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15 May, 2014

Andrew Patterson Next week in Gothenburg the 10th GENIVI All-Members meeting is taking place. At the Demonstration Showcase on Wednesday 21st May, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software will present a wide array of Infotainment integrations, covering in-house technology, as well as leading partner solutions. The technology on dsiplay will include: Consolidated Domains We will have a GENIVI compliant Linux Infotainment system … Read More

12 May, 2014

Colin Walls As I mentioned last week, I am very much in “C++ mode” just now, mainly because I am preparing for some online classes. As a result of various social media contacts, I am getting some interesting impressions of how C++ is viewed among embedded developers. There is certainly much controversy. Some developers love it, but many are very critical. Various aspects of the language concern engineers, … Read More

EHS, exception handling

6 May, 2014

Colin Walls C++ has been on my mind lately. There are many reasons why embedded developers are wary – possibly even afraid – of C++. These include code bloat, execution performance and unreliability resulting from dynamic memory allocation. They are all issues with which engineers should concern themselves, however, none of them are intrinsic problems with the C++ language, as they can all be controlled … Read More

1 May, 2014

Matt Radochonski Hello! Today we have another installment in our Guest Blogger series. Mentor Embedded’s Senior Product Manager for the Nucleus RTOS product line joins us to discuss memory footprint reduction in IoT devices.  Contact information for Andrew is at the bottom of the blog post.  Enjoy. —- 50 billion devices!  That is the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices analysts project over the next … Read More

sensors, Security, Connectivity, internet-of-things, ARM, Nucleus, IoT, Networking

29 Apr, 2014

Jamie Little The Nucleus Innovate Program continues to offer great value for small companies, startups and entrepreneurs.   There have been dozens of customers approved for free RTOS access with IDE tools in the Nucleus Innovate Package, which includes both the Nucleus RTOS and seats of the Sourcery CodeBench tools.  Customers can choose from a variety of popular BSPs for some of the most popular MCU devices available … Read More

RTOS, ARM Cortex-M3, arm cortex-m4, ARM, MCU, Nucleus, Atmel, free RTOS

28 Apr, 2014

C++ for embedded - your input needed

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls A frequent topic for discussion, I have found, both here and elsewhere, is programming languages for embedded development. Every developer has their favorite and has clear ideas on what is going to happen in the future. Market research also indicates certain trends, but, curiously, many of those trends have fallen victim to the innate conservatism of embedded developers. There is a strong “if … Read More

23 Apr, 2014

Kamran Shah If you’re a customer of ours you should have already received an e-mail with instructions on how to update products such as Mentor Embedded Linux and the Automotive Technology Platfrom that include OpenSLL, and in some cases versions of OpenSLL with the Hearbleed bug and vulnerability. Logo representing Heartbleed from security company Codenomicon. If you’re not an active customer of Mentor Embedded … Read More

Linux, openssl, hearbleed, Security

22 Apr, 2014

Colin Walls Quite a while ago, I made the observation that wireless connection technologies were everywhere. Nothing has changed, of course. In fact there are even more wireless devices around and, with the advent of the Internet of Things, numbers will continue to increase drastically. The term “wireless”, to some extent, means different things to different people, but it usually boils down to a data … Read More

22 Apr, 2014

Kamran Shah Earlier this month at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) I was interviewed by Andy Frame from ARM about some quick thoughts on the Internet of Things (IoT). I hope you’ll appreciate that I do call out that IoT does have an issue in many minds as being a buzzword. All the marketing fluff aside, my personal experiences have shown that connectivity and greater information can have a positive impact … Read More

Security, arm trustzone, internet-of-things, ARM, Power Management, IoT, Low Power

17 Apr, 2014

Kamran Shah Many of us have spent this week resetting passwords and upgrading some software as a result of the recently discovered Heartbleed security bug. I didn’t really have such a fundamental issue that impacted so many systems all of us work with on a daily basis in mind when we scheduled our panel discussion on Security Strategies for Internet of Things (IoT) Systems. The bug did however reinforce to … Read More

heartbleed, internet-of-things, cloud services, IoT, Security

15 Apr, 2014

Kamran Shah Last week Freescale announced two new SoCs based on the Layerscape architecture to the QorIQ family of processing platforms. These new SoCs extend the QorIQ family to a high performance networking solution at a lower power. The QorIQ LS2085A and LS2045A provide this power optimized performance based on 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores. As Freescale’s preferred partner we’ll of course make sure … Read More

Cortex-A57, Freescale, ARM, Layerscape

14 Apr, 2014

Colin Walls I recently presented a session at EE Live! on USB 3.0, which proved quite popular. There were a number of questions and discussion about what is wrong with USB [mainly the connectors] and where it is going in the future. Of course, the question of USB 3.1 came up … My class included very little information on USB 3.1 because the standard is not yet finalized. It is slated for late 2014 and there … Read More

USB, USB 3.0, USB 3.1

9 Apr, 2014

Jamie Little We’re seeing an explosion around portable devices in the market. From consumer gadgets to medical devices to industrial instruments, battery operated, handheld and wearable devices are penetrating many sectors of the market. While these new class of devices tend to be more compact compared to prior generations, they offer a great deal of connectivity and functionality packed into these smaller and more … Read More

wearables, RTOS, Ineda Systems, IoT, Dhanush, Nucleus, Power Management, Low Power, MIPS

8 Apr, 2014

Matt Radochonski Today we have a guest-blogger appearance.  Phil Brumby is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer for our Runtime Solutions team and manages the technical and engineering developments for development for our graphics and user interface products. He led a web seminar a few weeks ago titled “Create Compelling User Interfaces for Embedded with Qt Framework” and received more questions than he … Read More

UI, User Interface, Embedded Linux, Linux, CodeBench, Qt, Qt framework, Nucleus, Q&A

8 Apr, 2014

How was EE Live! for you?

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls As I mentioned last week, I have just been to EE Live! in San Jose, California. Having arrived home a little while ago – 22 hours door to door, with baggage taking a little longer – I am pondering my impressions of this year’s event … Starting off with the positives. What I saw of the conference was buzzing. There were lots of classes available, covering all aspects of embedded … Read More

Embedded Systems Conference, EE Live!

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