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embedded world Bulletin – February/March 2012

VDC attended the 2012 embedded world Exhibition & Conference in Nuremberg, Germany February 28th through March 1st. This is the third time VDC Research has attended embedded world and, according to the show closing report, there were 872 international exhibiting companies, more than 20,000 trade visitors, and over 1,000 engineering students at the STUDENT DAY event on Thursday. These figures represent another year of record numbers of exhibitors and visitors participating in the conference.

The conference once again offered a buzz of excitement and interest, particularly around hot topics such as intelligent devices, M2M, and “the Internet of things.”  VDC hopes (and expects) that this conference’s momentum will carry over to the upcoming Design West Conference and spell continued success for the embedded industry at large as it continues its recovery and emergence from the global recession.

The complete press release and more information & downloads for embedded world can be found here.





VDC awards our embedded software best of show to Digi International for its Digi Application Development Kit for Android, a unique hardware and software solution for engineers seeking to deploy Android in their embedded designs. Digi’s development kit includes a complete Eclipse-based development environment for use on both Linux and Windows workstation, BSP for the ConnectCore Wi-i.MX53 and Wi-i.MX51 families, Android APIs extensions for embedded interfaces not supported natively by Android, samples demonstrating how to access the ConnectCore hardware, and features the iDigi Device Cloud for creating smart connected devices. The Digi Application Development Kit for Android – which ships with a 7” LCD touchscreen and is ready to use out of the box – is available now for $499.



ARM unveiled the ARM Energy Probe – used by the ARM Streamline Performance Analyzer and based on the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) toolchain – which is aimed at enabling energy-efficient software optimization across the Linux and Android communities. 



AdaCore announced a pair of product releases at the conference, including GNAT Pro 7.0 – a revision to its flagship development environment product that implements upcoming revisions to the Ada language and also includes AdaCore’s new testing tool, GNATtest. AdaCore’s second product update was around CodePeer 2.1, the company’s static analysis tool.

Leading static analysis tool vendor Coverity announced a key design win, revealing that Dräger Medical GmbH had selected Coverity Static Analysis as its development testing solution.

Esterel Technologies announced the availability of SCADE 6.3, which features a variety of usability enhancements and also introduces the SCADE Suite Timing and Stack Optimizers module and an ADA code generator.

ETAS released EHOOKS V2.0, a software tool that enables the insertion of hooks directly into ECU software. New in version 2.0 is a Simulink Integration Package that simplifies the integration of Simulink models for on-target bypass.

In addition to a presentation given by VP of Engineering Paul Anderson – “Hazards of Multi-core Software: Data Races are Never Harmless” – GrammaTech demo’d CodeSonar 3.7, the latest release of its static analysis solution which now features a new analysis engine that finds concurrency problems in multicore and multi-threaded code.

Green Hills Software, in conjunction with Freescale Semiconductor, announced an aligned roadmap between Freescale’s MPC57xx family of Qorivva automotive microcontrollers and Green Hills’ MULTI multicore debugger, optimizing controller, TimeMachine suite, and processor probes. Green Hills also shared a key design win, announcing that General Dynamics UK had selected the INTEGRITY RTOS as the operating system within all mission-critical computers of the Scout Specialist Vehicles programme. Green Hills’ MULTI IDE was also selected for this project.

LDRA and MathWorks announced the extended integration of the LDRA tool suite with MathWorks Simulink modeling tools.

QNX Software Systems unveiled the QNX Neutrino RTOS for medical devices at the show, which offers compliance with the IEC 62304 medical device standard for software lifecycle processes. QNX’s expanded offerings for medical devices also include on-site audits, proven-in-use data, training courses, and other professional services. QNX also announced partnerships with LS Research and Silex Technology around the development and co-marketing of wireless connectivity solutions for embedded systems using QNX’s Neutrino RTOS.

Real-Time Systems, a leader in embedded virtualization and real-time hypervisor technology, announced the latest release of its RTS Hypervisor.  RTS Hypervisor v3.1 features a variety of upgrades and enhancements. Additionally, Real-Time Systems made public a distribution agreement for the RTS Hypervisor with Kontron, a leading vendor of embedded computing modules, boards, and systems. Under this agreement, customers can now purchase embedded hardware preconfigured with the RTS Hypervisor and operating system licenses from a single source.

SYSGO unveiled version 3.3 of its flagship PikeOS real-time operating system, which extends SMP and Linux support to new multicore architectures and includes a variety of other enhancements targeting safe and secure virtualization.

TenAsys Corporation, another leading provider of embedded virtualization software, announced that shipments of the INtime Distributed RTOS will begin in March. TenAsys also announced the extension of its collaboration efforts with Unified Automation GmbH to add OPC UA server support to the INtime RTOS product line.

Vector Software released VectorCAST 6.0. This leading automated testing and validation tool for safety-critical applications is now able to be configured for specific industry standards such as DO-178B/C for avionics, ISO 26262 for automotive, EN-51208 for railway, and others.

Visure Solutions announced that it had integrated test management into its IRQA requirements engineering solution, in order to provide end-to-end traceability and validation for regulatory compliance.

Other leading embedded systems exhibitors included, aicas, dSPACE, Dassault Systemes, Elektrobit, Enea, Express Logic, HP, IBM Rational, IAR Systems, Intel, Klocwork, Kontron, KW-Software, Lauterbach, LynuxWorks, MathWorks, Mentor Graphics, Micrium, Microsoft, Polarion, QA Systems, Quadros, Red Lizard Software, Texas Instruments, Vector Informatik, Willert Software ToolsWind River, and many, many others.


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