Updating Legacy Systems the FPGA Way

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, FPGA, legacy, SoC/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

It is a scenario many embedded-systems designers recognize. An existing design needs an update. That could include Internet connectivity to bring the system into the Internet of Things (IoT). Along with that might come requirements for deeper security. And given the current enthusiasm for all things artificially intelligent, there may be new needs for deep-learning […]

Getting an Edge on Machine Learning

CATEGORIES : Computing, Embedded system, Network/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Taking Machine Learning to the Edge Like it or not, machine learning networks are set to be the solution du jour in embedded systems for the foreseeable future. Their remarkable ability to find and classify patterns in noisy data offers designers the option of circumventing difficult algorithm development along with the opportunity to endow their […]

Blockchain’s Burden

Blockchains are spreading. Originally proposed in 2008, by the still-unidentified Satoshi Nakamoto, as a secure public ledger for recording Bitcoin transactions, blockchains have moved beyond Bitcoin to a profusion of other cryptocurrencies, and beyond cryptocurrencies into a plethora of other applications (Figure 1). Figure 1. Blockchains are evolving to implement a wide range of services that […]

Embedded Computing Needs Hardware-Based Security

CATEGORIES : Embedded system/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Embedded systems are in a profound transition: from physically isolated, autonomous devices to Internet-connected, accessible devices. Designers are learning—often to their dismay—that the mutation requires far more than just gluing a network interface onto the bus and adding an Internet Protocol stack. In many ways, these Internet-aware designs are coming to look less like traditional […]

Embedded Computing on the Edge

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Embedded computing has passed—more or less unscathed—through many technology shifts and marketing fashions. But the most recent—the rise of edge computing—could mean important new possibilities and challenges. So what is edge computing (Figure 1)? The cynic might say it is just a grab for market share by giant cloud companies that have in the past struggled […]