Editor-in-Chief

Embedded Computing Design

Brandon is responsible for guiding content strategy, editorial direction, and community engagement across the Embedded Computing Design ecosystem. A 10-year veteran of the electronics media industry, he enjoys covering topics ranging from development kits to cybersecurity and tech business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Open Source

DEV KIT WEEKLY: NimbleLink Skywire Development Kit 2 from GetWireless - Video

May 14, 2021

So, as you might have guessed, this is the second version of the Skywire Development Kit 2, which also goes by the acronym SWDK2. It features dual Taoglas antennas that connect via surface-mount antenna connectors, which enables the MIMO architecture required for mobile cellular networking. But what’s really cool about the SWDK2 is a flexible interface that enables it to pair with Arduino, NXP FRDM, ST Nucleo, and a host of other development platforms as long as they can support an Arduino shield.

Software & OS

Let's Build a Robot with Wind River VxWorks, Part 1 - Video

May 12, 2021

In this episode of Embedded Toolbox, the first of five in our “Let’s Build a Robot” series, Rob Woolley, Principal Technologist in the Technology Office at Wind River, lays out the drivers behind next-generation autonomous robot platforms built on frameworks like the Robot Operating System and capabilities like enterprise-class AI. He then proceeds to demonstrate how these software solutions can be supported on safety-critical edge robots using the VxWorks real-time operating system and docker containers.

Debug & Test

Armv9 Debug & Trace Support Added to Lauterbach TRACE32 Tool Suite - News

May 10, 2021

Lauterbach has announced that its TRACE32 family of tools now delivers full debug and trace support for the Armv9 architecture via the Armv9-A/-R Debugger. Available to new customers via a licensing agreement and existing Lauterbach Armv8 customers via a software update, TRACE32 Armv9 support includes on-chip and off-chip trace features via serial or parallel trace ports; flash programming; multicore debugging; hypervisor-aware debugging; MMU support; sample-based profiling; and so on.

Processing

When the Chips Are Down: Feedback from the Semiconductor Shortage - Podcast

April 23, 2021

In this episode of the Embedded Insiders, Brandon and Rich discuss Silicon Laboratories recent divestiture of its infrastructure and automotive business units to SkyWorks Solutions. The sale includes the company’s power, isolation, broadcast, timing, and other products and IP. Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle said several years ago that the company is “all-in” on IoT, and this move appears to be him keeping his word. But was it the best move?

Healthcare

DEV KIT WEEKLY: Maxim Integrated Health Sensor Platform 3.0 Kit - Video

April 23, 2021

This isn’t the first Maxim Integrated development kit we’ve reviewed on Dev Kit Weekly, nor the first one that focuses on the healthcare sector. Back in 2019, we took a look at the company’s MAX86150EVSYS kit that targets mobile heart rate monitoring using ECG and PPG sensors. The Health Sensor Platform 3.0 takes that concept into a wearable form factor that integrates those same sensors, as well as a skin temperature sensor, that make it an ideal starting point for those of you developing personal fitness devices, patient health monitors, and so on.

Software & OS
AI & Machine Learning

Embedded AI: Out of the Lab and into the Field - Podcast

March 26, 2021

How do we transition from our historical lack of understanding about what’s going on under the hood of complex neural networks, and into an era of AI explainability around how these models operate?

Networking & 5G

DEV KIT WEEKLY: MultiTech Dragonfly Developer Kit - Video

March 26, 2021

If you’re looking for an easy way to get your IoT devices and data connected for use cases like real-time alerting, reporting, and management, or a path forward from older 2G deployments, look no further. The MultiTech Dragonfly Developer Kit is an incredibly fast and easy way to evaluate and start wirelessly connecting machines over 3G or 4G wireless – seriously, to begin all you need to do is install a SIM card on the Dragonfly cellular module’s Micro SIM connector, screw it into the baseboard, then hook up a host PC via a Micro USB connection or J-Link and start programming, debugging, and controlling the modem using AT commands. Getting started is really that simple.

Security

Surprise! eBay Helped A Hacker Model Your ICS - Story

March 19, 2021

Cybersecurity firm Dragos recently released its annual Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Year in Review Report for 2020, which shows that threats targeting ICS and OT infrastructure tripled last year. The 703 identified vulnerabilities were underscored by the company’s findings that roughly 90 percent of its clients had little to no visibility into their ICS environments beyond the IT/OT network boundary.

Security

Threat Modeling & Intelligence While Working from Home - Podcast

March 19, 2021

During a recorded presentation from  embedded world 2021, Rich and Brandon are joined by Technology Editor Curt Schwaderer, who doubles as Vice President of Engineering at intelligence and security provider Yaana Technologies. The three discuss how the tech industry in particular and connected organizations in general have transitioned from protecting devices from attacks to accepting they will be hacked and mitigating losses to modern threat intelligence and modeling strategies. They then look at this evolution through the lens of employees, who are handling and working with sensitive information and IP, working from home.

Industrial

Embedded Toolbox: Towards DevSecOps with Static & Dynamic Analysis - Video

March 04, 2021

Almost every industry is now connected, and, therefore, now susceptible to more digital risk than ever before. This risk can come in the form of malware, hackers, or even just bugs that result in the unexpected behavior of systems that are now more visible to the rest of the world.

Processing

Collabora Adds HEVC/H.265 to NXP’s i.MX 8M - News

March 03, 2021

Support for the IP is enabled via the aforementioned kernel driver and through a userspace component that can be accessed using frameworks like FFMPEG and GStreamer.

Storage

Three Ways to Achieve Tenfold Embedded Memory Performance for Heterogeneous Multicore - Blog

March 01, 2021

In theory, a heterogeneous multicore device can equip a compute block optimized for any type of operation a given use case can throw at it. A GPU for video processing, a neural network processor for object recognition, a CPU to run the OS, and so on. The different fit-for-purpose cores provide an SoC with more flexibility, and therefore greater performance and lower power consumption across a wider range of workloads, than a homogeneous processor of the same class. 

Processing

Beyond Moore’s Law with Parallel Processing & Heterogeneous SoCs - Story

March 01, 2021

2021 Embedded Processor Report: With the dependable performance-per-watt gains of transistor scaling drawing to a close, how will future generations of processors access the compute necessary to efficiently execute demanding workloads? The answer my come via parallel processing on heterogeneous SoCs.

Software & OS

Embedded Insiders: How Much Are You Willing to Pay for Bad Software? - Podcast

February 26, 2021

With time to market pressures constantly increasing, technology organizations are moving away from traditional waterfall development workflows and towards Agile/DevOps software development practices.

Debug & Test

Embedded Toolbox: Prove It! Proofs Start Where Static Analysis Stops - Blog

February 25, 2021

 

Static analysis tools are widely used in safety- and security-critical applications as a means of finding and remediating coding errors. In fact, they are the de facto software testing tool in these industries.

Automotive

embedded world 2021 conference session: The Automotive Paradigm Shift - News

February 01, 2021

Nuremberg, Germany  – On Monday, March 1st, from 11-11:30 CET, Real-Time Innovation’s Pedro Lopez Estepa will be presenting “The Automotive Paradigm Shift: Connectivity at the Core” at the first all-digital embedded world exhibition and conference. Estepa’s session  will address unprecedented change in the automotive market as manufacturers race to develop connected and autonomous mobility platforms.

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: Monarch LTE-M Development Kit from Avnet - Video

January 22, 2021

Are you looking for a modern cellular M2M connectivity technology for an upcoming IoT deployment? Look no further than LTE-M.

AI & Machine Learning

Using Vizi-AI to Monitor Social Distancing - Product

January 08, 2021

How to monitor social distancing, measure occupancy, and more using one edge-based AI platform: ADLINK Technology’s Vizi-AI

Security

Embedded Toolbox: Secure IP through Production with Secure Thingz? Secure Desktop Provisioner - Video

December 15, 2020

In Part 3, Shawn helps us transition from the development environment and into production by creating fully-encrypted, trusted application packages using Secure Thingz' Secure Desktop Provisioner.

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