Motorola will acquire Broadbus Technologies, a provider of technology solutions for Television On-Demand (TOD®). Broadbus’s solutions enable the distribution of on-demand content to consumers through multiple devices. The company’s solid-state server architecture is based on the intelligent configuration and management of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). As a result, the platform can use less space and power than traditional hard-disk based technology, while providing performance, reliability and scalability improvements for video ingest, streaming, and storage.
With the acquisition, Motorola will extend its robust video delivery platform with new content management and distribution capabilities that address growing market opportunities such as mobile video, video on-demand (VOD), time-shifted TV, network-based digital video recording (nDVR), on-demand ad insertion (ODAI) and switched digital video (SDV).
Hitachi America is targeting the embedded systems market with its new business unit, the Embedded Business Group. The unit will initially focus on data management for lightweight devices such as smart phones, navigation systems, set top boxes and digital video recorders. The increasing scale and power of small devices is making data management middleware both possible and necessary. Makers of these devices face challenging data management issues, and Hitachi is bringing to market a sophisticated light-weight data manager that will save development time and money, speeding products to market.
Here’s are some interesting articles on embedded.com this week:
In the article, Jack Ganssle states that in some cases it might make sense to skip the operating system to minimize expenses. A rtos also consumes system resources and can cause a task to run late and crash the system. In addition, engineers are becoming more dissatified with rtoses and are fleeing to free or smaller alternatives like Micrium, CMX, Keil, etc. Continue reading
Congratulations to Mercury Computer Systems for winning the 2006 Frost & Sullivan’s Aerospace & Defense Computer Product Innovation of the Year Award. They received the award for developing the PowerBlock(TM) 200, which is a compact and rugged signal processing appliance based on the Cell Broadband Engine processor.
The PowerBlock 200 is the first rugged device designed with the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor. With the processing capacity of 12-20 PowerPC processors or 45 Intel Pentium 4 processors, in a one-half cubic foot rugged chassis, the PowerBlock 200 can bring the battlefield visualization and decision aids computing power of a research laboratory to tactical vehicles in the field. The system has four 2-Gb Fibre Channel interfaces and nine Gigabit Ethernet ports for sensor input/output (I/O). To support communications, the PowerBlock 200 features two RS-232 serial ports and general purpose I/O ports. Other I/O options are available via open-standard mezzanine card expansion sites. Applications on the Cell Broadband Engine processor include an Intel Architecture development/simulation environment and a Linux support package. Continue reading