Embedded Computing Design

Brandon is responsible for guiding content strategy, editorial direction, and community engagement across the Embedded Computing Design ecosystem. A 10-year veteran of the electronics media industry, he enjoys covering topics ranging from development kits to cybersecurity and tech business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Software & OS

Let's Build a Robot with Wind River VxWorks, Part 1 - Video

May 12, 2021

In this episode of Embedded Toolbox, the first of five in our “Let’s Build a Robot” series, Rob Woolley, Principal Technologist in the Technology Office at Wind River, lays out the drivers behind next-generation autonomous robot platforms built on frameworks like the Robot Operating System and capabilities like enterprise-class AI. He then proceeds to demonstrate how these software solutions can be supported on safety-critical edge robots using the VxWorks real-time operating system and docker containers.


When the Chips Are Down: Feedback from the Semiconductor Shortage - Podcast

April 23, 2021

In this episode of the Embedded Insiders, Brandon and Rich discuss Silicon Laboratories recent divestiture of its infrastructure and automotive business units to SkyWorks Solutions. The sale includes the company’s power, isolation, broadcast, timing, and other products and IP. Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle said several years ago that the company is “all-in” on IoT, and this move appears to be him keeping his word. But was it the best move?

Software & OS
AI & Machine Learning

Embedded AI: Out of the Lab and into the Field - Podcast

March 26, 2021

How do we transition from our historical lack of understanding about what’s going on under the hood of complex neural networks, and into an era of AI explainability around how these models operate?


Surprise! eBay Helped A Hacker Model Your ICS - Story

March 19, 2021

Cybersecurity firm Dragos recently released its annual Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Year in Review Report for 2020, which shows that threats targeting ICS and OT infrastructure tripled last year. The 703 identified vulnerabilities were underscored by the company’s findings that roughly 90 percent of its clients had little to no visibility into their ICS environments beyond the IT/OT network boundary.


Threat Modeling & Intelligence While Working from Home - Podcast

March 19, 2021

During a recorded presentation from  embedded world 2021, Rich and Brandon are joined by Technology Editor Curt Schwaderer, who doubles as Vice President of Engineering at intelligence and security provider Yaana Technologies. The three discuss how the tech industry in particular and connected organizations in general have transitioned from protecting devices from attacks to accepting they will be hacked and mitigating losses to modern threat intelligence and modeling strategies. They then look at this evolution through the lens of employees, who are handling and working with sensitive information and IP, working from home.


Collabora Adds HEVC/H.265 to NXP’s i.MX 8M - News

March 03, 2021

Support for the IP is enabled via the aforementioned kernel driver and through a userspace component that can be accessed using frameworks like FFMPEG and GStreamer.


Three Ways to Achieve Tenfold Embedded Memory Performance for Heterogeneous Multicore - Blog

March 01, 2021

In theory, a heterogeneous multicore device can equip a compute block optimized for any type of operation a given use case can throw at it. A GPU for video processing, a neural network processor for object recognition, a CPU to run the OS, and so on. The different fit-for-purpose cores provide an SoC with more flexibility, and therefore greater performance and lower power consumption across a wider range of workloads, than a homogeneous processor of the same class. 


Beyond Moore’s Law with Parallel Processing & Heterogeneous SoCs - Story

March 01, 2021

2021 Embedded Processor Report: With the dependable performance-per-watt gains of transistor scaling drawing to a close, how will future generations of processors access the compute necessary to efficiently execute demanding workloads? The answer my come via parallel processing on heterogeneous SoCs.

Software & OS

Embedded Insiders: How Much Are You Willing to Pay for Bad Software? - Podcast

February 26, 2021

With time to market pressures constantly increasing, technology organizations are moving away from traditional waterfall development workflows and towards Agile/DevOps software development practices.

Debug & Test

Embedded Toolbox: Prove It! Proofs Start Where Static Analysis Stops - Blog

February 25, 2021


Static analysis tools are widely used in safety- and security-critical applications as a means of finding and remediating coding errors. In fact, they are the de facto software testing tool in these industries.


embedded world 2021 conference session: The Automotive Paradigm Shift - News

February 01, 2021

Nuremberg, Germany  – On Monday, March 1st, from 11-11:30 CET, Real-Time Innovation’s Pedro Lopez Estepa will be presenting “The Automotive Paradigm Shift: Connectivity at the Core” at the first all-digital embedded world exhibition and conference. Estepa’s session  will address unprecedented change in the automotive market as manufacturers race to develop connected and autonomous mobility platforms.

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: Monarch LTE-M Development Kit from Avnet - Video

January 22, 2021

Are you looking for a modern cellular M2M connectivity technology for an upcoming IoT deployment? Look no further than LTE-M.

AI & Machine Learning

Using Vizi-AI to Monitor Social Distancing - Product

January 08, 2021

How to monitor social distancing, measure occupancy, and more using one edge-based AI platform: ADLINK Technology’s Vizi-AI


Embedded Toolbox: Secure IP through Production with Secure Thingz? Secure Desktop Provisioner - Video

December 15, 2020

In Part 3, Shawn helps us transition from the development environment and into production by creating fully-encrypted, trusted application packages using Secure Thingz' Secure Desktop Provisioner.

AI & Machine Learning

Industry Leaders Make Big Plays for Small AI - Podcast

December 04, 2020

In this edition of the Embedded Insiders, Brandon and Rich discuss the semantics of AI and intelligent technology and what qualifies as a smart system these days.

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