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Bill’s Deep Dive: Prometheus Multivendor PLC Configuration and Management Software from Wonderware
January 03, 2017

Bill’s Deep Dive: Prometheus Multivendor PLC Configuration and Management Software from Wonderware

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Wonderware/Schneider Electric's Prometheus is configuration and management software for defining HMI and multiple vendor PLC and control code

‘Cloud-based’ machine remote-access: how secure is it?
January 25, 2016

‘Cloud-based’ machine remote-access: how secure is it?

By Dave Hammond, M.A.C. Solutions
For machine builders that offer remote access support and diagnostics for their installed machines, security is obviously a major concern.

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Safety-certified software advances on multicore SoCs
October 03, 2015

Safety-certified software advances on multicore SoCs

Industrial Embedded Systems
By Brandon Lewis
Rather than the discrete, single-function platforms of the past, today's industrial systems are built around multicore processors that are increasingly packing performance into compute equipment. Now, software developers are taking advantage of these multicore architectures with RTOS and hypervisor solutions that enable multifunction, safety-certifiable industrial systems that still retain their deterministic nature.

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Low-cost embedded development kits accelerate design cycles
October 01, 2015

Low-cost embedded development kits accelerate design cycles

Embedded Computing Design
By Pushek Madaan and Gagan Luthra, Cypress Semiconductor
There are a variety of such prototyping-ready boards available on the market today. Each offers a unique set of features including smaller form factor, a breadboard-compatible interface, and an onboard programmer and debugger.

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Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee: If you can't beat them, join them
October 01, 2015

Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee: If you can't beat them, join them

Embedded Computing Design
By Franz Dugand
A clear trend in the IoT segments is a single platform open to several technologies. Moreover, BLE, and ZigBee have similar building blocks such as RF, modem, encryption, and 6LowPAN. The combination of two technologies will still be an inexpensive product, as it will use similar radio, modulation, and security schemes.

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Building high availability into industrial computers
August 18, 2015

Building high availability into industrial computers

Control Engineering
By Tim Munro, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
As mission critical applications become more commonplace, so will the need for high-availability computing. By optimizing MTBF and MTTR, computing systems can meet or exceed the availability requirement.

A Special Look at Chassis and Enclosures: When a Box Becomes a System
August 10, 2015

A Special Look at Chassis and Enclosures: When a Box Becomes a System

RTC Magazine
By Tom Williams
For modern embedded systems, chassis and enclosures are far from a side issue and can often take on the character of systems in their own right. The task for developers of such enclosures is to battle often conflicting demands for configurability, cooling, size, weight, connector placement, power supplies and ruggedness.

Embedded Cybersecurity. Do We Really Have a Problem?
August 10, 2015

Embedded Cybersecurity. Do We Really Have a Problem?

PD&D
By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
Security can no longer be thought of as a “nice to have.” Device developers cannot rely on the system manufacturer or integrator to design in the security required to protect against cyber-attack.

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Design an optimized circuit for HART-enabled 4 to 20mA inputs
August 10, 2015

Design an optimized circuit for HART-enabled 4 to 20mA inputs

Embedded Computing Design
By Derrick Hartmann and Michal Brychta, Analog Devices
To fully realize all the benefits HART can bring, the sensor/actuator must be connected to a control system with HART enabled current inputs or outputs.

Analog front ends for gas sensors
August 10, 2015

Analog front ends for gas sensors

Embedded Computing Design
By Swati Garg and Rahul Raj Sharma, Cypress Semiconductor
Advances in modern semiconductor technology have empowered us to design low-cost and low-power sensing solutions to make our homes, offices, and lives safer by keeping a check on the gas levels in our surroundings.

Building a Smarter World
July 10, 2015

Building a Smarter World

By Thomas R. Cutler
The sensor revolution is already underway. Each year, billions of sensors are being deployed in all types of devices and applications. LeddarTech is a company that provides core technology to make highly efficient detection and ranging sensing possible, enabling deployment of profitable high-volume applications such as the ones foreseen in IoT and IoE.

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Introduction to Safety Critical System Design
June 24, 2015

Introduction to Safety Critical System Design

RTC Magazine
By Wayne Mcgee and Bill Ripley, Creative Electronic Systems
Well beyond reliable, safety-critical systems must do no harm—to themselves, their operators or to bystanders. There are standards, certification procedures and definite designed methodologies that have been developed to enable such systems.

Embedded HMIs evolve to match consumer tech expectations in the factory
April 25, 2015

Embedded HMIs evolve to match consumer tech expectations in the factory

Industrial Embedded Systems
By Marcia Gadbois, Invensys
Through open standards, PC technology and networking advances, and cues from connected consumer devices, embedded Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) have enabled greater efficiency and capabilities in industrial applications.

The MCU guy's introduction to FPGAs: The Hardware
April 25, 2015

The MCU guy's introduction to FPGAs: The Hardware

Embedded Computing
By Clive Maxfield
Programmable elements inside the FPGA may be implemented using antifuses, Flash memory cells, or SRAM memory cells.

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Beyond the Secure RTOS– Protecting Wirelessly Connected Endpoints from Cyber-attacks
March 22, 2015

Beyond the Secure RTOS– Protecting Wirelessly Connected Endpoints from Cyber-attacks

RTC Magazine
www.rtcmagazine.com/articles/view/106731
By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
About seventy percent of cyber-attacks target the application layer. Wireless connectivity creates an attack vector that hackers can exploit. While a secure RTOS is critical for security in embedded devices, they are just the foundation, not the complete solution.

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Microprocessors Are the Backbone of Many Process Automation Advances
March 10, 2015

Microprocessors Are the Backbone of Many Process Automation Advances

Control
By Jim Montague
Many of the most exciting advances in automation hardware configuration, operation and maintenance lead right back to the chips

Platforms for High-End Embedded Software Development
February 22, 2015

Platforms for High-End Embedded Software Development

RTC Magazine
By John Carbone, Express Logic
Today’s complex and powerful processors and SoCs demand more than just an RTOS and some drivers to get the developer started. A comprehensive and consistent software development environment along with a sample hardware board is increasingly essential for OEMs to start adding value.

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Defining ‘High Performance Embedded Computing’
February 22, 2015

Defining ‘High Performance Embedded Computing’

RTC Magazine
By Colin Cureton and Mitch Furman, Advanced Micro Devices
How advancements in parallel processing, power scalability and open development frameworks are transforming compute-intensive applications from avionics to medical imaging and beyond.

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Selecting an operating system for an embedded application
November 30, 2014

Selecting an operating system for an embedded application

Embedded
By Colin Walls
On desktop computers, the selection of an operating system (OS) is largely a matter of taste - Windows vs Apple vs Linux. There is relatively little choice. For an embedded system, the matter is much more complex. The large number of options available reflect the wide diversity of embedded applications.

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November 30, 2014

The basics of USB device development using the Android framework

Embedded
By Rajaram Regupathy
This article explores the USB section of the Android CDD in the Android USB framework. It will also introduce you to the various USB APIs that the Android framework exports in order to assist an application developer in managing the USB functionality of an Android device.

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