350

8 Jan, 2013
Embedded Software

OS configuration

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls I have always characterized the difference between desktop systems and embedded along the lines of “desktops are all the same; embedded systems are all different.” Although, if I think about platform based designs, this is less universal, but the distinction still mostly holds true. Commonly, I would cite this difference when considering the needs of embedded software engineers with respect … Read More

RTOS, device tree, BSP, ReadyStart, Linux, Nucleus

2 Jan, 2013

Jamie Little

RTOS’s have been around for a long time in the embedded industry.   And with the introduction of the TI RTOS, Freescale’s MQX, FreeRTOS and several others, I hear all the time that “RTOS’s have become a commodity.”  And to some extent, I agree.   While every RTOS has its pros and cons with various features and benefits, selecting the right one for “your” application requirements can be a little tricky. 

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OSS, RTOS, Freescale, Android, Mentor Embedded, Nucleus, Linux, Medical

26 Nov, 2012
Embedded Software

USB 3.0

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls In the world of computers, I have always felt that USB is one of the good things of life. It [mostly] just works and simplifies our lives. As USB has been around quite a few years, it is hard to remember what life was like before. It is interesting technology, because, as it is so easy to use, it is easy to forget how complex it is “under the hood”. This is a topic that I have talked about … Read More

Nucleus, USB, USB 3.0, Nucleus USB, SuperSpeed

16 Nov, 2012

Kamran Shah Five years ago if you came up to me and said I’m going to raise $500,000 for my cool new idea from the average person out on the streets and not give them any equity in my business I would have probably said “You’re crazy!” Will I must admit I would have been short sighted. It’s hard these days to not hear about the latest and greatest crown funded device. Twine is one … Read More

Nucleus

1 Oct, 2012
Embedded Software

ECS2012

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls As I have in previous years, this week I am attending the Embedded Conference Scandinavia [ECS] in Stockholm, Sweden. This event seems to get bigger every year and is certainly for foremost embedded conference in the region. I was pleased to have two proposals for papers accepted … My two sessions cover well trodden ground: USB 3 – An Introduction for Embedded Software Developers USB is … Read More

Nucleus, ECS2012, USB, RTOS

24 Sep, 2012

Colin Walls Although I have a broad interest in embedded software, I started out in tools – compilers, debuggers etc. – and, in some ways, my loyalty still lies there. My eye was caught, therefore, by a recent report by VDC which looked at the state of the embedded software development tools market. They looked at how the market has developed and where it is going. I thought that it was interesting … Read More

Development Tools, RTOS, Nucleus

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

27 Aug, 2012

Kamran Shah Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS) describes the use of two power saving techniques (dynamic frequency scaling and dynamic voltage scaling) used to save power in embedded systems including cell phones. This type of power saving is different from what most of us generally think about like standby or hibernate power states. All of these are useful of course. You can reduce the power consumed … Read More

Freescale, Nucleus, DVFS

20 Aug, 2012
Embedded Software

Evaluation boards

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Just about all the embedded CPU manufacturers produce evaluation boards employing their devices with a suitable selection of peripherals.These boards are generally offered at a very reasonable price and are readily available, along with good software support from vendors like Mentor Embedded. So, what use are these boards to the embedded developer, who may be looking at the design of custom hardware? … Read More

evaluation boards, Nucleus, RTOS, Nucleus ReadyStart

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