Are You an Android or a Robot?

Business Models Collide, Over and Over Again

by Jim Turley

There’s an old saying that programming is – ahem – like practicing the world’s oldest profession. In both cases, there is no inventory, no fixed overhead costs, and no actual goods sold. Instead, the “product” is really a service. Both depreciate rapidly and both are labor-intensive. Most of all, practitioners get to sell their product to one customer and then sell it again to somebody else. With no cost-of-goods-sold (COGS), every sale should be pure profit, right? And yet, people in neither profession ever seem to get rich. What’s wrong with that business model?

I can’t tell if Android is doing really well or if it’s heading into a downward spiral. On one hand, Android has taken the embedded world by storm, powering all sorts of new devices. What could be better than a free operating system, and one packed with features, too? And open source? With lots of support? Sign me up!  Read More


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A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

Posted on 11/19/14 at 3:08 PM by WEATHERBEE

My suggestion: Dump the uncompetitive x86 and commodity ARM plans and focus on GPGPU and high-performance computing.

A Sale of Thirty-Two Bitties

Posted on 11/19/14 at 2:09 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
I've done a couple server designs around Intel Xeon products, and while general documentation is easy to access with NDA, unless there are serious sales numbers behind the design, it's difficult to get additional support or docs.

AMD has been even a bi…

Build Your Own RTOS in 30 Minutes

Posted on 11/19/14 at 12:41 PM by ericverhulst

Just from SynthOS website:
- "Interrupts are supported. System used forced cooperation for multitasking rather than pre-emption."
Then look at the figures for interrupt latency, context switch time, etc.
=> pretty slow compared to any other embedded RT…

Managing Encryption

Posted on 11/17/14 at 10:33 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Does HCC Embedded's way of managing encryption strike the right balance between centralization and flexibility?

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