41 posts categorized "Virtual System Prototyping"

03/18/2013

VDC to Present Embeddy Awards Live at Design West

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

Contact us ASAP to schedule a meeting

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

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

So how can your company win the Embeddy award?

To be considered,

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

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

For Software and Tools related meetings

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

For Hardware related meetings

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

09/21/2012

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.
http://www.adacore.com/press/secureone/

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).
http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-and-synopsys-expand-collaboration-to-optimize-power-and-performance-and-accelerate-design-and.php

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.
http://www.atego.com/pressreleases/pressitem/atego-launches-aonix-objectada-85

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.
http://atollic.com/download/ATC009A2TrueSTUDIO3DOT2.pdf

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.
http://www.cadence.com/cadence/newsroom/press_releases/Pages/pr.aspx?xml=090412_DDR4

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.
http://www.coverity.com/html/press/nasa-jpl-relies-on-coverity-to-ensure-the-seamless-touchdown-and-operation-of-the-curiosity-mars-rover.html

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.
http://www.ddci.com/displayNews.php?fn=news__pr_israel_disty_082912_release.php

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.
http://www.esterel-technologies.com/news-events/press-releases/2012/Barco-MOSArt-Open-Software-Platform-Now-Provides-Native-Integration-to-Esterel-Technologies-SCADE-Display

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.
http://media.freescale.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=196520&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1734693&highlight=&tid=rsspr

GrammaTech, Inc., a manufacturer of source-code analysis tools, announced CodeSonar® 3.8, new version that offers faster code analysis with fewer false positives.
http://www.grammatech.com/news/2012/releases/09-04-12.html

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.
http://www.ghs.com/news/201200905_AppliedMicro_PocketPro2.html

IAR Systems announced a new legal entity: IAR Systems SARL (Société à responsabilité limitée), located in Courtaboeuf Cedex Southwest of Paris, France.
http://www.iar.com/en/About/Pressroom/Press-releases/2012/9/IAR-Systems-enforces-presence-in-France-with-new-legal-entity/

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.
http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2012/09/05/intel-aims-to-streamline-development-and-deployment-of-intelligent-signs-with-new-digital-signage-kit

Lauterbach, a leading manufacturer of hardware assisted microprocessor development tools, announced that their TRACE32® debuggers now support the ARMv8 architecture.
http://www.lauterbach.com/frames.html?home.html

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.
http://www.ldra.com/index.php/en/component/content/article/11-news-press-releases/549-ldra-technology-inc-joins-the-future-airborne-capability-environment-face-consortium

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.
http://www.lynuxworks.com/corporate/press/2012/vpx3-1256.php

MathWorks announced introduced new releases of MATLAB and Simulink that significantly improve use and navigation.
http://www.mathworks.com/company/newsroom/MathWorks-Introduces-Major-New-Releases-of-MATLAB-and-Simulink.html

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.
http://www.mentor.com/company/news/upload/embedded-extends-support-development-boards.pdf

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.
http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en-us/press-release/microchip-expands-usb-portfoli.html

National Instruments (NASDAQ: NATI) announced LabWindows/CVI 2012, the latest version of its proven ANSI C IDE for test and measurement software programmers.
http://digital.ni.com/worldwide/bwcontent.nsf/websearch/e2a864b533ebb93786257a6f0045c9c9?opendocument&nisrc=RSS-news-en

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.
http://www.parasoft.com/jsp/products/release.jsp?articleId=3989&type=Current

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.
http://www.perforce.com/press/perforce-software-launches-new-integration-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.
http://www.presagis.com/about_us/press_room/releases/presagis_and_general_atomics_aeronautical_systems_sign_corporate_license_agreement/

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.
http://www.ptc.com/appserver/wcms/standards/textsub.jsp?&im_dbkey=142403&icg_dbkey=21

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.
http://www.qnx.com/news/pr_5279_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 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.
 http://news.synopsys.com/index.php?s=43&item=1066

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.
http://www.sysgo.com/news-events/press/press/details/article/sysgo-release-enhanced-version-52-of-elinosTM-industrial-grade-linux/

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.
http://www.timesys.com/company/news-events/pr/xilinx-zynq7000

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.
http://www.windriver.com/news/press/pr.html?ID=11001

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.

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.

06/11/2012

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

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.

09/30/2011

Virtual Platforms, Real Business Models?

What Happened

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

VDC’s View

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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09/29/2011

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.

05/16/2011

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 

THE “EMBEDDIES” GO TO:

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.

TRADEMARK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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04/27/2011

ESC San Jose is Next Week - Still Time to Register and Meet with VDC

The Embedded Systems Conference will be held next week (May 2nd-5th) at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

VDC will be attending the conference once again this year and will be presenting our 7th annual Embeddy Awards for Best in Show live at the conference. The winners will be announced live ahead of Thursday's morning keynote session.

So how can your company win the Embeddy award?

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

For Software and Tools related announcements

Contact Stephen Balacco, Director, Embedded Software & Tools Practice, VDC Research Group by contacting Stephen at: sbalacco@vdcresearch.com or 508.653.9000 x 124.

For Hardware related announcements

Contact Richard Dean, Senior Analyst/Program Manager, Embedded Hardware and Systems Practice, VDC Research Group at: rdean@vdcresearch.com or 508.653.9000 x 152.

Still need to register?

Online registration is open until tomorrow Thursday, April 28th and you can always register in person at the show as well.

We are looking forward to another great show.  See you all in San Jose!