In-depth product reviews and technology-focused articles written by the iApplianceWeb staff, industry experts, and iAppliance engineers.
Infogin brings optimal Internet experience to ANY mobile device
(08/06/07, 1:54 AM GMT)
Infogin is promising that you won’t have to pay through roof
prices for an iPhone or a nextgen mobile device to get the “real” Internet with
the closest possible surfing experience to your PC.
goes to bottom instead of top of the line
(06/08/07, 1:54 AM GMT)
Instead of taking a
feature-rich, top of the line approach focused on high average selling price,
with the Apple TV the company is instead going after the high volume market
where the winner is the device with the lowest price.
First Look: Oki WiFi chip
protects pedestrians from vehicles
(06/08/07, 12:54 AM GMT)
To reduce pedestrian-vehicle mishaps, OKI Electric Industry Co.,
Ltd., has developed a DSRC module that can be added to mobile phones to allow
location information to be sent to and from DRSC-enabled vehicles.
First Look: Palm's smartphone companion
brings big screens to mobiles
(05/28/07, 12:54 AM GMT)
Apparently abandoning the pipedream of squeezing a large screen
display into a mobile form factor that makes that impossible, Palm Inc. has just
introduced its Wi-Fi connected Foleo smartphone companion device. It has a large
screen and full-size keyboard with which to view and edit email and office
documents residing on a smartphone.
First Look: Window pane film
thwarts WiFi signal eavesdropping
(06/04/07, 1:54 AM GMT)
Solutia’s CPFilms has just introduced a clear film that can be
mounted on window panes to make in-building wireless communications more secure.
First Look: Panthera
develops ticklecast method of mobile TV delivery
(02/19/07, 2:54 AM GMT)
Realizing what few in the industry do not or are not willing to
admit – that a basically non-real-time Internet is a poor way to deliver live
streaming of audio and video content - Penthera Technologies has developed a
technique that takes an end run around the problem.
First Look: Hitachi,
Renesas develop nonvolatile phase change memory
(02/19/07, 1:54 AM GMT)
Putting in a bid for the next nonvolatile universal memory for
mobile and portable devices, Hitachi and Renesas have developed a 512-kbyte
(4-Mbit equivalent) phase change memory.
First Look: Dartdevices
wants to make CE devices cooperate
(01/31/07, 1:54 PM GMT)
To deal with the lack of interoperability between various
networked devices and systems, startup Dartdevices Corp. is developing software
that will in essence make everyone play nice.
First Look: HP,
Microsoft reveal details on home server
(01/10/07, 11:54 PM GMT)
Executives at the CES revealed that Microsoft's long-rumored
“home server” software will debut on a Hewlett Packard system designed
specifically for that new home and personal computing classification.
First Look: Apple
“reinvents” the phone (if you say so, Steve)
01/09/07, 1:54 PM GMT
Joining other companies who are rushing to build the
feature-laden handheld “everything machines” they think consumers want, Apple
CEO Steve Jobs spoke in overblown hyperbole to attendees at MacWorld here,
announcing his company’s much anticipated iPhone.
First Look: Mobile devices to undergo
a phase memory change
(12/28/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
Researchers from IBM, Macronix and Qimond have come up with a new
“phase memory” approach that could change the way memory is allocated and used
in digital camera, mobile devices and portable music players.
Security Sentinel: How
safe are you from credit card fraud?
(11/05/06, 7:35 PM
When editor Toni McConnel
fell victim to credit card fraud, she made some startling discoveries, including
the fact that the security code on the back of a credit card is no protection at
LSI Logic transcoding CPU
clears up media format mess
(10/09/06, 11:54 AM GMT)
To help developers of the many Internet and mobile TV platforms
and their multiplicity of analog and video transmission and imaging standards,
LSI Logic Corp. has just introduced a transcoding media processor architecture
it calls the Domino[X].
First Look: Fiber to the
Home forms home broadband certification
(10/02/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
In a move that will help consumers and homeowners clarify their
broadband access capabilities, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council has launched
a network certification effort which will enable consumers to identify and
confirm 100% fiber optic broadband connections to their homes.
Headplay brings Personal Cinema to mobiles
(10/02/06, 3:54 AM GMT)
At the DemoFall conference HEADPLAY, Inc. unveiled its Personal
Cinema System -- a portable, visual headset and media center that delivers an
immersive, high resolution, cinematic, big screen experience for gaming, movie
watching and Internet use.
First Look: Dash unveils
Internet-linked auto navigation system
(10/02/06, 03:15 AM
At the DemoFall conference, Dash Navigation Inc. took the wraps
off what it claims is the first automotive navigation device that connects
people to the Internet for access to necessary information vital to the
operation of their automobiles.
Samsung brightens mobile
images in sunlight
(09/08/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
Researchers at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., have developed an
intelligent mobile display driver IC(DDI), which allows the displays on handheld
devices to deliver clearer images in broad daylight.
Laptop wireless vulnerabilities are not lessening; they're growing worse
(08/23/06, 1:54 PM GMT)
iApplianceWeb Executive Editor Toni McConnel assesses the gloomy state of
security on wireless laptops and assesses some of the solutions to this growing
First Look: HP hits the
Memory(Spot) with grain-sized wireless chip
(07/17/06, 1:54 PM GMT)
researchers have developed a grain-sized 10 megabit per second wireless chip –
the MemorySpot - that can be stuck on or embedded in almost any object providing
network access and information to and from the Internet for a variety of mobile
Look: Renesas SH-MobileL3V media CPU brings VGA to mobiles
(07/12/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
new SH-MobileL3V multimedia processor designed specifically to bring terrestrial
digital broadcast capabilities to mobile phones with desktop VGA quality and
Product Commentary: The new
FolderShare - or how Microsoft succeeded in stealing my soul
(6/05/06, 08:24 AM GMT)
Executive editor Toni McConnel tells the tale of struggling against Microsoft's
"engulf and devour" strategies but finally giving in to this new way to share
and access documents on the Web.
Will MPEG Surround replace Dolby Digtal 5:1
for high quality audio streaming?
(05/30/06, 6:54 AM GMT)
Audio Engineering Society (AES) Expo details were revealed on the nature of
MPEG Surround, a new audio standard that after its final draft publication in
July could knock Dolby from its spot as the defacto standard for multichannel
the Hood: Lumus substrate-guided optics may transform mobile viewing
(05/15/06, 7:54 AM GMT)
Lumus Technology may have
found a way to replace the bulky classic optical components in head-mounted
near-eye viewers to provide large screen viewing areas by replacing it with a
thin plastic or glass plate it calls the LOE (Lumus Optical Element) which makes
use of what is called ‘substrate-guided’ optics.
(05/13/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates plans to expand the market penetration of
its Xbox 360 gaming system to 10 million units by bringing the “Xbox” experience
to as many online PC connected computer users as is possible.
Preview: mTLD to open .mobi domain
for mobiles in May
(04/10/2006, 1:54 AM GMT)
years of effort to establish a top level domain address designed specifically
for Internet connected mobile devices, mTLD Ltd. will in May go live with its .mobi
Review: The next great idea
in Internet telephone - isn't here yet
(03/31/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
idea behind Jajah is terrific--Internet telephony that works very much like
Skype, and with similar cheap rates, but using your regular land line telephone
instead of a headset or USB phone. But don't hold your breath. There is still
work to be done according to Executive Editor Toni McConnel.
First Look: Euclid achieves
400-600% boost in mobile video delivery
(03/28/06, 6:54 AM GMT)
Discoveries claims it has achieved compression ratios of 15,168 to 1 for certain
videos, paving the way for high quality streaming video delivery over wireless
networks in applications such as mobile phones, PDAs, and portable media
First Look: Threshold wants
to make home net installation a no-brainer
(03/27/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
are one of those early adopter consumer device enthusiasts who rush out to buy
the newest technology gadget or system – such as a home wireless network - and
then leave it in the garage because of installation complexity, Threshold Corp.
may be the company to watch.
NEC audio processor extends mobile device play to
(03/21/06, 10:45 AM
Electronics America, Inc. has just introduced a new family of AP processors that
it says will allow 50 hours of continuous playback on mobile phones.
Review: WordPress 2.0.2 - Blog
software for the rest of us
(03/18/06, 1:54 PM GMT)
Unregenerate "early adopter" Toni McConnel has nothing but praise for WordPress
2.0.2, recommending it for the rest of us because it's easy, it works right, and
First Look: Fujitsu works on
nonvolatile resistive RAM for mobiles
(02/27/06, 4:34 AM GMT)
the need for nonvolatile memory devices with greater density as well as faster
read and write performance in many mobile and embedded consumer devices, Fujitsu
Ltd. is developing a new type of nonvolatile memory, resistive RAM (ReRAM).
First Look: PCF launches
free Democracy Internet video player
(02/27/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
non-profit Participatory Culture Foundation has just launched a free player for
what it calls Democracy, the world's first comprehensive open source Internet TV
Active-TV and the
Extended-PC's role in digital convergence
(02/13/06, 12:54 PM GMT)
Daniel Mann, Fellow, Digital-Home, at Advanced Micro Devices, looks at the
future of the Extended-PC in the net-centric world of digital convergence where
the lines between TV, set-top box, network device, and server begin to blur in
the era of mass home entertainment over the Web and finds it bright, if
Security Sentinel: It ain't the
user who is ignorant, folks ...
(1/30/06, 2:24 PM GMT)
The reason we have so much trouble with spyware and trojans and
worms is that system designers and security people think end users are more
technologically savvy than we are, and so they leave a lot of security
decision-making up to us.
First Look: Cascada plays TAG
for P2P content delivery between mobiles
(01/24/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
Mobile has developed a peer-to-peer mobile content distribution system it calls
TAG that will allow service providers to provide the means by which their
wireless subscribers can deliver content between connected J2ME-enabled devices.
First Look: ManyOne Networks
plans PBS-like multimedia Web service
(1/20/05, 12:54 PM GMT)
Networks Inc. has just released a pilot version of a next generation Web-based
multimedia content delivery system that it claims has the potential to become
the “zone of high-quality, advertising-free content for the public.”
Sentinel: Here are your instructions
(1/06/06, 12:24 PM GMT)
If you use Internet Explorer,
Windows Explorer, or Lotus notes, don’t do another thing until you read this
report from Toni McConnel and follow her instruction about what to do about the
metafile vulnerability (WMF) in the Windows Graphics Rendering Engine that has
opened up a major Web security breach.
First Look: PortalPlayer Preface
opens up new Vista on notebooks
(01/07/06, 12:54 AM GMT)
beyond supplying hardware and software technology to MP3-enable portable and
mobile phones, PortalPlayer, Inc. has introduced a new technology called Preface
that will give notebook users instant access to data, music and photos without
opening the notebook.
First Look: Sony works on
magnetic RAMs as universal mobile memory
(12/22/05, 3:54 AM GMT)
Reflecting the demand within connected mobile and embedded computing for a
non-volatile, low power memory with densities, read and write times equal to
traditional SRAMs and DRAMs, researchers at Sony are working on next generation
devices that go a long way in that direction.
First Look: STM brings multimedia streaming to
(12/20/05, 12:54 PM GMT)
together a variety of technologies including video transcoding, compression,
decompression and streaming, STMicroelectronics is rolling out an array of
technologies for real time delivery of audio/video over wireless home IP-based
First Look: Nintendo reveals
more nextgen Revolution game details
(12/12/05, 12:54 AM GMT)
details emerging about Nintendo’s next generation “Revolution” follow-on to its
Gamecube portable game platform indicate that it is not going to go head-to-head
with either Microsoft’s high end Xbox 360 or Sony’s Playstation 3 on performance
Security Sentinel: Passwords are like
locks on doors...
11/20/05, 12:24 PM GMT)
They are very effective at a
keeping the honest people out. But for the cyber criminal, cracking a password
is sometimes the easiest way into a system.
First Look: Kopin has iVision for
mobile video future
(10/28/05, 12:54 AM GMT)
John Fan, Kopin's president and CEO, thinks display technology resolutions and
costs are at the point when mobile users will soon be able to see
theatre-quality images from video eyewear small enough to put in a pocket.
View under the Hood: Apple's new
(10/24/05, 12:50 AM GMT)
has called on some of the suppliers of components for its earlier iPod
audio/music players as well as one important newcomer, to help out as it
ventures into video versions of the platform.
First Look: Easy pairing makes
wireless Zigbee nets easier to install
(09/23/05, 1:54 PM GMT)
development that is likely to raise the visibility of the Zigbee wireless LAN
control specification in the consumer home and building automation market,
Cambridge Consultants has developed an ultra-simple pairing technique for ZigBee
enabled connected appliances.
First Look: Pyxos self-organizing
network links controller-based devices
(09/21/05, 12:54 AM GMT)
Echelon is moving beyond its' Lonworks
industrial control network with Pyxos, a self-organizing embedded control
network in which devices automatically configure themselves into functioning
New connected sensors will detect anything, anywhere
Sensors will be key elements in the DoD's Global Information Grid, stimulating sensor R&D across many sectors. Toni McConnel takes a look at the emerging technologies and their impact on commercial applications.
Security Sentinel: Malware attacks escalate, enable huge identity theft operation
(07/31/05, 12:54:52 PM GMT)
Toni McConnel sounds an alarm for enterprises as well as individuals who are lax about security, based on breaking news of massive identity theft operations discovered by Sunbelt Software and Akonix reports of rapidly escalating malware threats.
Security Sentinel: No wonder we're in
(07/31/05, 12:54:52 PM GMT)
McConnel takes a look at the efforts to protect web users from the threat of
Zombie networks and finds that, with only a few exceptions, that there is more
talk than actual useful solutions to the problem.
First Look: Zarlink brings Wi-Fi
networks to "in-body" communications
(05/31/05, 12:54:52 AM GMT)
chip specialist Zarlink Semiconductor has developed what it claims is the
world’s first transceiver chip designed exclusively for “in-body” wireless
communication systems that link implanted medical devices and base stations.
Look: Agere has big plans for Network Attached Storage multimedia chips
positioning its NASn01 network attached storage devices as key building blocks
in providing multimedia networking and computing capabilities in home
Look: Digi unveils ConnectPort with serial-/USB-over-IP links
Digi International's ConnectPort network-enabled video display hum users
USB- and serial-over-IP interfaces to enable video displays to be anywhere on a
network without a locally attached PC or thin client.
First Look: HP, STM, Incard at work
on Identifier-based Encryption
(04/26/05, 6:54:52 AM GMT)
Researchers from HP Laboratories and STMicroelectronics have collaborated with
card manufacturer Incard to develop technology for the implementation of
Identifier-Based Encryption (IBE) on smart cards.
First Look: Samsung, Microsoft work on
hybrid hard disk, flash combo
(04/26/05, 10:54:52 AM GMT)
At its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference
here, Microsoft Corp. took the wraps off a prototype Hybrid Hard Drive, which it
claims is the first fully functional disk drive that combines rotating storage
media with flash memory, specifically Samsung's OneNAND merged NAND/NOR
Security Sentinel: Who's to blame when you get cheated in an online auction?
(04/25/05, 12:54:52 PM
fraud is the most common Internet-related crime reported to the FTC. Editor Toni
McConnel questions the validity of eBay's statistics about the number of fraud
incidents, including what defines auction fraud.
View Under The Hood: PolyFuel drops in
with hydro-carbon based portable fuel cell
(04/13/05, 12:45:42 AM GMT)
With its eye on the fast-growing market for
cost-effective and long-life power supplies for mobile devices and portable
consumer electronics devices, PolyFuel has developed a low cost
hydrocarbon-based fuel cell element as a "drop-in" replacment for flourocarbon-based
membranes in portable direct methanol fuel cells.
First Look: Aruba,Trapeze take a SLAPP
at WLAN AP interoperability
(04/06/05, 12:54:52 PM GMT)
Networks and Trapeze Networks have submitted a proposal to the Internet
Engineering Task Force, called the Simple Light Access Point Protocol (SLAPP).
It is designed to provide a simple way for a Wireless LAN access point (AP) and
an access controller, such as a WLAN switch, to interoperate.
First Look: Hitachi goes "back to the
future" for terabyte mobile hard drives
(04/04/05, 2:34:52 PM GMT)
reach the goal of terabyte capacity 3.5” hard drives and 60 GB 1” drives for use
in nextgen mobile devices and portable media players, Hitachi Global Storage
Technologies has gone back 100 years, resurrecting perpendicular magnetic
recording as the way to get there.
First Look: QoSmetrics applies its
V-Factor to MPEG video stream metrics
(04/04/05, 12:54:52 PM GMT)
QoSmetrics, Inc. has developed an algorithm and
methodology called V-Factor for use with MPEG video streaming hardware and
software that it believes will allow accurate and deep analysis of the quality
and performance in real time.
First Look: MessageLabs
offers encrypted boundary-boundary biz-email
(03/31/05, 12:54:52 AM GMT)
MessageLabs, Inc. has decided to take on the
problem of business email security head-on with its Boundary Encryption service,
a boundary-to-boundary email security framework designed to guarantee the
privacy and integrity of communications between corporate mail servers.
First Look: Microvision patenting wide
screen wearable LED display
(03/28/05, 12:54:52 PM GMT)
Microvision Inc. has just filed for patent
protection on a novel display system architecture that uses an array of low-cost
LEDs to enable very high resolution full color displays with extremely wide
fields of view.
Scientific Atlanta Pointer tool boosts real time cable service reliability
(03/22/05, 12:54:52 PM PT)
As service providers move to a variety of multimedia services over
cable networks, Scientific Atlanta has developed a new tool to monitor the two
way status of a cable network and identify when and where reliability problems
Look: Microsoft outlines Indigo's Web Services connected future
(02/07/05, 12:54:52 PM GMT)
developer's conference in San Francisco, Microsoft exec Eric Rudder described
the role that its next generation Web Services platform, codenamed "Indigo,"
will have in enabling computing in a world of highly connected software.
Look: Voice over IP firms form security research alliance
(02/07/05, 12:54:52 GMT)
security and spam issues that plague handheld and desktop computers can become
as serious on Voice over IO Telephone platforms, 3Com, Tipping Point and 16
other organizations have formed the VoIP Security Alliance to address the
First Look: Nokia adds Python as Series 60
mobile programming tool
(02/06/05, 2:54:52 PM GMT)
In a radical
departure from the use of C++, C, and Java for programming on mobile wireless
devices, Nokia has added support for the use of the open source Python
programming language on Series 60 devices.
FINDbase "Geocation" tools can detect any Web user's physical location
(02/05/05, 12:46:52 PM GMT)
developed a new software tool for detecting and authenticating the geographic
location of Internet users in real time, without triangulation or IP mapping.
First Look: Sigma Designs launches all-format HD
(1/14/05, 12:46:52 PM GMT)
multimedia processor company has just developed the first devices in
no-compromise series of decode media chip sets supporting high-definition (HD)
decoding in all major formats including H.264, WMV9/VC1 and MPEG-2, all built
around a 300 MHz, relatively power-conservative 32 bit MIPS core
First Look: M-Systems, SanDisk back U3 common
flash platform plan
(1/15/05, 1:46:52 PM GMT)
M-Systems and SanDisk, in cooperation with U3 LLC, are working on a new
standardized hardware and software platform that they hope will expand the USB
flash drive technology beyond storage applications.
First Look: NetContinuum adds Web
Anti-Crawler to its security gateway appliance
to plug yet another hole in the still rather porous wall of security safeguards
incorported into connected computing systems, Netcontinuum has added
unauthorized Anti-Crawller Protection to its Application Security Gateway
First Look: .mobi gets prelimnary okay
from ICANN as a mobile device TLD
The .mobi top level domain has
received tentative approval as a TLD specific to mobile devices by the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), after six months of Internet
in-fighting over the appropriateness of such a designation.
First Look: CSIA message to Bush is
"let's get serious about cyber-security"
In an open letter to the White House, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA)
said it wants a much more serious federal effort devoted to cyber-security and
has submitted 12 recommendations it says are in need immediate action.
IBM, Sony, Toshiba say Cell Processor makes computing more connected
As more details emerge about the details of
the new Cell Processor architecture it is clear that it is more than just
another powerful CPU. Documents are available that indicate the aim of IBM,
Fujitsu and Sony is a fundamental reordering of existing architectures to
reflect the realities of the connected computing environment.
Look: Nokia plans high speed TETRA wireless data delivery services
At the annual TETRA World Congress, Nokia
unveiled the company's high speed data delivery plans for its TETRA wireless
First Look: Aruba secures its Wireless
Grid Network against internal threats
Aruba Wireless Networks has just taken the
wraps off a new implementation of its wireless grid architecture that protects
against security threats from inside the organization.
Look: PredatorWatch Auditor 128 offers clientless quarantine appliance
Taking a clientless appliance approach to
managing network vulnerabilities, PredatorWatch has developed a version of its
large enterprise quarantine appliance to fit the budgetary constraints of small
to medium size businesses.
Look: SST FlashFlex51 MCUs allow remote in application reprogramming
Targeting connected embedded controller
applications, Solid State Technology's new FlashFlex51 MCUs allow developers to
reprogram devices remotely over the network, while the application remains
running in the foreground.
First Look: Samsung offers 16:9 wide
screen (4") LCD on Portable Media Players
Samsung thinks it has found a way around the
viewing area versus portable device size dilemma facing consumer electronic
vendors of next generation multimedia-based portable media players: a four inch
16:9 widescreen LCD.
First Look: Qualcomm goes with the FLO
into wireless content "mediacasting"
Perhaps frustrated with the slow evolution of
any new market segment, Qualcomm Inc. has decided to give a booster shot to
multimedia wireless by forming a subsidiary -- MediaFlow USA -- to deploy and
operate a nationwide wireless "mediacast" network.
First Look: Wind River sees embedded's
future and it's connected
The RTOS and tool vendor's answer: an all
encompassing pre-integrated platform with a common code base that offers
everything it thinks the developer of a connected embedded device needs:
operating systems, proprietary and open source; application modules; and tools
for networking, management and security.
ITU, ANSI consider Agere's "unbreakable access" service
iApplianceWeb takes a look at
the Application Service Resiliency algorithms developed by Agere and BT, now
being considered as a nextgen telecom and networking standard.
Look: Texas Instruments is serious about live mobile digital TV
It should not be too long before mobile users
can watch their favorite live TV broadcasts on their mobile phones, thanks to
the "Hollywood" chip TI is developing for cell phones.
Look: Quadros RTXC/mp can handle TI dual core OMAP5912 multimedia chores
Quadros has developed a configurable and
scalable real time distributed asymmetric multiprocessing RTOS for use on the
wireless multimedia optimized OMAP5912.
First Look: JotSpot uses Wiki to simplify
Web application development
New startup JotSpot has taken
the open source Wiki collaborative Web development environment and using them to
create a set of workgroup development tools for for making Web-based
applications simpler to build, deploy and evolve.
Look: Cirrus software calibrates room acoustics, speaker audio for best sound
Engineers at Cirrus
Logic have developed advanced software for its dual audio DSP families that
allows consumers to calibrate their home theatre or stereo audio with their room
acoustics in less than a minute.
Security Sentinel: Microsoft's XP Service Pack 2 is a pain in the assets
As if we didn't have our hands full with the worms and viruses
infecting our connected computers, now we have to deal with Windows XP SP 2 and
the devastation it has caused. In her latest column, contributing editor Toni
McConnel relates her SP2 nightmares and how she has dealt with them.
First Look: RSA wants to make DRM more
secure and consumer friendly
RSA Security has unveiled the
general outline of its strategy to introduce by the first of next year a Digital
Rights Management platform that is truly standards based and more secure and
user friendly as well.
First Look: CMU's plan to make
HDTV-quality stereo 3D practical
Carnegie Mellon University and the Supercomputing Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. have
come up technique called PSC Stereo Animation that could significantly lower the
cost of creating HDTV-quality stereo 3D.
Machine-to-Machine Apps To IP-Based Cellular Nets
(09/07/04, 1:46:52 PM PT)
According to Alan Singer of ConnectOne,
upgrading an existing M2M application to add Internet connectivity requires a
lot of thought and asking a lot of questions, especially if you are opting for a
wireless link using
the 2.5G (second-and-a-half generation) GPRS (General
Packet Radio Service) network.
Look: Apple unveils iMac G5, a 2" thick flat panel desktop combo
If you thought the desktop computer was passe' - forget it. Apple has just
introduced what it claims is the world's thinnest desktop with the entire 1.8
GHz system integrated into the two inches behind a widescreen liquid crystal
First Look: Nokia and Vodaphone lead
way to a unified mobile Java spec
To accelerate the glacial movement toward
a common set of mobile Web Services, Nokia and Vodaphone are spearheading an
initiative for an open standards-based mobile Java services architecture.
First Look: RedCannon's
Fireball Keypoint secures through redirection
To protect internal net and data resources from intruders that
use any of the variety of clients – from PCs to mobiles – to gain access,
RedCannon protects data in a vault and redirects communications to safe areas
until identified and vetted.
First Look: UXComm AutonomIQ brings order to Web Services utility computers
believes a steady hand is needed to manage the Web Services-connected utility
computing servers that will keep the many thousands of new clients of diverse
sizes and configuration provisioned with the services they need.
First Look: Agere, BT
up VoIP reliability with Unbreakable Access
At the Supercomm this week,
Agere and BT revealed some details on a new algorithm that they believe will
resolve fundamental reliability and quality of services issues that have
hampered the delivery of multimedia services over the Internet protocol for a
First Look: Siliquent EPU design addresses network bottlenecks
Reflective of the continuing evolution of processor architectures to address the
needs of data flow oriented Internet-centric computing, Siliquent Technologies,
Inc., this week revealed details of a new kind of computing element, the
Ethernet Processing Unit (EPU).
First Look: Toshiba's X-(Architecture)
SoC makes its mark on CE devices
a First Look at Toshiba’s TC90400XBG
digital video SoC, fabricated with the new
a more efficient way to lay out transistors for optimum performance at lower
Under The Hood:
Determina stops net intruders with "memory
iApplianceWeb takes a close look at a radically new
approach to detecting computer and network security breaches and preventing such
intrusions based on the use of memory firewall techniques and proactively "highjacking"
Mobile multimodal iAs require power-efficient SoC designs
The latest portable devices--from mobile phones to media
players--offer a host of new Internet, multimedia and gaming features that place
a significant strain on batteries.
needs effective power optimization techniques
Due to recent advances in multimedia applications, power-efficient design has become the number one challenge in ASIC
design, displacing timing.
First Look: Arm OptimoDE uses generic
data elements for specialized algorithms
talks to ARM program manager Matthew Byatt about the company's new OptimoDE
configurable algorithmic- specific processing architecture, why it is needed,
where and in what applications it will be used and how it will change the way in
which connected devices are designed and will operate.
First Look: Wayport to offer "McWi-Fi"
services at McDonald's nationwide
looks at the details and implications of the just finalized agreement between
WiFi access provider Waypoint and McDonald’s Restaurants under which the former
will provide wired and wireless Internet access services to the latter’s 20,000
or so food outlets and 46 million customers in the United States.
First Look: Via’s C5J X86
Esther core takes on home network security
At the Embedded Processor
Forum here VIA Technologies, Inc., took the wraps off its’ C5J “Esther” X86 core
which takes on-chip hardware security and e-commerce transaction protection
about as far as it can go.
View Under The Hood:
Atmel's Z-Link extends Zigbee's wireless MCU reach
iApplianceWeb takes a
close look at Atmel’s new eight-bit wireless Zigbee-ready Z-Link chipset and
protocol stacks –- introduced this week – how it works, its capabilities, what
choices the designers made, and why.
First Look: Broadcom's
BroadSAFE netcentric security architecture
Broadcom Corp. has
developed an all- encompassing security architecture it calls BroadSAFE, a
security-based client management system that Ford Tamer, vice president of the
Networking Infrastructure Group, believes will address the needs of a broad
range of network-connected systems and devices.
Sentinel: Spyware 101
Editor Toni McConnel investigates the pervasiveness of adware and spyware
and concludes we need to protect ourselves against these examples of ostensibly benign
software symbiotes. She suggests some ways and tools by which you can protect
Securing net packets puts pressure on IP routing
( 1:46 AM EDT, 03/02/04)
At 3GSM multimedia topped 3G wireless iA list of must haves
( 1:38 AM EDT, 03/02/04)
Trusted Computing Won't Make The Internet Trustworthy
( 2:18 AM EDT, 02/24/04)
Trusted Computing will find its home where there is critical data to protect and limited usage--for medical records, diaries, product marketing forecasts and, yes, music and movies.
Trusted Computing: 'Maligned by Misrepresentations'
( 1:59 AM EDT, 02/24/04)
Arguing in favor of the Trusted Computing Platform, Rob Enderle defends it as the best solution to providing security for connected desktop PCs.
Demo 2004: Web security tools are focus of conference
( 1:39 AM EDT, 02/24/04)
Unlike previous years when the focus was on devices, the Demo 2004 conference this week has been focused on security tools for nearly every aspect of netcentric computing.
Security Sentinel: Spam and Security - Why we should be worried
( 6:39 PM EDT, 02/16/04)
According to Contributing Editor Toni McConnel, spammers and virus spreading hackers often use the same methods to make our on-line experience miserable. But there are tools to eliminate some of the problems.
RFID's Data Avalanche: A Problem or An Opporunity?
( 1:30 PM EDT, 02/16/04)
RFID chips have the potential to produce huge amounts of information. How will companies recognize valuable data and avoid getting buried by what they don't need?
Mobile iA device industry is getting serious about digital rights
( 1:03 PM EDT, 02/16/04)
NPU software spawns network architectures
(12:56 PM EDT, 02/16/04)
There has been so much change in the communications industry during the past few years that it is tempting to focus on the truly revolutionary advances occurring at the systems and network application level.*
NPUs and fabrics together improve QoS
(12:46 PM EDT, 02/16/04)
Technology that uses speeds of 10 Gbits per second isn't just for network cores or backbones anymore.*
Secure network traffic transcends all other considerations
( 2:03 AM EDT, 03/02/04)
Today's connected enterprise faces a security paradox. The very openness and ubiquity that make the Internet such a powerful business tool also make it a tremendous liability.
Gates Grand Vision: Seamless connected computing needs better data flow management
(10:51 AM EDT, 02/04/04)
Analytic View: Are the new CE-based iA gadgets getting harder to use?
(12:47 AM EDT, 01/28/04)
Really. It's not that you're ossifying. Smart phones, mobile iAs and wireless devices shouldn't require 146-page manuals.
Viewpoint: As PDAs and PCs converge, will complexity or simplicity win?
(12:38 AM EDT, 01/28/04)
Convergence is nice, but PDAs should keep the best of their user interfaces and steer clear of becoming mini-PCs.
Viewpoint: Is CE industry pursuing home networking or chaos?
(12:28 AM EDT, 01/28/04)
A "supersession" at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - or "One Hundred Thousand Nerds in Sin City" - is a chronic case of hothouse hyperbole.
Viewpoint: iPods Aren't Just For Music - They're Tools And Threats For IT, Too
( 8:19 PM EDT, 02/02/04)
Multimodal iA media needs require data streaming-based SoC designs
( 7:52 PM EDT, 02/04/04)
In the new world of streaming data, video content and the need for media processing have become ubiquitous. Video content, traditionally, found in home and office environments is moving into mobile and body networks, and there is a growing need to connect and manage the data flows within and between these two environments in a seamless manner.
System-level IC tools needed to slash
consumer iA dynamic power
(11:40 PM GMT, 07/29/04)
System-on-chip designs integrate functions as diverse as
wireless communications, MP3, digital imaging and video playback.
Low-power SRAMs improve
mobile iA power management
(11:25 PM GMT, 07/29/04)
Reducing power dissipation is a dominant concern in battery-backed applications such as cellular phones and
Broadband needs push net device architectures in new directions
( 9:52 PM EDT, 02/09/04)
The dot-com revolution may have slowed, but a variety of factors is making a profound impact on design requirements in the Internet infrastructure.
Mobile iA Power/performance needs test SoC process underpinnings
(11:10 PM EDT, 01/27/04)
A perfect storm of forces-mobility, process technology and system-on-chip complexity-are combining to create a tsunami of challenges for SoC designers who need to manage dynamic power consumption and static leakage at 130- and 90-nm process technologies.*
Network data flow
applications requires a data flow CPU architecture
( 9:41 PM EDT, 01/27/04)
Network processor design represents a complex trade-off between cost, performance and flexibility where achieving all three simultaneously has been an elusive goal.
Consumer electronics needs dictate SoC data flow 'pipeline' changes
( 8:49 PM EDT, 02/02/04)
The nature of the problems that embedded developers of applications in consumer electronics often involve the movement of large amounts of data around a system on chip design that would easier to solve if a data flow model is used rather than the traditional sequential control methodology.
Efficient application flow processors key to net edge performance
( 9:15 PM EDT, 01/27/04)
The demand for advanced services, such as Internet Protocol Virtual Private Networks (IP VPNs), application-level Quality of Service (QoS), data encryption, managed firewalls, and address translation, has not subsided, and many customers have expressed a willingness to pay premiums for such special treatment of their important network traffic.*
Feed-forward flow enables design success
( 9:08 PM EDT, 01/27/04)
Designing for low power can drive you crazy. What is commonly referred to as "low-power design" actually comprises two different, but related, activities.*
Viewpoint: Silicon, not just software, key to pervasive media
( 4:07 PM EDT, 01/18/04)
The Next Big Thing in electronics made a slew of appearances at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show here but may not have been widely recognized for the rising star that it is - and the new generation of small, fast, cheap, connected semiconductor architectures at its foundation was barely acknowledged beyond the environs of a few exhibitors' booths and suites.
Peek Under The Hood: HP/Compaq's TC1000 Tablet PC
( 3:59 PM EDT, 01/18/04)
Straddling the new and old in mobile computing-and hedging its bets on evolving tastes-the HP/Compaq TC1000 morphs from tablet to notebook and desktop PC in the guise of a fairly lightweight, high-performance portable.
Viewpoint: Chip integration is 'threshold event' for wireless media iAs
(12:08 PM EDT, 01/18/04)
Media technology has been reshaping communications - and, by extension, society - since the dawn of the written word. Today's pervasive-media movement has roots in the telegraph, the telephone, radio, television and, most recently, the Internet.
How businesses are getting connected to RFID
( 2:16 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
Range, not throughput, is the real headache in WLAN designs
( 1:56 AM EDT, 01/18/04)*
Pervasive voice-capable WLANs require new algorithms and architectures
( 1:53 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
The territory for large-scale enterprise wireless LANs is mostly uncharted, yet many are now looking at how to build a standards-based, enterprise-grade WLAN for both voice and high-user-density data.*
Overcoming roadblocks to wirelessly connected embedded designs
( 1:51 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
New Ultrawideband wireless spec addresses precise locationing
( 1:45 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
Ultrawideband is a radio communications technique (with recent Federal Communications Commission unlicensed-spectrum allocation) that may be applied to all manner of communications systems, just as narrowband, carrier-based or spread-spectrum techniques may be used for any type of system.*
TCP offload engines will frame the move to 10Gbit/s networking
( 1:38 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
Problems in TCP framing over Ethernet networks must be addressed in next-generation TCP Offload Engines (TOEs) to allow a server and its I/O subsystem to scale to 10 Gbit/second data rates for storage and other applications.*
Multiprotocol 3G basestations will make seamless iA connectivity real
( 1:34 AM EDT, 01/18/04)*
Security coprocessor needs of network designs requires shift to PCI Express
( 1:29 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
Security is becoming increasingly important to networking, generating much recent interest in the internal architecture and operation of specialized security acceleration hardware.*
Proper data movement is critical
in Media Processor based design
( 1:25 AM EDT, 01/18/04)*
Mobile iA devices: new tools for new roles
( 1:18 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
The mobile telephone started as just that: a voice communication system.
Media rich mobile CE applications
are driving shift to WLAN MIMO antenna technology
(1:14 AM GMT, 09/18/04)
Wireless-LAN technology is not keeping up with the demands of
home video networks, interactive gaming, voice-over-Internet Protocol,
transportation system access and last-mile data distribution.*
Making the Case for a Flow-Through Security Approach
( 1:11 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
Look-aside processors are the mainstay security mechanism in today's VPN designs. But, these processors may quickly lose ground to flow-through security devices that provide security directly in the datapath. Here's why.*
A good J2ME IDE untangles Java-based Web Services complexity
( 1:07 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
Internet connectity driving embedded MCUs to 32 bit architecture
(12:59 AM EDT, 01/18/04)
InStat/MDR expects 32-bit microcontrollers to grow at a compound annual rate of 22.6 percent between 2001 and 2006. Two driving factors are contributing to that growth.*
Wireless 'camera phone' appliance drives innovations in power, display technologies
(11:40 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
One of the most amazing trends of recent times in ultraportable applications is convergence: smart phones that blend cell phones with PDAs, digital still cameras (DSCs), music players and global-positioning systems (GPSes); audio video recorders that contain camcorders, DSCs, audio players, voice recorders and movie viewers; and digital paper for paper, displays, printers and copiers.
Information security is multi-dimensional
(11:34 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
By now, most organizations are striving for self-improvement in the area of information security.
IPsec can help secure wireless networks and reinforce WEP
(11:22 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
IPsec authentication protocol protects against security breaches
(11:17 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
The proliferation of connected systems is offering huge advantages to individuals and businesses the world over.*
How to design a next generation security appliance
(10:30 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
To design a next-generation small/medium-enterprise (SME) converged security appliance, a number of security hardware, software and algorithm technology trajectories must be considered.*
Using both 1394 and 802.3 in home networks raises QoS issues
(10:27 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Developing a home audio-video network that accommodates both IEEE 1394 and IEEE 802.3 Ethernet devices presents some challenges.*
High-Speed HSDPA packet service kickstartis 3G migration
(10:09 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Peak rates of up to 7 Mbits/s and relative compatibility with legacy networks make HSDPA a good first step toward 3G cellular.*
Hardware-based content inspection enhances packet classification
(10:04 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Network security has become increasingly important as a way to protect the network, the information that flows through it and the user who accesses it.*
Handhelds In the Enterprise: Picking Sides
( 9:54 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Examining NAND Flash Alternatives for Mobiles: Part 1
( 9:48 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
As the data storage capacity increases in mobile architectures, designers are shifting away from NOR flash architectures toward NAND architectures. This two-part series examines the architectures and the challenges associated with making the move to
Examining NAND Flash Alternatives for Mobiles: Part 2
( 9:46 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
As the data storage capacity increases in mobile architectures, designers are shifting away from NOR flash architectures toward NAND architectures. This two-part series examines the architecture choices and challenges associated with making the move to
Emerging 3GPP will help wideband wireless compete with DSL, Cable
( 9:42 PM EDT, 01/17/04)*
Connected controllers: embed security or secure the network?
( 9:39 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
The openness of networked communications leads to greater
pressure to protect systems from internal and external threats.
Eclipse provides widgets for reliable Web Universal Interface
( 9:34 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Eclipse has a strong reputation as a reliable and high-quality platform, the result of an agile development process with unit testing and refactoring as well as conceptualization of a flexible and extensible architecture.*
Developing Bluetooth Applications in Java: Part 1
( 9:30 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
To provide more flexibility, engineers need an open API that will allow profiles to work across various Bluetooth devices. The Java community is answering this call with the release of the JSR-82 spec. Here's a look inside.*
Developing Bluetooth Applications in Java: Part 2
( 9:27 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
To provide more flexibility, engineers need an open API that will allow profiles to work across various Bluetooth devices. The Java community is answering this call with the release of the JSR-82 spec. Here's a look inside.*
Standards are driving wireless mesh networks to greater reliability
( 9:22 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Many organizations recognize the value that a wireless mesh network can provide, but are unsure whether they should implement one that is managed or ad hoc.*
Video streams over IEEE 802.11 WLANs need careful QoS provisioning
During last several years, there has been a significant increase in the interest in the use of packetized video over the wireless networks.*
Web Services security means getting back to basics
Web-derived subject-oriented programming simplifies embedded DSP coding
( 9:10 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Significant advances in programming have been made over the last thirty years, with technologies such as structured programming, object-oriented programming, Booch object-oriented design, etc. Even with these advances, customers want faster, cheaper and easier-to-use code because as systems become larger and more complex, the scale and complexity problem continues to grow.*
Manage WiFi network RF interference with self-organizing swarm logic
( 9:06 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
As the volume of Wi-Fi products increases, how do we control the escalation of radio frequency (RF) interference?*
Widespread wireless iA use requires device-level security
( 9:03 PM GMT, 08/23/04)
Strong security all the way down to the level of the chips
that make up mobile wireless devices is a necessity for continued growth in
the wireless marketplace.
Resolving software-defined 3G radio wireless bandwidth/dynamic range conflicts
( 8:59 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Before software-defined radios can be fielded for cellular systems, two simultaneous and often conflicting requirements must be met: wide instantaneous bandwidth and high dynamic range in both the digital and analog domains.*
Choosing the right protocols for mobile multimedia iAs
( 8:54 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Choosing the optimum protocol for mobile multimedia devices requires careful evaluation of all system and air-interface parameters.*
Channel bonding will move WLANs past 100 Mb/s
( 8:40 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Using a number of techniques, Atheros' Super G and Super AG technology has enabled a doubling of data rates beyond the industry-standard wireless-LAN maximum.*
Advanced sound processing makes VoIP and WLANs harmonize
( 8:32 PM GMT, 08/23/04)
Wireless LAN systems accentuate the delay, jitter, and packet loss problems experienced in traditional VoIP architecture. But, through good sound processing techniques and QoS
enhancements, designers can overcome these challenges.
Band interleaving makes shift to 54Mbps 802.11a easier
( 8:13 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
The number of wireless-LAN users is growing exponentially. But with the majority of this equipment operating in the 2.4-GHz band with only three clear channels, as per 802.11b (11 Mbits/second) and 802.11g (54
Associative Processing Array Solves Mobile App Processor Challenges
( 7:04 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
SIMD architecture provides the processing horsepower, scalability, and low power needed in processing-intensive multimedia applications.*
Advanced software simplifies transition to IPv6
( 7:03 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
The advent of IPv4-to-IPv6 transition tools will allow designers to take advantage of the addressability and efficiencies of IPv6, thereby opening the floodgates to applications that can drive enhanced network services and, eventually, revenue.*
802.3af enables media independent LAN/WLAN power-up interface
( 6:53 PM EDT, 01/17/04)*
802.11n: Defining a high-throughput WLAN
( 6:34 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
At the January IEEE 802.11 interim meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Jan. 12-15, Task Group "n" is expected to issue a call for proposals for the high-throughput amendment to the 802.11 standard.
10GE On Twisted Pair: What Will It Take?
( 6:30 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
With Gigabit Ethernet technology meeting the price and power requirements of the market, designers are looking to push 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections over copper links. But, to make this happen, some tough technical questions must first be answered.*
Wireless Security - Is Protected Access Enough?
( 6:27 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Wireless iA multimedia push SoCs to multiprocessor designs
( 6:24 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
Cellular phones are becoming handheld entertainment centers that simultaneously operate as sophisticated wide-pipe wireless telephones.*
Wireless multimedia pushing move to nextgen 801.11n spec
( 6:21 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
The proliferation of wireless networking in the office, at home and in public spaces has generated considerable interest in the technology's potential for serving an ever-expanding list of applications.*
Quantum encryption can secure networks against cyber-attacks
(10:24 PM EDT, 01/10/04)
Traditional cryptographic solutions have relied upon computationally intensive algorithms to encrypt information.
Using the right statistical tools will protect e-mail security
( 9:52 PM EDT, 01/10/04)
Nearly four in every five attacks on enterprise networks target e-mail, according to industry analysts.
Security Sentinel: Copyright is meaningless on the Web
( 9:40 PM EDT, 01/10/04)
In this installment of her regular column, contributing editor Toni McConnel deals with the seemingly socially acceptable practice of stealing copyrighted photos and images off the Web. She reviews some commercially available tools that can be used to prevent it.
M2M: The Killer Application for Embedded TCP/IP
( 3:10 PM EDT, 01/05/04)
Personal View: Instant Messaging abuse requires management, not technology, fixes
( 2:20 PM EDT, 01/05/04)
Zigbee wireless sensor nets will transform industrial control apps
(12:49 AM EDT, 12/15/03)
Modern factories depend on vastly more automation and intercommunication than their predecessors did to operate efficiently.
Transition from wired to wireless industrial nets requires care
(12:36 AM EDT, 12/15/03)
With the development of advanced wireless-networking technologies, wireless communication is becoming more attractive in industrial-control applications, providing many benefits such as faster installation, physical relocation without reconfiguration and dollar savings by eliminating or reducing cable and installation costs, in addition to purging the spaghetti-like mess of wires cluttering most factory environments.
Wireless sensor nets will streamline home/industry data delivery
(12:26 AM EDT, 12/15/03)
With applications ranging from home automation and remote meter reading to industrial sensor networks, low-power, low-cost wireless devices are set to reshape the control and data-distribution landscape.
Wireless sensor device networks demand trade-offs
( 2:05 PM EDT, 12/08/03)
Wireless sensor networks represent an emerging technology that has great potential for widespread applications.
Multimodal iA systems tell a good story
( 2:15 PM EDT, 12/08/03)
The convergence of phenomena such as computer cost and size reduction, their increasing performance, their ubiquity, and the availability of pocket-size high resolution displays has generated more interest in embedded multimodal systems that adopt speech, visual and haptic interfaces as their primary modes of interaction.
Analytic View: Will Mobile SMS replace Internet's email?
( 2:25 AM EDT, 12/08/03)
Secure operating systems becoming commercial necessity
( 1:14 AM EDT, 01/06/04)
The need for a secure operating system is often associated with government projects for the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency (NSA) or other agencies with sensitive information related to national security.
WLAN gaming presents iA subsystem design challenges
( 2:45 PM EDT, 12/01/03)
The highly competitive gaming market is seeing a new set of mobile devices-Nokia's n-Gage and Tapwave's Zodiac-that offer a high-end gaming experience in a compact, multifunction device.
Two way VoIP over wireless nets requires low latency
( 2:30 PM EDT, 12/01/03)
Many factors affect the perceived quality in two way communication.
Handover key to wireless WAN/LANs convergence
( 2:08 PM EDT, 12/01/03)
Thanks to the complementary nature of wireless wide and local area networks, carriers are driving to merge the two within a single device with internetwork mobility.
WirelessUSB may be the best choice for embedded iAs
(12:27 PM EDT, 11/25/03)
One size doesn't fit all when it comes to short-range wireless systems. IrDA is still the hands-down winner for point-and-shoot applications, Wi-Fi continues to be the best for wireless local-area networks and Bluetooth is quickly becoming the standard for ad hoc networks involving cell phones, PDAs or both.
Magnetics, not RF key to personal area networks
(12:12 PM EDT, 11/25/03)
Reliable delivery of wireless streaming voice and audio in the rapidly growing market for portable devices is a demanding technical problem.
USB and Bluetooth will make printers wire free
(12:08 PM EDT, 11/25/03)
Many consumers replace their personal computers every few years but do not replace their printers.
Analytic View: Will Microsoft's Tablet PC be a failure?
(11:56 PM EDT, 11/10/03)
On the first anniversary of the release of the Windows XP Tablet PC operating system, the question remains whether Microsoft's latest pen computing platform can succeed where others have failed before.
Analytic View: Can RIM win the race to the ultimate wireless iA?
(11:53 PM EDT, 11/10/03)
The skeptics believe that within a year or so, RIM will be struggling to keep up with big-time device makers like Nokia, Dell and Palm that crave bigger chunks of the business market RIM has all but dominated.
WiMedia and Ultrawideband Wireless: Separating Hype from Reality
( 3:06 PM EDT, 12/21/03)
To help developers of the next generation handheld multimodal iAs using ultrawideband (UWB) technology to deliver multimedia over wireless, John Canosa of Questra steps through the issues that will help you decide what is real and what is not about this exciting new approach.
Security Sentinel: Website Spoofing 101
(12:24 PM EDT, 10/28/03)
Wireless iAs need flexible security technology
( 2:05 PM EDT, 10/27/03)
Within a relatively short time, wireless communication has evolved from a novelty into an integral part of everyday life. In fact, market research firm Meta Group Inc. reported last year that over the next few years, more than 50 percent of enterprises will deploy personal digital assistants and smart phones for communication, coordination, planning and other corporate activities.
Uncrackable security requires hardware RNGs
( 1:58 PM EDT, 10/27/03)
As wireless network connectivity becomes almost ubiquitous in both private and public sectors, it has also become immensely profitable for criminals to use those networks to invade computers to steal or manipulate information.
Nextgen ARM may be superscalar multiprocessor
( 5:50 PM EDT, 10/23/03)
ARM Holdings plc's next-generation processor will be a superscalar machine that will break through the gigahertz clock frequency threshold that has until now blocked what is mainly the preserve of PC and server microprocessors, according to an ARM executive.
IP's Next Big Step: Household appliances with Web addresses?
( 3:49 PM EDT, 10/21/03)
According to this report by freelance writer Kelly Jackson Higgins, with the shift to Version 6, the Internet Protocol will have the juice to support an era when even refrigerators may have unique IP addresses
How to implement IPv6 on a network connected 8 bit microcontroller
( 6:23 PM EDT, 10/20/03)
According to Robert Muchsel, senior software engineer at Dallas Semiconductor, one impetus behind the move from IPv4 to IPv6 is the accelerating rate at which low cost embedded systems are being linked to the Internet. He outlines the ways in which the full IPv6 suite of protocols can be shoehorned into a small 8-bit microcontroller successfully.
Why is IPv6 taking so long to catch on?
( 6:13 PM EDT, 10/20/03)
Sue Hares, CTO of NextHop Technologies looks at some of the driving forces and delaying factors in IPv6 deployment, one of those technologies that since the late 90s seems to be just "right around the corner," and tries to accurately pin down when it will really take off.
Making J2ME secure enough for mobile iAs
( 2:36 AM EDT, 10/14/03)
As mobile commerce becomes less of a buzzword and more of a reality, transaction security is becoming an important concern for mobile users and wireless application developers alike.
Use internal data acquisition techniques to simplify protocol stack debugging
(12:08 AM EDT, 10/11/03)
Dealing with debugging the network protocol stacks in your connected embedded application requires that you take a different approach to the problem, according to Annamalai Paramasivam of Infosys, such as building in a strong internal data aquisition system.
iA techView: Concerns over home networks take center stage
( 2:38 AM EDT, 10/09/03)
The requirements for media entertainment centers are now becoming the primary focus of semiconductor vendors as they focus on what the home network of the future will be, with attention shifting from the PC to the settop box (STB), and from wired to wireless alternatives.
Security Sentinel: Spoofing is No Joke
( 6:23 PM EDT, 09/29/03)
Using compilation techniques to speed XML code execution
(11:57 PM EDT, 09/22/03)
According to Robert Morgan of Datapower, the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is becoming the lingua franca of computer exchange on the Inte-rnetwork that comprises the World Wide Web. This means, he believes, moving beyond the traditional interprative coding to more efficient processor specific compilation techniques to achieve the necessary performance gains.
XML embedded Web support eases design
( 9:57 PM EDT, 09/22/03)
XML is rapidly becoming the technology of choice for interfacing embedded systems to applications.
XML services call for security checks
( 9:50 PM EDT, 09/22/03)
Nothing has done more to erode the enterprise security perimeter than the rise of XML Web services.
Embedded software development challenges in an increasingly net-centric environment
( 1:32 AM EDT, 09/13/03)
As this week's ESC illustrates, the net-centricity of many embedded real time designs is now a fact of life. According to Qing Li of Wind River Systems, this will require that programmers pay even more attention to issues such as periodic and aperiodic or sporadic events within a much more complex set of resource, timing, and safety constraints.
Wider View: Is the Electrical Grid Vulnerable to Hackers?
( 1:41 AM EDT, 09/13/03)
Two years after Sept. 11, it is clear that the job of securing the "information superhighways" that have become so critical to our economy is still far from complete. According to Jim Krane of the Associated Press, the power grid and its intimate reliance on network connectivity is one area in the most danger of damage.
Partitioning Bluetooth-Connected Embedded Designs
( 2:16 PM EDT, 09/13/03)
Abdul Aleaf of National Semiconductor guides the developer through the design alternatives available when using Bluetooth for short haul communications between connected embedded devices in a varieity of automotive, office and industrial applications.
Link Aggregation increases bandwidth, adds reliability to networks
( 2:34 AM EDT, 08/28/03)
As bandwidths -- and the number of users, servers and devices -- on the Internet increases, the ability to deliver applications at higher transfer speeds over the network reliably is affected. Vinod Gupta and Mukesh Lulla of TeamF1 describe how the new IEEE 802.3ad standard for a common link aggregation framework will help solve this problem.
Security Sentinel: Help! Help! Somebody call the cops!
(12:06 AM EDT, 08/20/03)
In her latest Security Sentinel contributing editor Toni McConnel recounts her efforts to be a good cyber-citizen while at the same time avoid becoming victim of another ubiquitous virus hiding behind yet another fraudulent spam mail. Her conclusion: in this war against hackers you are on your own, unless you are willing to pay for protection and for help and are willing to wait and wait and ...
View Under the Hood: ARM targets Thumb-2 instruction set at network edge
( 3:22 PM EDT, 08/11/03)
In this View Under The Hood at the details of ARM's new Thumb 2 Instruction Set Architecture, we look at the choices engineers made in the context of the many emerging high volume applications in the network edge infrastructure.
Analytic View: Promise and challenges of emerging technologies in consumer electronics
( 2:38 PM EDT, 08/11/03)
In the view of Dave LeClair and Ray Shapiro of Vibren Technologies, their
analysis of the new Internetwork-connected Consumer Electronics market indicates
that while new technologies are tremendous opportunities, they also represent
bottlenecks to advancement if not addressed quickly
The Linux/Unix Battles: SCO Throws A Wrench Into Linux Future
( 2:05 PM EDT, 08/11/03)
If the courts agree with its stance, the SCO Group could undermine the foundation
of the open-source software movement.
Linux OS, tools Simplify Residential Gateway Design
( 2:18 AM EDT, 08/03/03)
Proprietary RTOS architectures have become a hindrance to cost-conscious residential gateway designs. Fortunately, the Linux community has adapted, delivering the protocol support and resource usage needed for home networking apps.
Improving consumer device JVM performance with appropriate benchmarks and optimizations
( 1:47 AM EDT, 08/03/03)
Standards drving killer apps in mobile video iAs
(12:00 PM EDT, 07/22/03)
As mobile operators migrate to 3G networks and services, they see video telephony services as the killer app that will differentiate new 3G service from existing 2G and 2.5G ones.
A Guide To Working With Scalable Vector Graphics OnLine
(12:33 PM EDT, 07/22/03)
Michael Hamilton of eHelp reviews the basics of the World Wide Web's Scalable Vector Graphics standard and what it can mean to traditional Web page design and other applications and provides a list of tools and resoures that will help you get started.
Mobile Scalable Vector Graphics Makes Wireless Multimedia Practical
( 9:31 PM EDT, 07/10/03)
While the Scalable Vector Graphics standard (SVG) proposed by the World Wide Web was originally designed to speed the presentation of graphics and multimedia on Web sites, it is the use of a mobile version in wireless multimedia messaging services (MMS) that will make the standard take off.
RFID will change the way we live and work
(12:58 AM EDT, 07/08/03)
Getting Serious about Wi-Fi Security Standards
(10:36 AM EDT, 07/03/03)
A lack of effective security standards has slowed Business adoption of Wi-Fi but hasn't quashed enthusiasm for the technology. Here's what's being done about it
Fixed wireless networks link mobile WLANs
( 1:40 AM EDT, 06/25/03)
While ad hoc and mesh networks are focused on the interconnection of independent nodes, at some stage these networks will need to connect to the wired Internet.
Mobile iAs, phones need nonvolatile FRAMs
( 1:00 AM EDT, 06/25/03)
In the late 1990s, after more than a decade of ferroelectric-memory development, several companies succeeded in the high-volume production of low-density (less than 1-Mbit) ferroelectric RAM.
Effective Fixed Point DSP Design For Low Cost Consumer Multimedia Appliances
( 4:55 PM EDT, 06/15/03)
In the design of small footprint audio/video enabled consumer media appliances based on fixed point DSP, paying attention to numeric fidelity in your software design will result in lower cost and performance comparable to floating point designs.
Multimedia, video and imaging needs platform FPGAs
(10:54 AM EDT, 06/05/03)
Using DSPs in a networked video embedded design
( 5:27 PM EDT, 06/15/03)
RFID advances bring fundamental changes to security and personal safety
(11:35 PM EDT, 06/05/03)
Privacy issues in RFID
( 7:02 PM EDT, 06/04/03)
RFID 101: The Basics of Radio Frequency Identification
( 6:49 PM EDT, 06/04/03)
MPEG 4 In Multimedia iAs Requires VLIW CPUs
(12:43 PM EDT, 05/29/03)
Digital video technology has generated extraordinary growth in the multimedia industry, encompassing a wide variety of other media, including audio, video, images, computer graphics, speech and data or any combination of those.
MPEG-4 is accelerated and footprint reduced by use of a configurable processor core
( 2:29 AM EDT, 05/14/03)
Optimizing multimedia software for consumer products
(11:10 PM EDT, 05/13/03)
Audio and video software for consumer media products can be quite complex, combining real-time signal processing, network protocols, complex I/O, and sophisticated user interfaces.
Peek Under The Hood: Panasonic's SV-AV10 A/V Recorder
(11:01 PM EDT, 05/13/03)
While not yet meeting the needs of most quality-sensitive picture takers and movie makers, Panasonic's SV-AV10 clears the way for a product category that combines a camcorder, digital still camera, audio player, voice recorder and movie viewer in a versatile, pocketable package.
Rapid application development on mobile iAs requires the use of compact framework
( 6:16 PM EDT, 04/29/03)
J2ME Connects Small And Embedded Consumer Appliances to the Web Services Environment
( 5:07 PM EDT, 04/29/03)
C# Is The Key to CE.NET Useage In Embedded and Small Footprint Appliance Designs
(12:49 AM EDT, 04/20/03)
In the first in a series of articles related to themes at the recent Embedded
Systems Conference, Lawrence Ricci and Chris Tacke of Applied Data take on the
question of whether or not Microsoft's CE.NET and its associated C-sharp(C#)
language are ready for embedded and small footprint designs. Their conclusion:
Yes and no. It depends on context and application.
Analytic View: Will Wi-Fi Clobber 3G in Wireless Internet-centric Appliances?
(11:21 PM EDT, 04/13/03)
Clay Shirky, adjunct professor in New York University's Interactive
Telecommunications Program deliniates what technologies he believes will
be the winners and losers in the battle for Wi-Fi based Internet-centric
computing appliance connectivity.
First Look: ConnectOne Enhances iChip Wireless Connectivity
(12:34 AM EDT, 04/18/03)
ConnectOne this week introduced a new family of iChip circuits -- the C0710AG -- which offers more options for developers who want to quickly and with a minimum of programming and development cost and time
bring Internet-connectivity to their products, now including wireless, particularly General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), which offer 'always-on', higher capacity, Internet-based content and packet-based data services.
First Look: Nokia aims new architecture at e-mail protection
( 7:17 PM EDT, 04/13/03)
Nokia's Internet Communications Division released first details on it's Message Protector architecture at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, Ca. aimed at addressing the problems of e-mail-based viruses/worms and spam received over wired and wireless connections.
Next genration converged mobile iAs need non-volatile ferro-electric RAMs
(10:21 PM EDT, 03/31/03)
In the late 1990s, after more than a decade of ferroelectric-memory development, several companies succeeded in the high-volume production of low-density (less than 1-Mbit) ferroelectric RAM.
Viewpoint: "MiniPCs" and truly embedded devices are not the same
(10:12 PM EDT, 03/31/03)
Embedding "C" code in appliances requires source code integrity
(12:57 PM EDT, 04/02/03)
Analytic View: Flexible standards based designs are essential to network edge applications
(12:42 AM EDT, 03/25/03)
Analytic View: Tri-wireless roaming iAs present technical and marketing challenges
(12:31 AM EDT, 03/25/03)
Texas Instruments Inc.'s demonstration of an integrated Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth personal digital assistant captured one of the overriding themes of last week's CTIA conference in New Orleans: Wi-Fi-to cellular roaming. However, TI also opened a veritable Pandora's box of technical and marketing questions.
Security Sentinel: Identity theft -- what, me worry?
( 8:40 PM EDT, 03/20/03)
Integration by function puts more features, interfaces into wireless handsets
(11:34 PM EDT, 03/19/03)
The large number of complex air interfaces and wafer process technologies along with advanced applications processing make the integration of advanced wireless handsets a considerable challenge.
*IP Mobility Ensures Seamless iA WLAN Roaming
(11:02 PM EDT, 01/17/04)
With the widespread penetration of wireless networks, the emphasis now has shifted to "connecting the dots" by allowing seamless roaming between both wide- and local-area networks. Fortunately, many options are available to enable that.
U.S. military pioneers ad hoc wireless networks in the battlefield
(11:15 PM EDT, 03/19/03)
Ad hoc networks, the "next great thing" in the consumer Internet, have hidden roots that run surprisingly deep into military R&D.
Integrating phone, PDA leads to disappointment
(12:30 AM EDT, 03/12/03)
Communicators--integrated devices that are both PDA and phone--appeal, but the compromises in size, weight, and battery life often disappoint, says Carl Zetie.
As war looms, and cyberattack risk grows, are we ready?
( 2:09 AM EDT, 03/11/03)
Peek Under The Hood: Danger's Hiptop is 'Arm'ed and dangerous
( 2:25 AM EDT, 03/06/03)
Danger Inc.'s Hiptop device takes a shot at an emerging youth market for integrated wireless data and voice capabilities, using a unique system form factor.
Networking Embedded Devices Requires New Application Development Strategies
( 1:40 AM EDT, 03/04/03)
Meshes Will Hasten Ad Hoc Peer-to-Peer IA Connectivity
(10:32 PM EDT, 03/03/03)
A peer-to-peer wireless system offers considerable advantages over more-traditional wireless-network architectures such as cellular or wireless local-area networks. However, it also poses different technical challenges.
Security Sentinel: Computer Viruses Are Changing The Definition of War
( 4:08 PM EDT, 02/27/03)
Analytic View: Will Microsoft's Tablet PC/Digital Pen Make It As a Personal Computing Appliance?
( 2:49 AM EDT, 02/21/03)
Personal View: For Eric Uner, Server Security Need Breeds Chaos... Theory, That Is
( 3:26 PM EDT, 02/15/03)
When Network Design Meets Chaos Theory
( 4:13 PM EDT, 12/21/03)
With some careful forethought, the design of feature-laden multilayer switches doesn't have to be an exercise in chaos management.
Embedded Design Techniques Can Make Servers More Secure
( 1:56 AM EDT, 02/14/03)
The Analytic View: Will Linux Finally End Window's Dominance?
( 3:46 AM EDT, 02/07/03)
The Analytic View: Outsider Linux goes Inside
(12:08 AM EDT, 01/29/03)
First Look: BEA's XMLBeans integrates Java, XML
(10:09 PM EDT, 01/28/03)
techView: Linux, Linux, Everywhere?
( 3:46 PM EDT, 01/24/03)
Product Review: Powerline Nets Come Of Age
(12:01 AM EDT, 01/16/03)
The Wider View: Is XML Killing The Inter-network?
( 9:58 PM EDT, 01/15/03)
First Look: Datapower Delivers XML Security at Wirespeed
(11:32 AM EDT, 01/13/03)
Viewpoint: Back to the Future with Internet Devices
( 4:25 PM EDT, 01/06/03)
Security Sentinel: Voicemail Vulnerabilities
( 4:59 PM EDT, 01/07/03)
techView: Networked Multimedia and the Wireless Web
( 2:33 AM EDT, 01/01/03)
Peek Under The Hood: Mitsubishi's D-2101V 3G Handset: Too Much, Too Early?
(10:08 PM EDT, 12/31/02)
The silicon-rich Mitsubishi D-2101V wideband-CDMA phone suggests that the complexity-and therefore cost-of W-CDMA handsets will make it tough to achieve high-volume sales anytime soon.
Auto's CAN Protocol Critical To Building Wireless 3G Base Stations
(10:01 PM EDT, 12/31/02)
Originally developed for the automotive industry, the CAN embedded networking protocol can be an effective solution for linking boards in 3G BTS and MSC designs.
Peek Under The Hood: The Tablet PC - A not so big deal?
(11:18 PM EDT, 12/20/02)
Analytic View: PDA Success Means Designing For Purpose
(10:04 PM EDT, 12/20/02)
Which will win in the PDA market, the move to design for a specific purpose or for versatility? The smaller the device, the clearer the answer, says Carl Zetie.
Analytic View:: Wi-Fi iAppliances Get Real
(10:08 PM EDT, 12/20/02)
With big tech vendors planning nationwide coverage, high-speed wireless access to the Web is almost here
Programmable Array Processing Makes Wireless MPEG-4 Practical
( 2:22 AM EDT, 12/07/02)
Optimizing existing microprocessor and DSP architectures for video processing does not solve the power and performance issues faced by mobile. Programmable array processors provide a better option. Here's why.
A new QoS Specification Is Needed For Reliable Wireless Multimedia Services
( 9:28 PM EDT, 12/06/02)
Peek Under The Hood: Archos' Mobile A/VJukebox
( 6:59 PM EDT, 12/06/02)
Security Sentinel: WLAN security solutions near?
( 2:39 AM EDT, 11/27/02)
Contributing editor Toni McConnel looks at security issues in WLAN-enabled wireless phones and iappliances and assesses the likelihood there will be near term solutions.
How VoIP is changing the network security equation
( 3:39 PM EDT, 11/21/02)
The shift to net-centric computing and communications appliances like TCP/IP enabled phones over the emerging VoIP based network environment will bring a lot of new security issues along with the new opportunities it offers.
Personal View: Evangelist sees bigger role for Bluetooth
(10:32 PM EDT, 11/17/02)
Maria Khorsand could be just what Bluetooth needs. When Khorsand, the president of Ericsson Technology Licensing (Lund, Sweden), looks you in the eye and talks about her "dedication to Bluetooth" and "commitment to drive it to the mass market," it's clear that she means every word.
Mobile IP Solves Embedded, iAppliance Connectivity Issues
(12:03 PM EDT, 11/18/02)
The problem with putting nomadic devices on to the Internet is that the
Internet is designed to route packets hierarchically. The Mobile IP
protocol was created to address this issue directly.
SyD: A middleware infrastructure for mobile iAppliance devices
(12:57 PM EDT, 11/18/02)
The harsh reality of Web based hardware and software design for wireless iappliance applications is that existing primitive middleware solutions such as JXTA, BREW, compact .NET and J2ME require the use of ad hoc techniques and cumbersom time consuming programming. A new modular architecture has been proposed to simplify this process.
Use the Mailman to connect to your embedded Internet-centric device
(11:55 PM EDT, 11/03/02)
Next time you need to communicate with a TCP/IP-enabled Internet-centric embedded device, why not send an e-mail? Here's a tiny SMTP server for receiving
messages and a client for sending back a response.
Security Sentinel: Virus detection, firewalls are not enough
(11:15 PM EDT, 11/03/02)
This is the first contribution in a new department on iApplianceWeb, a Security Sentinel column by contributing editor Toni McConnel, who will keep you up-to-date on recent issues about security, new virus alerts, discoveries of software and hardware vulnerabilities, and most important of all, where to find further information and fixes.
T/TCP enables device to device net transactions
( 2:19 AM EDT, 10/27/02)
At the transport layer, it's often difficult to decide between TCP and UDP, with their
respective benefits of reliability and efficiency. Fortunately, there's a third choice: a
little-known standard called T/TCP offers the best features of both protocols.
Solving the 2G/3G Power Management Conundrum
( 1:39 AM EDT, 10/27/02)
Designers looking to reduce consumption in 2.5G and 3G mobiles must improve power management in the analog and digital portions of a phone design. Here's some approaches on the horizon that might help.
Peek Under the Hood: Palm's latest wireless wonder
( 6:08 PM EDT, 10/19/02)
A look inside the Palm i705-the early-2002 replacement for the aging Palm VII-reveals an ever-cheaper design point for capable, but not necessarily blazing, data radios and their companion PDAs.
Military/Government Standards Ensure Cyber-Security
( 2:40 PM EDT, 10/20/02)
Personal View : David James wants to move net IP standards forward
( 6:08 AM EDT, 10/10/02)
This is the first article in a new department on iApplianceWeb. Called
Personal View, it's focus is on people who work in the trenches, developing
the standards, technologies, and architectures for the new Internet-centric
computing. This week: Cypress' David James.
techView: Cyber-Security on the Web
( 2:12 AM EDT, 10/15/02)
Peek Under The Hood: Motorola's Bluetooth headset
(12:06 AM EDT, 10/07/02)
Motorola's Bluetooth Headset shows that while OEMs can design profitable Bluetooth systems, key interoperability issues are still dogging the technology.
Peek Under The Hood: Apple's pricey iPod
(11:58 PM EDT, 10/06/02)
The AppleiPod portable MP3 player combines style and skillful engineering in a small package. At $399, it is not cheap, but iPod's 1,000-song capability and automatic file synchronization with Apple's iTune software deliver a nifty overall package.
Building secure Internet-centric embedded devices
(11:39 PM EDT, 10/06/02)
Peek Under The Hood: T-Mobile's PocketPC Phone
( 4:25 PM EDT, 10/07/02)
The Phone Edition smart-phone hybrid from Voicestream/T-Mobile is a promising but still somewhat flawed step toward pocket-friendly "any kind, anytime, anywhere" communications. The design also telegraphs a potential for new players to upset the power balance as smart-phone components become merchant market items.
Peek Under The Hood: XBox -- PC meets console
(10:19 AM EDT, 10/06/02)
Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox is more of a minimalist PC with souped-up graphics than, say, Sony's Playstation 2 or Nintendo's Gamecube, both of which are closer to pure game platforms in design and interface. In fact, the Xbox has been architecturally tuned to deliver gaming performance with a potentially broader future thanks to its PC heritage.
First Look: NetSilicon NET+OS 5 - The first "Netcentric Operating Environment?"
(12:58 AM EDT, 09/27/02)
Building the 100% Encrypted Web
( 9:15 AM EDT, 10/08/02)
Granular scheme tunes in wireless network video
(10:34 PM EDT, 09/26/02)
Data networks are becoming the most prevalent form of communication, with the Internet and wireless networks (such as Wi-Fi) leading the way.
The Basics Of Secure Socket Layers
( 1:09 AM EDT, 09/25/02)
The new DVB MHP Spec And its Implications For networked multimedia into the home
( 4:14 PM EDT, 09/18/02)
The MHP spec has been developed to accelerate the development and implementation of multimedia services in set-top box designs. Here's a look at the key technical elements that make up this multimedia spec.
Building in secure MCU remote management
( 3:11 PM EDT, 09/03/02)
Imagine the embarrassment of recalling 100,000 units of your new product because a firmware bug wasn't discovered until too late.
The ABCs of Building Netcentric Embedded MCUs
( 1:27 PM EDT, 09/03/02)
Market Analysis: Home nets raise demand for broadband
( 2:53 AM EDT, 08/29/02)
In hopes of capturing an emerging market of small-office, home-office (SoHo) broadband routers for home-networking applications, Philips Semiconductors is rolling out a family of Linux-based Gateway-on-a-Chip silicon, integrated with a system processor, a packet processor and an IP Secure engine.
SOAPing Up Embedded Connectivity With XML
( 6:41 PM EDT, 08/17/02)
Video Coding Spec Threads Net-Centric Media Needle
( 3:50 PM EDT, 08/16/02)
While MPEG-4 holds sway now, work is well under way on a new ITU/ISO standard, H.26L, that could very well reset the media bandwidth requirement.
Dealing With Wireless iappliance data rate barriers
(10:34 AM EDT, 08/16/02)
Broadband wireless access systems are faced with a major challenge: to provide subscribers with high data rates over nonline-of-sight fading channels at wireline reliability. The requirement for high reliability arises from performance expectations set by competing broadband technologies-namely, cable modems and digital subscriber lines, both of which operate over wires.
IEEE 802.16 brings broadband wireless access to iappliances
( 5:21 AM EDT, 08/08/02)
Fixed broadband wireless access (BWA) has, for several years, been expected to serve as one of the three primary technologies supporting ubiquitous broadband access for a wide range of iappliances.
techView: Embedded Networking Standards
(12:14 PM EDT, 07/29/02)
View Under The Hood: The Soul Of Ubicom's New 32-bit Internet Gateway Microcontroller
( 7:46 PM EDT, 07/25/02)
First Look: Wind River Thinks IPv6's Time Is Here
(10:43 AM EDT, 07/18/02)
Wireless iAppliances Need Clever Power Management
( 1:44 AM EDT, 07/16/02)
Cellular telephone technology is one of the best success stories of recent years with its capability to keep the user working untethered for an entire day, and requiring only a single overnight recharge.
VLIW And Dedicated H/W crunches A/V streams
( 1:33 AM EDT, 07/16/02)
A carefully planned balance between functions done in hardware and those executed in software is the trick to achieving a flexible and cost-effective audio-video codec cell well-suited for consumer applications.
Wireless mesh shares MP3 files
( 8:32 PM EDT, 07/09/02)
You pull up to a light, and the car next to you is playing a song you wish you could hear from the beginning.
Memory systems define consumer options for portable audio players
( 8:05 PM EDT, 07/09/02)
Although experimentation will continue with portable Internet audio players, three device classes will dominate the market for the next few years: portables based on flash memory, optical spinning media, and hard disk drives.
IP transport the ideal vehicle for Internet audio
( 7:13 PM EDT, 07/09/02)
Selecting transport mechanisms for a digital media device is one of the most important choices designers have to make.
The iAppliance Developer's Guide To Designing Low Power Handhelds
( 8:54 PM EDT, 06/23/02)
Gateway lets consumer control home appliances over mobile wireless nets
( 6:23 PM EDT, 06/23/02)
A new interconnect approach for wired and wireless networks lets consumers remotely control a range of products in the home network - TV, VCR, security camera, CD-ROM, thermostat - from a mobile phone or a web pad.
Portable wireless iappliances: access point for home nets
(11:28 PM EDT, 06/23/02)
Powerline and wireless physical-layer technologies allow reliable data transfer between multimedia appliances at faster data rates than ever before.
Incorporating Java Into Wireless 3G Handsets
( 1:32 AM EDT, 06/18/02)
Wireless 2.5/3G Wireless Desgins will require next generation Java tools and components that support real time, deterministic operation.
First Look: DevelopOnline's CE.NET Design Lab
(12:21 AM EDT, 06/18/02)
Alan Steinberg and Mike McGowan of DevelopOnLine talk about their new CE.NET Web-based iAppliance design lab and their view of the Web and the Internet as the base platform, not the CPU or the operating system.
USB Joins the Mobile iAppliance Connectivity Repertoire
( 4:12 PM EDT, 06/25/02)
Standards efforts are underway that will move the Universal Serial Bus from its present niche in the PC to a major connectivity option for netcentric iAppliances.
Publish-Subscribe Protocol Enables Real-time Embedded iAppliances
(12:03 PM EDT, 06/04/02)
Fast networks and low-cost processors are making distributed systems for real-time applications attractive from a simple cost-of-goods perspective. However, the complexity of the communications code has made them impractical in terms of development costs.
The Real-Time Publish-Subscribe Wire Protocol
( 2:14 AM EDT, 05/28/02)
Embedded iAppliances Becoming Autonomous
( 1:30 AM EDT, 05/28/02)
Net-Centric iAppliance devices ranging from Internet-enabled embedded microcontroller-based systems to small-footprint Web-enabled smart appliances are experiencing an evolutionary process that can be broken down into three phases: basic connectivity, value-added network functionality and full enterprise membership.
Jini-Based Embedded iAppliances Are Empowered By Surrogate
(11:39 AM EDT, 05/13/02)
Through protocols such as Jini and Surrogate, small footprint and embedded iAppliances will transform the Web and netcentric computing --- again.
( 3:41 AM EDT, 05/13/02)
Transcoding circumvents netcentric computing hurdles
( 1:17 PM EDT, 05/11/02)
iAppliance-Centric Web Environment Transforms PC into Home Media Server
( 2:16 AM EDT, 04/27/02)
Web Security Requires Better Server Perimeters
(12:19 AM EDT, 04/24/02)
Building Trust Is Key To 2.5/3G Wireless Security
( 2:41 PM EDT, 04/16/02)
Making An Insecure Internet Secure
( 6:37 PM EDT, 04/12/02)
iAppliance Frameworks Speed Design Process
( 6:11 PM EDT, 04/12/02)
A View Under The Hood: Sun's NetBeans IDE
( 7:35 PM EDT, 03/31/02)
Web Services Simplifies iAppliance Software Reuse
( 5:40 PM EDT, 03/31/02)
Embedded Developers Should Take Web Services Seriously
(10:08 PM EDT, 03/08/02)
A View Under The Hood: Microsoft's CE.NET
( 9:32 PM EDT, 03/08/02)
A View Under The Hood: How Eclipse Works
(10:59 PM EDT, 03/04/02)
First Web Services Development Tools Emerge For Eclipse.org Specification
( 1:19 AM EDT, 03/09/02)
The Home Networking Challenge
(11:05 AM EDT, 12/18/01)
iApplianceWeb took the Actiontec Wireless-Ready Multimedia Home Gateway into the home for a test drive.
Streamlining Your Embedded Development Time For Today's Hypercompetitive Global Marketplace
( 7:35 PM EDT, 12/14/01)
Developing new products on a shortened time frame can be done! With the help of some specific development resources.
McAfee's e500 Draws the Line at the Gateway
( 6:32 PM EDT, 11/25/01)
No more mister nice guy! If you think airport security is getting tight, it's nothing compared to network security. McAfee's new e500 anti-virus appliance ensures nothing enters and nothing leaves without getting scanned for viruses. The e500 is simple to install but robust enough for high-end, enterprise-level networks.
Gates Predicts a Digital Decade and The End of the Beginning
(11:54 AM EDT, 11/13/01)
Bill Gates' opening Keynote at COMDEX 2001 revealed optimism that indeed, as for computing, the best is yet to come.
Adobe Acrobat Dares Pocket PC Users to Dream
( 2:55 PM EDT, 11/05/01)
On the heels of Pocket PC 2002 comes Adobe Acrobat for Pocket PC. Now Pocket PC users everywhere can download and view PDF documents on their most moble devices without a second thought, right? Don't be so sure.
Embedix SDK 2.0 Evaluation Part II
(11:59 AM EDT, 10/31/01)
This is the second of a series of articles covering embedded Linux distributions. The product evaluated here is Lineo's Embedix SDK 2.0; BlueCat Linux and Hard Hat Linux reviews will follow.
Microsoft Holds the Future in Its Handheld OS
( 5:37 PM EDT, 10/08/01)
Microsoft recently held a "coming out" party for its new Pocket PC 2002 platform, unveiling device after device, and support from company after company.
So, Who's Operating This System, Anyway?
( 2:49 PM EDT, 10/05/01)
Embedded operating systems are not sexy. They're not fun, they're utilitary. But, alas, we've got to have them. So Veronica Hendricks has taken a quick glimpse behind the scenes of these OSs to try and explore what these OS vendors are thinking.
Can the WatchGuard SOHO Stand Guard?
( 2:15 PM EDT, 09/05/01)
Need a firewall, but you're not sure what kind? Well, if you're office environment is relatively small, you may want to try the WatchGuard SOHO, made specifically for small and home office environments.
Embedix SDK 2.0 Evaluation Part 1
( 6:48 PM EDT, 08/20/01)
Interested in putting Linux in your embedded device? Well, if Lineo's Embedix is something you are considering, take a look at the first of a two-part evaluation on the Embedix SDK 2.0.
Embedded Systems - Making Dumb Devices Smart
( 3:28 PM EDT, 07/31/01)
A recent trip to the Embedded Systems Conference in Chicago left Veronica Hendricks curious of what the future of technology would bring. Read about her journey through the world of DSPs and microprocessors at Navy Pier.
iAppliances Heat Up the Summer
( 8:13 PM EDT, 07/09/01)
At the Techxny/PC Expo last month, Community Leader Jeff Michalski dove in and started taking names of companies that have developed, and are developing, new and improved embedded technologies and devices.
iLon, Brings the Web to LonWorks
( 6:07 PM EDT, 07/31/01)
You've probably heard the sad story before. Someone implemented a control network, and now they need a connection to the LAN. If they'd used LonWorks they'd be in luck. iLon 1000 Internet Server is an appliance server that remotely monitors and controls LonWork devices through the Internet. iLon is the communications gateway between a LonWorks control network and the Internet. Yes, it slices and dices its way to serving Web pages, collecting data, and modifying network variables.
Operating at Breakneck or Bottleneck Speeds?
(11:19 AM EDT, 07/03/01)
Current limitations within many consumer environments constrict user performance for the information appliance experience. Attention is focused on system performance tradeoffs in CPU throughput and processor speed compared for various Internet connection types, creating new benchmarks for the information appliance developer. Eric Aasted and Kevin Tanguay of National Semiconductor explore these issues.
Windows NT Embedded Under the Hood
( 8:19 PM EDT, 07/19/01)
Growing beyond the need to absorb tons of valuable system resources, Microsoft's Windows NT Embedded version can now fit on some of the higher-end information appliances.
Wireless Thin Client
(10:44 AM EDT, 06/11/01)
Wireless networking is definitely a hot topic for technology today. And becoming increasingly popular is talk about wireless WANs. Eric Aasted of National Semiconductor explores the use of wireless WANs and computing in a thin client environment.
Sony DCM-M1 MD DISCAM: A Futuristic Video Appliance
(11:03 AM EDT, 06/11/01)
Imagine a universal multimedia recording device, one that can store thousands of pictures, record audio discussions and interviews, and shoot videos of live product demonstrations. The Sony DCM-M1 MD DISCAM is exactly this product, a digital video camcorder, digital audio recorder, and digital camera, all rolled into one and packaged as a IP network-ready information appliance with a Web server on-board.
iAppliances - On the Verge or Over the Edge?
( 6:12 PM EDT, 05/30/01)
With recent predictions of the demise of the struggling technology market where corporate downsizing and earnings warnings are the norm, what is the likelihood that a new class of computers dubbed “iAppliances” can rise above the adversity and move forward to capture the attention of consumers?
Get in Touch - The Gateway Connected Touch Pad
( 2:45 PM EDT, 05/11/01)
If the recent price drop for the Gateway Connected Touch Pad leaves you wondering if you should give it a second look, take a minute to read up on our take of this connected device.
Talisker is Taking Embedded OSs to the Next Level
( 5:03 PM EDT, 05/11/01)
Microsoft recently celebrated its one-year anniversary of the release of the Windows CE 3.0 (CE) embedded operating system (OS). CE broadens Microsoft's OS coverage to the low end of iAppliances.