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

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 […]

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

It’s Alive! The Miraculous Resurrection of Artificial Intelligence

In late January the computing world passed—mostly without notice—two remarkable milestones. One marked the end of a beginning: Marvin Minsky, a pioneer and guiding light of artificial intelligence (AI) died. The other standing stone marked a beginning, perhaps of a new era. Only days after Minsky’s death, an article in the magazine Nature reported that […]

CATEGORIES : All, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

From Here to 5G: A Roadmap of Challenges

Deploy 5G wireless networks by 2020! From research labs to service providers, these words have come to define a shared goal, almost a mantra. As a goal, the words justify all manner of R&D activities. But as a mantra, they betray a fundamental lack of definition. Just what is 5G? And what problems must we […]

CATEGORIES : All, IoT, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

System Security: A Model from Medieval History

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 […]

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

When System Designers Must Care About Silicon IP

As systems-on-chips move into next-big-thing markets like autonomous vehicles or the Internet of Things (IoT), SoC designers are facing new kinds of requirements—environmental, life-cycle, reliability, and security, for example—completely foreign to their experience in consumer or communications applications. These requirements, in turn, are changing the way SoC developers must evaluate and integrate intellectual property (IP). […]

CATEGORIES : All, Automotive, intellectual property, SoC/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson