Software Centre raises E3m

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Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, raised an additional E3m in research funding in 2012 according to its annual report issued today.

New projects included research contracts with the European Space Agency, United Technologies Research Centre and several EU-funded research consortia. During 2012 Lero announced funding of E22.4m over 5 years through Science Foundation Ireland and technology firms such as IBM and Intel.

Lero also reported that it was awarded five new patents in 2012 covering areas such as self-sacrificing spacecraft swarms and methods of protecting autonomous systems. Forkstream, a spinout company, was established and it has recently been acquired by Openet, a leading Irish transaction management software and services provider. 170 Lero researchers recorded a 47pc increase in journal papers and a 41pc increase in conference papers during the year.

“Our researchers are in demand globally,” commented Prof Mike Hinchey, director, Lero. “The work which is being done in Ireland is world leading across a number of areas including medical devices, agile, cloud and space flight software.”

He said the prolonged Ulster Bank and RBS outage in 2012 was a reminder of what can happen when critical software systems crash due to badly managed changes. In the United States a recent report by the US Food & Drug Administration showed that 20pc of the medical device recalls in the US in 2012 were due to software faults. “Today it is almost impossible to lead a software-free life. Software is the enabling factor in smartphones, smart cities, smart homes, smart health and just about smart anything.”

He added, “Because software can be easily changed, it is often changed badly. Lero specialises in Evolving Critical Systems research which aims to develop methods, techniques, tools, and processes for the development and evolution of highly reliable software systems that maintain, or improve, their reliability as they evolve.”


Radeon HD 8970M Mobile Graphics Chip Fastest Claimed

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Jakarta – Radeon HD8000 officially announced, but not for the desktop computer but notebook users. It was not just one variant, there are some models that are ready to fill the mainstream segment, performance, and enthusiast.

In the mainstream segment, AMD Radeon HD 8500M prepare and HD 8600M. Entrusted to fill class performance on the Radeon HD 8700M and HD 8800M. While the top-class enthusiast who inhabited occupied by the Radeon HD 8970M.

Interestingly, AMD Radeon HD 8970M claimed as the fastest mobile graphics chips today. The claim was based on the known specs diusungnya rely kecepetan clock 850 MHz (900 MHz when turbo mode is active), 1280 stream processors and RAM speed of 1.2 GHz.

This specification combinations touted able to achieve a score of 2304 GFLOPS performance on a single computational precision. While achievement in computing by 144 GFLOPS double precision.

While the first notebook product will apply, as quoted from MaximumPC, Wednesday (15/05/2013), is MSI GX70 which is present as a gaming notebook. To prove his supposedly MSI also bundled game Crysis 3 in the product.


LeapPad Ultra: Tablet with WiFi and Browser Optimized for Children

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Tablet fever was not limited to adults only users, but also the children pre-school age. After removing several products specifically for toddler tablet, LeapFrog Enterprises today announced the new tablet, LeapPad Ultra. This tablet brings a number of improvements over the previous model, the LeapPad 2. Now, the screen size used is larger, which is 7 inches with a resolution of 1024 × 600 pixels which is more subtle. Children also dpaat operate it with a touch of a finger or stylus wear.

LeapPad LeapPad Ultra Ultra: Tablet with WiFi and Browser Optimized for kids pc tablet computer news
Another quality improvement are embedded in this model is the presence of Wi-Fi connection and a browser optimized for the children. Powered by Zui, browser LeapSearch block access to pictures, videos, and adult sites are examined directly by the Learning Team from LeapFrog. In addition to connecting the tablet to the Internet, Wi-Fi connection on the LeapPad Ultra can be used to play the game peer-to-peer with other users LeapPad Ultra are located nearby.

LeapFrog offers more than 800 games, applications, ebooks, video and music that have been approved by the faculty. Any content that is targeted to users in the age range of four to nine years.

“LeapPad Ultra is designed to offer a safe and age appropriate users through content inspection conducted by experts studying the LeapFrog team,” said John Barbour, CEO of LeapFrog. “With the additional features, including WiFi and a safe browser for kids, we believe LeapPad Ultra will be the items most desired by kids this year.”

LeapPad Ultra will start shipping in mid-July at a price of U.S. $ 150. Applications that can be downloaded were priced starting from U.S. $ 5, while the game cartridges are sold at prices ranging from U.S. $ 25. For Indonesia, the LeapPad Ultra usually can be purchased at Kids Station and Early Learning Centre.


Intel will offer ‘Broadwell’ SOC to battle Calxeda, AMD

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Intel has updated its road map with a new, low-power server chip to help it ward off competition from Calxeda and other makers of low-power chips.

The new chip will be based on Broadwell, a microarchitecture to be introduced next year as the successor to Intel’s Haswell design. But this processor will be a system-on-chip, setting it apart from Intel’s other Xeon server products.

SOCs combine several components onto a single chip to reduce power consumption and space requirements. In the server market, they’re often used in micro-servers, a type of low-power server used for large-scale, online workloads.

Intel already offers SOCs in its Atom family of chips, but Atom has its own microarchitecture. The new chip announced Monday will be Intel’s first SOC that uses the same microarchitecture as its more powerful Xeon chips.

“With this new product, we’ll be delivering the best of both worlds: high performance and high density,” said Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s data center and connected systems group, at an Intel event in San Francisco.

She didn’t give a name for the new chip but said it will ship next year. It will be manufactured on a 14-nanometer process and include integrated I/O, networking, and application accelerators, Bryant said.

The chip essentially allows Intel to straddle the gap between its current Atom processors, which focus on low power consumption, and its Xeon processors, which are tuned for higher performance but use more electricity.

“They’re trying to cover the whole market. They’ve decided it’s better to have a little bit of overlap than to have any gaps,” said industry analyst Nathan Brookwood of Insight64.

The chip comes at a time of heightened competition in the server market. Rivals such as Calxeda and Advanced Micro Devices are building low-power SOCs using designs from UK chip architecture company ARM, and the new chip from Intel is its latest response to that trend.

Intel didn’t say on Monday if the new chip will be branded as a Xeon or an Atom. Its place between the two product lines could create some confusion for customers, Brookwood said, though he thinks Intel will eventually decide on Xeon.

It’s not the only chip Intel has for low-power servers. The company recently began shipping a Xeon E3 processor based on the Haswell core, and versions of that chip based on Broadwell are expected next year. They will be “general-purpose” Xeons, as opposed to SOCs specifically for low-power, high-density systems.

In its Atom family, Intel will begin shipping a new chip later this year code-named Avoton, based on a new chip core known as Silvermont. Compared with the current Atom core, Avoton will offer “a 3x improvement in power at the same performance level, or a 5x increase in performance at the same power,” according to Bryant.


Green Hills Software Announces AdaMULTI Support for ARM-Based Processors

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SANTA BARBARA, CA–(Marketwired – Jul 2, 2013) – Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, has announced the availability of a complete integrated development environment for Ada users, who are targeting systems based on ARM® processors. AdaMULTI™ development environment for ARM has been created in response to increasing demand for ARM devices in embedded applications due to their excellent power/performance ratios and relative cost effectiveness.

The Ada programming language is typically used on projects that have real-time constraints, are developed by sizeable teams and require longevity of support. It is widely adopted in the defense sector and in security applications, such as access control. With the increasing requirement to extend the operating life of battery-powered equipment used on missions or remotely deployed in the field, ARM-based processors are being selected because of their ability to deliver the necessary performance with a reduced power budget.

Green Hills Software’s customers can rehost their existing Ada95 based applications with the new compilation environment. Additionally, some new features that have recently been added to the language are also included in the new release.

AdaMULTI for ARM is a fully integrated development environment that contains all the tools needed to complete a major programming project. These include: launcher, project manager, editor, source-level debugger, EventAnalyzer™, run-time error checking, code coverage analysis,TimeMachine™ tools suite, performance profiler and graphical browser. AdaMULTI development environment components are aware of each other and communicate among themselves, making the whole much greater than the sum of its parts. It runs on Windows, Solaris and Linux hosts and supports remote debugging for a variety of target environments, including with the Green Hills Probe and SuperTrace™ Probe for hardware debug and trace.

The AdaMULTI environment can also be used with Green Hills Software’s optimizing C/C++ compilers and other compilers that adhere to ARM Procedure Call and EABI standards. It supports a wide variety of real-time operating systems (RTOS), including Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY® RTOS, third party and internally developed RTOSes. Because the AdaMULTI environment is fully RTOS-aware, designers can debug and tune their applications at the task level. It is particularly well suited to debugging multi-tasking programs and systems that employ multiple processors and cores.

Availability
Green Hills Software’s AdaMULTI development environment for ARM is available now for ARM processors including Cortex™-A and Cortex-R series and ARM7TDMI®.

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178B RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA and NIST) to EAL 6+, High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom.