Securing High-Value Embedded Targets


Understanding security threats and building solutions to protect against them is a relatively new concept for embedded developers. As an example, many early IoT devices were focused purely on cost. Designers spent very little time architecting robust security solutions. Today, these devices are more involved in users’ daily routines, processing sensitive data such as personal medical informat... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Finance Santa Monica, Calif.-based Sixgill reports raising $27.9 million in its Series B round of private financing, led by DRW Venture Capital. Mobile Financial Partners participated in the round. The startup last year raised $6 million in its Series A funding, also led by DRW. The company offers the Sixgill Sense sensor data services platform, addressing applications in the Internet of Thing... » read more

Wear Down Your Virtual Prototype


Just when you think you know all variations of embedded software development you are exposed to another domain of unique and interesting challenges. This happened to me awhile back when I started to learn about the software for Flash Memory controllers. You can read a lot about Flash market growth predictions or about the physical challenges of the next generation storage technologies he... » read more

The Efficiency Problem


The field of automotive automation has been the driver – so to speak – of the next leap of innovation in the field of transportation. Car architectures are being re-engineered to take advantage of incredible leaps in automation, using more powerful processors that process more data than ever before. The recent focus on autonomous automobile technology could be due to the ongoing drop in ... » read more

Real-Time Virtualization – How Hard Can It Be?


What’s the first association you make when you hear of virtualization? Server farms? ‘The cloud’? Most people don’t think of embedded systems - never mind hard real-time - yet these are areas where virtualization is now becoming commonplace. Markets such as industrial, automotive and medical—many of which also have requirements around functional safety for products like car braking... » read more

A Security Foundation For Billions Of Devices


October 19, 2004 was a date like any other, and will probably not mean much to most people. However, if you are part of the Embedded community, that precise date was transformational for the microcontroller (MCU) industry. It was the day that ARM announced the first Cortex-M processor, bringing the advantages of a common architecture to the microcontroller market. Embedded developers quickly... » read more

ARM Cortex-A32 – The Logical Choice For Rich Embedded


The whitepaper explains how the ARM Cortex-A32 processor is an ideal stepping stone into the Cortex-A family for traditional Cortex-M products which can benefit from a richer operating system environment, or from the additional performance and features that Cortex-A processors can provide. The paper details the enhancements of the Cortex-A32 and draws architectural comparisons to the feature... » read more

The Latest Power Management Techniques For Wearable Devices


Wearable devices are popping up everywhere — across all markets. In part one of this wearables white paper series, I wrote about the market and technical factors driving the development and adoption of wearable devices. In part two, we roll up our sleeves and address one of the key requirements for wearable devices. Ah yes, power management. You don’t need super powers to see th... » read more

Blog Review: June 3


An emergency torch that lets you breathe while escaping a smoke-filled building; a car that shrinks to fit into parking spaces that aren't quite big enough: from extreme situations to everyday activities, Ansys' Justin Nescott features devices designed to make life easier and safer in his picks for week’s top five engineering articles. Check out the prosthetic foot that takes commands from se... » read more

Addressing Design Challenges In Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems


Single-core processor designs for purpose-built devices used to rule the day. Now, heterogeneous multicore systems are quickly becoming the de facto architecture as devices are tasked to do more complex functions faster and more efficiently. In this paper, we’ll explore why hetero/multicore systems have become so popular and why many of our current procedures and practices must change if we a... » read more

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