39 posts categorized "Simulation Tools for Software Development & Verification"


Where To Next For PTC After ColdLight Analytics Acquisition?

PTC logoAt this month’s LiveWorx event put on by PTC (formerly known as Parametric Technology Corp.), the news highlight was the company’s acquisition of IoT analytics firm ColdLight. (See press release here.) ColdLight’s Neuron software for cloud or on-premise datacenters applies machine learning technology to M2M and IoT data, automating predictive analytics tasks. The ColdLight acquisition was a logical extension to PTC’s prior acquisition of ThingWorx and Axeda in the IoT space.

At the front end of the product development process, PTC has assembled software offerings for product lifecycle management (Windchill), computer-aided design (Creo), application lifecycle management and systems engineering (Integrity). Combined with service lifecycle management and the IoT pieces, PTC has essentially created a set of end-to-end solutions for IoT product development and deployment. However, VDC believes that PTC could do more to fill out the middle of its end-to-end portfolio.

Design of embedded devices generally consists of three major areas: mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, and software development. PTC has the first and last of those well covered, but it offers little in the way of electronic engineering tools, save for electronic design automation software for circuit boards, acquired with the company OHIO Design Automation back in 2004 (and since integrated into Windchill).

There are many types of electronic hardware system development tools, and it may be challenging for PTC to dip another toe into that market without diving in completely. Nevertheless, VDC believes that one particular type of electronic design tool would dovetail nicely with PTC’s software development offerings without necessarily getting the company in over its head in electronic design:  virtual prototyping/simulation. Such tools enable the simulation of electronic hardware systems. Although virtual prototyping is often used by semiconductor makers to simulate the behavior of their own chips prior to fabrication, a growing market for virtual prototyping is as a tool for software developers to get a head start on their development work prior to the existence of physical prototypes of the electronic hardware.

PTC already offers mechanical/CAD simulation for Creo. An electronic hardware simulation tool could enable earlier software development for customers using PTC’s Integrity, acting as a bridge between hardware and software development.

Wherever PTC chooses to aim next, its acquisition days aren't over.


VDC Research is attending Embedded World 2015!

Contact us ASAP to schedule a meeting

VDC 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 26,700 visitors and 856 exhibiting companies!.

While we are at the conference, we welcome the opportunity to meet with attending vendors to learn more about their embedded solutions and any show-related (or other recent) announcements.

You can arrange a meeting time with VDC by contacting us directly.

For meetings contact:

André Girard, Senior Analyst, IoT & Embedded Technology, agirard@vdcresearch.com, 508.653.9000 x153; or
Steve Hoffenberg, Director, IoT & Embedded Technology, shoffenberg@vdcresearch.com, 508.653.9000 x143.

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.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


Agile2013: VDC Research is heading to Nashville - Music City!

The M2M Embedded Software team is excited to be heading to Nashville to attend Agile2013 (#agile2013). The growing adoption of Agile methodologies is one of the most important developments in the software lifecycle management solution market since VDC started covering it in 2000.

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Despite origins in the enterprise/IT software development world, iterative software development methods have also taken hold in the embedded market. In fact, nearly 50% of embedded engineers we surveyed in 2012 used Agile and Iterative methods.

As embedded systems continue to evolve, organizations still relying on traditional development methodologies are struggling to keep pace with their software content creation demands. Many of these OEMs are accustomed to the traditional, serial development workflows especially common within safety-critical application classes. However, updates to several software standards, such as DO-178C, have provided the embedded industry with better clarification and more guidelines around the new development techniques. As a result of these pressures and advances, we expect iterative development methodologies will continue to gain new adherents in the embedded market.


Hope to see you there

If you want to learn about the latest Agile approaches, methods, technologies, tools, leadership principles, management philosophies and processes, we hope you will attend Agile2013. Also, please check out some of our free research on Agile, DevOps, and software development tools.

Contact us ASAP to schedule a meeting

VDC will be attending the Agile2013 conference Monday, August 5th and Tuesday, August 6th.

Contact André Girard, Sr. Analyst, M2M Embedded Software & Tools at:

agirard@vdcresearch.com or 508.653.9000 x153.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!



VDC Research is the leading M2M market intelligence firm that provides engineering leaders and technology suppliers with research-driven insights to help guide their product development and technology strategies. For over two decades, VDC Research has been conducting research and analysis of the global M2M market. Born out of its embedded engineering research practice, VDC Research surveys and interacts with thousands of engineers from all vertical markets including industrial automation, retail, manufacturing and medical devices, to gain insight into their project requirements, solution selection criteria, preferences and trends. 

Based on a unique blend of quantitative and qualitative analysis that offer granularity and breadth of coverage, VDC is organized around four practice areas, each with its own focused area of coverage. Together, they enable a unique 360-degree perspective of the opportunities and challenges resulting from The Internet of Things and M2M.

For more information visit: www.vdcresearch.com


It’s Electric…Boogie Woogie Woogie!

As the world’s energy reserves continue to wane, there is an ongoing shift towards the use of renewable energy sources. Concurrently, developments in advanced electric power systems (EPS), more commonly known as smart grids, are catching the eye of utility and power companies worldwide. Using two-way digital communication technology, smart grids can generate and distribute sustainable, economic and secure energy supplies.

In response to advances in EPSs, an increasing number of renewable energy-based resource installations are taking place. As these installations occur, it is critical to ensure that these systems are properly engineered in accordance with relevant performance standards such as IEEE 1547.

IEEE 1547 was established to provide a standard set of requirements to address key issues such as voltage regulation, synchronization and isolation, the handling of abnormal grid conditions, and power quality, among others.

 However, the testing and validation of individual components within an EPS is no longer sufficient. In order to mitigate the associated operational risks of complex grids under dynamic situations, the testing must now encompass the entire system. Thus, there is considerable potential to reduce the time frame required for running such compliance tests by automating portions of the testing process using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation.

The use of HIL in combining simulation with hardware experimentation is crucial in validating complex electric power systems in real-time. The technical integration of advanced EPSs will have a progressively more profound impact on grid stability, reliability, and availability as the penetration of renewable distributed energy resources increases. These developments will have more and more utility companies utilizing the simulation and testing benefits HIL has to offer.


More insight

For further investigation and discussion about the emerging trends in the HIL landscape, and other important shifts in systems lifecycle management, please see our 2013 Software & Systems Lifecycle Management Tools Market Intelligence Service.


Guest authored by Dan McGowan, Research Assistant at VDC Research


Hardware-in-the-Loop: Not Just for Auto & Aerospace

Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) is a simulation technique that allows for the rapid development and testing of intricate, real-time control systems.  Since such testing can be done without the creation of a physical prototype, HIL reduces product-related development costs and time-to-market, while increasing the overall quality and reliability of embedded control systems.  Given the relative complexity of developing a HIL platform, this technology has traditionally been relegated to the development of capital-intensive equipment in the automotive and aerospace industries.  However, the energy industry has recently taken notice of the benefits of HIL.

With global concerns stemming from the pollution emitted by coal burning power plants, wind power has quickly become an attractive alternative to traditional energy production.  State and federal governments have recently increased their efforts in assisting energy companies research more efficient ways of developing new wind turbines.  Enter – hardware-in-the-loop technology.  Producers of wind power have begun utilizing HIL to test their turbine control systems in real-time.  In fact, National Instruments, a leading supplier of test, measurement, and control systems, is currently partnering with Siemens Wind Power, a world-renowned wind turbine manufacturer.  Siemens is leveraging National Instruments’ LabVIEW, an HIL application platform, to develop its own HIL simulator for the testing of turbine control system software.

Using LabVIEW, Siemens can test and simulate mechanical (wind speed, blade pitch) and electrical (voltage, current) variables, among others, on its control systems.  Performing these kinds of simulations during the development stage offers design engineers the ability to tweak and optimize the control system software.  Engineers can then apply the same code used in the HIL simulation process towards the development of the control units of the actual turbine.

With the increasing emphasis on wind energy expected in the near future, the ability of HIL technology to reduce time-to-market while increasing dependability will be a boon to wind turbine manufacturers worldwide.

More insight

For further investigation and discussion about the emerging trends in the HIL landscape, and other important shifts in systems lifecycle management, please see our 2012 Software & Systems Lifecycle Management Tools Market Intelligence Service. 


Guest authored by Dan McGowan, Research Assistant at VDC Research


Embedded Bits n 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 the successful usage of its SPARK Pro and GNAT Pro High-Security products by Rockwell Collins in the development of the SecureOne™ Guard, a high assurance cross domain guard for military tactical systems.

ARM (NASDAQ: ARMH) and Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) signed a multi-year agreement that expands Synopsys’ access to a broad range of ARM intellectual property (IP).

Atego, a supplier of software tools and professional services for complex, mission- and safety-critical systems and software engineering launched Aonix ObjectAda® 8.5 for Windows with new support for Microsoft Windows® 7 systems. The new release is based on the latest build tools and libraries from the Microsoft Windows SDK 7.1 and Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and provides a new streamlined, modernized installer based on the Microsoft Windows Installer.

Atollic announced the availability of their IDE for embedded microcontroller designs – Atollic TrueSTUDIO v3.2 - that adds support for dual-core debugging and over 200 new target devices.

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, announced that the first products in the Cadence DDR4 SDRAM PHY and memory controller design intellectual property (IP) family have been proven in silicon on TSMC’s 28HPM and 28HP process technologies.

Coverity, Inc., the leader in development testing, announced that the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), builder of the Curiosity Rover, used Coverity to help ensure the reliability of the mission-critical flight software guiding the successful landing of Curiosity on Mars.

DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission - and safety-critical applications, announced that it has signed an exclusive sales agreement with Itec Ltd. Itec will offer DDC-I’s best-in-class safety-critical Deos™ real-time operating system, eclipse-based OpenArbor™ development tools and certification services to commercial and military avionics customers in Israel.

Esterel Technologies, a worldwide provider of model-based development solutions for critical systems and software, announced the integration of SCADE Display® with Barco's MOSArt™. MOSArt is Barco's Modular Open System Architecture for real-time avionics applications.

Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) announced it is licensing Image Cognition Processing (ICP) intellectual property (IP) from CogniVue Corporation that will be incorporated into new processors for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Freescale will be the exclusive provider of this technology to the automotive market.

GrammaTech, Inc., a manufacturer of source-code analysis tools, announced CodeSonar® 3.8, new version that offers faster code analysis with fewer false positives.

Green Hills Software, a leading vendor of embedded software solutions, announced its collaboration with AppliedMicro, a global leader in energy conscious computing and communications solutions for data center, telecom, and enterprise and consumer applications.

IAR Systems announced a new legal entity: IAR Systems SARL (Société à responsabilité limitée), located in Courtaboeuf Cedex Southwest of Paris, France.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) announced the next-generation Digital Signage Evaluation Kit-12 (DSEK-12) designed to streamline the digital signage evaluation process, reduce costs and enable faster deployment across a range of market segments including retail, healthcare and transportation.

Lauterbach, a leading manufacturer of hardware assisted microprocessor development tools, announced that their TRACE32® debuggers now support the ARMv8 architecture.

LDRA, a leading provider of automated software verification, source code analysis, and test tools has joined The Open Group Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium and announces its commitment to bring its verification and standards conformance expertise to the FACE community.

LynuxWorks, a leader in the embedded safety and security software market announced LynxSecure support of the Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions' VPX3-1256 3U VPX Intel® Core i7 Single Board Computer.

MathWorks announced introduced new releases of MATLAB and Simulink that significantly improve use and navigation.

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced  it has added and improved support for 42 embedded development boards for the Nucleus RTOS, Mentor Embedded Linux, and Sourcery Codebench embedded development products.

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions announced the expansion of its certified Full-Speed USB 2.0 Device PIC microcontroller portfolio with three new Enhanced Midrange 8-bit families comprising 15 scalable MCUs ranging from 14 to 100 pins with up to 128 KB of Flash.

National Instruments (NASDAQ: NATI) announced LabWindows/CVI 2012, the latest version of its proven ANSI C IDE for test and measurement software programmers.

Parasoft Corporation, announced that their Parasoft C/C++test, the industry's most comprehensive Embedded Testing platform for C and C++ development, now supports additional IAR Embedded Workbench environments.

Perforce Software announced the availability of the new Perforce Plug-in for Visual Studio, P4VS that embeds the capabilities of the Perforce Software Version Management system into Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.

Presagis, a leading provider of commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation, and embedded graphics software, announced that it has signed a Corporate License Agreement with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), tactical reconnaissance radars, and Electro-Optic (EO) surveillance systems.

PTC (NASDAQ: PMTC) announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Servigistics, Inc., developer of an innovative suite of service lifecycle management (SLM) software solutions, for approximately $220 million in cash.

QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for the in-car infotainment and telematics market, announced that it is a Bronze sponsor of the EcoCar 2: Plugging in to the Future competition. Established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), the competition challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety, and consumer acceptability.

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 has obtained regulatory approval in Taiwan to acquire SpringSoft, Inc. In addition, greater than 51 percent of the outstanding shares of SpringSoft have been tendered. By meeting these two milestones, Synopsys expects to complete the tender offer and take a controlling interest in SpringSoft as of October 1, 2012.

SYSGO, a leading provider of operating system technology, middleware, and software services for the real-time and embedded market, announced the release of ELinOS 5.2, the latest version of their commercially available embedded Linux development environment. This new release of Industrial Grade Linux offers integration of major kernel release, 3.2 with new features in the areas of scheduling, memory management, file systems, networking and security.

Timesys Corporation, a provider of embedded Linux solutions and professional services, introduced the availability of its LinuxLink framework for development on the Xilinx® Zynq™-7000 All Programmable SoC in the ZC702 Evaluation Kit based on the Linux 3.3 kernel.

Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) introduced Wind River Intelligent Device Platform, a complete software development environment built exclusively for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The platform addresses the security, connectivity, and manageability required for M2M device development.

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.


Navigating the FUD on Multicore Software Development

As you may have seen on our blog or in our research, one trend that we have been following over recent years is the usage of multicore processor configurations within the embedded market. Clearly this is a topic that has received a significant amount of industry attention over recent years, largely led by silicon manufacturers’ marketing initiatives as well as the community’s general familiarity with the technology from PC and server class devices.

As many of you all know, the embedded market is a different animal entirely. The inherent diversity of the embedded market has likewise led to there being a wide range of processing requirements – many of which have not necessarily needed the additional processing power offered by the newer chipsets. In fact, if you go back and look at some of our research results from 2008 you can see that we are still behind engineers’ expectations regarding the rate of multicore processor adoption.

Beyond just any potential gaps in the broader embedded market’s organic need for the additional processing power provided by multicore process, there are however a few important factors that have contributed to the slower than expected uptick. For one – as I am sure many if not all of you have heard before – it can be a significantly challenging exercise to develop software that can efficiently exploit the full capabilities offered by multicore configurations, especially with most embedded engineers’ experience relegated to languages like C that were originally designed to support serial program execution. 

Of perhaps even greater consideration to many OEMs is the amount of investment that legacy code bases represent. While it is certainly a challenge to develop software from scratch for these platforms, it can be an even more challenging endeavor to ensure that legacy software assets are ported correctly and that no previously undetected runtimes errors occur – so we expect that this has caused many OEMs to defer transition to multicore as long as possible.

So you might be left thinking ‘given these challenges, what’s so different now?’

At one level, I can say not a lot. The basic challenges are still there.

Now, however many OEMs can no longer afford to defer a move to multicore. Silicon road maps and their own software requirements are beginning to force their hand.

So the big question remaining is that since OEMs are finally moving to multicore en masse, are the tools, software, and techniques now widely available and mature enough to help them be successful?

Join us at Freescale Technology Forum next week to hear us discuss multicore development challenges as well as the potential solutions at a panel discussion Monday afternoon, moderated by VDC and featuring:

  • Michael Christofferson, Director, Office of CTO, ENEA
  • Robert Oshana – Director Software R&D, Freescale
  • Mark Mitchell, Director Open Source Software, Mentor Graphics
  • Bob Monkman – Director, Business Development, QNX
  • Michel Genard – VP Tools and Lifecycle Solutions, Wind River
  • Marcus Levy  - President, Multicore Association


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.


What Do Engineers Prefer for a Host Development Platform?

Every year VDC conducts an extensive worldwide survey of embedded engineers and their development projects to better understand engineering requirements, preferences, and trends. This information is available from VDC in unique cross tabbed reports to offer readers a detailed, in-depth, view of engineers in the development project trenches.

Engineers use numerous tool types in their development projects. Tools range from compilers, debuggers, editors and build tools to software and system lifecycle management tools such as automated test and verification, modeling, and virtual prototyping tools. Some of the factors most important in the selection of tools include price/cost, technical capabilities, ease of use, and past experience.

One of the areas of interest to suppliers of embedded software development tools is to make sure that they target their investments to the type of platforms engineers prefer to use for their development. Based on VDC’s 2011 survey, embedded engineers cite the use of Windows and Linux-based systems as their preferred development environments.  Windows Vista has had minimal impact on PC’s used by engineers even looking back on VDC’s 2010 survey results, however, engineers expect development environments to migrate in significant numbers to Windows 7 from Windows XP over the next two years.

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How does your development project stack up? Let us know through your feedback.

Our recently published report, Development Tools, from Track 2 of VDC's 2011 Embedded Software Market Intelligence Service provides additional statistical insight and analysis around this and other trends affecting embedded system development.  Click here for additional information and access to a free executive brief highlighting other key findings from our research.


Embedded Systems Bulletin – May 2011

Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) – Silicon Valley 2011

VDC attended the 2011 Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose on May 3rd through May 5th and held face-to-face meetings at the conference with over 30 exhibitors. The Silicon Valley conference has always been the premier event in the US for embedded software and hardware suppliers and the customers they serve.

Conference organizers reported at the show that registration and attendance was up year over year. VDC observed during the course of the conference that there appeared to be more exhibitors than the prior year that the show floor area had expanded. In fact, we compared the exhibitors’ lists from this and last year conferences and found the number of exhibitors attending increased about 18%. Good news for the show promoters, exhibitors, and attendees.

Exhibitors we met with at the conference unanimously expressed upbeat views in terms of show attendance, floor traffic, and quality of leads from attendees. An improving economic climate and outlook has resulted in the supplier community reinvesting marketing budgets in attending conferences and OEMs seeking out technical solutions and looking to ramp investments in new project starts.

Next up ESC Chicago, June 7-9, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL in conjunction with the Sensors Expo & Conference 


Best of Show

VDC awarded our software “Embeddy” for best of show live on the conference floor to MentorMentor Last  Graphics   for the successful launch of the Mentor Graphics Sourcery CodeBench with System Analyzer, a tool targeted at helping embedded developers quickly visualize and analyze system data to identify and debug or decode problem areas easily and improve design performance. Engineering organizations are utilizing more complex hardware architectures, which places greater strain on their ability to efficiently debug and optimize software code. As such we expect that tools such as Mentor Graphics’ Sourcery Systems Analyzer will become increasingly valuable to engineering teams as they look for greater insight into the performance of their applications on new, complex target architectures.

Honorable Mention

VDC awards an honorable mention to MicroChip for their announcement of the next generation MPLAB X IDE. The IDE includes cross platform support for Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems and its support for the company’s entire portfolio of 8, 16, and 32-bit microcontrollers including all 800+ PIC microcontrollers, dsPIC digital signal controllers, and memory devices. MPLAB X is based on the Oracle-sponsored open source NetBeans platform which allows users to customize the IDE to suite development needs and is available for free download from the company website.

Best Demos 

Freescale demonstrated their Robot Kit as an easy to use mechatronics development and Freescale final  demonstration  platform and includes the Tower System Mechatronics Board which is programmable in C/C++ using CodeWarrior. For fast prototyping, the board is supported by Robot Vision Toolkit and RobotSee (a simple language with the power of C).  The kit includes four PWM controlled servos, metal legs, and the board that has a 3-axis accelerometer and a 12 channel touch sensor.

Most Interesting Display

Samson, the 66-million year old dinosaur skeleton, was discovered in South Dakota in 1987 and onSamson final   display at the conference. Most likely the largest display ever at an Embedded Systems Conference, this one was hard to miss, and drew large crowds. The display was presented in partnership by ESC Silicon Valley and Green Hills Software.


Walking the Floor

AdaCore, a leading supplier of Ada development tools and support services, made several announcements at the conference including the selection of the AdaCore Toolset for the Argos Satellite Project by Thales and Rockwell Collins selection of the GNAT Pro for advanced avionics display systems. In addition, the company had an announcement based on a recently published report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that speaks favorably on the use and suitability of the SPARK language for secure programming.

ARM announced the release of v5.0 of the ARM Compiler and availability of the DS-5 Professional Edition toolkit, replacing RVDS, as the reference software development tool chain for ARM processor-based ASICs and ASSP cores. In addition the company had announcements regarding a new ARM memory interface solution and highly configurable debug and trace solution for complex SoC designs, their ARM CoreSight SoC-400.

Atego announced the release and availability of their Aonix PERC Ultra 6 which provides compatibility with the Java 6 language and incorporates a new high performance compiler, graphical console and a new Virtual File System. In addition, the company announced the acquisition of HighRely, a provider of engineering services and software solutions for critical systems design and development to the avionics, medical equipment, nuclear and other industries.

Atmel announced the availability of new evaluation kits for both ZigBee Pro and RF4CE application development and prototyping.  The evaluation kits come complete with reference boards with wireless support low power transceivers and software stacks. The company also announced expanding support for the Atmel AVR Xplained evaluation kits to support industrial, consumer, and automotive markets.

Cadence Design Systems announced their Cadence System Development Suite that features the Cadence Rapid Prototyping Platform and the Cadence Virtual System Platform and connects to the Palladium XP Verification Computing and Incisive Verification Platforms. These four platforms are focused on enabling hardware-software co-design from architectural-level development through to prototyping.

RTOS and tools supplier Enea made several announcements at the show including support for the ARM Cortex A9 MPCore and the Xilinx Zynq-7000 processing platform; the Enea Bare Metal Performance Tools (Enea BMP Tools) solution for multicore implementations on the NetLogic Microsystem XLP processors; and extended support for the company’s Optima IDE Tools to support heterogeneous multicore and Linux.

eCosCentric announced an update, version 3.1, to the eCosPro Developer Kit which focuses on and includes enhancements to cross development environment tools and host development environments supported. In addition the company announced with MIPS Technologies that the eCosPro RTOS has been ported to support the microMIPS instruction set architecture.

Eurotech announced the launch of the Zypad BR2000 series of vehicle mounted and man worn computers that are considered ideal for rugged environments. In addition, the company announced the launch of a new low power PC/104+ module based on the Vortex86DXprocessor, the CPU-1440.

Express Logic demonstrated their ThreadX RTOS and TraceX software logic analyzer that will offer information about the real-time behavior of a system running on the new AMD Embedded G-Series Platform that is expected to target transportation, medical and gaming systems. Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS will provide instant on, hard real-time support, and scalable footprint.

Static analysis tool vendor GrammaTech announced a new sophisticated program-analysis engine that is being incorporated into the CodeSonar static analysis tool to identify data race conditions and other serious concurrency defects for multicore and multi-threaded applications.  The technology is compatible with a wide range of compilers such as ARM’s RealView, Freescale’s Codewarrior, GCC, and Green Hills’ MULTI, and others.

Green Hills Software announced significant updates to their Platform for Secure Networking that include a new multicore communications API, fast path network packet optimization, support for native and virtualized third-party Linux Oss, and optimizations for Freescales QorIQ multicore networking processors.  In addition, the company announced a new business unit, INTEGRITY Security Services. The new business unit will offer toolkits based on GHS proprietary FIPS compliant Cryptographic support for Windows, Linux, VxWorks, INTEGRITY, INTEGRITY-178B and general purpose Oss on ARM, Intel, Power Architecture, MIPS and others.

LDRA Software Technology announced support for object-code traceability within the LDRA tool suite. This capability ensures that verification problems found at the object-code level can be traced to the originating source code and requirements levels.

Logic PD announced their Torpedo System on Modules (SOM) which is described at the industry’s smallest embedded modules. The tiny Torpedo System on Modules is based on TI’s DM3730 DaVinci video processor and AM3703 Sitara ARM microprocessor. Android, Linux, and Windows CE BSPs are available for all versions of the DM3730 and AM3703 SOMs.

LynuxWorks announced the port and demonstration of their latest version of LynuxSecure separation kernel and hypervisor to the Themis Computer CoolShell and Rugged Enterprise Server platforms.   

MontaVista Software showcased their commercial Linux products and services at the conference and also was demonstrating their Bare Metal Engine that provides a light weight, configurable run-time environment that offers RTOS performance inside a Linux environment.

QNX Software Systems reviewed recent announcements and the company’s continued focus for both safety and security. The QNX Neutrino RTOS Certified Plus has been certified to both IEC 61508 SIL 3 and Common Criteria EAL 4+ and is also POSIX-compliant. In addition, QNX highlighted their support for safety-critical medical devices built on the QNX Neutrino RTOS which as a proven history in FDA-certified devices.

Wind River announced the availability of and security certification for their Linux Secure to achieve Common Criteria EAL4+ certification by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) using the General Purpose Operating System Protection Profile (GP-OSPP). In addition, the company announced version 4.6 their Simics full system simulator that expands over multiple boards, enhances team collaboration, and allows for target system visualization and surveillance.

Other leading embedded systems vendors in attendance at ESC/San Jose included  Adapteva, Aicas GmbH, AMD, Arium, Cavium, CMX Systems, Datalight, Digi International, Electric Cloud, EMA Design Automation, IAR Systems, IBM, Klocwork, Kontron, Lauterbach, Macraigor Systems, MapuSoft Technologies, Marvell Semiconductor, McObject, Micrium, National Instruments,  Netronome, NXP Semiconductors, Parasoft Corporation, Perforce Software, PolyCore Software, Programming Research (PRQA), SEGGER Microcontroller, Signum Systems, Synopsys, Target Compiler Technologies, TenAsys, Timesys, Xilinx, VersaLogic Corporation, and others.


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The Embedded Systems Industry Bulletin is published as part of VDC’s Embedded Software Market Intelligence Service. VDC has been providing embedded systems market intelligence for over 20 years.

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