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Manned Systems

Gearing Dana for the EV Future

As Dana Inc. transitions further into electrified systems, it pays to have a Mechatronics engineer leading the company’s technology charge. Giulio Ornella, Dana’s VP of Global Engineering, has been...

News
Manned Systems

COMVEC 2022: Hiring Talent to Meet High-Tech Demands

There’s always been competition for engineering talent. But with embedded software becoming ever more critical for subsystems in commercial vehicles and off-highway equipment,...

News
Motion Control

AI Points the Way to Better EV Battery Management

After two decades of significant advances in electric vehicle (EV) battery development, innovations continue to bring promises of greater battery performance, safety, faster charging,...

Original Equipment
Unmanned Systems

CES 2021: Deere Highlights Digital Technology Via Virtual Reality

Digital technology is rapidly transforming off-highway equipment, giving users more functionality and higher precision than is possible with human operators. John Deere...

Articles
Aerospace

The Role of Prototype/Test Systems in Next-Generation C5ISR Development

For SOSA/HOST systems, there are chassis platforms for development that provide relatively cost-effective, versatile, and powerful solutions.

The Navigator
Unmanned Systems

OTA and the End of Vehicle Ownership

I write and talk about automated and connected vehicles every day for a living. But my personal ride is a first-generation Mazda Miata built 31 years ago this month. I know that as long as I maintain...

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Data Acquisition

Addressing Configuration Controls in an Era of Multiple Security Frameworks

We have entered the era of multiple security frameworks. Sometimes mandatory, often voluntary, security frameworks are created to provide federal and commercial...

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Electronics & Computers

Q&A: Power Anomalies Detect Malware in Embedded Systems

Aydin Aysu, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he helped develop a technique for...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Software Needs Security, and Security Needs Software: A Scientific Overview

Software needs security. That's a consequence of using software to control critical systems. It's difficult because software is inherently a complex artifact, even...

Articles
Data Acquisition

How FMC Developments Support Legacy and Next-Gen Data Needs

While FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, it continues to provide a variety of benefits to the embedded system developer. These include sustained...

Articles
RF & Microwave Electronics

Bringing RF into the Embedded World: It's Time

Embedded systems have been almost entirely digital throughout their long history, while RF and microwave technologies were separate subsystems with no effective interface between the two. For...

Features
Regulations/Standards

Implementing IEC 62304 for Safe and Effective Medical Device Software, PART 2

The reliability of the embedded software used in medical devices and the risk associated with it has become a vital concern. IEC 62304, “Medical device...

Features
Software

Implementing IEC 62304 for Safe and Effective Medical Device Software — PART 1

FDA’s introduction to its rules for medical device regulation states: “Medical devices are classified into Class I, II, and III. Regulatory control...

Articles
Software

Using Formal Methods for Engineering Embedded Systems

Between 1985 and 1987, a radiation therapy device called the Therac-25 was involved in at least six incidents in which the device delivered massive overdoses of radiation. The patients...

Features
Medical

The Next Industrial Revolution and What It Could Mean for Medical Device Manufacturing

The next industrial revolution is on its way. It is bringing innovative technologies that are available and proven and placing them in the modern...

Articles
Aerospace

Precision Coffeemaker Adapts Brews to Beans and Taste

Technology often takes circuitous paths. A magnetron developed for precision bombing during World War II led to the microwave oven, and a battery-powered drill created for collecting...

Articles
Defense

Reaching the Benchmark in Secure Unmanned Vehicle Software

Security concerns currently dominate software thinking wherever sensitive or safety-critical information is potentially accessible. Embedded software is no exception. Security...

Briefs
Physical Sciences

Wireless Sensor Node for Autonomous Monitoring and Alerts in Remote Environments

The current radio infrastructure for firefighters provides voice communications, but does not support data transfer capability for continuous monitoring of...

Briefs
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Flight Software Math Library

The flight software (FSW) math library is a collection of reusable math components that provides typical math utilities required by spacecraft flight software. These utilities are intended to increase flight software quality reusability and maintainability by providing a set of consistent, well-documented, and tested...

Features
Software

Meeting the Chronic Disease Care Challenge with Secure Medical Devices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, in 2005, 133 million Americans suffered from at least one chronic disease. The magnitude of the effect of...

Articles
Software

Software is the Driving Innovation for Consumer Electronics

You may not realize it, but many of the bells and whistles in the products that you engage with on a daily basis are actually powered by software.

Features
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Managing Mechatronic Challenges in Medical Electronic Product Development

Most medical electronic systems now depend on combinations of hardware and software, forming elaborate mechatronic systems that both monitor and regulate patient...

Applications
Software

Selecting a Partitioned OS for a Radiation Therapy System

As medical devices increase in functionality, they need more robust and complex embedded software. Handling that complexity usually requires the software to utilize an operating...

Articles
Electronics & Computers

Using Static Analysis and Code Verification to Improve Embedded Software

Modern software development and test processes encompass a wide range of best practices and development methodologies. Personal preferences and lessons learned — both...

Articles
Electronics & Computers

Achieving Embedded Software Safety with Agility

Safety-critical development standards, such as DO-1781, have been very successful in guiding the production of reliable software. These standards assist developers in applying good...

Articles
Electronics & Computers

Mechatronic System Integration and Design

While today’s multi-discipline mechatronic systems significantly outperform legacy systems, they are also much more complex by nature, requiring close cooperation between multiple design...

Briefs
Information Technology

Infrastructure for Development of Secure, Reliable Software

The Verification and Automated Reasoning research group at Cornell University has been building an infrastructure, comprising human expertise and computational resources, for the development of secure, reliable software for critical military applications. Such software includes...

Articles
Electronics & Computers

Designing Software Radio Systems With FPGAs

Software defined radio technology has been widely adopted for new military and aerospace platforms, government signal intelligence and homeland security systems, and now more extensively in...

Briefs
Information Technology

Enlightened Multiscale Simulation of Biochemical Networks

A continuing research project is dedicated to development of mathematical and software infrastructure in support of post genomics research in systems biology. One near-term objective of the project is to contribute to deeper understanding of the organizational principles of biological...