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VDC to Present Embeddy Awards Live at Design West

Want to see the latest technologies and tricks for embedded engineering? Head to Design West next month in San Jose, CA!

Contact us ASAP to schedule a meeting

VDC will be attending the Design West/ESC conference from Tuesday April 23 through Thursday April 25.

At the show, we will be presenting our 9th annual Embeddy Awards. The winners will be announced Live during Thursday's morning keynote session.

So how can your company win the Embeddy award?

To be considered,

First, fill out this on-line form: http://svy.mk/WU0abA

You must also schedule a meeting with VDC to discuss the announcement that you are making at the show. You can arrange a meeting time with VDC by doing one of the following:

For Software and Tools related meetings

Contact Jared Weiner, Analyst, M2M Embedded Software & Tools at:
jweiner@vdcresearch.com or 508.653.9000 x143.

For Hardware related meetings

Contact David Laing, Senior Analyst, M2M Embedded Hardware Platforms at:
dlaing@vdcresearch.com or 508.653.9000 x146.

Haven't decided if you're attending DESIGN West yet?

Please check out the DESIGN West website for more information on the conference program as well as
information on all of the companies that will be exhibiting. You can also click here to register.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


Embedded Bits and Bytes – In case you missed these recent announcements……

AdaCore, provider of tools and expertise for the mission-critical, safety-critical, and security-critical software communities, announced that SmartSide, a Paris-based company providing Smart Metering and Smart Grid management solutions, has adopted the Ada programming language and AdaCore’s GNAT Pro development environment for the implementation of their Smart Devices platform.

ARM (NASDAQ: ARMH) announced that their relationship with Cavium has been extended to include an architecture license for the ARMv8.

Atego, a supplier of software tools and professional services for complex, mission- and safety-critical systems and software engineering has entered into an agreement with International Business Machines Corporation to acquire the IBM Rational Apex® Ada Developer product family, including the IBM Rational Apex integrated development environment.

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, announced results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012.

Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, and the digital home, announced its Project Thunder Initiative which will deliver a family of highly integrated, multi-core SoC processors, that will incorporate highly optimized, full custom cores built from the ground up based on 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set architecture.

Coverity, Inc., the leader in development testing, announced the that it has joined the GENIVI Alliance to help shape the future of software quality of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems within the automotive industry.

DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission - and safety-critical applications, announced that it has added support for ARINC Specification 653 Part 1 to its DO-178B certifiable Deos real-time operating system (RTOS).

Enea (NASDAQ: OMX Nordic: ENEA), a leading operating system solution vendor for 3G and 4G infrastructure equipment, is announced their interim report for the period April to June 2012.

Esterel Technologies, a worldwide provider of model-based development solutions for critical systems and software, announced the SCADE LifeCycle Qualified Test Environment (QTE) and its interface with the LDRA tool suite.

ETAS announced plans to acquire ESCRYPT GmbH, a system house specializing in embedded
system security technologies and solutions.

Express Logic, Inc., a leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), introduced ThreadX-Lite for IAR Workbench. The product was jointly developed with IAR and will be sold exclusively through IAR Systems.

Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2012.

GrammaTech, Inc., a manufacturer of source-code analysis tools, received a Certificate of Compatibility from the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) program. CWE, developed by the MITRE Corporation under the sponsorship of the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security, provides a standard language for describing software security weaknesses.

Green Hills Software, a leading vendor of embedded software solutions, announced its Platform for Automotive Digital Instruments which includes new features of the INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS).

IAR Systems announces the release of a new version of its high-performing development tools for ARM. IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, version 6.40, adds several new features, feature enhancements, and major optimizations.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) announced second quarter revenue of $13.5 billion, operating income of $3.8 billion, net income of $2.8 billion and EPS of $0.54.

IntervalZero, Inc., announced the release of RTX 2012, the latest version of its hard real-time software that transforms Microsoft Windows into a real-time operating system (RTOS).

Klocwork Inc, the global leader in automated source code analysis (SCA) solutions for developing more secure and reliable software, announced the completion of a banner first half of 2012 highlighted by record bookings performance and achievement of the 1000 customer milestone.

Lauterbach, a leading manufacturer of hardware assisted microprocessor development tools, announced support the new AURIX TC27x family from Infineon with its TRACE32® Debugger.

LDRA, a leading provider of automated software verification, source code analysis, and test tools announced that they have extended the interface between LDRA tool suite and IAR Systems Embedded Workbench with support for platforms such as ARM, AVR, M32C, RL78, MSP430 and their evaluation boards.

LynuxWorks, a leader in the embedded safety and security software market announced the release of a new version of their LynxSecure Hypervisor that will include increased endpoint and server protection.

MathWorks announced that Simulink, Embedded Coder, and the AUTOSAR Target Production Package (ATPP) now support AUTOSAR 4.0.

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced Nucleus product integration and SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) support for the MIPS32 34K core that utilizes MIPS Technologies’ MT (hardware Multi-Threading) technology.

Micrium, a leading supplier of high-quality software components for embedded systems, announced a completely redesigned version of the innovative visualization tool uC/Probe. The new version of the tool features a highly intuitive drag-and-drop interface aimed at helping developers effortlessly create graphical representations of running embedded systems.

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions,  announced the expansion of its stand-alone Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) portfolio with the new 10-pin, SPI MCP795XX family.

MontaVista® Software, LLC, a leader in embedded Linux commercialization announced the release of MontaVista Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) 2.0 and that it has been declared compliant to the new GENIVI Specification version 2.0 by the GENIVI Alliance.

National Instruments (NASDAQ: NATI) announced the LabVIEW FPGA IP Builder add-on, which uses leading Xilinx Vivado High-Level Synthesis technology to simplify high-performance field-programmable gate array (FPGA) algorithm design.

Parasoft Corporation, a leader in helping organizations define and deliver defect-free software efficiently, and Green Hills Software, the worldwide leader in high assurance operating systems, announced that Parasoft C/C++test, the industry's most comprehensive testing solution for C and C++ development, now supports additional Green Hills Software MULTI® environments.

Perforce Software and Assembla announced today the availability of an on demand version of Perforce Software Version Management that is integrated with team tools from Assembla.

Presagis, a leading provider of commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation, and embedded graphics software, announced the latest release of its next-generation software for Human Machine Interface (HMI) development: VAPS XT v4.0 and VAPS XT-178 v4.0.

PRQA | Programming Research, a leader in static analysis, announced an upgrade to QA•C. Version 8.1 is a new release of this leading static analysis tool for C environments that incorporates improvements to its sophisticated deep-flow dataflow analysis technology and increased enforcement of the MISRA coding standards.

PTC (NASDAQ: PMTC) announced solid Q3 results, increase FY12 EPS guidance.

QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for the in-car infotainment and telematics market, announced that it will collaborate with the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, a branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIAT CAS), to establish a Center of Excellence for Embedded Software Systems in China.

Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems, announced that it completed the acquisition of Ciranova, a privately held electronic design automation (EDA) company focused on delivering productivity improvements in custom IC design.

SYSGO, a leading provider of operating system technology, middleware, and software services for the real-time and embedded market, announced a new partnership with Rapita Systems that includes support for PikeOS, SYSGO’s SSV (Safe and Secure Virtualization Tool) in the Rapita Verification Suite (RVS) tools.

Timesys Corporation, a provider of embedded Linux solutions and professional services, announced the availability of its LinuxLink FREE and PRO Edition offerings via the ARM / Avnet Embedded Software Store.

Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) introduced the latest version of Wind River Simics which features a quick start capability allowing embedded developers to easily and immediately benefit from using full system simulation when developing, debugging, and testing software.

VDC Research looks forward to companies contacting us for a briefing on new announcements around products, new partnerships and alliances, or other changes within your organizations. At a minimum please make sure that we are included in your press/analyst relations distribution list for new announcements as they become public.


Embedded Bits and Bytes – In case you missed these announcements from the last several weeks...

AdaCore, provider of tools and expertise for the mission-critical, safety-critical, and security-critical software communities, announced that Embraer Defense and Security has selected the GNAT Pro Ada development environment from AdaCore as a primary tool set to develop the Operation Flight Program for the AMX Modernization program.

ARM announced the availability of a high performance, power-optimized quad-core hard macro implementation of its flagship ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor.

Atego, the world leading software tools and professional services supplier for complex, mission- and safety-critical systems and software engineering has launched the DO-178 Process Library for its ground breaking process definition, management and deployment product, Atego Process Director.

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, announced the Cadence Virtual System Platform has been named a winner in the EE Times and EDN 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards in the Software Ultimate Products category.

Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, and the digital home, announced that financial results for the first quarter of 2012 will be below the company’s previous outlook.

Coverity, Inc., the leader in development testing, announced the availability of the latest version of its development testing platform, Coverity 6.0, and its new online developer community, CoverityConnect.

dSPACE TargetLink 3.3, the new version of dSPACE's production code generator, provides elaborately expanded features for AUTOSAR-compliant development of electronic control units, and supports the latest AUTOSAR standards 4.0 and 3.2.

Enea® (NASDAQ OMX Nordic:ENEA), a leading operating system solution vendor for 3G and 4G infrastructure equipment, is announced Enea Linux together with complementing innovative technologies addressing next generation networking infrastructure demands.

Esterel Technologies, a worldwide provider of model-based development solutions for critical systems and software, announced the immediate availability of SCADE System, a systems design and modeling tool suite that has been developed specifically for use on critical systems with high dependability requirements, providing a full support of industrial systems engineering processes, such as
ARP 4754, ISO 26262, and EN50126.

Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), announced that the ThreadX® RTOS now is available for multicore systems in both Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) or Asymmetric Multiprocessing (AMP) modes.

Freescale Semiconductor Holdings I, Ltd. (NYSE:FSL) announced that its Board of Directors has launched a formal process to identify a successor to Chairman and CEO Rich Beyer, who has informed the Board of his decision to retire as CEO upon the appointment of a new CEO.

GrammaTech, Inc., a manufacturer of source-code analysis tools, unveiled a next-generation software architecture visualization system. The new system incorporates a sophisticated new interface for viewing the relationships between software program elements. The system is integrated with CodeSonar, GrammaTech’s static-analysis tool for detecting defects.

Green Hills Software, a leading vendor of embedded software solutions, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.

IAR Systems® announces that its high-performing C/C++ compiler and debugger tool suite IAR Embedded Workbench® now supports STM32F051.

Cloud Computing Q&A: IBM SmartCloud

Intel Corporation and Lava International Ltd., one of India’s fastest-growing mobile handset companies,  announced the general availability of the XOLO X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside. The device will be available to customers for purchase beginning 23rd April at a best-buy street price of approximately INR 22000.

Real-time software provider IntervalZero, Inc., and Alta Data Technologies, a leading provider of MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC interface cards, software and Ethernet convertor/appliances, have formed a strategic partnership to provide real-time Microsoft Windows capabilities for avionics applications.

Klocwork Inc, the global leader in automated source code analysis (SCA) solutions for developing more secure and reliable software, announced that Klocwork Insight™ has achieved an official Certificate of Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE™) Compatibility for attaining the highest level of CWE support that is currently offered by The MITRE Corporation's formal CWE Compatibility and Effectiveness Program.

Lauterbach, a leading manufacturer of hardware assisted microprocessor development tools, has launched a new debug probe which provides state-of-the-art debug features for the new high-performance Broadcom XLP processor family. TRACE32® now supports all Broadcom multi-core processor families XLP, XLR and XLS.

LDRA Certification Services (LCS), a division of LDRA, a leading provider of safety-critical software verification tools and software best practices announced a fully compliant IEC 62304 and ISO 14971 certification solution for medical device manufacturers.

LynuxWorks™, Inc., a leader in the embedded safety and security software market, announced the availability of its board support package (BSP) and corresponding DO-178B level C artifacts for the Curtiss-Wright SVME/DMV-183 rugged single-board computer.

MathWorks announced the launch of dedicated Model-Based Design consulting services for ISO 26262 projects.

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the release of its next generation Mentor® Embedded Linux platform.

Micrium and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) announced the completion of a new book based on the uC/TCP-IPTM network stack and TI's highly popular Stellaris® EVALBOT robotic evaluation platform.

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions,  announced the acquisition of Roving Networks, an innovator in low-power embedded Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® solutions based in Los Gatos, Calif.

MontaVista® Software, LLC, a leader in embedded Linux® commercialization services, announced the release of MontaVista Carrier Grade Linux for ARM.

National Instruments announced NI LabVIEW software- and NI hardware-compatible mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, helping engineers integrate the latest mobile technology into their applications

PRQA | Programming Research, a leader in static analysis, announces a major upgrade to QA•C++. Version 3.0 is a substantial new release of this leading static analysis tool for C++ environments that incorporates a sophisticated deep-flow dataflow analysis technology along with support for the major features in ISO C++ 2011.

PTC® (Nasdaq: PMTC) announced the latest version of its Windchill® product lifecycle management (PLM) software, which is now also integrated with PTC's recently acquired IntegrityTM software system lifecycle management technology.

QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for the in-car infotainment and telematics market, announced that it has joined the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization driving innovation for phone-centric car connectivity solutions.

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems, announced availability of the latest release of its Synplify Pro® and Synplify® Premier FPGA synthesis tools.

SYSGO won two new major deals in the railway area for which it received  the official certificate from TÜV SÜD certifying the qualification of PikeOS up to SIL 3 according to IEC 61508 and up to SIL 3-4 according to EN 50128.

Viosoft Corporation, a supplier of integrated embedded software solutions, announced the availability of the next generation of their award winning Arriba for Android development platform. The Arriba for Android environment fully enables the creation / porting of high performance applications for the Google Android software platform for the newest multiple core devices regardless of the architecture.

Wind River, a leader in embedded and mobile software, has expanded its portfolio of Android offerings with the introduction of automotive-market specific software. Wind River Solution Accelerator for Android, Automotive helps in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) device manufacturers shorten the development time of high-quality Android-based IVI systems. As the latest addition to the Wind River Solution Accelerator for Android series, the new automotive software adds to the existing medical, connectivity and user experience software collection.

VDC Research looks forward to companies contacting us for a briefing on new announcements around products, new partnerships and alliances, or other changes within your organizations. At a minimum please make sure that we are included in your press/analyst relations distribution list for new announcements as they become public.


Embedded Bits and Bytes – In case you missed these announcements from the last several weeks...

AdaCore, a supplier of Ada development tools and support services, announced a merger with SofCheck, Inc., a Lexington, Massachusetts-based automated software quality (ASQ) company.

Atego™, a software tools and professional services supplier, for complex, mission- and safety-critical systems and software engineering announced that it has secured an additional, multi-million dollar equity investment.

Cavium, Inc. announced a technology and marketing collaboration with Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) to offer Intel® WiDi-based products designed to enable superior wireless display consumer experience.

Coverity announced record growth in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, achieving the highest Q1 bookings, revenues and new customer accounts in the company's history as a result of rapid market adoption of development testing.

DDC-I, a supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, announced the availability of the Certifiable Fast File System (CFFS) for DDC-I’s Deos™ safety-critical real-time operating system (RTOS).

Enea announced that the Enea Bare Metal Performance (BMP) Tools will now support Cavium OCTEON® multicore processors.

Express Logic, Inc., a supplier of royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS) and PolyCore Software, Inc. (PSI), a supplier of multicore communications software solutions, announced extended cooperation to increase support of multicore platforms.

Freescale i.MX Processors Build Market Momentum in Fast-Growing Automotive Infotainment and Telematics Markets

Green Hills Software announced a major new release of its flagship INTEGRITY real-time operating system.

IAR Systems® announced that its embedded software development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench® now provides support for the new XMC4500 microcontrollers from Infineon Technologies, including examples for the modular Hexagon Development Kit.

IBM announced a definitive agreement to acquire Worklight, a privately held Israeli-based provider of mobile software for smartphones and tablets.

Intel Corporation reported full-year revenue of $54 billion, operating income of $17.5 billion, net income of $12.9 billion and EPS of $2.39 -- all records.

Klocwork Inc, a provider of source code analysis solutions for improving embedded software security and reliability, announced it closed 2011 with the highest bookings and revenue in the company's history.

Lauterbach, a manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, launched support for the new 32-Bit XMC4000 microcontroller family of Infineon Technologies, which is based on the ARM® Cortex™ -M4 processor.

LDRA has extended the LDRA tool suite to support direct integration with Altera’s Embedded Design Suite (EDS) for Nios II soft core processors.

LynuxWorks announced that the Mission Systems and Sensors Division (MS2) of Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY, has selected the LynxOS® real-time operating system (RTOS) and Luminosity Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for use in conjunction with the United Kingdom (UK) Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).

MathWorks announced that DOCOMO Beijing Communications Laboratories Co., Ltd. (DOCOMO Beijing Labs) has adopted MATLAB to develop and verify algorithms for the development of new physical layer mobile communications technologies for advanced standards such as LTE-A.

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the integration of Ecrio’s industry-leading IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Device Software with its flagship Nucleus® Real Time Operating System (RTOS).

Microchip Technology Inc., a provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced a 25% performance increase on its dsPIC33F “GS” series of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) for Switch Mode Power Supplies (SMPSs).

National Instruments today announced early access support for testing next-generation 802.11ac WLAN chipsets and devices.

QNX Software Systems Limited, a supplier of software platforms for the in-car infotainment and telematics market, has won a Best of CES Award, in the Car Tech category, for its recently announced QNX CAR™ 2 application platform.

Synopsys, Inc. announced  that it has closed the acquisition of ExpertIO, Inc., a leading independent provider of verification IP (VIP) for industry standard protocols. http://synopsys.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=992

SYSGO, a supplier of embedded software solutions for the world’s most demanding safety and security applications, announced that the incoming orders rose by 105% in 2011 compared to 2010.

Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, today announced it has extended its safety critical systems product capabilities to support complete RTCA DO-178C certification evidence as a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution.

VDC Research looks forward to companies contacting us for a briefing on new announcements around products, new partnerships and alliances, or other changes within your organizations. At a minimum please make sure that we are included in your press/analyst relations distribution list for new announcements as they become public.


Virtual Platforms, Real Business Models?

What Happened

Yesterday, Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) and ARM (NASDAQ: ARMH) announced a licensing agreement enabling Synopsys to distribute ARM's Fast Models and create models of ARM Cortex Series processors.

VDC’s View

The market for virtual platforms has undergone significant change over the past 18 months, seeing what accounted for the acquisition and/or consolidation of the top 4 vendors (CoWare, Synopsys, VaST, and Virtutech) into what is now two companies (Intel/Wind River and Synopsys).

The acquisition spree early in 2010 came at a time when many companies across the embedded landscape were struggling to shed debt burdens exacerbated by the financial crisis, while others, fueled by proverbial ‘war chests,’ were able to make strategic technological and/or business acquisitions. This dynamic is certainly not a unique characterization of the recent period of financial turmoil, but is nonetheless relevant and a fitting depiction of the events that led to what equated to a massive market consolidation.

The extension of Synopsys’s and ARM’s partnership, while not overly surprising, helps underscore why this change in the competitive landscape depicts much more than just a significant and accelerate market consolidation.

It was not that long ago that ARM poured significant resources (e.g. acquisition of Axys Design Automation in 2004) into its Development Systems (tool) division to build up a suite of ESL solutions that included a commercial virtual platform product, System Generator. Before too long, ARM had sold off ESL assets such SoC Designer and repositioned its System Generator product as Fast Models, a product intended not to drive significant direct revenue but rather one geared at enabling the success of its processor IP customers.

Meanwhile, Synopsys stockpiled a number of the other early leaders in the space (Virtio, VaST, and CoWare) to build out a broad virtual platform solution set to complement its EDA product portfolio while Wind River now uses Virtutech’s Simics product as a means to buttress the value proposition of its traditional software development tool offerings. Imperas, Cadence, and Carbon Design Systems have all subsequently entered the market with products targeting the virtual platform opportunity. The wide range and churn of market participants is perhaps both cause and symptomatic of the diverse technological use cases that range from hardware design to the facilitation of software development.

Clearly, however, no consensus has emerged identifying the most effective pairing – or even complementary engineering discipline (software or hardware) – that can best elevate virtual platforms’ value proposition to the masses.

Over the long term, we anticipate that the comparatively higher volume of software developers (as compared to IC/SoC designers), combined with the growing amount of end device value and project development labor dependent on software, will drive more virtual platform suppliers to recast the articulation of their value proposition to target the larger demographic.

Perhaps the larger question, however, is whether or not a commercial market for the technology will still exist in five years.

Open source/collaborative initiatives such as OVP and the recently announced TLMCentral can help drive the evolution and adoption of the technology, but they can also simultaneously cannibalize – or at lease potentially limit –vendors’ ability to extract premium tool purchases. Although we can point to the Eclipse ecosystem and how software development tool vendors have remained somewhat successful over a long period of time since Eclipse’s inception, we cannot underestimate the impact of the processor/processor IP landscape evolution. The aforementioned shift in ARM’s System Generator/Fast Models strategy as well as Intel’s 2009 acquisition of Wind River are both indicative of the growing pressure on the semiconductor community to enable/speed overall end device functionality and development in order to promote additional current/future socket wins and/or royalties.

One thing is for certain: Across embedded runtime and development solution domains, the growth in software content and end device complexity is driving a reevaluation of incumbent embedded system development solutions. Solution vendors from all domains are now scrambling to monetize the creation and/or enablement of this next generation value-add and, in many cases, are dissolving long-established market boundaries and business models in the process.


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Embedded World Bulletin – March 2011

VDC attended the 2011 embedded world Exhibition & Conference in Nuremberg, Germany March 1st through 3rd. This bulletin presents a summary of the event.

This is the second time VDC Research has attended embedded world and, according to the show closing report, there were over 800 international exhibiting companies and 19,022 trade visitors. Both represent another year of record numbers of exhibitors and visitors participating in the conference.

Not surprisingly given the conference’s location in Germany, many trade show exhibitors used the venue to highlight a number of automotive announcements and reference designs.  From AUTOSAR to infotainment stacks, it was clear that this rebounding industry held particular traction among conference attendees.

Beyond just the automotive market, however, the conference offered an overall atmosphere and buzz of excitement and interest, a dynamic that has been somewhat lacking from many industry events in recent years.  Although the German economy remains stronger than that of many other geographic areas, we expect and hope that this conference’s momentum will carry over to the upcoming Embedded Systems Conferences and spell continued success for the embedded industry at large on the heels of the recent global recession.

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



Best of Show

VDC awards our software “Embeddy” best of show to Esterel Technologies for their announcement of SCADE System and SCADE Lifecycle.  We believe that the addition of SCADE System, which targets SysMLEsterel Embeddie based development, will become an increasingly valuable piece of Esterel’s portfolio as a growing percentage of engineering teams attempt to generate higher level designs of entire embedded systems, beyond just the control application modeling that Esterel Studio has been used for historically.  Additionally, the company also announced SCADE Lifecycle, which will serve as the main platform driving integrations between Esterel’s products as well as other lifecycle management solutions such as requirements management tools, for which it announced the availability of SCADE LifeCycle Requirements Management Gateway. 

Horable Mention 

Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Embedded Compact 7.  In recognition of the growing requirement across embedded device classes for advance used interfaces, the release of Compact 7 includes the addition Silverlight for Windows Embedded UI Framework, based on Silverlight 3.0, which enables developers to create user interfaces via Microsoft Expression Blend 3 and Windows Embedded Silverlight Tools.  The release also included the platform’s first support for symmetric multiprocessing, which should become increasingly valuable as more OEMs look to incorporate multicore processors into the mobile device designs.




ALT Software announced a large design win at the conference, stating that it had been selected by Singapore-based Anuva Technologies to provide graphics drivers for their new XMC embedded graphics module.

ARM announced the extension of its Keil MDK-Professional tool suite to support development on its Cortex-M series processor IP.  The company also announced a new licensing agreement with Fujitsu Semiconductor that features its Cortex-A15 processor and Mali graphics.

Coverity, GrammaTech, and Klocwork were also all in attendance highlighting their latest announcements regarding their static analysis technologies and attempting to drive further growth in the EMEA region.

Enea featured two announcements that were both focused on multicore technology.  The first highlighted their support for the Multicore Association’s Multicore Communications API with their LINX middleware.  The second announcement introduced their Enea Multicore Migration Platform (MMP), which is intended to ease the migration of legacy applications from unicore to multicore architectures. 

In addition to the extension of ThreadX’s support for Renesas’ Electronics’ RX600 Series 32-bit microcontrollers, Express Logic introduced downloadable application modules for its RTOS that now allow applications to dynamically receive additional instructions from local mass storage or networks, thus reducing the need to increase software footprint or memory on the end device.

Green Hills Software had several announcements in concert with the conference.  On March 1st, the company announced that its INTEGRITY real-time operating system has been optimized for the Power Architecture Variable Length Encoded (VLE) Instruction Architecture, which is used within the Freescale Qorivva Power Architecture automotive microcontrollers.  The company also launched the Green Hills Platform for Smart Energy, which positions their runtime, development tools, and professional services solutions for this growing sector.

Software and system lifecycle management solution vendor LDRA was also in attendance and featured two announcements, the first of which highlighted enhancements to its TBmanager tool aimed at providing greater traceability and transparency of tests and test plans across the development team and development cycle.  Their second announcement focused on the addition of support for the IEC 61508 and IEC 61508:2010 functional safety standards in which the LDRA tool suite now automatically checks compliance and provides a mechanism for generating automated documentation.

McObect exhibited at the conference and highlighted the use of their XtremeDB and Perst embedded databases across a range of embedded systems.

MKS, which counts automotive OEMs as their leading vertical market customer segment, was also in attendance and featured their Integrity software and system lifecycle management solution.

Oracle also exhibited at the conference, highlighting the use of its Java solutions for embedded and mobile systems development.

Pentek was in attendance and announced enhancements to its ReadyFlow board support package for its Cobalt, Xlinx Virtex-6 based, FPGA module family with the intent of speeding its customers overall embedded system development.

Programming Research (PRQA) announced the addition of a new dataflow analysis module to its flagship QA·C and QA·C ++ toolsets that includes a Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) solver engine.

Real-time Systems also used the embedded world conference as a venue to highlight their flagship solutions, which include a real-time hypervisor as well as an IEEE 1588 software stack solution.

EDA vendor Synopsys highlighted four different announcements over the course of the exhibition: the support of PCI Express 3.0 by its DesignWare IP, the introduction of Proteus LRC for lithography verification, the availability of a HAPS-600 High Capacity FPGA-Based Prototyping Solution, and their collaboration with Xlinx to product a methodology manual for the FPGA-Based Prototyping of SoC Designs.

SYSGO announces today the release of version 3.2 of its PikeOS, which extends SMP support from x86 to ARM, PowerPC and SPARC architectures and also includes a new SMP capable Linux Personality, performance improvements, and many enhancements in tools.

Wind River announced a 64-bit version of it VxWorks RTOS, updated certification evidence for the industrial IEC 61508 standard as well as the extension of its On-Board program to a number of new partners.

Other leading embedded systems exhibitors included, Adacore, dSPACE, ETAS, Elektrobit, HP, IBM Rational, IAR, Inchron, Intel, Kontron, LynuxWorks, Polarion, QA Systems, Quadros, QNX, Texas Instruments, Vector Informatik, Willert Software Tools, and many, many others.


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embedded world 2011 – March 1 - 3

The embedded world 2011 exhibition and conference opened today. VDC is attending and holding meetings on the floor with more than 20 exhibitors.  We will be publishing a trip report at the conclusion of the conference and also announcing the “best-of-show” award. So stayed tuned!

In the mean time VDC has been receiving numerous press releases from suppliers. In case you missed any of these VDC has compiled a few of the announcements below. There are many more ongoing announcements at the show - click here to follow!

Wind River On-Board Program Expands To Enable Hardware Partners to Develop Unique Embedded Development Kits

Wind River Releases 64-Bit VxWorks RTOS

Wind River Broadens Safety Certification for VxWorks Cert

Enea Simplifies Multicore Migration with New Software Platform

Enea to Support Multicore Association’s MCAPI™ Standard

Green Hills Software Announces INTEGRITY Support for Power Architecture VLE

Green Hills Software Announces Software Platform for Smart Energy

Netas Selects Green Hills Software for its Router and Switch Communications Products

First Emerson Network Power OpenVPX Boards Feature 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Emerson Network Power Introduces Fast, Flexible and Affordable Customization of Embedded Motherboards

Synopsys Announces Availability of HAPS-600 High Capacity FPGA-Based Prototyping Solution

Synopsys Introduces Proteus LRC for Lithography Verification

IAR Systems delivers world’s first development tools for Renesas RL78

IAR Systems addresses growing user community with Eclipse integration

Express Logic Introduces Downloadable Application Modules for ThreadX RTOS

Express Logic Brings ThreadX RTOS to Renesas Electronics RX Family of 32-bit Microcontrollers

QNX Announces First RTOS to Help Device Manufacturers Achieve Both Safety and Security Certification

Accelerate time-to-market with Kontron’s enhanced VPX/OpenVPX™ ecosystem

Kontron announces support for Freescale QorIQ® family of communication processors on AdvancedMCs™

ARM Extends Software Development Tools for Cortex-M Series Processors with Keil MDK-Professional

Airbus Military Certifies to DO-178B level A Using GNATcheck

EADS CASA Selects AdaCore Toolset for nEUROn Unmanned Aircraft

GrammaTech Streamlines ISO 26262 Compliance for Functional Safety in Automotive Industry

LDRA Tools Integrate IEC 61508 Compliance across the Software Lifecycle

Again there are many more ongoing announcements at the show - click here to follow and stay tuned for VDC’s show report and best-of-show award.


VDC to Attend Embedded World March 1-3

We will be making the trip across the Atlantic again this year to visit the largest embedded technology tradeshow of the year, embedded world in Nuremberg, Germany.  Last year, the conference boasted over 18,000 visitors and over 700 exhibiting companies! 

While we are at the conference, we welcome the opportunity to meet with attending vendors to learn more about recent announcements, your company and its solutions.

You can arrange a meeting time with VDC by doing one of the following:

For Software and Tools related meetings

Contact Chris Rommel, Senior Analyst, Embedded Software & Tools Practice, VDC Research Group by contacting Chris at: crommel@vdcresearch.com or 508.653.9000 x 123.

For Hardware related meetings

Contact Richard Dean, Senior Analyst/Program Manager, Embedded Hardware and Systems Practice, VDC Research Group at: rdean@vdcresearch.com or 508.653.9000 x152.
Haven't decided if you're attending embedded world yet?

Please check out the embedded world website for more information on the conference program as well as information on all of the companies that will be exhibiting. You can also click here to register.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!


The Next Domain in Systems Modeling

Initially, software and system modeling tools emerged out of the need to solve and/or simplify specific engineering problems.  The Unified Modeling Language (UML) was designed to address software problems while proprietary languages were developed for siloed engineering tasks such as MATLAB for algorithm design.  Over time, however, engineering organizations began utilizing the technologies for additional tasks, ultimately leading to the introduction of new feature sets, new products, and new language subsets altogether such as SysML for system level design.  At the same time, some solution vendors have attempted to evangelize the establishment of higher level modeling practices with the aim of connecting – and extracting management and development synergies from – multiple engineering domains (e.g. software, electrical, mechanical, algorithmic, etc.).

The fulfillment of this objective, however, has largely lagged the broader adoption of modeling tools. A few years ago, many Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tool vendors attempted to champion the use of Electronic System Level (ESL) design tools that modeled hardware in software, at a level of abstraction above the Register Transfer Level (RTL), in order to addresses system level design/verification and hardware/software interaction.  Subsequent adoption of these products, however, has been relatively slow and, in many cases, below suppliers’ expectations.  Now, many modeling tool vendors (with software lineages) are beginning to position their roadmaps to enable tight integrations with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions in the future.

Certainly, engineering organizations should salivate at an opportunity to drive synergies in their development process and gain efficiencies in product change and quality management.  Unfortunately, we expect that this proposed level of integration will, for the most part, remain idyllic and unobtainable over the near term.  Today, the vast majority of engineers still report that they do not use modeling tools for cross domain practices.  Similarly to EDA’s promotion of ESL solutions four years ago, we believe that the main inhibitor will remain the fragmented and often siloed nature of organizations’ development groups and the subsequent assignment of development responsibilities to specific engineers.

Perhaps the largest potential disruptive factor to the organizational inertia that we believe will limit the adoption of cross-discipline tools may be the same force that has transformed enterprise/IT software development over the past decade and that is now impacting the embedded space in greater frequency – Agile development methods.  To date, the associated development processes, which emphasize iterative development, have largely been implemented within software development teams as a means to improve responsiveness to elastic customer/stakeholder requirements.  Increasingly, however, we anticipate that organizations will look to embrace Agile’s principles at a broader level, beyond software development.  If so, we believe that there will be an increasingly vital role for development solutions that can offer ways to automate and analyze total system behavior, at greater frequencies.  Until this type of widespread organizational evolution take hold, however, we expect that cross-domain system modeling and analysis will remain largely out of reach for most organizations.

VDC investigates this trend among others in our recently published report, Software and System Modeling Tools, from our research service covering Software and System Lifecycle Management Tools.  Please contact us for more information.


VDC to Announce ESC Boston Embeddy Awards for Best in Show at 6:45pm

VDC will announce the Embeddy Award winners live on the show floor on Today, Tuesday September 21, at 6:45pm!

Note: This is a change from the originally scheduled event time of 4:45pm.

We will be presenting our annual Embeddy Awards for Best in Show live on the show floor at ESC Boston 2010.  This year, VDC will be announcing a best of show for both software and hardware.

The Embeddy Awards are presented annually to those exhibitors who announce or demonstrate the most significant new software and hardware products at the Embedded Systems Conference

Haven't decided if you're attending ESC yet?  It's Not Too Late!

Please check out the ESC Boston website for more information on the different technology tracks and classes as well as information on all of the companies that will be exhibiting. You can also click here to register.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!