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4 May, 2010

ESC Silicon Valley 2010

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls As usual, I attended the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, CA last week. I guess it remains the foremost show in the embedded world in North America for sure - probably worldwide. My role was to make some presentations and look after the theater on the Mentor Embedded [our new branding for the Embedded Software Division of Mentor Graphics] booth. I did not have a chance to attend any conference … Read More

Multi-OS, Android, Multicore, Low Power, MCAPI

19 Apr, 2010

Vintage multi-core - the IPC

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Last week, I wrote about a “multi-core” project that I was working on 30 years ago. To be fair, it was actually “multi-CPU” rather than “multi-core”, but many of the challenges were similar, as was the initial design decision to take the approach of distributing the processing capacity. It is interesting to draw a comparison between the system we were developing all those years ago and modern ideas … Read More

Nucleus, MCAPI, Linux, IPC, Multicore, Nucleus Kernel, Interprocessor Communication, Android

5 Apr, 2010

RTS Embedded Systems 2010

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Last week I was presenting at RTS in Paris. I spend quite a lot of time at such events, as I have reported before. My boss will be pleased to hear this, as a significant part of my job is to ensure that Mentor is well represented at technical conferences where embedded software is featured. I think about these activities from a number of perspectives. I consider whether they are a good use of my time. … Read More

Android

15 Mar, 2010

Technology trends

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls In last week’s blog I talked about what was going on at Embedded World and made some observations about what seemed to be “hot”. I have been thinking about this and wondering which topics, technologies or products embedded software engineers actually think are important, interesting or exciting. Obviously trend surveys and the like give some indication, but I realized that I already had a tool at my … Read More

GUI, USB, Inflexion UI, Nucleus USB, Android, Google

8 Mar, 2010

EW 2010

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Last week I went to Nuremberg [or Nürnberg if you prefer] to attend Embedded World 2010. I have been to this show most years over the last decade or so and it just seems to get bigger and busier each year. This year there were more than 700 exhibitors and in excess of 18,000 visitors. It is now definitely the biggest show/conference for embedded developers anywhere in the world. The electronic displays … Read More

Android, Linux, Inflexion UI, User Interface, Embedded World

15 Feb, 2010

Android beyond mobile

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls There is a lot of buzz about Android at the moment. Indeed, I have written about it here, as has my colleague Scott. A lot of the discussion is around the topic of the new Android-powered smart phones that seem to appear on a daily basis. Just about every handset manufacturer seems to have jumped on the bandwagon. I have no problem with this. Far from it. I really like my Android phone and would encourage … Read More

Android, Medical, E-Books, Home Entertainment

31 Dec, 2009

A Google mobile lab, anyone?

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls As I am off for the Christmas and New Year holiday, I decided to ask Scott Salzwedel, who did a fine stand in for me some weeks ago, to write another post. He has returned to a topic he clearly finds fascinating. -Colin As if Motorola’s launch of the Droid isn’t enough, now there’s word of Google launching its own Android phone, the “Nexus One.” Alas, the Google phone is here. But is it really a phone? … Read More

Off-Topic, Android, Mobile

7 Dec, 2009

IP/ESC'09

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls

Last week I attended a conference in Grenoble, France. For some years there has been an annual event focussed on intellectual property [IP] and the broad area hardware design reusability. This year it was extended to encompass embedded systems as well - the last of the three days was largely dedicated to this topic. I submitted some proposals for papers and two were accepted. Hence my attendance. A

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Android, Development Tools

12 Nov, 2009

Droids dropping like bombs

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls As I am off on a week’s vacation in the sun, I thought it would be interesting to ask a couple of friends/colleagues write some blogs. First up, we have Scott Salzwedel, who is looking at a topic close to my heart. -Colin Have you seen the latest Droid TV spot? It’s pretty awesome. The commercial opens with some stealth jets flying in formation and then bombs away - these pods are jettisoned to unsuspecting … Read More

Off-Topic, Android, Mobile

2 Nov, 2009

Multi-core, multi-OS confusion

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls It is increasingly common for embedded designs to be implemented using multiple cores. At Mentor Graphics we are keen to support our customers by providing software and services to help them with such endeavors. We also espouse the idea of using multiple operating systems in such designs. I recently presented a Web seminar on this topic [a recording is available as an archive] and I have written a few … Read More

Multi-OS, Linux, Multicore, Nucleus Kernel, Nucleus, Android

27 Jul, 2009

Devices that phone home

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls For some years, there has been discussion about how embedded devices are increasingly becoming connected. WiFi enabled home appliances are one possibility. Everyone has heard about fridges that order the groceries. I love the concept of the Internet enabled toaster, which checks the weather forecast and burns a symbol onto your morning toast to tell you what to expect. All of this is great, exciting … Read More

Android, Medical, Wireless, Wi-Fi

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