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Eight ‘disruptive’ embedded technologies

Mar 31, 2008 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 13 views

Eight “revolutionary” embedded technologies have been selected to be showcased in the “Disruption Zone” at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) April 14-18 in San Jose, Calif.

This year’s eight selected disruptive technologies, and the companies who created them, are described by the conference’s management as:

  • Taray Inc. will showcase 7Circuits, an FPGA I/O planning tool that automatically synthesizes FPGA pin assignments based on user-defined PCB and device-level constraints.
  • NICTA Research has created Groanna, touted as the world’s first model-checking based source code analyzer. This analyzer is able to automatically detect difficult to find bugs during development and before testing, providing improved software quality at reduced costs.
  • Element CXI, a fabless semiconductor company, will debut Element, a programmable logic technology that will deliver Software Defined platforms for Software Defined Radio (SDR), Multi-Media codecs; and Communications that will enable a wide range of devices to surf, stream, and connect to IP-based media.
  • Samplify Systems Inc. will showcase a Prism engine that’s available for Windows and as IP for leading FPGAs. It’s said to provide lossless compression on sampled data for medical (CT, ultrasound), wireless (base stations, distributed antenna), industrial (ATE, test & measurement), and defense (SIGINT, digital recorders).
  • Open Kernel Labs will showcase its secure HyperCell technology, OKL4, said to enable trustworthy virtualization and secure componentization of embedded systems software by providing multiple secure environments capable of hosting virtual machines, individual applications, and user level device drivers.
  • Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc. will be demonstrating PARS, claimed to be the first design automation tool that enables the development of applications in Simulink before doing the rest and targeting the underlying multi-DSP/FPGA hardware. According to the company, any Simulink model can be mapped to a multi-DSP/FPGA hardware and all the code for DSPs and FPGAs generated automatically, thereby eliminating the need to write any C or VHDL code.
  • FST will demonstrate FancyPants, an advanced graphics and high performance multimedia platform for developing embedded Linux applications in consumer, commercial, and industrial devices.
  • TenAsys will showcase eVM (embedded virtual machine) software that runs native RTOS and application guests alongside Windows while maintaining a full desktop-Windows feature set and real-time performance.

These eight disruptive technologies were chosen by the editors of Embedded System Design magazine from the products of over a hundred companies planning to exhibit at ESC. Selection criteria included:

  • Potential to deliver a 10x improvement in an aspect of embedded design or embedded system performance
  • Potential to change the competitive landscape and displace incumbents
  • Ability to deliver the technology in a product or service to customers within three months of the conference.

Further information on the Embedded Systems Conference is available on the ESC website.

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