Embedded Topics

March 21, 2012
Colin Walls

The return of the ‘custom’ embedded OS

Colin Walls of Mentor Graphics on a significant surprise in UBM’s latest market survey
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March 21, 2012

Do you GNU? If so, some points to ponder

Open-source toolchains give companies ultimate control over their development environments, but how many can really afford the resources to debug and develop their own tools? Would they be better off with a commercially supported open-source approach?
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March 21, 2012

How TI halved the power consumption of Wolverine

Texas Instruments’ MSP430 microcontroller platform has been one of the industry’s leading ultra-low-power architectures for more than a decade. Each generation has been focused on setting new records. The latest, Wolverine, cuts power and energy consumption by more than half.
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January 23, 2012
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When ARM’s 64

There’s already some love out there for ARM’s v8 64bit architecture as the processor giant builds out its ecosystem.
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January 15, 2012

Virtualization

Virtualization makes it possible to run multiple operating system images on one processor core – with benefits for memory protection, power efficiency and cost reduction.
July 14, 2011

Freescale’s QorIQ AMP series illustrates growing demand on the control and data plane

The QorIQ AMP (Advanced Multi-Processing) family was unveiled by Freescale Semiconductor in June and is an aggressive play for the control plane market. As such it is both innovative in its own right and also shows what kind of performance communications designers must deliver to meet the overall system demands of today’s customers. At its […]

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June 1, 2011

NoC-MPU: a secure architecture for flexible co-hosting on shared memory MPSoCs

Data protection has long been a major issue for embedded systems, but it is becoming even more challenging with increasing adoption of multicore technology.
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April 1, 2011

Scaling applications from one to eight cores and beyond

Before the widespread adoption of multicore systems, designers had been accustomed to the operating system managing resource allocation. It has been quite a challenge for engineers who now find themselves faced with the prospect of having to take direct control of these management tasks themselves. In response, the Multicore Association has established the Multicore Resource [...]
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April 1, 2011

Migrating from single to multicore processing on QorIQ technology

The single core processor is reaching its performance ceiling, due to energy, thermal and power concerns. To address these issues that cause design difficulties, many embedded designers are migrating embedded applications from single core to multicore. This article provides an outline for a software strategy to progress from one core to two and beyond using [...]
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April 1, 2011

Enabling tomorrow’s connected TV user experience with open platform development

New open software platforms can dramatically advance the way consumers interact with the Internet via their televisions and an expanding array of TV-like mobile devices. Ultimately consumers will be able to access websites that are fully optimized for the TV platform. Today, this experience is primarily delivered via widgets—containerized web pages or information portals that [...]
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