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Open Source—“When” and “If” in mission critIcal systems

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Nov 20, 2020 11:50:13 AM

Earlier in November I was speaking as part of a track on cybersecurity at (Virtual) Electronica, a tradeshow held every two years in Munich. One of the questions related to when open source hypervisors will appear at the heart of mission critical systems. Mission critical systems are those that simply have to work all the time in a predictable way. Relevant applications include avionics, rail infrastructure, self- driving vehicles.

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Airworthiness and Multicore: Intel, Mercury, and Lynx webinar

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Nov 9, 2020 10:30:32 AM

Lynx Software Technologies was invited, along with Mercury Systems (a partner), to participate in a webinar sponsored by Intel that focused on harnessing multicore processors for use in mission critical avionics platforms.

During the webinar, Intel announced they were licensing a Flight Safety Evidence Package for the Intel C3708 processor (I still have to use the brand names though….this is Denverton!). This package was developed to support Lockheed Martin’s certification efforts for the F-35 joint strike fighter and have been one of the primary programs that has generated a great working relationship over the last few years between the two companies. A great Intel Solution Brief is located here if you need additional information.

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From Mission Critical Embedded Systems to the Mission Critical Edge

By Flavio Bonomi on Sep 18, 2020 10:48:08 AM

Across a range of industries, there is a broad understanding that the deployment of modern computing resources with cloud native models of software lifecycle management will become ever more pervasive. Placing virtualized computing resources nearer to where multiple streams of data are created is well established. It is the path to address system latency, privacy, cost and resiliency challenges that a pure cloud computing approach cannot address.

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Disrupt or be disrupted

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Aug 18, 2020 12:21:21 PM

A number of our recent customer design wins have been where Lynx Software Technologies has ousted competitors from prior versions of those products. We were not in the prior versions of the Joint Strike Fighter prior to the Technical Refresh (“TR3). With another large customer decision cycle making their way through the elimination of a wider set of alternatives and recently casting out a recognized incumbent, my mind turned to thoughts of disruption.

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August company update

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Aug 3, 2020 8:24:29 AM

One of the regular topics on LinkedIn and, indeed, in business topics, is about the need for small businesses to focus. I have always struggled with this over my career. In the should-be-post-COVID-19 era, this is really challenging for us… but arguably in a good way!

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Secure Platform for IIOT

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Jul 15, 2020 9:49:04 AM

In May 2020, I wrote a couple of blogs about what we were starting to hear about in terms of use cases for our separation kernel hypervisor, LynxSecure, in Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications. I thought it about time to provide a short update. As I mentioned previously, Lynx has a long history focused on accelerating and cost reducing the path that customers create, certify and deploy mission critical avionics’ systems. We have a set of artifacts in place that customers can reuse to simplify system certification processes etc. According to research by Rockwell Collins, DO-178C DAL A requirements represent a superset of industry specific certifications such as ISO 26262, IEC 61508 and similar certifications. As a result, we felt that Lynx could apply its extensive avionics experience and certifications into additional markets.

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THE COVID-19 EFFECT; INCREASED INTEREST IN SECURE LAPTOPS

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Jul 9, 2020 12:59:48 PM

Back in March, I wrote a blog about secure laptops based on some work Lynx was doing in this area. I committed to providing some ongoing updates via our website in due course. At the time, this was based some work with a partner that is focused on the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program. I hope to be able to share more details in the public domain about this partnership in the not-too-distant future.

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Multicore Certification: Not Losing Track of Our Avionics Heritage

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Jun 18, 2020 10:12:22 AM

Earlier this week, Lynx announced a set of products for a number of target applications. Each of these feature a combination of Lynx technology, guest operating systems from third parties and system integrations. Much of the early coverage has discussed our expansion into certain green- and brown-field industrial applications, and we are certainly excited about the opportunities there.

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No safety without security

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on May 12, 2020 11:11:39 AM

Since my last blog on Edge Computing, I have been contemplating Lynx’s positioning with regard to safety or security. Are we providing security or safety? The short answer is that we provide both. But the slightly longer answer is more interesting.

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The "Edge" - More than a buzzword?

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on May 1, 2020 10:30:48 AM

The technology industry loves its buzzwords and acronyms. Every couple of years it seems there is something new that will cause a paradigm shift, that the world will be “turned upside down,” etc. Bill Gates once said, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” One of the newer terms to appear is “Edge Computing.” Predictably, there are people forecasting seismic changes in the world order. To quote Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters: “Human sacrifice, dogs, and cats living together—mass hysteria.” The reality is less dramatic than a paradigm shift; namely that systems oscillate back and forth from centralized processing to distributed models. A year ago, Gartner placed Edge near the peak of the hype cycle. Really, all Edge Computing relates to is an understandable shift of the intelligence back nearer to where data is created.

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It isn't always about the rtos

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Apr 23, 2020 10:52:35 AM

The world has changed drastically since my last blog at the end of February. We had just returned from Embedded World, but of course today it’s all about webinars, video and additional technical content in lieu of physical tradeshows. I had planned to write about the world of Lynx marketing in the current (and hopefully soon-to-be post) COVID-19 era… Then Arun, my colleague that runs the engineering team, posted his blog about life in this new normal, so I felt I had to pivot to another theme...

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The Covid-19 Effect: Running an engineering organization from home

By Arun Subbarao | VP Engineering on Apr 20, 2020 1:47:50 PM

As I sat down to pen my first blog entry for Lynx Software Technologies, I found myself naturally inclined to debate the merits and trade-offs of the latest technology advancement. Instead, based on some gentle prodding by Ian (our VP Marketing), I found myself reflecting on the operational challenges of working from home for the engineering organization. As we enter the 7th week of involuntary isolation, the Lynx Engineering organization has stepped up to this challenge to ensure no loss of continuity for our customers who depend on the technology benefits, quality and timeliness of our deliveries. I wanted to share some stories from the trenches as we surmount challenges with communication, equipment handling and onboarding new hires while continuing to deliver industry-leading technology and products that are highly coveted within our customer base.

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Machine Learning in Avionics: When, Where, How

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Apr 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Ever since John Reardon issued this article in the COTS Journal in January, I have been thinking about how artificial intelligence will start to appear in the avionics industry. My time prior to joining Lynx was all spent in the technology industry focused on other markets like consumer, industrial and cloud infrastructure. While I think digital speakers aren’t particularly useful, it is an example of how machine learning is (audibly) impacting many people’s daily lives. There are far more useful-to-mankind examples underway in the field of healthcare where reams of old data can be examined to predict the onset of specific diseases.

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A good surprise (to me) at lynx: The secure laptop opportunity

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Mar 11, 2020 2:43:26 PM

I have now passed the ninety day tenure milestone at Lynx Software Technologies. I was reflecting today as to what the biggest surprise has been since joining from a marketing perspective. Somewhat obviously, the arrival and impact coronavirus has provided on physical events is by far and away the biggest challenge we have faced. My thoughts are, first and foremost, with any families with people that have been diagnosed with this disease. At a more mundane (i.e. not life and death) level, we attended a very different Embedded World 2020 and now face a period of uncertainty as to which events will go ahead and which will be canceled. Like many marketing teams, we now have two programs for each show; one assuming the event is held as planned, the other looking at how to repurpose content and demos to be sharable via other channels.

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Trade Show Season and Product Announcements

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Feb 25, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Since the start of the year, the amazing Lynx team has been hard at work in terms of content creation. We have rolled out a wide ranging set of updates to our website, introduced a new set of blogs authored by leaders from across the company and established a YouTube channel with a new set of “ask the expert” video vignettes.

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A message from the CEO– Lynx Software Technologies: the road ahead…

By Gurjot Singh | CEO on Feb 18, 2020 1:09:14 PM

As you may have seen, Lynx Software Technologies has been undergoing some changes of late. I am truly excited about the direction in which we are headed. We have a great balance of new-to-Lynx and ingrained-with-Lynx-DNA senior leaders on our team.

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Shifts in the Automotive Industry

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Jan 29, 2020 12:15:00 AM

In my first blog, I mentioned that one of the reasons I joined Lynx Software Technologies was that I thought a number of additional markets were going to need and value the functionality that Lynx provides for mission critical systems.

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Why Did I Join Lynx

By Ian Ferguson | VP Marketing on Jan 6, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Behind highly visible, glamorous appliances like smartphones, televisions and in-car infotainment, there exists a broad range of technology largely hidden from its users. These systems have grown from closed systems to complex and connected “systems of systems”. They simply must work no matter what challenges humans, the environment or IT infrastructure throw at them. They must work for years… in some cases, for decades.

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