One million seconds to Christmas MARKING 1 MILLION SECONDS TO CHRISTMAS FOR CHARITY With the countdown to the big day continuing - we decided to mark 1 million seconds to Christmas with a festive coffee morning for charity. Earlier today, at 10:13:20 (exactly one million seconds to Christmas), ByteSnap staff gathered together for "Mince Pies and Munchies" to raise money for our Christmas charity this year - the Buddy Bag Foundation. The Buddy Bag Foundation was set up by Karen Williams in response to the increasing number of children fleeing violent situations at home and ending up in emergency accommodation. The charity prepares essentials back packs for children entering emergency care after a traumatic incident. The purpose of the Buddy Bags is [...]
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EV Charging: PlugFest 2018 Review PlugFest 2018 - so what was it really like? An update now on our VIGIL Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) project! We’ve been busy working alongside our consortium partners on the foundation of our pioneering V2G platform. ByteSnap is developing the OCPP module and companion app for the V2G system. As part of our VIGIL project R&D, two ByteSnap engineers took part in an international EV testing symposium recently. They’re held at different destinations around the world each year and this was our first time at such an event. So, was it worth it…? Read our Q & A and find out… PlugFest 2018 Review – Q & A Where and when? The 10th International Testing Symposium was held on [...]
L-R: Calum, Chris and Ville at the end of the run Three ByteSnap engineers have vowed to take on the 2019 Birmingham 10K Run after a snap decision to join this year's event. Calum, Chris and Ville were among a record-breaking 8,000 runners participating in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k earlier this month, on May Bank Holiday Sunday. The engineers were last minute entrants: "As an alumnus, a few weeks ago I got a letter from the University of Birmingham urging me to take part," explained Chris. "I'd done quite a bit of trail running, so I thought I'd try an official, timed run - and managed to get Calum and Ville to join in too!" Calum, who ran a very respectable 1 hour 54 [...]
In FPGA design, interfacing over AXI (ARM eXtensible Interface) is an increasingly popular choice due to its status as the most widespread AMBA interface, enabling the connection of potentially hundreds of Masters and Slaves in complex SoCs. Download the new eBook: FPGA Design - Interfacing Over AXI Using A Simple Address Data Bus However, it does add in an additional layer to managing IP. Time has to be spent supervising and generating IP outputs before they can be incorporated into the mainline project, and simulating the design can be a challenge in itself! One option that significantly reduces the overhead is to choose BRAM, which helps interface to AXI without the need to handle the AXI bus directly and removes concerns about potential issues that are not related [...]
When the WPA2 vulnerability, better known as the WiFi KRACK was revealed late last year, what followed was a torrent of concerning headlines suggesting that all WiFi communications could be decrypted. Whilst it is vulnerability at the core of one of the most popular forms of WiFi network security, all is not as bad as some of the articles might lead you to believe. We're going to take a realistic look at how this attack works and outline some important steps users and service providers can take to keep networks and devices safe. WiFi KRACK: Four key steps to manage the risk and protect your network What is a KRACK? KRACK, meaning Key Reinstallation AttaCK, works by abusing a flaw found in the WPA2 implementation declared [...]
Our series Windows Embedded Compact Migration: What You Need to Know examines the primary issues around planning for the lack of support for Microsoft Embedded devices, as end of life dates for Windows CE and Mobile OS beckon ever closer. We kicked off the series with Part 1 when we looked at key considerations such as platform longevity and security. And Part 2 went into greater detail on OS migration, and developing your legacy WinCE environment for the future. So - straight into the final instalment and how to migrate Windows CE... Windows Embedded Compact Migration - What You Need to Know Part 3: Application Development: Migration of Windows CE to new embedded environment Both Android and Linux present opportunities for handheld devices that will no longer be [...]
ByteSnap and consortium partners begin breakthrough V2G development project We’re pleased to announce that ByteSnap and a consortium of partners have been awarded a two-year collaborative project, VIGIL (Vehicle-to-Grid Intelligent Control), under a Vehicle-to-Grid competition, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The other partners in the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) consortium are: Aston University Nortech Management Grid Edge VIGIL – spearheading the UK’s smart energy market The VIGIL project is focussed on developing a new communication and control platform for Vehicle-to-Grid/Building (V2G/V2B) systems: an off-vehicle system that controls how, when and the rate at which electric vehicle batteries are charged/discharged with respect to local substation constraints and EV/building energy requirements. V2G consortium [...]
As end of life dates for Windows CE and Mobile OS continue to get closer, our series Windows Embedded Compact Migration: What You Need to Know examines the primary issues around planning for the lack of support for Microsoft Embedded devices. In Part 1 of the series, we surveyed the landscape for Microsoft Embedded and how to carefully consider OS Migration and priorities such as security and platform longevity. So, in Part 2, let's look some more at topics around .OS Migration Part 2: OS Migration - developing your legacy Windows CE environment for the future Learn what to expect when moving from Microsoft to Linux Embedded. Here we explore the differences and similarities between the two operating systems. For those from a Microsoft [...]
Watch SnapUI's smooth performance on the NXP i.MX7 ULP processor: SnapUI in action on the NXP Stand at Embedded World 2018: the largest embedded systems trade show on the globe Nuremberg, Germany: SnapUI demo up and running amid last minute preparations at Embedded World 2018 SnapUI Demo: Homehub (thermostat and alarm panel) on the i.MX7 ULP ByteSnap is excited to be exhibiting SnapUI – our low power, high performance GUI engine - running on NXP’s new i.MX7 ULP processor at the world’s biggest embedded systems trade fair… SnapUI is on display at Embedded World 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany 27th February – 1st March. The demonstration uses the SnapUI framework to render using the OpenGL accelerated GPU of the i.MX7 ULP. All framework graphics [...]
New Series: Windows Embedded Compact Migration: What You Need to Know - Part 1 With end of life dates for Windows CE and Mobile OS, our new series Windows Embedded Compact Migration: What You Need to Know explores the key considerations when planning for the lack of support for Microsoft Embedded devices. Part 1: Windows Embedded Compact Migration and End-of-Life Windows Embedded Compact 6.0 has been available since 2006 and Windows Embedded Compact 7.0 dates back to 2011. For device manufacturers and software developers, there are several important dates in the platforms’ product lifecycles, especially when ‘mainstream’ and ‘extended' support ends. Mainstream support is available during system development when problems occur that may require Microsoft assistance. Windows customers can raise a [...]