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15 Nov, 2010

ARM Tech Con 2010

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls

Last week I attended the ARM Technical Conference in Santa Clara, California. I am not sure how many years this event has been running, but it seems to be going from strength to strength. There was a change to the management company this year, but the event format was basically the same: a 3 day multiple-stream technical conference, with a selection of keynotes and an associated exhibition area. Obviously,

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Low Power, User Interface, MCAPI, ARM, Multicore, Android

19 Jul, 2010

Electronics for the sick

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls I have always for medical electronics interesting and I have blogged about it from time to time [here and here, for example]. Part of the reason for my interest stems from an occasional feeling that so much of the electronics around me is ultimately pointless. Many Mentor Embedded customers are making consumer devices, cell phones and other gadgets. Do we really need all of these? Aren’t they really … Read More

Android, User Interface, Linux, Networking, Inflexion UI, Low Power, Multicore, Nucleus, Medical, RTOS

10 May, 2010

OS influence on power consumption

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Power consumption is an issue. With portable devices this affects battery life. [I am irritated by the short intervals between necessary charging sessions with my phone. On the other hand, my netbook can run for over 7 hours on a charge, which is great. Likewise, my newly-acquired iPad seems to perform well.] With mains powered equipment, power consumption is also a concern for environmental reasons. The … Read More

Linux, Low Power, Nucleus

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

21 Dec, 2009

Stand-by or boot-up

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Like most people nowadays, I have a selection of electronic devices that have become part of the fabric of my life. I have certain expectations: I want a device to do what it is supposed to do. I want it to be easy to use. I am after reliability. I want it to consume the minimum amount of power - either to conserve battery life or to simply be environmentally friendly. Lastly, I want the device to be … Read More

RTOS, Low Power

23 Nov, 2009

8 bits anyone?

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls It was well over 10 years ago and I was working a trade show booth with a techie colleague. It was quiet and we were bored. We chatted about things that interested us and eventually settled on our common ground: embedded software. He made a reference to “back in the 8 bit days”. I questioned this: “We are in the 8 bit days now!”. He did not believe me … It was not that he thought I was deceiving him … Read More

Development Tools, Low Power, Multicore, RTOS

19 May, 2009

Linux in the embedded world

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls It used to be simple. There were desktop operating systems - like Windows and UNIX - and real time operating systems, like Nucleus OS. There was never a question of one being better or more appropriate than the other. They were different animals and no comparison made sense. Then someone had the idea that maybe Linux could be used for an embedded application and it all changed. The idea did not make … Read More

Low Power, Nucleus Kernel, Linux, Nucleus, RTOS

6 May, 2009

Colin Walls The Embedded Systems Conference in California is undoubtedly the #1 event in the embedded software world each year. I am fortunate enough to be able to attend most years and it is very interesting to see what’s new and look out for trends. My first impression this year was of peace and calm. The show itself felt quiet. I have not yet seen the official visitor figures, but I am sure they’re down on … Read More

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