80 posts categorized "Google Android"

10/24/2013

Android to Transform Medical Device Market

In an increasingly mobile environment infused with continual technological innovation, OEMs are considering new platforms to develop embedded systems. While there are various platforms to choose from, Android has emerged as the foundation of many new embedded systems. It boasts natural advantages compared to other operating systems – iOS, Blackberry, and Windows to name a few – such as its robust open source user-interface, integrated connectivity, and royalty-free licensing, which can minimize cost and provide OEMs flexibility as they try to fit technology to specific industry needs.

Emerging tools in the medical space mark the potential innovation Android can bring to health care. New diagnostic methods and software systems in mHealth (mobile health) help medical care become more accessible to consumers. Android provides a flexible environment for developers and integrated connectivity between devices, making it a preferable tool in mHealth. Android-based applications can perform various functions, from simple tasks such as keeping track of medication schedules to more advanced measurement capabilities. Consumers can attach different add-ons to their Android devices and track vitals in real-time, from blood pressure and glucose level assessments to even ultrasound imaging.

OEMs can further streamline healthcare by creating embedded systems that perform multiple functions. Rather than switch between individual add-ons to test blood pressure and glucose level, doctors would be able to use a single device and even track results that can be shared to all of the user’s Android devices. Android systems provide great user interfaces and connectivity, two key parameters OEMs are considering in developing new medical devices. Although smartphones and tablets comprise of most of the current Android market share, medical devices exhibit the highest predicted growth at 71.7% annually.

While medical devices are a prime use-case for Android, the market is still in its infancy. OEMs remain reluctant to redesign systems to run Android (or any new OS) as it often requires considerable customization. Decisions by Google and other key market participants will also hold an influence and shape the growth of Android as a software solution.

Beyond the medical space, Android OS is expanding into other markets such as connected car systems and situational awareness systems. To better understand more specific drivers of Android adoption in the medical space and others, please read through the report's executive brief. The full report, Android in the Embedded Systems Market, discusses global market trends, device class forecasts, and important insights about ecosystem participants and end-users.

by Howard Wei

06/26/2013

Controlling In-Vehicle Innovation with IVI Design

Automotive differentiation is no longer driven by gears and grease. Electronic systems now control most aspects of a vehicle’s operation and the software within those systems has risen to account for an increasing share of their functionality and differentiation. Today, software content growth in the automotive industry continues to outpace most other embedded device classes. In no automotive sector is this trend more acute than in IVI.

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The culture of conservatism, rooted in automotive’s safety-critical requirements, that has traditionally characterized the domain must adapt. The recent financial crisis imposed an unparalleled catalyst for such change. Entire supply chains followed the OEM leads into bankruptcy. The remaining engineering organizations, many of which lacked the level of development resources they had prior to the financial crisis, are being forced to reevaluate their incumbent development processes and tools in an effort to keep pace with the unabated growth in consumer expectations. In many cases, OEMs must be prepared to adopt new software development solutions to adequately address the complexities of UI design and consumer device integration.

VDC will be conducting a live webcast with IBM and Jaguar Land Rover on June 27th to discuss this emerging trend. Attendees will learn:

  • How open source technologies will impact tomorrow's automotive ecosystem
  • Why OEMs need to revisit their supply-chain strategies to promote new levels of collaboration  and innovation
  • What new development solutions should be considered to adapt

When: June 27th, 11:00am ET / 2:00pm PT

Register: http://bit.ly/136NjqJ

01/22/2013

Can Ubuntu Make a Splash in Mobile?

The start of the new year kicked off with an announcement that another open source mobile operating system will be coming to market… but this one is truly unique. The provider of one of the most popular Linux-based desktop operating systems, Canonical, recently announced a distinctive smartphone interface for its Ubuntu operating system. Aside from Android, open source platforms have had a checkered history with limited success in the smartphone environment (e.g. Openmoko, LiMo, MeeGo, webOS). Ubuntu faces much uncertainty with many challenges ahead, but its unique positioning and appeal could help it shine in an increasingly competitive and crowded market.

One of the primary goals of Canonical is to provide a unified family of interfaces for phone, PC and television devices utilizing the Ubuntu OS. Best-suited for high-end multicore “superphones,” the Ubuntu phone OS delivers a rich graphical touch interface with a full PC experience when docked with a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Canonical is also providing a free variant of Ubuntu designed to run on Android phones to immediately enter the mobile market. The OS will support web-based HTML5 and native applications.

Ubuntu has a lot of things going for it that past open source OSs did not. First and foremost, Canonical has been very successful in growing Ubuntu’s presence in enterprise desktops and server platforms across the world since its launch in 2004. The company amassed plenty of experience hosting cloud-based services and app stores, a major obstacle for new entrants to the mobile space, and developed a global market presence through leveraging partnerships with leading PC OEMs including ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Additionally, application support will be bolstered by Ubuntu’s considerable following of desktop developers and a Webkit made available by Canonical to help migrate applications from the desktop platform.

Though no open source platforms have been able to measure up to Android’s success in the smartphone arena, many network operators and OEMs would like to have an alternate available. They have recognized that the growing duopoly between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in the market could stifle innovation and give them too much power over industry participants and users themselves. Furthermore, an alternative operating system, like Ubuntu, could help carriers and manufacturers gain a more substantive relationship with smartphone buyers by adding their own branded offerings.

However, Ubuntu faces numerous obstacles in its quest to make a splash in the smartphone OS market. The two biggest concerns, intensely growing competition and a lack of handset provider support, permeate throughout market for mobile operating system providers. The market already accommodates two huge platforms (Android and iOS) and two others with aspirations of greatness (Windows Phone and Blackberry), and that’s just at the top. By the time the first Ubuntu-based handset comes to market at the end of 2013 (earliest), the next versions of Android and iOS will have been deployed, Blackberry 10 will have finally arrived and Microsoft will be soon-updating its own mobile software. Also, Canonical has yet to disclose any commitments by operators or handset manufacturers to support the Ubuntu operating system and few big-name “superphone” OEMs are likely to be willing to risk a high-profile launch with an unproven mobile OS.

A lot will change the landscape in the meantime leading up to Ubuntu’s eventual mobile debut. The OS contains some very innovative and inspiring design ideas, and Canonical boasts unique core strengths that make their operating system truly different from any other open source OS that has crossed the mobile environment. The new OS will have the opportunity to be a significant player in emerging markets, as well as with people already committed to open source. Though more competition would force the pace of innovation to increase, Google and Apple will be heart-pressed to relinquish any market share and will continue to add to and enhance their own platforms in a bid to stay relevant. Demand for an Ubuntu-like platform exists; it’s just a matter of getting past the crowd at the door.

12/31/2012

Don’t Forget to Lock Your Windows

Security is one of the most buzzworthy and sensationalized topics in the embedded market in recent memory. Even 60 minutes has devoted time to the topic. Although device security may not have been at top of Andy Rooney’s interest list, the threat is real.

In the same way that the devices across all facets of our lives have become more intelligent and more connected, they have simultaneously come under a sort of evolutionary entrapment. Their increased functionality has made them both more valuable and more attractive targets of attack. And this dynamic extends from everything from mobile phones to medical devices.

So why then do engineers not extend the same consideration of security across of all these device classes?

Certainly, there are some device classes more inherently at risk than others. In fact, many of the OEMs building these devices already use a range of operating systems specifically designed (or at least marketed) as addressing security, such as Green Hills Integrity, Lynuxworks LynxOS, or Wind River VxWorks. It is time that other OEMs pay attention too. Security is important

Or are they already?

Approximately 2/3 of the engineers we surveyed said that security was important to their current design. The ratio varied little based on the target OS cited as used on the engineers’ current projects. The acknowledgement of security’s importance appears ubiquitous.

A few weeks ago, I was attending the Amphion Forum in San Francisco, a conference hosted by Mocana that focused on device security. At the conference, neither engineers nor vendors made much mention of one of the leading OS vendors in the embedded market, Microsoft.Secure-Windows

While Microsoft’s PC heritage may not lend a reputation of security staunchness, its embedded SKUs do offer augmented protection over many alternatives. Furthermore, Windows Embedded’s use within many of the more intelligent, connected devices means that engineers using the OS family should absolutely place a premium on security. So what gives?

  1. In many cases, engineers – especially those not working in safety-critical device classes – are not conditioned to care about security. But investment and attention often follow catastrophe.
  2. Some engineers also take security for granted, thinking that the use of a commercial OS yields hardened end products. Although commercial OSs can help, their increasing adoption makes them a more compelling target for potential hacking or attack.
  3. Microsoft needs to ante up. Some of the disconnect is due to marketing, but the rest of it is because of products. Operating systems will never solve the entire problem; Microsoft and its customers will benefit from a broader security-focused portfolio.

2013 will bring even greater security risk. It is time for OEMs and vendors alike to step it up.

 

09/17/2012

The Embedded Software Beat

A Q&A with John Blevins, Director of Marketing, LynuxWorks

This interview is the second in a series that we look to conduct during the course of 2012 with embedded software solution providers to share their views on their company, products, and state of the market.

VDC: LynuxWorks has been in the RTOS business for over 20 years; can you briefly introduce the company to our readers?

Blevins: LynuxWorks was founded in 1988 as Lynx Real Time Systems, and the first product, LynxOS, was designed to give embedded developers a high performance yet full featured Real Time Operating System. LynxOS offered UNIX & POSIX functionality for embedded systems without compromising real-time performance and determinism. As Linux emerged as an embedded operating system in the late 90s we changed our name to LynuxWorks and chose to offer a Linux distribution to give embedded developers the choice of embedded Linux or the high-performance LynxOS for building connected embedded systems.  As we entered the new millennium we had many customers wanting us to add security and safety features to our LynxOS operating systems, and so we built two new versions, LynxOS-178, a safety critical OS that has been certified to the highest level of FAA safety certification, and LynxOS-SE that added security functionality to LynxOS. At this time we recognized that a new generation of product was needed to meet the upcoming challenges of security, multi-core and multi-OS systems in the embedded space. We started development from the ground up on this new product called LynxSecure in 2004 and designed the highest levels of security and modern virtualization into the product. LynxSecure has evolved into the most secure type zero hypervisor and separation kernel on the market today providing the ability to run multiple fully virtualized guests on a single platform.

VDC: What are the challenges engineers face today in designing and developing embedded devices and how are embedded software suppliers responding?

Blevins: Today, embedded developers face significant challenges due to the more complex and sophisticated hardware available.  With increased processor bandwidth, higher memory densities and multi-core systems now commonly available, embedded developers are expected to create more complex products.  It is becoming common to use virtualization technology to run multiple operating systems on a multi-core large-memory system.   When designing a more sophisticated embedded system the developer must decide how to divide hardware resources (cores, memory, USB devices, etc) between the various guest operating systems and how to balance resources between real-time operating systems and non-real-time systems sharing the same hardware. The developers also face security challenges as they try to prevent non embedded OSes from corrupting their real-time OSes and applications. LynuxWorks has responded to these needs with our LynxSecure separation kernel and Hypervisor product which will allow the embedded developer to have very strict control over which resources are assigned to which operating systems.  LynxSecure guarantees that resources assigned to an RTOS are never seen by the other guest OSes and are always available to the RTOS for the deterministic response times traditionally required by embedded applications.

VDC: You recently introduced a new version of LynxSecure, the Hypervisor. How would you categorize the market for virtualization for embedded systems, and what separates LynuxWorks from its competitors in this space?

Blevins: Virtualization has been growing in acceptance by embedded developers over the last two years.  Embedded Systems designers want to recognize the common virtualization benefits of reduced size, weight, power, and cost (SWaPC) that the server market has been enjoying. However, they have concerns over maintaining both real-time performance and security in their system as they move to virtualization.  Security is a problem that is affecting all segments of the embedded market. Embedded devices are routinely used in defense, medical, power, and financial applications where a security breach or compromised system may have dire consequences.  More of these devices are now connected to the internet than ever before and are subject to continuous malware attacks. Some of these embedded devices are attempting to mix non-secure desktop type environments with secure RTOS applications on a single platform.  The need to maintain the security of these mixed systems is higher now than ever before.  LynxSecure is in its fifth generation and is rapidly being adopted by embedded developers who have secure virtualization requirements.  LynxSecure is different than other hypervisors in that it is first and foremost a separation kernel that allows strict hardware provisioning between the various guest operating systems. LynxSecure is less than 20,000 lines of code and has been designed to achieve the highest levels of evaluation and certification. The LynxSecure separation kernel and hypervisor provides deterministic real-time performance and allows a developer to preserve the real-time requirements of an RTOS running on the same hardware as other desktop type operating systems. A common use of LynxSecure is to run legacy applications in an environment such as Windows next to an RTOS such as LynxOS-178, which may perform some critical safety function. Embedded systems that mix safety and security on a single platform will really benefit from LynxSecure.

VDC: Security has long been a major focus of LynuxWorks. Are OEMs doing enough to secure their devices in today’s increasingly connected world?

Blevins: Unfortunately not yet.  It seems that many OEMs are waiting for something bad to occur before they begin to address their security issues.  In the commercial segments we see famous security breaches in common devices like the Sony PlayStation. We see attacks on blogs such as the Gawker Media attack which revealed millions of commenter’s user names and passwords.  We see attacks on security companies such as the Kaspersky attack which exposed sensitive database information. In more traditional embedded systems we see attacks like the Stuxnet virus which targeted Siemens industrial software and equipment through Windows. These attacks are helping create awareness of the need to address security concerns early in the design process of an embedded system.

VDC: LynuxWorks also delivers security solutions through ValidEdge, a wholly owned subsidiary. Can you briefly introduce this subsidiary to our readers?

Blevins: ValidEdge is a security appliance which sits on a network and analyzes thousands of malware samples.  The ValidEdge MIS1300 device unpacks, un-encrypts, and un-obfuscates each malware sample before running both static and dynamic analysis on it.  After collecting all details of what the malware does, what is hidden in its payload, what files it alters and so on the information is compiled into a report for the user.   The ValidEdge appliances excel at detecting “zero day” malware which has never been seen before The ValidEdge MIS1300 appliances utilizes LynxSecure to run 6 copies of Windows simultaneously and to re-load them fresh after the analysis of each malware sample is completed. The ValidEdge product line is both an example of how useful LynxSecure can be as well as a commitment to help address security concerns in today’s “connected” world.

VDC: If you were to take a look a look into your crystal ball, how do see the opportunities for the embedded software market shaping up as we head to 2013?

Blevins: As the discussion above shows, LynuxWorks is greatly concerned with providing security solutions in the embedded market. We believe that the combination of more powerful hardware and virtualization technology will be subject to greater security risks and performance problems as more of these devices are connected to the network. LynuxWorks is poised for helping customers utilize today’s newer  hardware to its full capacity by providing secure virtualization technology that will continue to guarantee real-time determinism, safety, and performance, as well as address the security concerns that come from such a complex networked system.

VDC: Thank you John.

Interested in participating in VDC’s “The Embedded Software Beat” series of interviews? Please reach out and let us know.

08/02/2012

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.
http://www.adacore.com/press/smartside-adopts-ada-gnat-pro/

ARM (NASDAQ: ARMH) announced that their relationship with Cavium has been extended to include an architecture license for the ARMv8.
http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-and-cavium-extend-relationship-with-armv8-architecture-license.php

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.
http://www.atego.com/pressreleases/pressitem/atego-acquires-ibm-rational-apex-ada-developer-product-family/

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, announced results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012.
http://www.cadence.com/cadence/newsroom/press_releases/Pages/pr.aspx?xml=072512_financial

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.
http://www.cavium.com/newsevents_Cavium_Unveils_Project_Thunder.html

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.
http://www.coverity.com/html/press/coverity-joins-genivi-alliance.html

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).
http://www.ddci.com/displayNews.php?fn=news__653_Deos_062612_release.php

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.
http://www.enea.com/Corporate/Press/Press-releases/Press-release/?item=684814

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.
http://www.esterel-technologies.com/news-events/press-releases/2012/Esterel-Technologies-Introduces-SCADE-LifeCycle-Qualified-Test-Environment-and-Interface-with-the-LDRA-Tool-Suite

ETAS announced plans to acquire ESCRYPT GmbH, a system house specializing in embedded
system security technologies and solutions.
http://www.etas.com/data/press_room/Press_Release_ETAS_ESCRYPT_en.pdf

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.
http://rtos.com/news/detail/express_logic_introduces_threadx-lite_for_iar_embedded_workbench_users/

Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2012.
http://media.freescale.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=196520&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1716592&highlight=

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.
http://www.grammatech.com/news/2012/releases/04-16-12.html

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).
http://www.ghs.com/news/201200620_ftf12_auto_dig_instru.html

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.
http://www.iar.com/en/Investors/IR-news/Press-releases/2012/6/IAR-Systems-further-enhances-world-leading-development-tools-for-ARM/

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.
http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2012/07/17/intel-reports-second-quarter-revenue-of-135-billion?cid=rss-258152-c1-276405

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).
http://www.intervalzero.com/newsevents/intervalzero-releases-rtx-2012/

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.
http://www.klocwork.com/news/press-releases/releases/2012/PR-2012_07_10-Klocwork-Passes-1000-Customer-Milestone.php

Lauterbach, a leading manufacturer of hardware assisted microprocessor development tools, announced support the new AURIX TC27x family from Infineon with its TRACE32® Debugger.
http://www.lauterbach.com/frames.html?home.html

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.
http://www.ldra.com/index.php/en/component/content/article/11-news-press-releases/511-ldra-and-iar-systems-target-iec-61508-and-iec-62304-certification-of-small-footprint-architectures

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.
http://www.lynuxworks.com/corporate/press/2012/lynxsecure-5.1.php

MathWorks announced that Simulink, Embedded Coder, and the AUTOSAR Target Production Package (ATPP) now support AUTOSAR 4.0.
http://www.mathworks.com/company/newsroom/MathWorks-Offers-AUTOSAR-4.0-Production-Support-with-Simulink.html

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.
http://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/news/mentor-announces-support-for-the-mips32-34k-core

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.
http://micrium.com/page/press_room/news/id:74

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.
http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en-us/press-release/microchips-new-rtcc-family-pro.html

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.
http://www.mvista.com/press_release_detail.php?fid=news/2012/MontaVista_Announces_Automotive_Technology_Platform.html

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.
http://digital.ni.com/worldwide/bwcontent.nsf/5076c193a6bfa57486256a7000512ca4/2c9d926e86720f5b86257a4c00498aa5?OpenDocument

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.
http://www.parasoft.com/jsp/products/release.jsp?articleId=3855&type=Current

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.
http://www.perforce.com/press/perforce-assembla-partner-deliver-cloud-hosted-solution-accelerates-agile-development

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.
 http://www.presagis.com/about_us/press_room/releases/presagis_pioneers_hmi_development_with_next-generation_software/

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.
http://www.programmingresearch.com/press-releases/2012/prqa-upgrades-qac-with-enhanced-dataflow-capability-and-increased-misra-enforcement/

PTC (NASDAQ: PMTC) announced solid Q3 results, increase FY12 EPS guidance.
http://www.ptc.com/appserver/wcms/standards/textsub.jsp?&im_dbkey=141969&icg_dbkey=21

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.
http://www.qnx.com/news/pr_5166_1.html

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.
http://synopsys.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1050

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.
http://www.sysgo.com/news-events/press/press/details/article/rapita-systems-and-sysgo-announce-partnership-deal/

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.
http://www.timesys.com/company/news-events/pr/timesys-joins-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.
http://www.windriver.com/news/press/pr.html?ID=10801

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.

05/22/2012

Can Google Defend Open Source Software?

As you probably know, Google is currently entrenched in a battle with Oracle over the use of Java in Android. The trial may be only a month old, but the war began with the original suit filed in August 2010 for alleged copyright and patent infringement related to the Java programming language. However, this case is not just about Google defending its use of the technology or simply lining its pockets. The outcome of this trial has the potential to cripple the Android ecosystem and other open source projects as well.

The copyright phase of the trial has the attention of the software community. On May 7, 2012 a jury ruled that Google had violated Oracle’s copyright on 37 APIs, but could not decide if the violation was an acceptable level of fair use. Judge William Alsup of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has been tasked with ruling on the big question: Can the structure, sequence, and organization (SSO) of an API be covered under copyright law?

If Judge Alsup finds in favor of Google and decides that the SSO of an API cannot be copyrightable, Oracle will be rewarded a maximum of $150,000 in statutory damages for each of the two counts brought against Google.

However, a ruling in the opposing favor would send toxic ripples throughout the software industry. Google would be required to attain a license through Oracle and pay significant royalties so long as they continue to produce Android. Oracle would then have the ability to charge a licensing fee to all Android manufacturers. Whether Android remains free or not is critical not only to phone manufacturers, but to Android’s push into other embedded vertical markets as well. Android developers are already hesitant to venture beyond the smartphone/tablet arena because of the additional engineering work required to extend the Android platform beyond such applications, and licensing/royalty concerns would only amplify that hesitation.

The licensing requirement would resonate throughout open source projects. Regardless if the license is free or not, programmers may potentially steer away from using Java in favor of other programming platforms. Open source platforms like Linux would be in jeopardy because of their use of foreign APIs (portions of Linux APIs duplicate those from commercial software). To top things off, programmers would no longer be able to implement “clean room design” to reverse engineer and replicate software.

This case is far from over as appeals are expected to follow. Google has already moved for a mistrial as a result of the jury’s split verdict over the fair use question, over which Judge Alsup is currently deliberating.  For more information on litigation surrounding Android please see our past blog post: Will Legal Battles Jeopardize Android’s Rise to Dominate the Device Market? Stay tuned as VDC Research continues to follow Oracle v. Google. 

04/20/2012

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.
http://www.adacore.com/press/embraer-amx-upgrade/

ARM announced the availability of a high performance, power-optimized quad-core hard macro implementation of its flagship ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor.
http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-announces-cortex-a15-quad-core-hard-macro.php

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.
http://www.atego.com/pressreleases/pressitem/atego-launches-atego-process-director-for-do-178

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.
http://www.cadence.com/cadence/newsroom/press_releases/pages/pr.aspx?xml=040212_ace_awards

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.
http://www.cavium.com/newsevents_Cavium_Financial_Outlook_Q1-2012.html

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.
http://www.coverity.com/html/press/coverity-drives-developer-collaboration-around-the-globe-with-coverity-6.html

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.
http://www.dspace.com/en/inc/home/company/dspace_pressroom/press/pr120302.cfm

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.
http://www.enea.com/Corporate/Press/Press-releases/Press-release/?item=651230

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.
http://www.esterel-technologies.com/news-events/press-releases/2012/Esterel-Technologies-Announces-Immediate-Availability-of-SCADE-System

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.
http://rtos.com/news/detail/express_logics_threadx_rtos_solves_multicore_smp_and_amp_programming_c/

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.
http://media.freescale.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=196520&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1685235&highlight=

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.
http://www.grammatech.com/news/2012/releases/03-27-12-II.html

Green Hills Software, a leading vendor of embedded software solutions, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.
http://www.ghs.com/news/20120327_ESC_30_years_industry_leadership.html

IAR Systems® announces that its high-performing C/C++ compiler and debugger tool suite IAR Embedded Workbench® now supports STM32F051.
http://www.iar.com/en/About/Pressroom/Press-releases/2012/4/IAR-Systems-supports-the-new-STM32-F0-low-cost-ARM-Cortex-M0-microcontrollers-from-STMicroelectronics/

Cloud Computing Q&A: IBM SmartCloud
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2012/04/cloud-computing-qa-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.
http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2012/04/18/xolo-x900-first-smartphone-with-intel-inside-launches-in-india-market

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.
http://www.intervalzero.com/newsevents/intervalzero-alta-data-technologies-form-avionics-partnership/

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.
http://www.klocwork.com/news/press-releases/releases/2012/PR-2012_03_26-Klocwork-Achieves-CWE-Compatibility-Certification.php

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.
http://www.lauterbach.com/frames.html?home.html

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.
http://www.ldra.com/en/component/content/article/11-news-press-releases/488-ldra-offers-iec-62304-and-iso-14971-certification-readiness-services-for-medical-devices

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.
http://www.lynuxworks.com/corporate/press/2012/ruggedized-do-178b-rtos.php

MathWorks announced the launch of dedicated Model-Based Design consulting services for ISO 26262 projects.
http://www.mathworks.com/company/pressroom/MathWorks-Offers-Tailored-Services-for-ISO-26262-Projects-with-Model-Based-Design.html

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the release of its next generation Mentor® Embedded Linux platform.
http://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/news/mentor-embedded-continues-to-simplify-linux

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.
http://micrium.com/page/press_room/news/id:72

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.
http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en-us/press-release/microchip-acquires-roving-netw.html

MontaVista® Software, LLC, a leader in embedded Linux® commercialization services, announced the release of MontaVista Carrier Grade Linux for ARM.
http://mvista.com/press_release_detail.phpfid=news/2012/MontaVista_Announces_CGE_for_ARM.html&d=537

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
http://digital.ni.com/worldwide/bwcontent.nsf/websearch/96793ae41c7e4c29862579dc004a9521?opendocument&nisrc=RSS-news-en

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.
http://www.programmingresearch.com/press-releases/2012/prqa-upgrades-qac-with-defect-and-security-vulnerability-detection-and-iso-c-2011-support/

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.
http://www.ptc.com/appserver/wcms/standards/textsub.jsp?&im_dbkey=138771&icg_dbkey=21&lang=en

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.
http://www.qnx.com/news/pr_4955_1.html

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.
http://synopsys.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1019

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.
 http://www.sysgo.com/news-events/press/press/details/article/sysgos-pikeos-receives-official-tuev-certificate/

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.
http://www.viosoft.com/?q=node/77

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.
 http://www.windriver.com/news/press/pr.html?ID=10601

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.

02/02/2012

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.
http://www.adacore.com/2012/01/10/adacore-sofcheck-merge/

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.
http://www.atego.com/pressreleases/pressitem/atego-secures-major-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.
http://www.cavium.com/newsevents_Cavium_Collaborate_Intel.html

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.
http://www.coverity.com/html/press/coverity-marks-record-first-quarter.html

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).
http://www.ddci.com/displayNews.php?fn=news__Deos-CFFS_013012_release.php

Enea announced that the Enea Bare Metal Performance (BMP) Tools will now support Cavium OCTEON® multicore processors.
http://www.enea.com/Corporate/Press/Press-releases/Press-release/?item=631827

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.
http://rtos.com/news/detail/polycore_software_and_express_logic_expand_cooperation_to_ease_multico/

Freescale i.MX Processors Build Market Momentum in Fast-Growing Automotive Infotainment and Telematics Markets
http://media.freescale.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=196520&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1646370&highlight=

Green Hills Software announced a major new release of its flagship INTEGRITY real-time operating system.
http://www.ghs.com/news/20120104_INTEGRITY_11.html

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.
http://www.iar.com/en/About/Pressroom/Press-releases/2012/1/IAR-Systems-supports-the-Infineon-XMC4500-high-performance-microcontrollers-for-energy-efficient-industrial-applications/

IBM announced a definitive agreement to acquire Worklight, a privately held Israeli-based provider of mobile software for smartphones and tablets.
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/36660.wss

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.
http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2012/01/19/intel-reports-record-year-54-billion-in-annual-revenue-up-24-percent-239-in-annual-eps-up-19-percent

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.
http://www.klocwork.com/news/press-releases/releases/2012/PR-2012_01_11-Klocwork-Closes-Record-Fiscal-Year-In-2011.php

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.
http://www.lauterbach.com/frames.html?home.html

LDRA has extended the LDRA tool suite to support direct integration with Altera’s Embedded Design Suite (EDS) for Nios II soft core processors.
http://www.ldra.com/news.asp

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).
http://www.lynuxworks.com/corporate/press/2012/awacs.php

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.
http://www.mathworks.com/company/pressroom/DOCOMO-Beijing-Labs-Reduces-Development-Time-of-Mobile-Communications-Technology-by-50-Percent-with-MATLAB.html

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).
http://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/news/mentor-ecrio-nucleus-lte-ims-mobile-platform

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).
http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en-us/press-release/microchip-announces-performanc.html

National Instruments today announced early access support for testing next-generation 802.11ac WLAN chipsets and devices.
http://digital.ni.com/worldwide/bwcontent.nsf/5076c193a6bfa57486256a7000512ca4/1d32cf21fe62097a8625798f0076b9da?OpenDocument

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.
http://www.qnx.com/news/pr_4854_1.html

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.
http://www.sysgo.com/news-events/press/press/details/article/sysgos-incoming-orders-increased-over-100-in-2011/

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.
http://www.windriver.com/news/press/pr.html?ID=10121

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.

01/24/2012

Is Android Coming to a Secure Device Near You?

What Happened?

In case you missed it, the National Security Agency (NSA) announced last week the initial public release of a security-enhanced (SE) version of Android based on SE Linux. As stated by the NSA, the primary objective of SE Android is to “identify and address critical gaps in the security of Android.” The enhanced security features of SE Android are designed prevent malicious attacks by restricting the permissions of Android applications (superseding user-approved settings) while also isolating individual apps from each other.

VDC’s View

The openness of Android has been widely regarded as both a blessing and a curse during the platform’s first few years of relevance in the mobile device market, leading to seemingly equal parts innovation and fragmentation. With regard to apps, this openness allows independent developers (and hackers) to create apps that have access to a variety of internal device features, such as Bluetooth, network communication, personal information, storage, system tools, and more. While this has certainly been beneficial toward the creation and expansion of the vast Android Market, the security implications have in many cases prevented Android devices from being utilized in various government and enterprise environments. Of course, security concerns have also played a role in what to this point has been a relatively low rate of adoption of Android beyond the mobile and consumer electronics industries.

VDC continues to believe that Android will eventually become widely deployed in automotive infotainment applications, medical devices, military communication equipment, and other applications that place a premium on connectivity requirements, sophisticated user interaction, and application availability. SE Android, which is still in its early stages, may represent the first step toward building an implementation of Android that would be suitable for embedded devices with security requirements above and beyond those of typical smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics products.

However, while the strict access control policies of SE Android are likely to be attractive to OEMs, a significant level of compiling and other custom installation processes would still be required to deploy the platform – a process further complicated by customization requirements inherent in Android-based vertical market-specific devices. Herein lay the opportunities for embedded software vendors to capitalize on the momentum behind Android and perhaps finally help bring the platform to a much broader range of embedded device classes. By leveraging their domain expertise – both in the development of vertical market-specific applications and in embedded device security – vendors such as Green Hills Software, Mentor Graphics, MontaVista Software, SYSGO, Wind River, and others are expected to play a vital role in enabling OEMs to exploit the benefits of Android while also maintaining a secure operating environment. VDC also believes that it will be critical for these organizations to also evangelize the capabilities of Android as they pertain to security-enabled devices, as the community as a whole may not be inclined to completely accept the notion of deploying Android in environments where security is paramount.

VDC will investigate this trend among others in our upcoming report, Android in the Embedded Systems Market, from our research service Strategic Insights 2012: Embedded Software & Tools Market. Please contact us for more information.