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Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Windows CE to stay here ? A ‘Real-time’ analysis.

Windows CE to stay here ? A ‘Real-time’ analysis.

After the advent of windows on ARM/Windows Phone 8, there is always a concern among the windows CE community on the future of Windows CE. When compared to windows on ARM/windows phone 8 there are many reasons to believe that windows CE is here to stay, in this blog I compare one of the interrupt handling features – priority inheritance mechanism, of Windows CE that determines its real-time capability. How predictable and reliable a system is, on reacting to an interrupt, defines its real-time effectiveness. When a common resource is shared among 3 tasks using Mutex there is a possibility of a situation where the high priority task had to wait for the lower priority task to release the shared resource. In this case the high priority  task remains blocked, causing a priority inversion situation where high priority task is indirectly pre-empted by a low priority task, effectively “inverting” the relative priorities of the two tasks, meaning the high-priority task has to wait for the completion of the lower...

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

FireFox OS and Android: Dual boot on Smart Phone

FireFox OS and Android: Dual boot on Smart Phone

Smartphones have become integral part of our life, where user likes to be connected always and use creative applications on shiny smart phone user interfaces. Today Android has captured the smart phone market and maturing which is completely open sourced. Operators and customers are looking towards an option alternative to Android. This is to enable user to have more options while buying phone and take advantage of different technologies. Users will be able to use HTML5 applications being developed by over 10 million HTML5 application developers. The number of HTML5 application developers is very big compared to about 1,00,000 iOS developers and about 5,00,000 Android developers. Firefox Smartphone operating system from Mozilla which is called as B2G (Boot to Gecko) meets all the features of smart phone with HTML5 application programming.  Gecko browser engine interfaces with below GONK HAL layer to talk to the hardware. Firefox GONK layer is built on top of android which means Linux kernel and core libraries of Android are adopted to execute Gecko and...

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Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Smart Devices, Wireless |

Mobile Application types and business choice

Mobile Application types and business choice

Mobile applications and the market scenario has evolved so much in the last decade in tandem with the technologies and standards. The competition and time to market  to do business has become cut throat.  An app is a real estate that struggles so much to find its place in the menu of a phone. This directly has impact on the the things that one need to decide early in stage in the mobile application development process as how to build and deploy an app. The options available today are, Native Applications Web Applications & Hybrid Applications Let us have a crisp understanding of these before deciding which one to choose. Native Applications: A native app is an app for a certain mobile device (smartphone, tablet , etc) which is coded with a specific programming language (like Objective C for iOS, Java for Android) and installed directly onto the device. End users typically acquire these apps through an online app store. A native app generally makes use of the phone’s...

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Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Consumer Electronics, Smart Devices, Wireless |

Spoilt for choice – The completely swatchable phone

Spoilt for choice – The completely swatchable phone

Imagine walking into the friendly neighborhood phone store, selecting your hardware platform, choosing the OS that you want and going over a menu of possible enhancements to the standard fare.  That’s not where your choices will stop. You see what’s on offer for the camera, will you settle for the super megapixel camera of the OEM or insist on one from a specialist camera manufacture? Will you be content with the stereo speaker that come as standard fitment or go for the Hi-Fi special that will satisfy the  audiophile in you? Among the choices you can make are camera enhancements like clip on zoom lenses and filters, biometric readers, sensors of different kinds, memory size, battery type, charging options, pre-built application bundles, customized cases and the list could go on. It looks the Smartphone is poised to go the route that PC’s went through and offered the consumer a choice of hardware, operating system, application software and type of peripherals and add-ons. The auto industry too offers multiple options...

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