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News Article | December 2, 2016
Site: www.newsmaker.com.au

Daejeon, KOREA - Researchers from Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) have developed a high performance processor for autonomous vehicles called Aldebaran. Increased focus by the automotive and IT industries on enhancing autonomous vehicle technology has increased the market for dedicated core processors customized for autonomous vehicles. Aldebaran is a high performance processor designed using all-Korean technology for autonomous vehicles. It consists of four superscalar processors and an object recognition vision engine integrated to meet all functional safety requirements as specified by ISO 26262. Electronics components are indispensable to new cars as they play vital roles in critical functions. The proliferation of electronic components integrated into cars have spotlighted reliability issues regarding electrical circuits, as malfunctions can directly affect the safety of passengers. Moreover, several factors natural to typical vehicle operating conditions - including temperature, radiation, etc. - can potentially cause malfunction in electronic devices posing great risk. Processor IC chips are central computing components that can collect information from peripheral input components (e.g. radar, lidar, ultrasound, etc.) and process the information to control the system. Needless to say, the processor is an integral component of the autonomous vehicle and its malfunction could result in catastrophic results to passengers. ISO26262 is an international standard concerning the functional safety of electrical/electronic systems in production automobiles that was developed by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). ISO26262 defines functional safety for electronic parts including electronic system hardware, software and production. Furthermore, the second edition of the standard includes material regarding the development and production phase of semi-conductor devices. ETRI's Aldebaran is Korea's first 1GHz processor targeting automotive applications compliant to the functional safety requirements of ISO26262 Part 11 and Part 5. The Aldebaran processor monitors the activities of multiple cores in real time to provide fault tolerance. Four cores are capable of operating independently at 1 GHz to provide high computational capacity. The Aldebaran processor includes a proprietary superscalar architecture, 32KB / 32KB cache memory, and a memory management unit (MMU) for virtual memory operation, with an emphasis on implementing an ultra-low power processor core. Aldebaran's I/O interface comes highly equipped for automotive applications with CAN (Controller Area Network) and CAN-FD (Flexible Data rate), serial communication via UART, and I2C. Furthermore, Aldebaran includes vision accelerators for vehicle and pedestrian detection.  While similar autonomous vehicle processors in the market today consume hundreds of watts of power, Aldebaran is an ultra-low-power processor that consumes 100 times less power. One core in the Aldebaran processor consumes 0.24 watts at 1GHz and less than 1.0 watt when all four are operational. As the number of automotive electronic components increase, high power consumption is a decisive factor for decreasing the reliability of automobiles, and the importance of Aldebaran's low power processor is expected to gain more attention. We have verified the functionality of the chip with general operating systems such as Linux and RTOS, and created a developer friendly software development kit (SDK) that includes a C / C ++ compiler. The Aldebaran processor was manufactured 28nm CMOS process technology, and exhibited a 1.0 GHz operating frequency and 4.0 GOPS performance in actual operation verification while demonstrating the highest power efficiency in the industry at 0.24 mW/MHz.  In collaboration with autonomous vehicle manufacturers, the Aldebaran processor was installed on an actual vehicle for steering control via image recognition, lane detection, lane recognition result analysis, and CAN. The Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) demonstrated successful compliance to ASIL D level functional safety as defined in ISO 26262 Part 11 and Part 5. This development was facilitated by the Korean Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and ETRI has expanded its application area by successfully completing technology transfers of the Aldebaran processor and software development environment. In the upcoming era of autonomous navigation, companies with high performance processors and software with light-weight, functional safety technology will play pivotal roles in the field. While many enterprises spend billions of dollars every year to import processor core technology, the Aldebaran processor, which was developed using entirely domestic technology, will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in the development of the intelligent semiconductor industry. About ETRI Established in 1976, ETRI is a non-profit Korean government-funded research organization that has been at the forefront of technological excellence for about 40 years. In the 1980s, ETRI developed TDX (Time Division Exchange) and 4M DRAM. In the 1990s, ETRI commercialized CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) for the first time in the world. In the 2000s, ETRI developed Terrestrial DMB, WiBro, and 4G LTE Advanced, which became the foundation of mobile communications. Recently, as a global ICT leader, ETRI has been advancing communication and convergence by developing SAN (Ship Area Network) technology, Genie Talk (world class portable automatic interpretation; Korean-English/Japanese/Chinese), and automated valet parking technology. As of 2016, ETRI has about 2,000 employees of whom about 1,800 are researchers. For more informatoin, please visit https://www.etri.re.kr/eng/main/main.etri For more information, please contact Dr. Youngsu Kwon Group Leader, Processor Research Group, ETRI e-mail: [email protected] phone : +82 42 860 5244 Press release distributed by ResearchSEA on behalf of ETRI.


News Article | December 2, 2016
Site: www.acnnewswire.com

Researchers from Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) have developed a high performance processor for autonomous vehicles called Aldebaran. Increased focus by the automotive and IT industries on enhancing autonomous vehicle technology has increased the market for dedicated core processors customized for autonomous vehicles. Aldebaran is a high performance processor designed using all-Korean technology for autonomous vehicles. It consists of four superscalar processors and an object recognition vision engine integrated to meet all functional safety requirements as specified by ISO 26262. Electronics components are indispensable to new cars as they play vital roles in critical functions. The proliferation of electronic components integrated into cars have spotlighted reliability issues regarding electrical circuits, as malfunctions can directly affect the safety of passengers. Moreover, several factors natural to typical vehicle operating conditions - including temperature, radiation, etc. - can potentially cause malfunction in electronic devices posing great risk. Processor IC chips are central computing components that can collect information from peripheral input components (e.g. radar, lidar, ultrasound, etc.) and process the information to control the system. Needless to say, the processor is an integral component of the autonomous vehicle and its malfunction could result in catastrophic results to passengers. ISO26262 is an international standard concerning the functional safety of electrical/electronic systems in production automobiles that was developed by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). ISO26262 defines functional safety for electronic parts including electronic system hardware, software and production. Furthermore, the second edition of the standard includes material regarding the development and production phase of semi-conductor devices. ETRI's Aldebaran is Korea's first 1GHz processor targeting automotive applications compliant to the functional safety requirements of ISO26262 Part 11 and Part 5. The Aldebaran processor monitors the activities of multiple cores in real time to provide fault tolerance. Four cores are capable of operating independently at 1 GHz to provide high computational capacity. The Aldebaran processor includes a proprietary superscalar architecture, 32KB / 32KB cache memory, and a memory management unit (MMU) for virtual memory operation, with an emphasis on implementing an ultra-low power processor core. Aldebaran's I/O interface comes highly equipped for automotive applications with CAN (Controller Area Network) and CAN-FD (Flexible Data rate), serial communication via UART, and I2C. Furthermore, Aldebaran includes vision accelerators for vehicle and pedestrian detection. While similar autonomous vehicle processors in the market today consume hundreds of watts of power, Aldebaran is an ultra-low-power processor that consumes 100 times less power. One core in the Aldebaran processor consumes 0.24 watts at 1GHz and less than 1.0 watt when all four are operational. As the number of automotive electronic components increase, high power consumption is a decisive factor for decreasing the reliability of automobiles, and the importance of Aldebaran's low power processor is expected to gain more attention. We have verified the functionality of the chip with general operating systems such as Linux and RTOS, and created a developer friendly software development kit (SDK) that includes a C / C ++ compiler. The Aldebaran processor was manufactured 28nm CMOS process technology, and exhibited a 1.0 GHz operating frequency and 4.0 GOPS performance in actual operation verification while demonstrating the highest power efficiency in the industry at 0.24 mW/MHz. In collaboration with autonomous vehicle manufacturers, the Aldebaran processor was installed on an actual vehicle for steering control via image recognition, lane detection, lane recognition result analysis, and CAN. The Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) demonstrated successful compliance to ASIL D level functional safety as defined in ISO 26262 Part 11 and Part 5. This development was facilitated by the Korean Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and ETRI has expanded its application area by successfully completing technology transfers of the Aldebaran processor and software development environment. In the upcoming era of autonomous navigation, companies with high performance processors and software with light-weight, functional safety technology will play pivotal roles in the field. While many enterprises spend billions of dollars every year to import processor core technology, the Aldebaran processor, which was developed using entirely domestic technology, will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in the development of the intelligent semiconductor industry. About ETRI Established in 1976, ETRI is a non-profit Korean government-funded research organization that has been at the forefront of technological excellence for about 40 years. In the 1980s, ETRI developed TDX (Time Division Exchange) and 4M DRAM. In the 1990s, ETRI commercialized CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) for the first time in the world. In the 2000s, ETRI developed Terrestrial DMB, WiBro, and 4G LTE Advanced, which became the foundation of mobile communications. Recently, as a global ICT leader, ETRI has been advancing communication and convergence by developing SAN (Ship Area Network) technology, Genie Talk (world class portable automatic interpretation; Korean-English/Japanese/Chinese), and automated valet parking technology. As of 2016, ETRI has about 2,000 employees of whom about 1,800 are researchers. For more informatoin, please visit https://www.etri.re.kr/eng/main/main.etri For more information, please contact Dr. Youngsu Kwon Group Leader, Processor Research Group, ETRI e-mail: phone : +82 42 860 5244 Press release distributed by ResearchSEA on behalf of ETRI.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Pluto could be set to regain its planetary status after 11 years in exile, if NASA scientists have their way. A new definition of planets would add over 100 to our solar system, with even Earth’s moon due a promotion. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) currently requires an object to be orbiting the Sun to be classified as a planet. But the NASA team wants the IAU to drop that requirement, insisting that a world’s physical properties are more important than their interactions with stars. “In keeping with both sound scientific classification and peoples’ intuition, we propose a geophysically-based definition of ‘planet’ that importantly emphasises a body’s intrinsic physical properties over its extrinsic orbital properties,” the researchers explain. The proposal was made by a team of NASA scientists led by Alan Stern, principal investigator of the space agency’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. The decision was made after astronomer Mike Brown from the California Institute of Technology proposed a new definition of planets which required such worlds to clear the neighbourhood around their orbit. Stern compared asking the advice of an astronomer over a planetary scientist was like going to a podiatrist for brain surgery. “Even though they’re both doctors, they have different expertise,” Stern said. “You really should listen to planetary scientists that know something about this subject. When we look at an object like Pluto, we don’t know what else to call it.” Under the new definition, our moon, and other moons such as Titan, Enceladus, Europa and Ganymede would all be promoted to planetary status. The proposal is at least partly motivated by the public’s perception of the importance of non-planetary worlds within our solar system. The researchers write: “A common question we receive is, ‘Why did you send New Horizons to Pluto if it’s not a planet anymore?’” There’s no guarantee the IAU will accept the new definition, and even if they do, it’s set to be some time before it becomes official. Edward H. White II, pilot of the Gemini 4 spacecraft, floats in the zero gravity of space with an earth limb backdrop circa November 1965. Kinescope images of astronaut Commander Neil Armstrong in the Apollo 11 space shuttle during the space mission to land on the moon for the first time in history on July 20, 1969 The ascent stage of Orion, the Apollo 16 Lunar Module, lifts of from its descent stage to rendezvous with the Apollo 16 Command and Service Module, Casper, with astronaut Thomas Mattingly aboard in lunar orbit on 23rd April 1972. Five NASA astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis look out overhead windows on the aft flight deck toward their counterparts aboard the Mir Space Station in March of 1996. Photograph of the Milky Way Galaxy captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Dated 2007. The exhaust plume from space shuttle Atlantis is seen through the window of a Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) as it launches from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft sits on its launch pad as it is prepared for a 7:05 AM launch on December 4, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A military pilot sits in the cockpit of an X-15 experimental rocket aircraft, wearing an astronaut's spacesuit circa 1959. Echo 1, a spherical balloon with a metalized skin, was launched by NASA on 12th August 1960. Once in orbit the balloon was inflated until it reached its intended diameter of 30 metres and it was then used as a reflector to bounce radio signals across the oceans. Four views of Earth rising above the lunar horizon, photographed by the crew of the Apollo 10 Lunar Module, while in lunar orbit, May 1969. American geologist and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Hagan Schmitt stands next to the US flag on the surface of the moon, during a period of EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site, December 1972. The space shuttle 'Enterprise' (NASA Orbiter Vehicle 101) makes its way along Rideout Road (Alabama State Route 255) to the Marshall Space Flight Center near Huntsville, Alabama, 15th March 1978. A crowd of people, viewed from behind, watch the launch of the first NASA Space Shuttle mission (STS-1), with Columbia (OV-102) soaring up into the sky, leaving a trail of exhaust smoke, in the distance from the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, 12 April 1981. Astronaut Bruce McCandless II photographed at his maximum distance (320 ft) from the Space Shuttle Challenger during the first untethered EVA, made possible by his nitrogen jet propelled backpack (Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU) in 1984. Aerial shot of the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-41-D) as it takes off, leaving a trail of exhaust smoke, from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, 30 August 1984. An astronaut's bootprint leaves a mark on the lunar surface July 20, 1969 on the moon. The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission is celebrated July 20, 1999. Astronaut Charles Moss Duke, Jr. leaves a photograph of his family on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission, 23rd April 1972.


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Funds announced today that the Board of Directors of each Fund has authorized changes to each Fund’s Dividend Reinvestment Plan (the “Plan”) with respect to dividend reinvestment determinations and transaction fees for Plan participants selling their shares. Effective July 1, 2017, each Fund will use the dividend payment date to determine if new shares are issued or shares are purchased in the open market for Plan participants reinvesting their distributions. If on the payment date the closing market price (plus $0.03 per share commission) is at or above the net asset value (“NAV”), the Fund will issue new shares of common stock. Newly issued shares of common stock will be issued at a price equal to the greater of (a) the NAV per share on the date prior to issuance or (b) 95% of the closing market price per share. If the closing market price (plus $0.03 per share commission) is lower than the NAV per share on the payment date, the Plan Agent will receive the distribution in cash and purchase common stock in the open market. The foregoing is a summary of the revised Plan and is subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Plan. Also effective July 1, 2017, fees paid by Plan participants to sell shares will change. With respect to each Fund, Plan participants will pay a $5.00 transaction fee plus a $0.05 per share commission upon a sale of shares held pursuant to the Plan. Fees and commissions per sale charged to Plan participants of the following Funds will increase: EMD, GDO, GFY, HIO, HIX, MHF, MMU, MNP, SBI, SBW and SCD. Fees and commissions per sale charged to Plan participants of the following Funds will decrease: BWG, CBA, CEM, CTR, DMO, EMO, HYI, IGI and MTT. Fees and commissions per sale charged to Plan participants of the following Funds will not change: EHI, ESD and TLI. Fund investors that would like to participate in the Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan can contact Computershare Trust Company, N.A., the Plan Agent, at 1-888-888-0151 for more information. Each Fund is managed by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc., and sub-advised by other affiliates of Legg Mason, Inc. Contact each Fund at 1-888-777-0102 for additional information, or consult the Funds’ web site at www.lmcef.com. Hard copies of each Fund’s complete audited financial statements are available free of charge upon request. Data and commentary provided in this press release are for informational purposes only. Legg Mason and its affiliates do not engage in selling shares of the Funds. THIS PRESS RELEASE IS NOT AN OFFER TO PURCHASE NOR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO SELL SHARES OF THE FUNDS. THIS PRESS RELEASE MAY CONTAIN STATEMENTS REGARDING PLANS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FUTURE THAT CONSTITUTE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS WITHIN THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995. ALL STATEMENTS OTHER THAN STATEMENTS OF HISTORICAL FACT ARE FORWARD-LOOKING AND CAN BE IDENTIFIED BY THE USE OF WORDS SUCH AS “MAY,” “WILL,” “EXPECT,” “ANTICIPATE,” “ESTIMATE,” “BELIEVE,” “CONTINUE” OR OTHER SIMILAR WORDS. SUCH FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED ON EACH FUND’S CURRENT PLANS AND EXPECTATIONS, AND ARE SUBJECT TO RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES THAT COULD CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS TO DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE DESCRIBED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING SUCH RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES IS CONTAINED IN EACH FUND’S FILINGS WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION.


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Discovered 30 years ago, Supernova 1987A is one of the brightest exploding stars of the last four centuries. To commemorate its anniversary, NASA has now released a tranche of new data about the spectacular star, including striking imagery and time-lapse video. The supernova is the closest star explosion seen in centuries, presenting an unique opportunity for astronomers to study the progress of the star’s death. The images, animations and time-lapse video have been created from data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory and ALMA. All three instruments have been collecting data about the star’s explosion since it was first discovered in 1987. “The 30 years’ worth of observations of SN 1987A are important because they provide insight into the last stages of stellar evolution,” said Robert Kirshner of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, California. NASA ESA R Kirshner Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and M Mutchler and R Avila STScI SN 1987A can be seen at the centre of this image, resembling a white eye with a bright white pupil. The image can be viewed in full here. The data suggests the supernova has passed a critical threshold: the shockwave is now beyond the ring of gas produced late in the life of the pre-supernova. It’s knot known what lies beyond the ring. “The details of this transition will give astronomers a better understanding of the life of the doomed star, and how it ended,” said Kari Frank of Penn State University who led the latest Chandra study of SN 1987A. Supernovas occur when a change in a star’s core causes it to explode. They are the brightest explosions in space. Edward H. White II, pilot of the Gemini 4 spacecraft, floats in the zero gravity of space with an earth limb backdrop circa November 1965. Kinescope images of astronaut Commander Neil Armstrong in the Apollo 11 space shuttle during the space mission to land on the moon for the first time in history on July 20, 1969 The ascent stage of Orion, the Apollo 16 Lunar Module, lifts of from its descent stage to rendezvous with the Apollo 16 Command and Service Module, Casper, with astronaut Thomas Mattingly aboard in lunar orbit on 23rd April 1972. Five NASA astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis look out overhead windows on the aft flight deck toward their counterparts aboard the Mir Space Station in March of 1996. Photograph of the Milky Way Galaxy captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Dated 2007. The exhaust plume from space shuttle Atlantis is seen through the window of a Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) as it launches from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft sits on its launch pad as it is prepared for a 7:05 AM launch on December 4, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A military pilot sits in the cockpit of an X-15 experimental rocket aircraft, wearing an astronaut's spacesuit circa 1959. Echo 1, a spherical balloon with a metalized skin, was launched by NASA on 12th August 1960. Once in orbit the balloon was inflated until it reached its intended diameter of 30 metres and it was then used as a reflector to bounce radio signals across the oceans. Four views of Earth rising above the lunar horizon, photographed by the crew of the Apollo 10 Lunar Module, while in lunar orbit, May 1969. American geologist and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Hagan Schmitt stands next to the US flag on the surface of the moon, during a period of EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site, December 1972. The space shuttle 'Enterprise' (NASA Orbiter Vehicle 101) makes its way along Rideout Road (Alabama State Route 255) to the Marshall Space Flight Center near Huntsville, Alabama, 15th March 1978. A crowd of people, viewed from behind, watch the launch of the first NASA Space Shuttle mission (STS-1), with Columbia (OV-102) soaring up into the sky, leaving a trail of exhaust smoke, in the distance from the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, 12 April 1981. Astronaut Bruce McCandless II photographed at his maximum distance (320 ft) from the Space Shuttle Challenger during the first untethered EVA, made possible by his nitrogen jet propelled backpack (Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU) in 1984. Aerial shot of the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-41-D) as it takes off, leaving a trail of exhaust smoke, from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, 30 August 1984. An astronaut's bootprint leaves a mark on the lunar surface July 20, 1969 on the moon. The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission is celebrated July 20, 1999. Astronaut Charles Moss Duke, Jr. leaves a photograph of his family on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission, 23rd April 1972.


News Article | October 27, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Western Asset Managed Municipals Fund Inc. (NYSE: MMU) announces its portfolio composition as of September 30, 2016. Investment Objective: The Fund seeks to maximize current income exempt from federal income tax as is consistent with preservation of principal. Portfolio Composition*: Asset Allocation     Municipal   100.0%   Top Ten Municipal Sectors Pre refunded / Escrowed to Maturity 24.3% Transportation 21.1% Industrial Revenue 15.8% Education 8.1% Water & Sewe


News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Western Asset Managed Municipals Fund Inc. (NYSE: MMU) today announced the financial position of the Fund as of August 31, 2016. This financial data is unaudited. The Fund files its semi-annual and annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as its complete schedule of portfolio holdings for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year on Form N-Q. These reports are available on the Commission’s website at www.sec.gov. To obtain information on Form N-Q or a semi-annual or annual report from the Fund, shareholders can call 1-888-777-0102. Western Asset Managed Municipals Fund Inc., a non-diversified, closed-end investment management company, is managed by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc., and is sub-advised by Western Asset Management Company, an affiliate of the manager. For more information about the Fund, please call 1-888-777-0102 or consult the Fund’s web site at www.lmcef.com. Hard copies of the Fund’s complete audited financial statements are available free of charge upon request. Data and commentary provided in this press release are for informational purposes only. Legg Mason and its affiliates do not engage in selling shares of the Fund.


Developers of Safety Critical applications upon the Zynq®-7000 from Xilinx now have the option of using SAFERTOS® at the heart of their design. SAFERTOS, the safety certified Real Time Operating System (RTOS) from WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems, provides a reliable and robust RTOS for developers of Safety Critical applications and is available pre certified to IEC 61508 and ISO 26262. SAFERTOS is a pre-emptive safety critical RTOS that delivers unprecedented levels of determinism and robustness to embedded systems, while using minimum resources. It’s used internationally across a range of safety critical applications and is renowned for its high quality. The Zynq-7000 is a powerful and flexible embedded solution with multiple levels of hardware and software security, architected to deliver lowest system power. It infuses customizable intelligence into today’s embedded systems to suit application requirements. SAFERTOS is available tightly integrated with the processor, including its MMU, allowing applications to be partitioned into logical segments according to their Safety Integrity Level. Commercial grade middleware can for example be used in conjunction with safety critical code, with isolation being achieved via the MMU. A demo of SAFERTOS for the Zynq-7000 is available and freely downloadable from the WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems website, at https://www.highintegritysystems.com/safertos “We find an increase in demand for SAFERTOS on the Zynq-7000” Says Andrew Longhurst, Business Manager at WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems. “We are glad to work closely with Xilinx, and can see that SAFERTOS on the Zynq-7000 is an ideal high performance, safe solution.” WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems is Member level in the Xilinx Alliance Program - a worldwide ecosystem of qualified companies collaborating with Xilinx to further the development of All Programmable technologies. WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems is a safety systems company that produces and supplies real time operating systems and platform solutions to the Medical, Aerospace, Automotive and Industrial sectors. For more information, please visit https://www.highintegritysystems.com.


News Article | February 24, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of corporate aviation information, has announced that it will host its 7th annual JETNET iQ Global Business Aviation Summit in New York City on September 5-6, 2017. The JETNET iQ Summit brings together titans of the business aviation industry—in fields as diverse as finance, manufacturing, supply, and data analysis—along with sales and marketing executives who seek an unvarnished take on the current state and future direction of aviation. This year’s Summit will feature a workshop and opening reception on Tuesday, September 5, followed by an all-day program featuring industry speakers and panelists on Wednesday, September 6, at The Westin New York at Times Square, 270 West 43rd St., New York City. For the convenience of participants, the Summit will once again coincide with the NBAA Regional Forum, to be held at Morristown Airport (MMU) in Morristown, NJ on Thursday, September 7, 2017. “Our venue and timing make this the perfect event for aviation’s thought leaders to gather,” said Paul Cardarelli, JETNET Vice President of Sales. “We’ll be sharing our latest JETNET iQ research insights, and industry leaders will provide their intelligence and predictions from many perspectives. Together, they inform business aviation’s most compelling single event.” JETNET iQ provides independent quarterly intelligence for the business aviation industry, including economic and industry analyses, aircraft owner/operator survey results, and delivery and fleet forecasts. JETNET iQ recently published its 24th quarterly report. The foundation of JETNET iQ is a proprietary survey database with information from more than 12,000 owner/operator respondents from 129 countries, the largest on-going research of customer sentiment available in the business aviation industry. “For three years in a row, our forecasts have proven to be 99.6% accurate, the best in the aviation industry,” said Rolland Vincent, Creator/Director of JETNET iQ. “Our participants tell us they look forward to hearing our predictions, and subscribe to our regular reports once they see how well we map out the coming year. It makes our Summit that much more impactful.” Since 1988, JETNET has delivered the most comprehensive and reliable business aircraft research to its exclusive clientele of aviation professionals worldwide. JETNET is the ultimate source for information and intelligence on the worldwide business, commercial, and helicopter aircraft fleet and marketplace, comprised of some 100,000 airframes. Headquartered in its state-of-the-art facility in Utica, NY, JETNET offers comprehensive user-friendly aircraft data via real-time internet access or regular updates.


News Article | August 15, 2016
Site: boingboing.net

Researchers from the University of Michigan EE/Computer Science Department (previously) presented their work on hacking traffic signals at this year's Usenix Security Symposium (previously), and guess what? It's shockingly easy to pwn the traffic control system. The researchers targeted the wireless control systems at each intersection, avoiding any tampering with the actual junction boxes, which might be detected by passers-by (though seriously, some high-viz vests and a couple of traffic cones would likely serve as perfect camouflage), and worked with the permission of a local Michigan traffic authority. Some of the systems they probed operated in the "open" spectrum at 900MHz and 5.8MHz, and some on a designated safety band at 4.9GHz. These radio channels were used to network the traffic signals together. The networking protocol is proprietary and unencrypted, and uses non-modifiable default passwords that are published online by the systems' vendors. By default these systems have the debugging port turned on, which allows untrusted parties to seize control over the system. Controlling a traffic signal also yields control over its sensors, including traffic cameras. Once inside a traffic light, attackers can alter the light timing, making the lights very short or very long, or permanently freezing them in one state. However, the lights do have a hardware-based governor that disallows potentially lethal configurations (four-way greens) and trips when there are too many alterations in too short a time. Denial of Service A denial of service attack in this context refers to stopping normal light functionality. The most obvious way to cause a loss of service is to set all lights to red. This would cause traffic congestion and considerable confusion for drivers. Alternatively, the attacker could trigger the MMU to take over by attempting an unsafe configuration. This would cause the lights to enter a safe but suboptimal state. Since this state can be triggered remotely, but cannot be reset without physical access to the controller, an adversary can disable traffic lights faster than technicians can be sent to repair them. These attacks are overt and would quickly be detected by road agency personnel, who would be left with the recourse of disabling network connections between intersections. Traffic Congestion More subtly, attacks could be made against the entire traffic infrastructure of a city which would manipulate the timings of an intersection relative to its neighbors. The effect would be that of a poorly managed road network, causing significant traffic congestion but remaining far less detectable than overt actions. This type of attack could have real financial impacts on a community. One study by the city of Boston calculated that simply reconfiguring the timings of 60 intersections in one district of the city could save $1.2 million per year in person-hours, safety, emissions, and energy costs [2]. Light Control An attacker can also control lights for personal gain. Lights could be changed to be green along the route the attacker is driving. Since these attacks are remote, this could even be done automatically as she drove, with the lights being reset to normal functionality after she passes through the intersection. More maliciously, lights could be changed to red in coordination with another attack in order to cause traffic congestion and slow emergency vehicle response. Green Lights Forever: Analyzing the Security of Traffic Infrastructure [Branden Ghena, William Beyer, Allen Hillaker, Jonathan Pevarnek, and J. Alex Halderman/Usenix]

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