Introduction to the SAE J1939 Protocol

SAE J1939 is the standard communications network for sharing control and diagnostic information between electronic control units (ECUs) which reside on heavy duty and commercial vehicles. Examples of such vehicles are school busses, cement mixers, military vehicles, and semi-tractors.

How to Have Polymorphism Without a Heap

Rethinking basic programming techniques can avoid many of the problems that heap-based memory management poses for embedded real-time system designs.

How to Install and Configure the RedBoot ROM Monitor

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RedBoot is a portable, open-source ROM monitor that offers a download and debug environment. What more could you want?

How to Port the eCos Operating System

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The first task when using any new real-time operating system (RTOS) is to get it up and running on your hardware. The open-source eCos RTOS makes that part pretty easy.

How to Reduce Power Consumption by Writing Better Software

The way you write software can affect the power consumption of the resulting product. Here are four approaches to minimizing power consumption through software.

Mutexes and Semaphores Demystified

In this first installment of a series of articles on the proper use of a real-time operating system (RTOS), we examine the important differences between a mutex and a semaphore.

Bug-Killing Coding Standard Rules for Embedded C

A C coding standard can help keep bugs out of embedded software by leveraging common language features and development tools.

More Bug-Killing Coding Standards for Embedded C

This second article on enforceable coding standards for embedded systems adds a set of additional bug-killing rules for using certain C keywords and naming global variables.

A Framework for Safe Motion Control Firmware

An object-oriented framework can be used to create safe, testable and tunable motion control systems.

2016 Safety & Security Survey

Barr Group's 2016 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey had participation from more than 2,500 embedded systems design engineers and revealed a number of interesting trends in the embedded industry.