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September 18, 2012

Tech Focus

Connectivity, power & security at ESC DESIGN East

Welcome home . . .

Simplify embedded Wi-Fi connectivity with Near-Field Communications

Optimizing for low power in embedded MCU designs

Using sensor controllers to reduce power consumption in mobile computing

Editor's Note

Bernard Cole Bernard Cole
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A given of modern embedded systems design is that with ubiquitous wired and wireless connectivity, many aspects of the development process have had to be re-evaluated. This is particularly true of securing and protecting connected devices and operating them in ways that sacrifice neither power efficiency nor performance. My Editor's Top Picks of new articles that deal with some of these issues are:

Simplify embedded Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC
Optimizing for low power in embedded MCU designs
Using sensor controllers to reduce mobile power

In addition, this week at ESC DESIGN East there are about 30 classes available to bring you up to speed on the latest information on these issues. In addition to a panel session on "Internet of Things, Intelligent Systems, Smarter Planets and Future Cities (TH-2007)," My Editor's Recommendations are:

Embedded IPv6: What's the beef? (ESC-4003) by Thomas Cantrel of Green Hills Software
Using RFID for wireless systems connectivity (ESC-3023) by Tego's Bob Hamlin

Reactive or proactive power management (ESC-2008) by Adam Kaise, Mentor Graphics
Maximizing battery life on embedded platforms (ESC-2015) by ARM's Christopher Shore

Security fundamentals for embedded software (ESC-1010) by David Kalinsky
Embedded security by design (ESC-3005) presented by Bruce Douglass of IBM

(Editor's Note: You may have noticed that the newsletter format has a new look. Embedded.com has a new look also as part of its relaunch this week as an independent online site. Read "Welcome Home" by Colin Holland for more details.)


A Framework for Considering Security in Embedded Systems

The need for security in many embedded systems is not always readily apparent, and too many embedded systems designers are paying too little attention to the subject, despite the increased wired and wireless connectivity of such designs.

Enhance system security with better data-at-rest encryption

Embedded systems designers can protect sensitive data that's on a device's hard drive (data-at-rest) by using encryption techniques.

Best practices: Improving embedded operating system security

Bill Graham reviews some of the security best practices that embedded systems need to pay attention to in their designs, particularly those requiring the use of real time embedded operating systems (RTOS)in mission and safety critical systems used in industrial and medical devices.

Security fundamentals for embedded software

Even if your device is not connected to the Internet, you need to protect it from malicious attacks. Here are some simple protections you can institute to make your system more impenetrable.

Smart management is the key to smart grid meter security

Addressing the security of meters in emerging smart grid applications requires a secret key management strategy that does not store keys on any node, authenticates each node, verifies communications, and uses temporary communication keys that are rotated often.

Expanding the Embedded Universe: Migrating From IPv4 to IPv6

With the imminent exhaustion of IPv4 address space, and a mounting number of embedded devices pushing the limits, it is time to move to IPv6. Here's how IPv6 corrects three problem with IPv4 and what you need to know to make the shift.

Clearing up the mesh about wireless networking topologies: Part 1

A two part series updates you on wireless mesh networking, comparing traditional approaches such as Zigbee to more deterministic topolologies such as Wireless HART, 6LowWPAN, and adhoc on demand vector routing (AODV). Part 1: The basics.

Pick the right wireless sensor/controller for your connected MCU-based design

Kim Rowe takes you step by step through the process of selecting the hardware and software building blocks necessary for building a wirelessly connected microcontroller design.

Build wireless M2M and IoT sensor networks: High quality and low power design

In the conclusion of a four part series, the authors of "Ad hoc wireless networks," look at the remaining challenges in wireless sensor network design relating energy efficient hardware design, synchronization, transport layer protocols and real time communications.

Software Matters for Power Consumption

Whether you are creating an operating system, firmware, or even device drivers, the way you write the software could affect the power consumption of the resulting product. Here are four approaches to minimizing power consumption through software.

A new way to benchmark energy costs of embedded processor performance

A guide to developing certifiable measurements of performance and energy consumption for processors and embedded systems and the measurement techniques incorporated into EEMBC's EnergyBench can be used for making necessary tradeoffs.

Energy efficient C code for ARM devices

Here is an overview of some of the techniques for optimizing C-code for use on the ARM architecture. (Paper from ARM TechCon 2010.)


LDRAcover verifies test coverage to meet stringent safety and security levels

LDRAcover is a stand-alone code coverage tool that verifies the source code of an application has been fully structurally tested.

LDRArules programming rule checker assures standards compliance

LDRArules is a programming rule checker that brings together a collection of rules from a broad spectrum of programming standards.

Microchip USB 8-bit PIC MCUs need no external crystal

Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its certified Full-Speed USB 2.0 Device PIC microcontroller portfolio with three new Enhanced Midrange 8-bit families.

Software platform for Internet of Things

Wind River Intelligent Device Platform from Wind River is a complete software development environment built exclusively for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

GrammaTech introduces static analysis for Java

CodeSonar for Java from GrammaTech, Inc., is a tool that works on all Java code, including code written for Android.

GrammaTech CodeSonar 3.8 does source-code analysis up to six times faster with lower false positive rate

CodeSonar 3.8 is significantly faster and more precise than its predecessor, with fewer false positives, making it much easier to analyze projects with millions of lines of code.

Wind River debuts Yocto-based embedded Linux

In the latest version of its Linux platform, Wind River has incorporated much of the Yocto Project open source development infrastructure and achieved Yocto Project compatible registration.


Welcome home . . .

A few months ago when Embedded System Design magazine was closed I promised that we would redouble our efforts to provide the embedded development community with an unrivaled source of information on Embedded.com.

Internet Protocol infiltrates low-power machine-to-machine networks

The 6LoWPAN work is opening low-power wireless networks to IP traffic, with interesting consequences.

WSNs & the future of the deterministic Internet

According to recent studies the wireless sensor networking chip market grew by 300% in 2010 and is doubling yet again this year. More important for embedded systems developers, wireless-enabled sensor spending grew by 80% in 2010. But with great opportunities come great challenges.

Pub/sub, the Internet of Things, and 6LoWPAN connectivity

The pace of development of next-gen Internet of Things networks is speeding up, driven by a first wave of devices using paradigms such as the lightweight MQTT protocol for delivery over current Wi-Fi and Zigbee wireless sensor networks followed by nextgen IPv6-based 6LoWPAN in a variety of wired and wireless environments.

UDP and the embedded wireless Internet of Things

The creation of the 6LoWPAN wireless extension to the IPv6 promises a wealth of opportunities for creating an embedded "Internet of Things." But to take advantage of them means solving some significant problems as well.

TechOnline Library

Tech Papers

Developing A Security Strategy

Wireless Low Power Data Collection Network

Power management in embedded systems with dual OSes

Autonomous Sensor Monitoring in sub-µA Energy Modes

Approaching the horizon of energy harvesting

IPv6 for Embedded Devices

Webinars & Courses

System-Level Integration of Wireless-enabled Embedded Systems

Connectivity & Control for Industrial or Renewable Energy Applications

Fundamentals of Energy Harvesting

Fundamentals of Low-Power Microcontroller Design


Around the Network Events

Save Tesla's lab

DesignCon 2013 abstracts due Monday, Aug. 27

DESIGN East and ESC Boston: Super Early Bird Pricing ends May 25th!

Search ESD Magazine's Online Archive

View element14 TV's online television channel for EEs

Attend element14's "Innovation Series" online event

Dennis Ritchie, Father of C, dies

Capacitive touch with Atmel MCUs (VIDEOS!!)

VHDL design projects (VIDEOS!!)

Verilog design projects (VIDEOS!!)

How Will 20 nm Transform Your Next Design?

Read about how Altera's technology innovations in 20-nm devices will move customers' designs up the silicon convergence continuum by providing them the ultimate system integration platform to achieve unprecedented levels of performance, bandwidth, and power efficiency.
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ESC DESIGN East: Open source central

If you are interested in adding open source hardware and software to your embedded designs, the ESC DESIGN East will have a full agenda of classes on Linux, Posix, and Android, as well as open source hardware platforms such as Arduino.

ESC DESIGN East Preview: Project management, prototyping & system integration

After reviewing some of the papers to be presented at ESC DESIGN East on project management, prototyping, and system integration/testing, here are my Editor's Top Picks for must-attend classes.

ESC DESIGN East Preview: Programming, debug and optimization

Here are my Editor's Top Picks at the ESC DESIGN East for what I think are some useful classes on C program coding techniques and strategies for debugging and optimization.

Intel details embedded initiative

At its Developer Forum, Intel has released details of its Intelligent Systems Framework a broad technical specification for embedded systems covering everything from network appliances to gateways and end devices such as security cameras.

Get Android-Certified at DESIGN East

Qualcomm helps developers get certified in Android at DESIGN East.

PCI-SIG and MIPI Alliance work to extend PCIe to mobile devices

The PCI-SIG and MIPI Alliance are working together to deliver an adaptation of the PCI Express (PCIe) architecture to operate over the MIPI M-PHY physical layer technology.

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