Following Google's purchase of smartphone and tablet maker Motorola Mobility this past August, there was worry that the company would make its popular Android operating system closed-source. Those fears were put to rest today in a letter from Google CEO Larry Page. "Android was built as an open ecosystem, and we have no plans to change that," he wrote in the 2012 CEO...
Digi International and Wind River have collaborated to deliver a new family of cloud-connected wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions. The M2M Solution Builder kits will include a combination of hardware, software, cloud connectivity and access to tailored M2M development services. This complete end-to-end solution, tailored for performance- and connectivity-driven applications, simplifies...
Kontron announced the availability of its machine-to-machine (M2M) deployable system, the Kontron KM2M806XT. The ready-to-deploy hardware platform matches the requirements of M2M applications that must operate in extended temperatures and industrial environments. It comes with application-ready middleware and supports M2M digital device connectivity right out of the box. Suited for factory and...
Data from ABI Research “Moore’s Law is not actually a law,” said Roger McNamee, managing director of Elevation Partners at ITLG Innovation Summit in Santa Clara yesterday. McNamee, who was one of the early investors in Facebook, explained that Moore's law was a challenge for engineers. “Basically what Gordon [Moore] said was: unless you guys are a lot stupider...
Wind River has packaged its Android expertise and technologies into three specialized software offerings: user experience, connectivity, and medical modules. This comes with the announcement of its Solution Accelerators for Android, a series of software modules that can help developers jumpstart their Android development and rapidly integrate compelling features and functionalities to their...
Express Logic recently reported that its NetX TCP/IP stack has achieved 94 Mbits/s, a 94% wire speed on Freescale’s ARM Cortex-M4-based Kinetis processor. The Kinetis has a 100-Mbit/s Ethernet port, which enables transfers at up to wire speed. Generally, TCP/IP stacks are less than 100% efficient, leading to performance well below wire speed. To facilitate rapid data transfer, the closer to...
Wind River is the next major operating system (OS) vendor to understand the value of having an enriched medical offering. The company recently introduced a platform for medical devices, which is part of a comprehensive software portfolio designed for medical device development, including those devices requiring premarket notification, FDA 510(k), or the more stringent Premarket Approval. The...
 A company has released a software portfolio designed for medical device development. The commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) development and run-time platform enables device safety and security. It is built on the company's VxWorks, a real-time operating system (RTOS) with a history of use in medical devices. It also includes the company's Workbench, which is a collection of embedded software...
Medical developers must think differently The biggest difference between a mainstream embedded application and a medical application is that the medical device usually has to work right all the time, every time. For the majority of embedded applications, it a product has an infrequent error or needs a reboot, it’s a nuisance, but not much more than that. For medical applications, product...
Want to try out the source code from one of today’s recognized operating-system (OS) vendors? If so, go to Micrium’s web site where you’ll find the free download. This download is part of the company’s strategy to distribute its popular real-time kernel, uC/OS-III. By making the kernel “source available,” developers who want to evaluate uC/OS-III can download...
I’m a big fan of the Beagleboard. In fact, when I was involved with the Embedded Systems Conference, we would run classes whereby every attendee would receive a Beagleboard and we’d teach a whole series of classes around it, showing people how to configure it specifically for their application. Now, I’m in possession of the follow-in product, the PandaBoard. The biggest...
Late last year, MED featured an article by Logic PD's Alan Cohen arguing that “Android is the best operating system for many medical applications." Android, Cohen said, “aims to bring to the Linux/free software world the same out-of-the-box, ease-of-use found in Windows CE,” a full-featured operating system for which royalties must be paid. Google does not charge a...
I’m bummed that I’m missing the Freescale Tech Forum this week, better known as FTF. This is the first one I’ve missed (ever, I think). Thankfully, it’s for good personal reasons that I’m not partaking this year. From what I’ve heard and read about the event, the show is going on in my absence. Imagine that. First, there was a panel session covering medical...
Altera, MIPS, and System Level Solutions (SLS) recently introduced a MIPS-based, FPGA-optimized soft processor for use on Altera’s FPGAs and ASICs. The MP32 processor is a MIPS-compatible applications class processor that inherits a large ecosystem of software development tools and operating system (OS) support. The MP32 soft processor is supported by Wind River’s VxWorks RTOS and the...
Last week, Mentor Graphics announced its Embedded Sourcery CodeBench product, a next-generation integrated development environment (IDE) based on the open-source GNU tool chain. The Sourcery CodeBench technology provides embedded developers with a powerful and easy-to-use tool suite for developing and optimizing systems based on a broad range of devices from the most advanced microprocessors to...
Microchip Technology recently announced its next-generation, open-source integrated development environment, the MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE), which offers cross-platform support for Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. Features added to the IDE include the ability to manage multiple projects and tools with simultaneous debugging, an advanced editor, visual call graphs, and code...
What a wild week it was at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC). I spent Tuesday and Wednesday last week in San Jose with the world’s leading embedded developers and came back with some great ideas. The highlight of the trip was a meeting with Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple). It was an impromptu meeting, but one I’ll surely remember. Steve was the event’s keynote...
An Oxfordshire-based firm has found a way of eliminating the need for electric currents by transferring the principles of plasma physics from space technology to medicine, says The Engineer. Plasma Surgical takes its lead from over a decade of original work carried out by Professor Nikolaj Suslov, professor of thermal and molecular physics at the Moscow Institute of Science and Technology,...
Medical device manufacturers understand the importance of the operating system (OS). In fact, contrary to common practice in the world of embedded systems, they often select the OS even before they choose the board. According to VDC Research, for example, in 2010, 36.4% of medical device projects chose the OS first, compared to 20.8% of telecommunications projects, and just 9.3% of transportation...
I posted an article about a month ago about why Android is the best choice for many medical applications. That turned out to be the most popular article we’ve ever run on Medical Electronics Design. That told me I should continue to post articles on this topic. Hence, I just posted an article on how to test an Android-based device. I think you’ll find it interesting. If you’d...
Within three years, Android as a platform for mobile devices has made significant inroads. In fact, Android recently claimed the top position in the U.S. smartphone market, with more than 50% of smartphones in the U.S. running Android. Android, developed by the Open Handset Alliance and led by Google, is used by most mobile operators and many handset manufacturers, including Motorola, Sony-...
Check out the blog posted by David Niewolny of Freescale. David recently attended the DesignMED conference, which was aimed at designers of medical electronics equipment. Freescale presented a few of the classes and have posted the slides from their presentations. Those slides are included in David’s blog. The classes were centered around the company’s Tower prototyping system and how...
The idea of medical device interoperability has been around for quite some time. The standards have been debated and discussed since the end of the 20th century. Today, we seem to be closer and closer to the reality of “plug and play” medical devices. With the ever increasing costs of healthcare, organizations have existed for the standardization of clinical devices (hospital rooms...
Secure virtualization technology for medical devices. Medical devices have traditionally relied on advanced hardware technology to provide the majority of the application-specific features for a given device function. Today, medical devices are becoming more connected, and the multifunction software that runs on devices is more complex and more often a key differentiator in the success...
Note: This is the final segment in a six-part series that explores the legality, methodology, and application of reverse engineering as it pertains to the IP life cycle to help companies moving into the market for consumer-grade medical devices understand how and why they must protect their intellectual property rights. Other articles in this series: Part I: Look Before You Leap Part II:...