Power and Complexity: Welcome to AMP

CATEGORIES : All, Embedded system, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) is on the short list to be the technology acronym of the year for 2016. But what is it, exactly, and why would you want any? More usefully, what are the considerations and challenges in implementing AMP in an embedded system? Let’s begin with definitions. A symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) system is one […]

Is Tomorrow’s Embedded-Systems Programming Language Still C?

CATEGORIES : All, Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

What is the best language in which to code your next project? If you are an embedded-system designer, that question has always been a bit silly. You will use, C—or if you are trying to impress management, C disguised as C++. Perhaps a few critical code fragments will be written in assembly language. But according […]

System Security: A Model from Medieval History

CATEGORIES : All, Embedded system, System Security/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

As one security expert has said, system security is not a thing, it is a process. In our increasingly connected—and increasingly hostile—environment, security has become a continuous case of new attacks leading to new countermeasures, followed by more innovative new attacks, and so on. Just as the Cold War arms race sapped the resources of […]

The IoT Becomes the Web of Things

CATEGORIES : All, Embedded system/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Drawn by the scent of huge revenues, great powers are converging on the Internet of Things (IoT). From far up the supply chain semiconductor companies are setting in motion the myriad hardware pieces—tiny microcontroller units (MCUs) for Things, energy-efficient SoCs for hubs, and powerful accelerators for cloud data centers—that will underlie the IoT. From the […]