As mentioned in Part 1 of our DESIGN East Bulletin,
VDC attended the 2012 DESIGN East Conference in Boston from September 17th
through the 19th. We met with a wide range of companies to discuss
product announcements and a variety of industry trends impacting the embedded
market today. Among the most prominent industry trends we observed at this
year’s show is the momentum behind Intelligent Devices, M2M connectivity, and
the Internet of Things. Device security, which is heavily tied to each of these
topics, was also a major point of conversation in many of our meetings.
Yesterday we noted our Embeddy award winner, Parasoft, and its Open Embedded Testing
Platform, which provides integration of open source or 3rd party
tools into an organization’s software development lifecycle. The following is a
round-up of the remainder of our meetings.
that Rockwell Collins had selected AdaCore’s SPARK Pro and GNAT Pro High-Security products in the development of SecureOne Guard. SecureOne
Guard is a high assurance cross domain guard for military tactical systems, and
has strict requirements for reliability and security. Also, AdaCore’s Director
of Language Research, Tucker Taft, presented a paper, “Ada 2012 – New Language
Technology for High-Integrity Software” at the show.
the shipment of the 400,000th unit of its JamaicaCAR framework. The
company also announced a 64-bit multicore JamaicaVM toolchain for VxWorks, QNX,
announced CodeSonar 3.8, the first version of their static analysis tool to
incorporate CodeSonar’s software architecture visualization. This update of the
CodeSonar product takes advantage of multicore processors by parallelizing the
analysis engine to significantly increase analysis speed with fewer false
positives. In response to the growing popularity of Java code in embedded
systems, GrammaTech also announced CodeSonar for Java. This tool works on all
Java code, including code written for Android.
Hills Software made two key announcements at this year’s
show. The company received a number of functional safety certificates for its
MULTI toolchain, signifying its certification to meet the qualifications
specified in the IEC 61508:2010 (industrial), EN 50128:2011 (railway), and ISO
26262:2011 (automotive) standards. Green Hills also released version 2012.5 of
the Green Hills Compiler toolchain, which features out-of-the-box support for
several new Freescale Qorivva and QorIQ processors.
Systems announced it has ported Embedded Workbench to the
Renesas RH850, a next generation automotive microcontroller. This announcement
further establishes IAR’s longstanding collaborative relationship with Renesas.
Rational Software highlighted Rational Rhapsody 8.0 and
Rhapsody Design Manager 4.0. These solutions assist engineers to simplify
safety-critical design using certification assistance to meet compliance standards
such as AUTOSAR and UPDM.
The Intelligent Systems group at Intel shared details of its newly released Intel Intelligent
Systems Framework. The framework is an evolving set of interoperable solutions
designed to enable connectivity, manageability, and security across devices in
a consistent and scalable manner. Included are validated components from Dell, Kontron, McAfee, Wind River, and others, with additional
products expected to be validated in the coming months.
announced two new tools, LDRAcover and LDRArules. LDRAcover is a stand-alone
code coverage analysis tool used to ensure complete testing for the improvement
of overall code quality or achieve needed levels of verification in
safety-critical markets. LDRArules is a configurable programming rule checker.
This stand-alone product allows companies to select and adhere to relevant
industry programming standards.
the newest releases of MATLAB and Simulink. Released in the week prior to the
show, the release (2012b) offers significant updates to the navigation and
usability of both tools. Among the notable changes to Simulink is an overhauled
user interface with tabbed model windows and an Explorer bar for navigating
model hierarchy. Major changes to MATLAB include the introduction of the MATLAB
toolbar displaying commonly used features and an overhaul of the apps gallery.
Renesas announced that Renesas RX
and RL78 customers can now get a free, single production license for Micriµm’s µC/OS-II/III
operating system as well as middleware and a year of support and maintenance
from Micriµm at no cost. This promotion will run through March 31st,
Microcontroller released a complete evaluation package
(including embOS, emFile, and emWin) for the Freescale TWR K70 development
Instruments received the Embeddy Award for the hardware
category for their Hercules RM46x ARM Cortex-R4 safety microcontroller. This
controller was part of an accompanying SafeTI design package which also
included a new SafeTI ARM Compiler Qualification Kit to help developers in
industries with safety requirements.
Software announced a partnership with AdaCore to provide advanced
dynamic and static testing capabilities for Ada software developers. The
company also highlighted the integration of the industry standard Lint analysis
engine into VectorCAST/C++.
Other leading embedded systems exhibitors included
Arium, ARM, Change
Vision, Connect Tech, EBSnet, Freescale, Lauterbach, Macraigor Systems, Microchip,
National Instruments, STMicroelectronics, and many, many
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