In February, Freescale Semiconductor Holdings announced a $1.15 billion IPO as their corporate stock became available to the public for the very first time. As the world’s leading developer of embedded semiconductors, Freescale has dominated the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking, and wireless markets in more than 30 different countries. Including their most noteworthy role as the in-house chip supplier at Motorola, Freescale has built key components for the Razr, Apple’s notebook computers, and more.
The company’s reorganization is almost complete. Freescale has laid out many innovative plans for the near future, building up performance and credibility as they keep pace with the popular electronics including Kindle and Sony tablet readers.Read More
After 16 years of decline, car theft has been on the rise in Germany. And at a recent embedded security conference, one researcher offered a surprising idea as to why. Citing the widespread adoption of engine "immobilizers"--key fobs that transmit encrypted signals to a car's receiver that, when recognized, permit the vehicle to start--researcher Karsten Nohl described the ease of deciphering the simple encryption used in this technology.Read More
Recently presented at the Security B-Sides and DEFCON conferences in Las Vegas, two critical vulnerabilities have been discovered in VxWorks, Wind River's popular embedded OS that is used in tens of thousands of designs for "smart devices" from organizations including Cisco, Apple and even NASA.Read More