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6 Oct, 2014

Another ARM conference

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Hot on the heals of ARM TechCon in California last week, I am off to another ARM-centric event on Thursday this week: the ARM Developers Conference in Munich, Germany. This timing was no coincidence. It was originally scheduled for early summer, but it was moved to take advantage of ARM’s announcements at TechCon. I will be making a presentation titled “OS Selection for ARM-based Systems”. … Read More

29 Sep, 2014

ARM TechCon - See you there?

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls This week is the first, for me, of the major conferences in the embedded software space this Fall – the ARM TechCon. As usual, it takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. And, as usual, I will be attending. The exhibition runs over two days: Wednesday and Thursday. I will be at the Mentor Graphics booth [#201] for most of the day on Thursday. So, if you want to stop by … Read More

22 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls Once again, I am mining a backlog of interesting questions that came up during an online C++ class. Of course, as is inevitable, not all the questions are about [or at least specific to] C++… What is the idea behind the provision of multiple constructors for a class? A constructor is a function that is executed automatically when an instance of a class [an object] is created. It has the same name … Read More

18 Sep, 2014

"Six of the Best" - iPad apps

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls This is the first in an occasional series of postings with the title “Six of the Best”. This phrase is probably meaningless to many people outside of the UK and Australia and it is quite old fashioned here. It referred to the practice of punishing children with six lashes of a cane – a practice that is, hopefully, now consigned to history. However, I am not going to talk about corporal … Read More

17 Sep, 2014

Rich Rejmaniak It doesn’t matter if you’re reading this the day that it’s published, or decades later, there are some simple facts about computing devices that have held true since their inception.  A few years from now there will be processors available that far outstrip the current offerings in compute power and system complexity.  These processors will be cheaper than what you can get now.  Pretty much every … Read More

16 Sep, 2014

A hypervisor on a multicore system

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls I have written before about multicore systems – here for example – and looked at AMP vs SMP and various other aspects of the technology. As the use of multicore designs has become increasingly mainstream, the options and possible configurations available has increased drastically. A particular facet is the incorporation of a hypervisor in an AMP system … All embedded systems have finite … Read More

16 Sep, 2014

Jamie Little Customers building applications for consumer products, medical devices, industrial automation, mil/aero, smart devices and so on have common concerns around managing data. Many developers turn to the Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol that lets programs make requests for files and services on remote computers on the Internet. Since CIFS uses the client/server programming model, the client … Read More

8 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls In a recent post I mentioned that I have written a lot of articles over the years. I sometimes wonder how many, but it is certainly in the hundreds. Although historically they were in print, nowadays, most of my work appears online. A particular favorite outlet is a popular venue for embedded developers: embedded.com I have cataloged and highlighted some more of my work … In due course, I will … Read More

1 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls As I mentioned on a previous occasion, I always welcome questions whenever I make a presentation, do a web seminar, write an article or blog post or whatever. Even very simple queries give me ideas for topics to discuss. I always take the view that, if one engineer poses a question, there are probably a bunch of guys who would also like the answer. Once again, I am turning my attention to C++ … What … Read More

23 Aug, 2014

Jamie Little With the Internet of Things (IoT) quickly approaching, embedded designers are working diligently to ready their next generation products for a new set of networking, connectivity and security requirements. The Nucleus RTOS is well positioned for the IoT market given its small microkernel footprint along with a host of connectivity options to support IoT requirements. The Nucleus Innovate Program continues … Read More

18 Aug, 2014

Colin Walls Although I enjoy writing articles and blogs and giving presentations – I am always hoping that I can impart some useful information and help engineers with their projects – the Q&A session after a presentation is often the moist interesting part. If I am doing a Web seminar, for example, I normally have a one hour slot; I try to talk for no more than 20-25 minutes, leaving plenty of … Read More

12 Aug, 2014

Matt Radochonski Our product teams have been producing some fantastic content lately and three of our latest webinars are now available free & on-demand.  Click the links below to check them out and peruse the videos at your leisure. Debugging Multicore and Heterogeneous Embedded Systems: Learn how to debug complex multi operating system, multi-core and heterogeneous architecture based systems independently and … Read More

11 Aug, 2014

Colin Walls I have always liked writing. From an early age, I had an ambition to write a book. My first attempt, in my mid-teens, was a science fiction novel. It was not a success. I wrote about 100 pages and I may even still have the typescript. I remember being embarrassed last time I looked at it. One of the best days of my life was back in 1986, when a jiffy bag arrived in the mail containing a book with my … Read More

5 Aug, 2014

Ricardo Anguiano Ship better products faster with Mentor Embedded’s comprehensive suite of run-time platforms, development tools and custom engineering services. Our Qt-based patient monitoring demo and the underlying Mentor Embedded run-time platforms, development tools and technologies are featured in the video below. Featured in this video: Sourcery CodeBench – Our Eclipse based, GNU Toolchain backed … Read More

4 Aug, 2014

Colin Walls I started a couple of weeks ago, when I received an email from Sandeep Vasant from Ahmedabad University in India. For reasons that he has yet to reveal, he was having trouble with some code like this: int a=10, b=20, c=0; c = a++ + a++ + b++ + b++ + ++a + ++b; He tried this with one compiler and the resulting values of a, b and c were 13, 23 and 96 respectively. He was satisfied with this result. … Read More

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