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September 1, 2011

New on Embedded.com


Joel K. Young, Digi International

Web services puts M2M in The Cloud

Mark Benson, Logic PD

Using Monte Carlo methods to design domain-driven device clouds

Rajive Joshi, Real-Time Innovations Inc.

The embedded cloud: IT at the edge

Rob Oshana and Shuai Wang, Freescale Semiconductor

Transitioning to multicore processing


The microprocessor at 40–The birth of electronics

Calling constructors with placement new

Editor's Note

Bernard Cole Bernard Cole
Site Editor

The September issue of ESD Magazine is out and its articles and columns are now available online. In addition to a column from Jack Ganssle on “The microprocessor at 40 , ” Chris Ciufo, ESD's new editor in chief, is online with his first #include column: “What hasn't changed: embedded is everywhere . ” Dan Saks is back with a new Programming Pointers column on “Calling constructor with placement new .”

There are also four ESD design article features. In addition to “Transitioning to multicore processing” by Robert Oshana and Shuai Wang of Freescale, there are three articles presenting different takes on the emerging “embedded cloud”:

The embedded cloud – IT at the edge
Using Monte Carlo to design domain-driven device clouds
Web services puts M2M in the cloud

All three present differing images of a much more complex cloud computing environment and all raise a number of interesting questions. There is a lot more to be written about this topic and I'd like to hear from you. You can call or email me, or talk to me at ESC Boston, September 26-29 , where there will be a cornucopia of classes and activities, some of which are described in the following reports:

What's new at ESC Boston 2011” by Toni McConnel
Is Intel a software company?” by David Blaza
Embedded systems gaining secure footing” by R. Colin Johnson
ESC study highlights software checking” by Phil Ling
Consumer meets medical at ESC Boston ” by Rick Merritt
Robotic vision sharpens its image” by Peter Clarke
Classes I'd attend if there were 2 (or more) of me” by Bernard Cole

Design How Tos

Web services puts M2M in The Cloud

Web services are one way to connect devices and sensors to the extended Internet, where objects talk to other objects. Here's a primer on how Web services work for machine-to-machine applications.

Using Monte Carlo methods to design domain-driven device clouds

Here's how you can use a class of computational algorithms from the Manhattan Project to calculate the result of complex processes using random variables in the device cloud.

Transitioning to multicore processing

Hesitating to make the shift from single- to multiple-core processing in your design? Here's a guide to making the transition.

The embedded cloud: IT at the edge

Here's another way to deal with device clouds and their data needs, using the Data Distribution Service–an open-standard-based data bus.

Building in RTOS support for safety- & security-critical systems

In this Product How-To, LynuxWorks' Will Keegan explain the differences between safety-critical and security-critical applications and how to use the company's two independent RTOSes – LynxOS-178 and LynxSecure – to meet the demanding requirements of each.

Cryptography in software or hardware: It depends on the need

As the length of software keys increases to accommodate evolving needs for greater security, so embedded system designs demand a wider variety of cryptographic implementations

Many-Core: Finding the Best Multi-Processing Tile

A project to create an optimal many-core IP tile tackles the need for massive emulation capability.

3D ICs without TSVs?

A new approach to assembling 3D ICs may eliminate the need for TSVs.

Need to implement wireless device networking? Here's what to look for

Here's a spotlight on the important factors to consider when choosing a wireless communication technology for device networking.

Tech Trends: Security concerns for next-generation automotive electronics

With the remote connectivity now possible with telematics, critical systems could be maliciously tampered with by exploiting vulnerabilities in the car's embedded systems.

Measuring leakage current in RF power transistors

Around the globe, engineers and technicians using RF power devices have had many concerns regarding the specifications for leakage current, what the specifications mean in terms of the part's performance in the field, and most importantly, how to properly test/verify that a given part is meeting its printed leakage current specification…

ESC Boston 2011 Tracks

System Integration & Test
Integrating hardware with software, developing test strategies, managing and executing system test.
Track Chair: Bruce Douglass, Chief Evangelist, IBM

Linux, Android, Open-Source
Evaluating, understanding and using Embedded Linux, the Android platform and other open-source software.
Track Chair: Bill Gatliff, Freelance Consultant

Real-Time Systems
Fundamental real-time concepts, selecting and understanding an RTOS, developing and verifying real-time systems.
Track Chair: Dave Stewart, Director of Software Engineering, InHand Electronics, Inc.

Project Management
Development methodologies, traceable design, developing and managing requirements, agile development, build and change management and other aspects of making a project succeed.
Track Chair: Rob Oshana, Director, SW R&D, Networking & Multimedia Group, Freescale

Understanding, evaluating and programming multiple-processor systems.
Track Chair: Robert Cravotta, Principal Analyst, Embedded Insights

Networking & Connectivity
Understanding and implementing Internet connections into embedded systems, networks within embedded systems and interfaces such as USB and PCI Express.
Track Chair: Christian Legare, Vice President, Micrium

Safety & Security
All aspects of developing and testing systems that must be safe to deploy in life-critical applications, and systems that are secure against malicious attacks.
Track Chair: Mark Kraeling, Product Manager, GE Transportation

FPGAs in Embedded Systems
FPGAs as alternatives to microcontrollers, as signal-processing units, as configurable accelerators, or just as a way of implementing an interface: Selection, design and verification. Understanding and using the FPGA tool chain and how it differs from software development tools. Employing CPUs inside or beside FPGAs.
Track Chair: Mike Santarini, Publisher / Sr. Manager Xcell Journal & Editorial Services, Xilinx

Prototyping Embedded Systems
Model-based prototyping, use of simulation, selection and use of development kits, FPGAs as prototyping aids.
Track Chair: RC Cofer, FAE, Avnet

Microcontrollers & SoCs

Understanding, selecting and programming microcontrollers; Sorting out the ARM architectures; Peripheral and memory issues in MCUs and SoCs, evaluating an application-specific standard product SoC for a project.
Track Chair: Mark Kraeling, Product Manager, GE Transportation

Embedded I/O Systems

Storage, display and input devices for embedded systems.
Track Chair: Larry Mittag, Lead Consultant, Mittag Enterprises

Software Engineering
Reviewing programming fundamentals, building programming skills, software architectures, optimization and best practices.
Track Chair: Niall Cooling, Director, Feabhas Ltd.

Low-Power Design
Hardware and software issues in low-power design. Accurate power estimation and measurement.
Track Chair: John Donovan, Editor/Publisher, Low-Power Design (www.low-powerdesign.com)

Military/Aerospace Design

Hardware, software and methodology practices for military and aerospace applications. Use of these techniques in other application areas.
Track Chair: Dave Stewart, Director of Software Engineering, InHand Electronics, Inc.

Product News

ST launches tiny 3-axis analog gyroscope for gaming, GPS, appliances, robotics

STMicroelectronics has announced a high performance, 3-axis analog gyroscope, the L3G3250A, that measures 3.5x3x1 mm, with a footprint of 10.5 mm3, nearly 40% smaller than current generation.

WIN Enterprises introduces fanless box computer with VIA Nano/Eden CPU

The PL-80320 from WIN Enterprises, Inc. is a fanless box computer for embedded applications powered by VIA Nano/Eden processors.

Fujitsu enhances 8-bit embedded Flash MCU line

Fujitsu's new F2MC-8FX 8-bit microcontrollers integrate analog comparators and an op-amp for energy-saving efficiency.

Microchip launches utility-band power line soft modem dev kit

Microchip Technology has announced a Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit (part # AC164145) that is compliant with the utility frequency band.

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