Embedded Insiders

Embedded Insiders

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Hosted on the www.embedded-computing.com website as well as iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and Alexa, the Embedded Insiders Podcast is a fun talk show for electronics engineers. Each week, Rich Nass, Brandon Lewis, Alix Paultre, and Laura Dola…


Enterprise Containers and the IoT – Foundations for Embedded Developers
Aug 15 • 8 min
We discuss a technology that’s rapidly gaining popularity in the embedded and IoT technology sector.
Why 100-Year-Old Analog Technology Will Never Leave Us
Aug 8 • 11 min
The Embedded Insiders ask the ultimate question: why can’t we replace analog circuitry with new digital material that’s far superior to anything in analog?
Semiconductor Shipments Trending Down. Integration or Consolidation?
Jul 30 • 9 min
A recent embedded industry report indicates that chip content in systems is projected to drop by 25 percent in 2019. Huh?
How the US-China Trade War Impacting the Electronics Industry with EPC’s Alex Lidow
Jul 19 • 14 min
“Up until now, Chinese companies and people believed that the process of democracy in the US was greater than any individual. Now they believe that any individual is greater than the process. And therefore, the US is an unreliable trade partner forever…
The Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary
Jul 18 • 13 min
Embedded Insiders reminisce on the moon landing that occurred on July 20, 1969 and how it has impacted today’s technology.
Sensors and Embedded Technologies Conferences Recap
Jul 15 • 15 min
The Embedded Insiders’ take on different sensors conferences.
Does the OpenHW Group Make RISC-V Real?
Jun 18 • 18 min
Rick O’Connor, President of OpenHW Group and former Executive Director of the RISC-V Foundation, joins the Embedded Insiders to explain the relationship between the new consortium and other open-source initiatives.
How Close to Reality are Autonomous Vehicles?
Jun 11 • 33 min
In this episode, we talk to Chris Jacobs, VP of Autonomous Transportation and Automotive Safety at Analog Devices
The Bleeding Edge
May 31 • 9 min
In this episode, we discuss the Bleeding Edge.
Intelligent vs. Smart Devices
May 23 • 19 min
In this episode of Embedded Insiders, we delve into the difference between smart and intelligent devices.
An Objective Opinion on IoT RTOS Acquisitions & Best in Show from IoT World 2019
May 15 • 25 min
An Objective Opinion on IoT RTOS Acquisitions & Best in Show from IoT World 2019
How RTOS Acquisitions Impact IoT Developers, Industry
May 2 • 24 min
Special guest Rob Oshana, VP of Software Engineering R&D at NXP joins to give his thoughts on what the FreeRTOS.
Five Minutes With…Mike Milinkovich, Exec. Dir., Eclipse Foundation
May 1 • 7 min
Conversation with Mike Milinkovich, the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation.
Aceinna’s Khagendra Thapa on Advanced Current Sensors
Apr 29 • 13 min
One important factor in high-performance computing is how you actually manage the power to it, and whether you’re optimizing the performance of the device or the different types of processors. That’s where current sensors comes into play.
Single or Open Source: What’s Best for Wide-Area Wireless?
Apr 29 • 12 min
Embedded Insider’s discuss LoRa, 5G, and whether single or open source are best for wide-area networking technology.
Five Minutes With…Steen Graham, GM, IoT Ecosystem, Intel
Apr 24 • 7 min
Interview with Steen Graham, the General Manager of Intel’s IoT Ecosystem
Five Minutes With…Michael Dolan, VP, Strategic Programs, Linux Foundation
Apr 17 • 7 min
Michael Dolan, Vice President of Strategic Programs for the Linux Foundation in week’s Five Minutes With…discussion.
GTC 2019 and the Latest in Lidar Technology
Apr 12 • 18 min
This week the Embedded Insiders are joined by Steven Crouch, CTO of Blackmore Lidar, who discusses FM lidar and its impact on the automotive market. We also recap what went on at the GPU Technology Conference this year. Tune in for more.
Five Minutes With…Doug Patterson, VP, Aitech
Apr 10 • 9 min
Boards and systems designed around an Nvidia processor are becoming more commonplace. But where they haven’t made much of a mark—until now—is in the mil/aero industries. The architecture seems like a natural fit due to its ability to do video processing…
Embedded Insiders Discuss the Latest Issues with Boeing
Apr 8 • 10 min
Join Rich Nass, Brandon Lewis, Alix Paultre and Laura Dolan as they deliberate what’s been happening with Boeing’s 737 Max planes that have been recently grounded due to two tragic crashes. They beg the question, is this a software issue? Tune in for a…
APEC Wrap Up
Apr 5 • 16 min
This is the Embedded Insiders’ first video broadcast. Join Rich Nass, Brandon Lewis, Alix Paultre and Laura Dolan as they discuss Alix’s latest adventures at APEC and what the future holds for power electronics. Not to mention Alix’s Tchotchke Index. What…
Five Minutes With…Chris Jones, Director, Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Apr 3 • 6 min
Power is key in any embedded system—literally. You will not find an embedded system that does not contain some sort of power subsystem. However, people tend not to put much emphasis on that portion of the embedded design. Why is that? Beats me, so I asked…
People & Products Podcast – The State of Quantum Energy Harvesting with Stefan Popov, Evercell
Apr 2 • 12 min
Energy harvesting is not a new concept – solar panels have been around for a long time, and even mechanical watches have had motion-capture systems to wind the mainspring since Rolex invented “Perpetual” movement. However, recent advances in circuit…
Five Minutes With…Brent Wilson, Security Engineer, Silicon Labs
Mar 27 • 10 min
There are holes in IoT security. I don’t think anyone disputes that. Is it a big problem or a small problem? Unfortunately, the answer depends. Knowing where to start and what path to take is a tricky one, in part because different people will point you…
Five Minutes With…Michael Randt, Founder/CEO, Trinamic
Mar 20 • 6 min
The space where the electronics meets the mechanics ends up being a place of disconnect. Who owns that domain, the mechanical engineer or the electrical engineer? Good question, and that’s where I started the discussion with Michael Randt, Founder and CEO…
Embedded Insiders Talk All Things APEC
Mar 15 • 11 min
APEC 2019 is happening March 17-21 in Anaheim, CA. The Embedded Insiders’ very own Alix Paultre, a seasoned veteran of the power electronics industry, will be attending the Applied Power Electronics Conference and moderating one of the sessions there.…
The Best of the Best at Embedded World 2019
Mar 14 • 20 min
The 2019 Embedded World Conference and Exhibition was here and gone in a flash, once again setting records for attendance and innovation. The Embedded Insiders Rich Nass, Brandon Lewis, Alix Paultre, and Laura Dolan dedicate this special episode to some…
Five Minutes With…Matthew Burns, Director, Samtec
Mar 13 • 7 min
Connectors, cables, etc. are a vital piece of the embedded system, but are often (too often?) taken for granted. There’s clearly a lot going on in that space that designers should know about. To connect the dots, I spent some time with Matthew Burns, a…
Five Minutes With…Quentin Ochem, Director, AdaCore
Mar 7 • 5 min
Ada and RISC-V? Yup, that’s exactly what’s going on, as nVidia has selected Ada to run on its RISC-V core. What does that mean for the future of Ada? That’s the question I started with this week’s Five Minutes With…discussion with Quentin Ochem, a…
Embedded Insiders: Worldwide Deployment of LoRaWan
Feb 27 • 25 min
This week on Embedded Insiders, we were joined by Derek Hunt, Director of Certification for LoRa Alliance and Certification Committee Chair. He shed some light on what’s currently going on in the low power area networking space. We discussed how LoRaWan…
Embedded Insiders: Embedded World Is Coming Up
Feb 20 • 18 min
The Embedded Insiders are headed to Embedded World next week. To make sure we maximize our time, we hopped on the phone with Axel Sikora, who is the Chairman of the Embedded World Conference. He’s also in tune with what’s happening on the exhibitor side.…
Five Minutes With…Jonathan Luse, GM, IoT Group, Intel
Feb 20 • 6 min
Artificial intelligence is supposed to make your life easier, whether it’s in a consumer setting or an industrial setting. Edge computing, which is the on-premise compute component, is growing in its potential. Edge devices started as simple sensors and…
Five Minutes With…Ethan Plotkin, CEO, GDCA
Feb 13 • 6 min
Obsolescence is something that many vendors dread. But fear not, help is out there. Just because a chip or a board is no longer available from your supplier, you may be able to find a replacement part, and you don’t need to build it yourself. Vendors like…
Five Minutes With…Ian Aaron, CEO, Ubicquia
Feb 6 • 8 min
Smart cities is a term we’ve been throwing around for a while now. But what’s really behind the drive to add intelligence to our roads, buildings, street lights, etc? That’s the first question I asked of this week’s Five Minutes With…discussion with Ian…
Five Minutes With…Donna Moore, CEO/Chair, LoRa Alliance
Jan 30 • 7 min
Low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) are a necessary component in many IoT or industrial IoT applications. You already know there are many options when it comes to your LPWAN of choice. Today, we’re taking a look at LoRaWAN, one of those choices, and the…
5G For Industrial: Maybe Next Decade
Jan 23 • 13 min
A funny thing happened on the way to the 5G rollout. Some claims were made early on that are turning out to be not true. In fact, they’re so far from reality that you can’t see them in any crystal ball worth gazing into. In this week’s edition of the…
Five Minutes With…Anthony Le, Senior Director, Macronix
Jan 22 • 7 min
The automobile presents a challenge for all types of electronics due to the heat and bouncing around that takes place, specifically under the hood. Memory, while not always at the forefront of a designer’s mind, is subject to those same conditions and…
CES 2019: Attendance Slightly Down, Innovation Way Way Up
Jan 18 • 20 min
Attendance may have been down at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, based on observed foot traffic alone. But, that didn’t stop electronics vendors from innovating at the highest levels.From artificial intelligence in automotive and consumer vision…
Five Minutes With…Mahendra Tailor, Technology Leader, Laird Technology
Jan 16 • 6 min
Bluetooth Mesh has a huge upside in my opinion. But when is it going to be ready for prime time? Or is it already? And what about competitive media, like ZigBee or Wi-Fi? These are just some of the questions I threw at Mahendra Tailor, a Technology Leader…
Five Minutes With…Harold Blomquist, Pres. & CEO, Helix Semiconductors
Jan 9 • 7 min
You can’t build an embedded system without power. Plain and simple. Hence, embedded developers need to be up to speed on the latest power-related technologies. The key attribute that needs to be discussed with respect to power is efficiency. And that’s…
It’s 2019, and CES is Upon Us
Jan 7 • 5 min
The holidays are over, we’ve rung in the New Year, so it must be time for CES, ready or not. The Embedded Insiders (Rich Nass and Brandon Lewis) are definitely ready for the exciting Consumer Electronics Show, which seems to get crazier every year. Maps…
The AI Race Is Heating up for Embedded Chipmakers
Dec 27, 2018 • 8 min
As the calendar flips to 2019, embedded processor companies continue to ramp up their AI and machine learning offerings. Two leading processor vendors are doubling down on different architectures to capture these sockets, with Intel betting on Movidius…
Embedded Insiders Tackle RISC-V Summit; Get Our Take on WD, NXP Announcements
Dec 11, 2018 • 10 min
The RISC-V Foundation held its Silicon Valley Summit last week. From sheer numbers alone, the open-source instruction-set architecture (ISA) known as RISC-V is gaining momentum in a pretty big way. And the announcements from the event were aplenty. Two…
Five Minutes with… Elaine Rideout, CEO, Wiser Systems
Dec 11, 2018 • 8 min
Asset tracking has become an industry on its own thanks to so many new and inexpensive technologies. Whether it’s food, meds, or other valuables, there’s no reason not to know exactly where your shipment is at any given time. In addition, you could know…
Five Minutes With…Robert Oshana, VP, NXP
Dec 5, 2018 • 5 min
The RISC-V ISA has the potential to be a dominant player in the embedded, IoT, and industrial spaces, just to name a few. But before any architecture can take off, it needs a solid ecosystem behind it. The Open-ISA.org initiative, launched today, is…
Five Minutes With…Hugo Fiennes, CEO, Electric Imp
Nov 28, 2018 • 6 min
Cloud connectivity is pretty straightforward. You contact AMS or Microsoft, or another provider. You download their tools, and you’re done. Well, maybe it’s not so simple, and that’s where the middleware provider comes in to play. Or do they, as the role…
Embedded Insiders: Is There Really an Engineering Shortage, and Why?
Nov 19, 2018 • 18 min
Rumors of a shortage of electronics engineers have been circulating for years, but with Fortune 500 technology firms now gobbling up as much engineering talent as possible for IT and enterprise software development, the rumors are as pointed as ever.Dave…
Five Minutes With… Ian Mazsa, Director, Vicor
Nov 13, 2018 • 5 min
When we discuss AI, the discussion typically revolves around processing or algorithms. But I was reminded recently that power plays a big part in AI. How is that, you ask? Well, check out this week’s Five Minutes with…discussion with Ian Mazsa, a Director…
Five Minutes With…Andrew Banks, Chairman, MISRA C Working Group
Nov 7, 2018 • 6 min
The reason you should care about MISRA C is a simple one. It stops you from doing things that the C language allows you to do that you really don’t want to do. Well, maybe not so simple. But that’s the way that Andrew Banks explained it to me in this…
Five Minutes With…Cees Links, GM, Qorvo
Oct 30, 2018 • 8 min
Smart homes are built with lots of sensors. The more sensors you’ve got, the smarter your home (sort of). But you still have to make a fair amount of choices, including which radio you employ and how it is deployed. One of the better ways to do it is in a…
Five Minutes With…John Glossner, President, HSA Foundation
Oct 23, 2018 • 6 min
Work on artificial intelligence (AI) is taking place in all corners of the globe. In fact, a recent event was held in China to further the advancement of AI as it relates to heterogeneous computing. Who better to discuss this topic than John Glossner,…
Five Minutes with…Ed Kuzemchak, CTO, Software Design Solutions, Inc.
Oct 16, 2018 • 6 min
Machine learning (ML) is something that really needs to occur at the Edge of the IoT. That sounds great, except that it’s quite difficult to achieve. In this week’s Five Minutes with…discussion with Ed Kuzemchak, CTO and Director of IoT for Software…
Five Minutes with…Peter McGuinness, CEO, Highwai
Oct 9, 2018 • 6 min
Neural nets and simulators. This is not a combination that I would have put together, but after it was explained to me, putting them together makes a lot of sense. If you don’t get the connection, check out this week’s Five Minutes with…discussion with…
Embedded Insiders: Don’t Be Surprised If your Computer Backbone Is 30 (or More) Years Old
Oct 8, 2018 • 15 min
New computer architectures come along all the time. Some stand the test of time while others get EOLed (end of lifed) pretty quickly. Why is that? Is it for technical reasons, marketing reasons, or something else? This is the topic that the Embedded…
Five Minutes with…Doug Bailey, VP, Power Integrations
Oct 3, 2018 • 10 min
USB-PD is a newer specification that deals with the power that can be derived from a USB port. It’s quite an important spec and one that has lots of potential. Unfortunately, it’s one of the specs that’s not well understood. To get a better understanding…
Five Minutes with…Bruce Chatterley, CEO, Senet
Sep 25, 2018 • 6 min
The Industrial IoT industry is full of promise. But wait, haven’t we said that before? At some point, it has to bear fruit, and we seem to be pushing out the “hockey stick” yet again to next year. What is the reason for that? That’s what I asked Bruce…
Five Minutes with…James Kimery, Director, National Instruments
Sep 19, 2018 • 11 min
5G is the wireless standard that’s poised to revolutionize how we interact with data. And it’s only a year away from being a reality. Or is it? Isn’t that what we were told last year, and the year before that? In this week’s Five Minutes with…discussion,…
Embedded Insiders: Who are the real innovators in the embedded space?
Sep 14, 2018 • 10 min
Apple took center stage this week as it announced a series of new iPhones and a new Apple Watch. Is that exciting technology? It probably is to some, but not to the Embedded Insiders. So that begs the question, who are the real innovators in the embedded…
Five Minutes with…Nikunj Mehta, CEO, Falkonry
Sep 11, 2018 • 6 min
Machine learning is a hot topic these days, and the biggest potential impact is in the industrial space. At the same time, the initial outlay for the technology could turn some vendors away. So the question is, at what cost does it make sense? That’s one…
Embedded Insiders: Back to the future with analog computing
Sep 6, 2018 • 20 min
There’s a reasonably good chance that you’re not old enough to remember the days of analog computers, as that would likely put you in your sixties. Most of us grew up on digital computers, which are way smarter, smaller, and consume less power than the…
Five Minutes with…Peter Thorne, Director, Cambashi
Sep 6, 2018 • 10 min
Are you up to speed on digital twins? If you’re not, you probably should be, especially if you plan to play in the IoT space. I have to admit that I needed to be educated on this topic. I received that education thanks to Peter Thorne, a director for…
Five Minutes with…Sumat Mehra, SVP & GM, Xperi
Aug 27, 2018 • 9 min
All smart phones have cameras now. But what they do with those imagers is quite different. Are they using them for facial recognition, for medical applications, or for things that many of us had not even dreamed of? These are just a few of the questions…
Five Minutes with…Brian Faith, CEO, Quicklogic
Aug 20, 2018 • 6 min
Machine learning at the node is starting to become a reality, thanks to the availability of adequate processing capability. Moving this technology from the cloud to the Edge, a term that’s sometimes used synonymously with the node, provides a big leap in…
Five Minutes with…John Wall, Sr. VP, QNX
Aug 10, 2018 • 7 min
When it comes to autonomous vehicles, there are followers and there are leaders. QNX, a subsidiary of Blackberry, believes it falls into the latter class. To understand why, but more importantly to get the lay of the autonomous vehicle landscape, I spoke…
Five Minutes with…Rick Kreifeldt, Executive Director, eSync Alliance
Aug 7, 2018 • 5 min
We keep hearing about over-the-air updates for the automotive space. Is this real or is it a pipe dream? I’m of the opinion that I can make a valid argument for each. However, Rick Kreifeldt, Executive Director of the eSync Alliance had a pretty firm…
Five Minutes with…Bruce Douglas, Chief Evangelist, IBM
Jul 31, 2018 • 5 min
Agile software development is a term we often hear about. But most folks that aren’t deeply into the thick of development don’t know what agile development is, or why they should be thinking about it. It’s not a new technique, but it is slowing gaining…
Five Minutes with…Ashish Syal, Chief Engineer for IoT, Sierra Wireless
Jul 24, 2018 • 7 min
Smart technology is all around us. However, it hasn’t migrated to the industrial sector with nearly the speed that it could (or should). Why is that? That’s the question I asked of Ashish Syal, who is the Chief Engineer for IoT at Sierra Wireless in this…
Embedded Insiders: RISC-V is getting under Arm’s skin
Jul 18, 2018 • 12 min
Arm recently put up a website challenging RISC-V technology that stirred up quite the hornet’s nest. After hundreds of comments from developers within a matter of hours, the site was promptly taken offline. Meanwhile, Wind River continues its evolution as…
Five Minutes with…Jim Douglas, CEO, Wind River
Jul 17, 2018 • 9 min
Until recently, Wind River was a part of Intel. Now that Wind is an independent company (you knew that occurred, right?), what does the future hold and where will the industry powerhouse go? Those are the questions I posed to Wind’s CEO Jim Douglas in…
Embedded Insiders: Learn Why Technology Can Turn Deadly
Jul 9, 2018 • 11 min
One half of the Embedded Insiders took to the Sensors Expo Conference this week, and the technology discussed there actually led to what happened in a real-life accident. You’ll likely recall the incident not too long ago where a woman was killed by an…
Five Minutes with…Alex Blochtein, CEO, Contec
Jul 9, 2018 • 5 min
Industrial IoT is a hot topic. If you question that, have a conversation with Alex Blochtein, the CEO of Contec, as I did for this week’s Five Minutes with…podcast. His company is on a roll, and I wanted to know why. If you want to know as well, give a…
Five Minutes with…Jens Albers, CEO, Nanotron Technologies
Jun 26, 2018 • 6 min
Location awareness is a term that’s in vogue. It’s sort of like positioning, but not exactly. And what’s the hop application for location awareness? Cattle tracking. Yup, you heard right. Cattle farmers have too much at stake (or should I say steak) to…
Embedded Insiders: Which Vendor Will Lead the IIoT
Jun 22, 2018 • 8 min
In the consumer space, a few of the industry giants have stepped up to take charge of the IoT, a la Google, Apple, and so one. But in the industrial space, that has not happened, for reasons that are discussed in this week’s Embedded Insiders podcast.…
Five Minutes with…Todd Edmunds, IIC
Jun 19, 2018 • 8 min
The Industrial Internet Consortium, aka the IIC, recently released a whitepaper titled Introduction to Edge Computing in IIoT. Hence, I thought it was a great opportunity to speak to the Co-Chair of the IIC’s Edge Computing Task Group, Todd Edmunds, so I…
Five Minutes with…Ed Chao, CEO, PoLTE
Jun 12, 2018 • 6 min
Can you determine location by hearing an object or person’s position? Sort of, and that’s the technology that’s deployed by PoLTE. The company uses a sensing technology over a cellular medium to very accurately determine location. Hear more about it in…
Embedded Insiders: Google Joins LoRa Alliance, Adds Android Things
Jun 5, 2018 • 8 min
The Embedded Insiders talk Google, for two separate reasons. Are those two things connected? We’ll let you decide. First, Google announced its Android Things initiative. What’s the end game? Getting more devices into the Google Cloud? Probably.Either…
Five Minutes with…Jothy Rosenberg, CEO, Dover Microsystems
Jun 5, 2018 • 7 min
According to Jothy Rosenberg, the Founder and CEO of Dover Microsystems, processor technology is not keeping pace with the security that needs to be implemented, particularly in the case of cyber security. The key to fixing that problem is to address…
Five Minutes with… Robert Gendron, Corporate VP, Vicor
May 29, 2018 • 6 min
This week’s Five Minutes with…discussion has to do with artificial intelligence (AI), and the guest is Robert Gendron, a Corporate Vice President, in charge of power components at Vicor. Power and AI? Doesn’t seem like a fit, does it? Actually, these two…
Five Minutes with…Gary Drossel, CTO, Virtium
May 23, 2018 • 8 min
The IoT is all about gathering data. Until recently, finding ways to gather that data was the hard part. With the proliferation of end devices, both in the consumer and industrial sectors, that’s not the case anymore. Now we have the other problem—what to…
Embedded Insiders: IoT World
May 22, 2018 • 9 min
Last week, the Embedded Insiders spent some time at IoT World. And it turned out to be a worthwhile experience, and there were lots of new technologies to see. Check out this week’s Embedded Insider podcast to hear about the highlights.
Five Minutes with…Chris Dries, President/CEO, UnitedSiC
May 15, 2018 • 6 min
UnitedSiC is a fabless company that designs silicon carbide (SiC) ICs. SiC technology is just starting to take off and according to this week’s Five Minutes with… guest, Chris Dries, the President and CEO of UnitedSiC, there’s very good reason for that.…
Embedded Insiders: Now the Russians Are Hacking Our Routers
May 8, 2018 • 11 min
It was recently reported that routers were being hacked, and “Officials said they had high confidence that the Russian government was behind the campaign.”https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/16/politics/russian-hackers-network-devices-alert/index.htmlHmm, is that…
Five Minutes with…Yannick Moy, Sr. Software Engineer, AdaCore
May 7, 2018 • 5 min
Software insecurities are badly addressed by current “best practices.” Those are the words of this week’s Five Minutes with… guest Yannick Moy, a Senior Software Engineer at AdaCore. I couldn’t let that statement pass without some explanation, so that…
Five Minutes with…Tyson Tuttle, Silicon Labs
May 1, 2018 • 8 min
Silicon Labs is just announced the acquisition of the Z-Wave assets from Sigma Designs. Did they really need another protocol, already having Bluetooth, ZigBee, and WiFi? I wondered if that sends a mixed message to engineers trying to sort through the…
Five Minutes with… Larry Spaziani, VP, GaN Systems
Apr 24, 2018 • 5 min
Gallium nitride, better known as GaN, is a power technology that seems forever locked in a battle with Silicon carbide, aka SiC. Is that battle a real one, or is it more a fabrication? Who better to answer that question than Larry Spaziani, a vice…
Five Minutes with…Vanja Samuelsson, Founder, Qoitech
Apr 18, 2018 • 8 min
There’s a good chance that your IoT Edge device needs to run on a battery. There’s also the possibility that it’s located someplace where you really don’t want to change that battery for a long time. That’s where Qoitech comes in. The company offers tools…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #42 – Into the Wind
Apr 13, 2018 • 8 min
Embedded Insiders – Episode #42 – Into the Wind by Embedded Computing Design
Five Minutes with…Seth Newberry, GM, Open Mobile Alliance
Apr 10, 2018 • 6 min
Two organizations that are involved in specifications that align with the IoT have merged—IPSO and the Open Mobile Alliance. What does that mean and what effect will it have on developers going forward? Those are the first of lots of questions I asked on…
Five Minutes with… Stefan Skarin, CEO, IAR Systems
Apr 3, 2018 • 8 min
Acquisitions in our space are nothing new. But in many cases, they deserve a little explanation. Simply, “Why did you make this acquisition, and how does the new company fit in with the old company?” That’s what I found myself asking in this week’s Five…
Five Minutes with…Jessica Isquith, President, PICMG
Mar 28, 2018 • 6 min
PICMG has been around for quite some time, nearly 25 years. If you’re not familiar, PICMG, or the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group, is a non-profit organization who charter is to promote various industrial architectures and maintain the…
Five Minutes With…Finbarr Moynihan, GM, MediaTek
Mar 21, 2018 • 8 min
Artificial intelligence, aka AI, means different things to different people, mostly dependent on the application/market they find themselves. In the embedded and industrial industries, it has the potential to be a very important tool, and many vendors are…
Embedded Insiders Podcast – Episode #41 – Powerful Developments from APEC
Mar 16, 2018 • 6 min
Rich Nass, one half of the Embedded Insiders, returned from the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) last week. There, he was surprised to learn that semiconductor companies are no longer evaluating digital power or Silicon Carbide (SiC) and…
Five Minutes With…Doug Snader, SV Microwave
Mar 14, 2018 • 5 min
Some sectors of our industry change faster than others. But the connector industry? I think you might be surprised to learn what’s happened in that space, as I was. These revelations come from Doug Snader, the International Business Director for SV…
Five Minutes With…Mark Singer, Director, Excelfore
Mar 7, 2018 • 7 min
OTA, or over-the-air updates, are becoming popular in the automotive space. They serve as a simple way for auto makers to update their vehicles without requiring the car owner to bring the car in to the shop. Taking that technology to the next step is to…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #40 – Embedded World 2018 Recap & More M&A
Mar 5, 2018 • 8 min
The Insiders, one way or another, have made it back from Embedded World 2018. This year’s show was the busiest either have attended, and but lacked any consistent theme. Tune in to find out what they experienced at the event, as well as their take on more…
Five Minutes With…Scott Hanson, CTO, Ambiq Micro
Feb 28, 2018 • 8 min
Many MCU vendors tout their low-power devices. Ambiq Micro takes it to another level, using what the company calls subthreshold technology. Wearables is a great place to embed such technology, but that’s only the beginning. In this week’s Five Minutes…
Five Minutes With…Glen Hawk, COO, Lattice Semiconductor
Feb 21, 2018 • 7 min
Machine learning is one of the hottest topics in our industry. If implemented correctly, it can be used in a host of applications, particularly those related to the Industrial IoT. And there are few vendors who aren’t trying to get a piece of this puzzle.…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #39 – What to Expect at Embedded World 2018
Feb 15, 2018 • 6 min
Believe it or not, Embedded World is just around the corner. The Insiders’ show schedules are already full of meetings with tech vendors who will demonstrate their latest wares, but what are those? Tune in as the Insiders speculate as to what technologies…
Five Minutes With…Troy Davis, Director, EnOcean
Feb 14, 2018 • 6 min
Coming off the heels of CES, it was clear that home automation is a hot topic. One vendor making waves in that space (pun intended) is EnOcean. The company is behind the technology that provides for self-powered IoT devices, including sensors, switches,…
Five Minutes With…Rod Schultz, Chief Product Officer, Rubicon Labs
Feb 7, 2018 • 5 min
Security is at the forefront of all IoT design. Or is it? I’m hearing too often that security is employed when it makes fiscal sense to do so, and not on just about every design, which is how it should be. This was the heart of the conversation I had with…
Five Minutes With… John Glossner, President, HSA Foundation
Jan 24, 2018 • 6 min
The HSA Foundation is a non-profit group whose goal is to simplify the programming of heterogenous systems. in this week’s Five Minutes with…discussion, I spoke to John Glossner, President HAS Foundation. He went through some of the findings of a recent…
Embedded Insiders Podcast – Episode #38 – CES 2018: Coughs, Cortana, and Cars Aren’t Connected
Jan 19, 2018 • 10 min
Last week the Embedded Insiders faced the grind of CES 2018, but came away with a bunch of interesting topics to kick off 2018. Most notably, the Insiders encountered some problems with current use of the term, “connected car,” listened in on some amazing…
Five Minutes With… Shawn Reynolds, CMO, Telit
Jan 16, 2018 • 8 min
Make the digital transformation. What does that mean? That’s the first question I asked of Shawn Reynolds, the Chief Marketing Officer for Telit in this week’s Five Minutes with…discussion. It has everything to do with capturing data and applying it in an…
Embedded Insiders – #37 – Voice rec: Who’s listening?
Dec 22, 2017 • 11 min
Last episode, the Embedded Insiders explored how voice recognition will impact privacy and security in the smart home. This episode, Todd Mozer, CEO of audio and voice processing company Sensory, joins the pair. Mozer gives an insider’s perspective of the…
Five Minutes with…Craig Truempi, Director, ATEK
Dec 20, 2017 • 8 min
What’s more important than reliability when you’re dealing with an industrial IoT system? Not much. That’s the reason why ATEK Access Technologies installed a Director of IIoT Reliability in its organization. Hence, it’s Craig Truempi’s job to ensure the…
Five Minutes with…Jack Kang, VP of Product and Business Development, SiFive
Dec 12, 2017 • 7 min
RISC-V has caused a slew of start-ups. One of those, SiFive, is composed of some of the folks behind the original spec, derived at Berkeley. Jack Kang, SiFive’s Vice President of Product and Business Development, had a great perspective on the RISC-V…
Embedded Insiders Podcast – Episode #36 – Top Tech to Watch for at CES 2018
Dec 8, 2017 • 9 min
It always seems like it’s a ways away, and then you look at the calendar and it’s right around the corner. The Embedded Insiders’ inboxes are already overflowing with CES 2018 meeting requests, and unfortunately there’s not enough time to meet with…
Five Minutes with…Rick O’Connor, Executive Director, RISC-V Foundation
Dec 5, 2017 • 10 min
Last week, the RISC-V Foundation held a workshop in Silicon Valley. The purpose was to update developers on the progress of the technology and also let some of the partners talk about their own developments/products. By most measures, the workshop was…
Five Minutes with…Enrique Herrera, Marketing Principal, OSIsoft
Nov 28, 2017 • 6 min
Industrial IoT has a huge upside from a manufacturing perspective. In other words, there’s a lot of money to be made here. That’s the lead in to this week’s Five Minutes with…discussion, where I spoke to Enrique Herrera, from OSIsoft. We talked about the…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #35 – Who’s in the ADAS Driver’s Seat?
Nov 22, 2017 • 10 min
A recent tour of Europe revealed several advances in automotive safety technologies, with companies such as ON Semiconductor and Toshiba making big pushes into ADAS. Meanwhile, Broadcom continues to eye Qualcomm, and industry still seems ignorant of…
Five Minutes With…Scott Sellers, President/CEO, Azul Systems
Nov 21, 2017 • 12 min
There have been some significant changes with respect to Java recently. If you’re a developer and/or you support a Java-based product, you had better be up to speed on these changes. To get the information directly from someone in the know, I turned to…
Five Minutes with…Ed Baca, IoT Technical Manager, TTI
Nov 14, 2017 • 7 min
Industrial IoT is here—just about. We’re already taking advantage of some of the technologies that are available to us in the manufacturing sector, but there’s still a long way to go. According to Ed Baca, the IoT Technical Manager at TTI, retrofitting…
Five Minutes with…Paul Beckmann, Founder/CTO, DSP Concepts
Nov 8, 2017 • 7 min
Voice input is all the rage, with Amazon’s Echo, Apple’s Siri, Google’s Home, and so on. According to Paul Beckmann, the Founder and CTO of DSP Concepts, we’ve just scratched the surface on where this technology is going and what it’s capable of. In this…
Five Minutes with…Jad Jebara, President and CEO, Tuangru
Nov 1, 2017 • 6 min
Tuangru is a software company focused on data-center management. In layman’s terms, the company manages their customers’ data. It seems like a lot can be obtain by the analysis of that data, thereby allowing decisions to be made based on facts rather than…
Embedded Insiders Podcast – Episode #34 – Ten Spooky Things for Embedded Engineers
Oct 31, 2017 • 10 min
Getting into the Halloween spirit, the Embedded Insiders pick ten “spooky” trends in the embedded electronics space for engineers to keep an eye on.Topics Include:- Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence- IoT Networking- Security- Processors and IP-…
Five Minutes with…Narbeh Derhacobian, President and CEO, Adesto Technologies
Oct 24, 2017 • 8 min
Adesto Technologies is a provider of non-volatile memory. That said, they claim to be able to reduce power in a system, particularly one that’s headed for a smart IoT application. I challenged whether such a claim was really accurate, and that’s the basis…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #33 – A new direction for Arduino
Oct 20, 2017 • 8 min
This week, the Embedded Insiders, Brandon Lewis and Rich Nass, look at where the Arduino architecture is headed. If you’re an aficionado of Arduino, and we know that many of you are, this is information you’re going to want to hear.
Five Minutes with…Anthony Ambrose, President and CEO, Data I/O
Oct 17, 2017 • 8 min
Everybody who builds an IoT platform says they’re concerned with security. But are they really? While there is lots of lip service paid to security, whether developers are going it its appropriate due can still be questioned. However, when you finally get…
Five Minutes with…Wael Diab, Chair, IIC
Oct 11, 2017 • 7 min
The Industrial Internet Consortium, aka the IIC, works with many different organizations to ensure that, amongst other issues, there’s smooth sailing between organizations when making an IoT connection. That holds true wither it’s other industry…
Embedded Insiders - Episode #32 - You’ve chosen MIPS? Uh-Oh!
Oct 10, 2017 • 9 min
The Embedded Insiders take a look at the news of the week. This week, we looked at some of the terminology used in the IoT, namely the Mist verses the Edge versus the Fog. What are all these different layers? And, do we really need them? Also, we discuss…
Five Minutes With…John Glossner, President, HSA Foundation
Oct 3, 2017 • 5 min
I was only marginally aware of the work being done by the HSA Foundation, which stands for Heterogeneous System Architecture. So, my first question in this week’s Five Minutes with… to John Glossner, who is the current President of the Foundation was,…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #31 – How Open is Open and What is GE Thinking?
Sep 28, 2017 • 11 min
This week, the Embedded Insiders briefly consider ABB’s acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions, and wonder if GE is going too digital. Then, the two discuss “open source”. The term is widely, and loosely, used these days, making it hard to differentiate…
Embedded Insiders Podcast – Episode #30 – Machine Learning: Fact or Fiction
Sep 20, 2017 • 7 min
A few weeks ago, the Embedded Insiders tackled the topic of artificial intelligence and machine learning. After further review, one of the Insiders called foul, saying that there’s nothing new here. “It’s just the same technology with a new catchy…
Embedded Insiders Podcast – Episode #29 – Secure Your Network, No Matter the Cost
Sep 7, 2017 • 13 min
As the old axiom goes, “if you have to ask the price, then you can’t afford it.” I’m here to say that nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to securing your network. In fact, depending on the data that you’re protecting, it’s possible that…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #27 – The Vicious Cycle of Electric Vehicles
Aug 23, 2017 • 12 min
The Embedded Insiders stumble upon an interesting question this week: Why haven’t hybrid and electric vehicles been more successful? The capability to support these technologies has been available almost since cars themselves, yet today they represent…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #26 – Keeping an eye on connected devices with data categorization
Aug 9, 2017 • 15 min
“Data classification” is helpful for analyzing information in IoT environments to support business intelligence applications, but it’s also an elegant way of monitoring the behavior of devices to determine whether they are being used as part of a…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #25 – Hacker Deception
Aug 4, 2017 • 9 min
A FireEye report recently found that the cyber threats that have penetrated an organization’s network defenses have an average dwell time of almost 5 months before they are discovered and expelled. This leaves a lot of time for sensitive data to be…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #24 – Back the the future with the Kontron/S&T merger
Jul 28, 2017 • 12 min
With shrinking margins in the board and module market, companies are merging to acquire proficiency in areas like software and networking. That’s precisely the driver behind the Kontron and S&T Deutschland Holding AG merger announced last month. This…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #23 – Into the Mist as the IIoT Goes Private
Jul 21, 2017 • 16 min
One half of the Embedded Insiders made a trip to Southern California this week, where he encountered to opposite sides of the Industrial IoT spectrum. On one end, engineers from ADL Embedded Solutions discussed how its legacy of standard board products…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #22 – NAND flash forward
Jul 17, 2017 • 12 min
The NAND flash memory market has evolved (or devolved depending on who you ask) into a battle of the BoMs, where the lowest price usually wins. But is that really the only consideration anymore when selecting a flash memory device, particularly for harsh…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #21 – In the summertime we’ve got dev kits on our minds
Jul 7, 2017 • 8 min
In the summertime when the weather is hot, the Embedded Insiders are indoors with development kits on their minds. Rich Nass and Brandon Lewis have been doing some hardware hacking of their own lately on a Raspberry Pi-based Z-Wave reference platform from…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #20 – Making “Connections” at the Industrial IoT University
Jun 29, 2017 • 10 min
Embedded Computing Design’s second Industrial IoT University conference occurred this week, with industry experts from Cisco, zigbee alliance, Digi International, LoRa Alliance, Trusted Computing Group, Renesas, Mentor Graphics, Wind River, Software…
Embedded Insiders - Episode #19 - Revisiting RTOS independence and the Last Man Standing
Jun 19, 2017 • 12 min
Earlier this year the Embedded Insiders posed the question, “Where have all the RTOS vendors gone?” During that discussion the Insiders offered that silicon companies have gobbled up independent real-time operating system vendors in an effort to provide…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #18 – AWS Greengrass: Are OT Device Management Pastures Getting Greener?
Jun 12, 2017 • 9 min
As IT and OT players stake out their claims in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) landscape, Amazon and partner Ayla Networks are deploying a technology called AWS Greengrass that brings a subset of cloud security, management, and provisioning…
Embedded Insiders - Episode #10 - Embedded World Day 3 Recap
Jun 2, 2017 • 3 min
Wrapping up embedded world 2017 from their hotel bar, the Embedded Insiders, Rich Nass and Brandon Lewis of Embedded Computing Design, discuss some of the highlights they saw on Day 3 of the show. While safety and security remained a big theme, Nass also…
Embedded Insiders - Episode #9 - Embedded World 2017 Day 1 and 2 Recap
Jun 2, 2017 • 3 min
Embedded Computing Design editors Rich Nass and Brandon Lewis review some of the highlights from days one and two of embedded world 2017, including how software and solutions continue to eat the world, and the embedded and Internet of Things (IoT)…
Embedded Insiders - Episode #16 - Power, PCIM, and Europe
Jun 2, 2017 • 7 min
Once again, power takes center stage, at least in this week’s Embedded Insiders podcast. ECD Power Editor Alix Paultre is at the PCIM show in Germany, Europe’s premier event for the power-semiconductor industry. In our discussion, Alix details what was…
Embedded Insiders - Episode #17 - How the IIC Connectivity Framework Is Like Whales, Seals, and Bats
Jun 2, 2017 • 13 min
Many types of animals live on land, many more in the sea, and more still spend their time airborne. What’s that got to do with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)?Earlier this year the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) released the IIC…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #15 – Is RISC-V Risky Business?
May 4, 2017 • 15 min
Researchers at Princeton recently found memory consistency errors in the RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), an extensible, open-source ISA spawned out of academia that is being adopted by industry in the development of everything from Internet of…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #14 – Protecting Medical “Things”
Apr 25, 2017 • 14 min
This week the Embedded Insiders welcome David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry and one of the leading security evangelists in the embedded and IoT technology markets. Of particular interest to Mr. Kleidermacher is medical device…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #13 – On the Road to Level 5 Autonomous Drive
Apr 11, 2017 • 9 min
The Embedded Insiders, Rich Nass and Brandon Lewis, both of Embedded Computing Design, drive into the Society of Automotive Engineer’s (SAE’s) six levels of autonomous driving. From full human driver control to complete autonomy, the two outline each of…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #12 – Analog and Smart Alix
Mar 30, 2017 • 12 min
The Embedded Insiders welcome in the newest member of the Embedded Computing Design editorial team, Alix Paultre. Alex will be covering analog and power topics from his home base outside of Frankfurt, Germany, and in this episode he discusses highlights…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #11 – The Wide (Area) World of IIoT Networking
Mar 24, 2017 • 10 min
As connectivity becomes cheaper, data becomes more valuable. This is a paradox the Embedded Insiders Rich Nass and Brandon Lewis explore in the context of low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) standards that have emerged to capture Industrial Internet of…
Embedded Insiders – Episode #8 – Embedded World Preview
Mar 9, 2017 • 10 min
There’s no rest for the weary, as the Embedded Insiders have been worn down with embedded world 2017 preparations before even leaving for the show. Still, Rich Nass, Executive Vice President and Brand Director of Embedded Computing Design and Brandon…
The Embedded Insiders – Episode #7 – Survey Says!
Mar 3, 2017 • 8 min
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The Embedded Insiders – Episode #6 – Listen to Linus
Feb 25, 2017 • 10 min
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The Embedded Insiders – Episode #5 – IoT Evolution Recap and Next-Gen Engineers
Feb 10, 2017 • 11 min
IoT Evolution (East) concluded this week, with players from across the networking industry converging on Fort Lauderdale. A keynote by Mary Beth Hall, Director of IoT Platforms at Verizon included an anecdote about her son using the Internet of Things and…
The Embedded Insiders – Episode #4 – Inside TrustZone for Cortex-M with Reinhard Keil
Feb 3, 2017 • 8 min
In this week’s Embedded Experts Podcast, Embedded Com-puting Design editors Rich Nass and Brandon Lewis hash out some of the roadblocks of TrustZone technology with Rein-hard Keil, Senior Director of MCU Tools at ARM and Foun-der of Keil Elektronik GmbH,…
The Embedded Insiders - Episode #3 - Where have all the OS vendors gone?
Jan 27, 2017 • 8 min
On this week’s podcast with the Embedded Experts, Rich Nass and Brandon Lewis, we look at the semi-shakeup in the world of operating systems. There’s been some acquisition and there’s been some realignment. Security is in vogue and “real time” is, well,…
The Embedded Insiders – Episode #2 – Inside Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Jan 19, 2017 • 12 min
This week, the self-appointed Embedded Experts, that being Brandon Lewis and Rich Nass of Embedded Computing Design, discussed automotive technologies. The duo got into autonomous driving and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), which were both…
The Embedded Insiders – Episode #1 – CES 2017 Highlights
Jan 12, 2017 • 7 min
Embedded Computing Design editors Rich Nass and Brandon Lewis introduce the Embedded Tech Studio podcast, and review some of the highlights they experienced at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.
Saving power in IoT sensor subsystems starts with the right IP
Jul 7, 2016 • 7 min
Brandon Lewis of Embedded Computing Design sat down with Ron Lowman, Strategic Marketing Manager for IoT at Synopsys in Austin, where the two discussed the challenges of developing sensor processing systems for the Internet of Things, as well as the…
Secure communications on the Internet of Things
Jun 1, 2016 • 3 min
According to Louis Parks, President and CEO of of SecureRF, the company’s security protocols for the IoT are computationally much more intensive than other types of security that are available. The technology addresses the size, speed, and power that are…
NXP FTF 2016: Is the hysteria around connected device security warranted?
May 27, 2016 • 13 min
There’s been a media frenzy around security breaches such as the Jeep hack, pacemaker’s being compromised, and insulin pumps being commandeered, but is it really warranted? In all of these cases, the white hat hackers demonstrating vulnerabilities had…
NXP FTF 2016: Eliminating tradeoffs of Java versus C in embedded, IoT
May 27, 2016 • 7 min
With the integration of IT and OT on the Internet of Things, Java is becoming more relevant to embedded development. However, traditional bottlenecks still persist with Java. In this interview, Fred Rivard, CEO of MicroEJ and co-author of the Java JDT…
NXP FTF 2016: Security, criticality, and connected healthcare with QNX
May 26, 2016 • 4 min
In no other industry is the impact of connected device/system security more important than healthcare. The requirements for connected medical devices, and the data they transmit and store, are therefore extremely stringent, but those requirements vary…
NXP FTF 2016: The why and how of intelligent sensors at the edge
May 26, 2016 • 5 min
Sensors are complex, which is why so few companies are really developing them. For the past few years, however, Ian Chen, formerly of Freescale’s Sensor Business Unit and now the Director of System Architecture for Software and Algorithm Development at…
NXP FTF 2016: Security lifecycle management for IoT edge devices
May 26, 2016 • 3 min
At NXP’s FTF 2016, Embedded Computing Design Technology Editor Brandon Lewis met with Gowri Chindalore, Head of Technology & Business Strategy at NXP Semiconductor. During the conversation, Gowri addresses the need for a security lifecycle management…