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Wind River and HP Working Together on NFV

Wind River and HP have announced that they are working together to certify Wind River networking and communications software on Network Equipment Building System (NEBS)-compliant HP ProLiant servers. Wind River networking and communications products currently in certification with HP include  Wind River Linux, Wind River Open Virtualization and Carrier Grade Profile for Wind River Linux

HP’s portfolio of servers includes carrier-grade NEBS-compliant servers optimized for the needs of telecom service providers and network equipment suppliers. Upon completion of certification testing, Wind River networking and communications products will join the HP certification matrix and the company will be distinguished as a preferred software vendor for the communications market. Together, Wind River and HP are accelerating network transformation by helping customers become ready to quickly address network functions virtualization (NFV) applications and lower total cost of ownership through the adoption of commercial off-the shelf (COTS) hardware.

Wind River Linux delivers a commercial grade Linux platform and easy out-of-the box user experience with a rich set of capabilities based on the latest open source technologies, fully integrated development tools, worldwide support and maintenance, and expert professional services. Wind River Linux was developed from the Yocto Project development infrastructure. Compatibility with the Yocto Project allows improved cross-platform compatibility and component interoperability.

Wind River Open Virtualization optimizes open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology to allow the deployment of network services on virtual machines without the performance loss associated with using traditional, IT virtualization products. Meeting carrier grade requirements, Open Virtualization delivers near-native hardware performance speeds, whereas standard KVM maximum latency is typically several thousand percent higher than native results. Built on a Yocto Project-based infrastructure and delivering carrier grade virtualization, Open Virtualization is a Type 2 hypervisor that leverages the latest open source advancements.

With Wind River Linux as a base, Carrier Grade Profile for Wind River Linux gives customers a turnkey platform that allows them to meet their Carrier Grade Linux requirements. Carrier Grade Profile is formally registered for the CGL 5.0 specification with the Linux Foundation, and is the first delivery of Carrier Grade Linux functionalities on top of a Yocto Project-compatible product. This offering enables the next generation of embedded Linux designs that require secure, standards-based and reliable solutions.

Google Glass Attracting Applications in Medicine

The much-publicized wearable Google Glass device appears to be finding interest among medical device and application developers. The Google Glass includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and voice activation, and has the ability to transmit images and voice to remote devices.

The ability to send its images of wound patients to the laptops, tablets and smartphones of doctors and nurses is the basis of an app from a start-up called Pristine in Los Angeles. Another start-up is working on the ability for the Glass to send data and images from the audio-visual stream directly into patients’ electronic medical records. The ability for physicians to consult with specialists from a real situation such as an accident or a medical emergency is being developed by a company called Healium in California.

The consultation potential appears to have particular interest of ER personnel as well as those caring for chronic wounds like diabetic or venous ulcers, which can take a long time to heal yet need frequent monitoring. The ability of first responders to get quick medical advice via voice in response to their own views of a situation is attracting a number of potential application developers.

In other news, the Google Glass has just gotten its first game, called “Global Food Fight,” in which players use a slingshot to hurl bananas, tomatoes and pies at an opponent. The trajectory is controlled by head motion. This, no doubt, signals the start of yet another trend.

Nasmyth Group Acquires Arden Precision         

Nasmyth Group, a manufacturer and supplier of precision engineering products and services, has announced that it has acquired the trade and certain assets of Arden Precision. Nasmyth Group is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its incorporation this year and is pleased to be acquiring Arden, established in 1980, to complement its already comprehensive engineering facilities in the UK and overseas.

In addition to precision machining including CNC turning, CNC Milling, 4 and 5 axis milling and 3D machining, Arden also provides CMM inspection facilities suited to a range of components destined for aerospace applications. The expertise and skills of Arden and its employees, combined with the company’s state-of-the-art facilities and its strong customer base, make it an ideal fit with the 14 specialist businesses that already make up Nasmyth Group.

Nasmyth Arden, as the business will now be called, will continue to operate from its modern premises in Solihull and will be constituted as a division of Bulwell Precision Engineers Ltd, one of Nasmyth Group’s wholly owned subsidiaries that itself specializes in all aspects of the production of components and mechanical assemblies for aerospace and similar high-quality and precision requirements.

Motorola Solutions and AVX Expand Conflict-Free Acquisitions in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Motorola Solutions and AVX Corporation have announced expansion of Solutions for Hope to the Province of North Kivu, the conflict-prone area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The innovative Solutions for Hope platform allows tantalum from the DRC to be used in Motorola Solutions and AVX products without the involvement of illegal armed groups, or “conflict free.” Tantalum is a material used to manufacture certain capacitors that enable electronic products and is derived from the mineral coltan, which is in rich supply in the DRC.

Solutions for Hope was launched in July 2011 in the DRC’s Katanga province. For the first time in the region, it created a “closed-pipe” supply model that has proven effective. The model uses a defined set of suppliers covering the mines, smelters, capacitor manufacturers (AVX) and end users (Motorola Solutions).

As a result, Solutions for Hope not only validates that “conflict minerals” do not enter the supply chain, but also creates economic benefits for artisanal miners and their families. Thus, it supports the policies of the United States and the European Union because it avoids imposition of a de facto, country-wide embargo on the DRC that would impoverish non-conflict areas.

New legislation requires U.S. companies to disclose the use of certain minerals, including tantalum, used in their products and to describe the process used to ensure that the purchase of these minerals does not fund the illegal armed groups operating in the DRC. Solutions for Hope is consistent with the requirements of this new legislation.

Hardent Becomes an ARM Approved Training Center

Hardent, a Xilinx Authorized Training Provider (ATP), has received certification as an ARM Approved Training Center. Hardent has taken the initiative to promote and deliver the company’s full training curriculum from coast to coast as part of the ARM Approved Training Center program. Becoming an ARM ATC complements Hardent’s existing offerings that include Xilinx training, WHDL functional hardware verification courses and other industry-related classes.

Hardent will offer a variety of ARM training courses including ARM Cortex – A Software Development, ARM Cortex-M Embedded Software Development, and ARM Embedded Software Optimization. Moreover, Hardent training can now assist developers in mastering both ARM’s advanced processor technology and Xilinx’s latest programmable logic technology. Specialized courses, such as the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable SoC System Architecture, will help design teams reduce time-to-market and enable the creation of cutting-edge embedded applications.

Adlink Announces Acquisition of Embedded PC Maker Penta

Adlink Technology has announced the 100% share acquisition of Penta GmbH in Germany for approximately 5.4M Euro based on the resolution of the board meeting held on March 12, 2014. Established in 1994 and located in Deggendorf and Puchheim, Germany, Penta has about 40 employees with a predominantly R&D and technical background. Penta has extensive experience and know-how in the design and manufacture of medical embedded PC systems and monitors. The company promotes its products through established sales networks in vertical markets, such as medical, industrial automation and food & beverage, which require high-quality products for critical applications.

“By leveraging Penta’s solid design methodology and manufacturing capabilities, Adlink’s medical product line can be effectively improved. This will also help to enable access to adjacent markets with similar critical requirements,” said Jim Liu, CEO of Adlink. “Furthermore, the synergy of this acquisition with respect to global sales, improved production control, market development and product comprehensiveness will be brought into full play. With the addition of Penta’s technical team, Adlink will be able to provide better support to its worldwide customers in Europe and increase its global market share in the medical market.”

Helmut Müller and Walter Steinbeißer, founders and managing directors of Penta, concur that joining the Adlink group will generate several synergies, which will result in benefits for the customers.

“A shared strong focus on innovation and quality, as well as flexibility and customer service, combined with the already existing global setup of Adlink makes it now possible to optimally serve customers with innovative products on a worldwide basis,” explained Müller.

3D Customization Enters the Mainstream

Until now, if you wanted a customized 3D product—think a business card holder or a toy, phone case, piece of jewelry, robot—you went to a 3D printing company, they handled the process and your product was delivered. Using a different approach, Treofab offers hands-on, 3D customization and personalization directly by the consumer.

Treofab is an online marketplace for 3D goods, focused on bringing 3D printing to the mass market through personalization technology and a superior consumer experience. This marketplace brings together the consumer, 3D product designer and manufacturer of 3D printed objects. Treofab achieves this by giving the 3D product designers the ability to load customizable products and promote themselves and their designs, collaborate with other designers, and share their creations. Treofab also gives the consumer a proprietary user interface to personalize the designer-supplied 3D printable products. For example, after personalizing their objects with kids’ soccer team mascots or business logos and contact information, the consumer is given the ability to choose product material and manufacturer by sorting through reviews, quality, cost and speed.

Treofab is a new business, in Beta mode. Their “Product Builder App” enables designers to submit their products for customization and personalization for sales to consumers on the Treofab website. Though the upload feature is currently limited to accepting STL files, a team of 10 is working to account for more file formats in the future.