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Keynoters criticize embedded systems tools

Posted: 30 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EmbedAsia? embedded system designs? Zilog? Wipro? FSMLabs?

Embedded systems development tools are likely to improve in qualify and simplicity, enabling developers to work faster, according to a speaker at an international conference on embedded systems in India on Oct. 26.

"Development tools will partner more with CPU vendors in defining new roadmaps, and in integrating new features ahead of new CPU offerings," said Scott Muske, director of tools and publications Zilog Inc. Muske, delivering a keynote address at EmbedAsia, said a recent survey indicated that most users do not care whether the tools come from CPU vendors, third parties or from open source platforms, though the choice of CPU itself is based on development tool availability.

With the onset of more and more CPU power, virtual development boards will become more practical and enable developers to complete applications far ahead of hardware development, he said. There is a problem with regard to availability of adequate engineer numbers in real-time embedded design, though, he added.

The era of "hard" real-time systems is at hand, said Victor Yodaiken, co-founder and CEO of FSMLabs Inc. Yodaiken, who also delivered a keynote address at the conference, said he saw the parallel development of the entire telecoms technology being dominated by the internet and software and the encouragement of distributed intelligence in telecoms because of the availability of low-cost microprocessors. "The real need is however for validated pieces of code for real-time systems," he said.

Wipro's president for its product engineering solutions division, Ramesh Emani, said India is concerned about the number and quality of engineers in the embedded space. The quality of embedded software has been globally inconsistent said Emani, who called for quality standards such as the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model Level 5 to be made applicable to embedded software.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times




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