Matz, Mets Meek in Game 4

first_imgNEW YORK — Steven Matz had one bad inning in his first postseason start, all the leeway Clayton Kershaw needed to keep the Mets from advancing to the NL Championship Series in front of their orange towel-twirling fans.Moving forward to face the Chicago Cubs doesn’t get any easier, either. All New York has to do now: beat the Dodgers’ other ace, Zack Greinke, in Los Angeles.Matz gave up a two-run double to former Mets infielder Justin Turner and New York was held to three hits by Kershaw over seven brilliant innings on Tuesday night, losing 3-1 to force a deciding Game 5 in the NL Division Series.“Obviously we wanted to get it done tonight for our fans and for their support all year,” Mets outfielder Michael Conforto said. “We’re disappointed we couldn’t do that tonight, but you’ve got to love the fact that it’s going down to Game 5 and everything’s on the line.”Jacob deGrom is set to start for New York at Dodger Stadium, where he beat Kershaw in Game 1. Greinke was the winner in Game 2, when Chase Utley keyed a go-ahead rally in the seventh with a takeout slide that broke shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg.“We’re definitely looking forward to him taking the ball again Thursday,” Curtis Granderson said of deGrom, “and it’s going to be another tough matchup for both teams out there.”Mets fans were revved up after their team routed the Dodgers 13-7 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, putting New York in prime position to advance to its first NLCS since 2006.Pitching on three days’ rest and on a five-start postseason skid, Kershaw kept the simmering crowd of 44,183 at bay while on the mound.The Mets put two on against Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen — with help from what appeared to be a missed foul tip by plate umpire Chris Guccione on what would’ve been strike three for David Wright — in the eighth. Fans rose to their feet, sensing a chance to take advantage of the Dodgers’ weak bullpen, but Daniel Murphy popped out to right field to end the threat.Jansen finished with a perfect ninth for the save.The 24-year-old Matz, the fourth straight starter for New York making his postseason debut, entered 4-0 in his brief big league career, including six scoreless innings at Los Angeles on July 5.And despite making his first start in 19 days because of a tight upper back, the left-hander looked sharp from the start in pitching for the team he grew up rooting for from about 50 miles away on Long Island.He used his curveball to strike out leadoff batter Kiké Hernandez as fans lustily chanted “We wanted Utley!” and shook those ubiquitous playoff towels.In fact, it was Kershaw who got the game’s first hit. He was erased on a fielder’s choice, but Howie Kendrick then singled to put runners on first and third. Adrian Gonzalez drove one run in with a single on a curveball as the rookie appeared to tire a bit.“Steven was outstanding,” manager Terry Collins said. “Probably if he’d want one pitch back, it’s probably the hanging slider he threw Kershaw.”Turner, who has become a fan-favorite in Los Angeles after he wasn’t offered salary arbitration by the Mets following the 2013 season, lined a double on another curveball to the left-field corner, scoring two when Yoenis Cespedes had trouble picking up the ball for a 3-0 lead.With wild red hair and a bushy beard, Turner has been a thorn in the Mets‘ side this series, going 7 for 15 with four doubles and three RBIs.“That stuff’s all in the past. Has no effect on me,” Turner said. “I’m a Dodger. Happy to be a Dodger and glad to take the series back to L.A. for Game 5.”Kershaw took care of the rest for the three-time NL West champions, giving up his second homer of the series to Murphy in the fourth and only two other singles. Murphy had only homered once in 126 at-bats against lefties during the regular season.DeGrom was seen warming up in the Mets bullpen in the bottom of the fifth, when Matz was due up. But Bartolo Colon entered in relief after Michael Cuddyer struck out pinch hitting.Matz gave up six hits. He struck out four and walked two — including Turner intentionally.“I made some bad pitches and it wound up costing me three runs,” Matz said. “And when you’re facing a guy like Clayton Kershaw, you’ve got to put up zeroes.”GETTING USED TO ITColon has appeared out of the bullpen three times this series. In 475 regular-season outings, he’s only pitched in relief eight times.UP NEXTDodgers: Greinke allowed a pair of solo homers during a 5-2 victory in Game 2. He went seven innings and struck out eight without a walk. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA in eight postseason starts. He was 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA this season, the lowest in the majors since Atlanta ace Greg Maddux posted a 1.63 mark in 1995.Mets: Making his postseason debut, deGrom beat Kershaw 3-1 in the series opener at Dodger Stadium. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 13, matching Tom Seaver’s franchise record for a postseason game. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fifty Fashion Footballs for Charity

first_imgNEW YORK — Are you ready for some (bespoke) football? With Super Bowl 50 on the horizon, the NFL and the Council of Fashion Designers of America teamed up to deck out a half-century’s worth of pigskins to raise money for the league’s charitable foundation.Rebecca Minkoff went with all-around spikes for her ball that would likely make a receiver weep. Her fellow designer, Nicole Miller, picked a Day of the Dead theme with a flowery skull face that had an upside-down heart for a nose.Betsey Johnson, who marked 50 years in business last year, performed her signature splits at a party Wednesday night unveiling all 50 designer balls. She propped her ball, adorned with little gold flowers, on two red-nailed mannequin hands she had kept in her garden.“They were kind of freaking people out, especially my granddaughters,” Johnson said of the hands she had pushed into dirt near a rosebush.Other designers were in the tongue-in-cheek school of football design. Kenneth Cole popped his pigskin into a black high-top shoe. For designer Rachel Roy, the project was an education.“I can’t even tell you how much fun that was,” she said of her turn as a football designer. “This year I learned a lot about football. My daughter’s boyfriend is a quarterback, a freshman in high school, but he plays varsity, so it’s really important in my family now.”Roy wrapped her ball in three white leather strips against gold and black.Miller did a helmet for the first CFDA-NFL collaboration last year. She found designing a football more challenging.“I always loved Day of the Dead and I do Day of the Dead parties, so it’s perfect,” Miller said.Is she a fan of the game? “My husband is, so I follow it a little bit. I always root for the underdog,” Miller laughed.After entertaining the media with the splits on a red carpet set up at NFL headquarters in midtown Manhattan, Johnson declared herself a football fan.“I’m a big football cheerleader,” she said. “I was head cheerleader at Syracuse University with the Orangemen. I saw Ernie Davis play. None of you youngins know who he is.”Davis, for the record, earned the Heisman Trophy in 1961, becoming the first African-American to win the award. He died of leukemia at age 23, shortly after being drafted out of Syracuse.Steven Kolb, who heads the CFDA, said his group signed on to collaborate with the NFL in 2014 on designer helmets to mark the Super Bowl held in New Jersey, right in its own backyard. The project was so successful the two organizations agreed on another round for charity to celebrate Super Bowl 50, to be held Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa …“The Super Bowl is iconic. It is up there with the Grammys, the Oscars,” Kolb said.Kolb acknowledged that he doesn’t follow the sport all that much. He’ll be rooting for the “underdog, always the underdog.”Minkoff said she participated to please her hubby.“This project was done out of my husband’s love of football. He’s from Seattle, so that’s his team,” she said. “We’re going to be having a Super Bowl party.”The designer footballs went up for auction Wednesday and will remain up through Feb. 14 at All 50 will be on display in San Francisco from Jan. 30 through Feb. 7. Proceeds from the auction will benefit, among other things, health programs for athletes, youth football and communities that support the game.Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants was on hand to celebrate the fancy balls. He’s a fashion guy as well as a football player.“I do enjoy fashion. I think it’s an extension of who you are. People often see your clothes before they hear you speak,” he said.So who’s going to win Super Bowl 50?“More than likely the team that’s going to end with the most amount of points, I would say,” Jennings joked. “That would be my guess.”LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panathinaikos on Minus 3 Points after Winning Greek Opener

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Panathinaikos moved up to minus three points after winning its Greek league season-opener 1-0 at Xanthi on Sunday.Financially troubled Panathinaikos started the season with minus six points due to money owed to players.Yiannis Bouzoukis scored with a long-range effort in the 69th minute, following a half-hearted clearance by Xanthi goalkeeper Zivko Zivkovic.Olympiakos also started with a 1-0 win, at home against Levadiakos, thanks to a 62nd-minute free kick by veteran Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, a new signing from last season’s champion AEK Athens.Also Sunday, OFI Crete drew 2-2 at Panionios.On Saturday, AEK beat Giannena 2-0 and last season’s runner-up PAOK beat Asteras 1-0.Lamia hosts Aris on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Solskjaer Leads United to Another Late CL Win as PSG Falters

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed he’s still a specialist in delivering last-minute victories for Manchester United in the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain, though, remains a specialist in failure on Europe’s biggest stage.Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty sent Solskjaer’s revitalized side through to the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, securing a 3-1 win at PSG to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg.Solskjaer, who scored an injury-time winner in the final to cap a late comeback for United in 1999, oversaw more late drama 20 years later. It was the first time in Champions League history that a team lost the first leg at home by a two-goal margin and still went through.United has yet to confirm whether Solskjaer will get the job on a full-time basis, despite the former Norway striker having completely transformed the side after replacing Jose Mourinho. This win, though, will have strengthened his chances considerably — although Solskjaer isn’t taking anything for granted.“It’s been a fantastic time with the players and the staff I’ve got,” Solskjaer said. “I’m going to enjoy my job as long as I’ve got it. … I’m going to smile.”Manchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)For PSG, there was only reason for despair. The big-spending French club once again fell apart in a favorable position, two years after also making history in the last 16 by throwing away a 4-0 lead against Barcelona and losing 6-1 in the return leg.Coach Thomas Tuchel, hired after predecessor Unai Emery went out in the last 16 two years running, clung hopefully to the idea his side played better over the two legs in what he describe as a “crazy” match.“It’s very hard to lose and very hard to accept,” he said. “We didn’t deserve to go out after 180 minutes.”Referee Damir Skomina awarded United’s penalty after a lengthy video review that showed defender Presnel Kimpembe jumping up to block Diogo Dalot’s shot with his elbow.Rashford kept his nerve for the spot kick, blasting the ball past Gianluigi Buffon to send the United fans to his left into raptures.“The kid is fearless. He’s got no doubt. Slotted it in. Brilliant,” Solskjaer said. “I hope (the penalty) was the right decision.”Tuchel refused to blame VAR.ManU fans celebrate after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)“I’m a big supporter of VAR and I stay a big supporter. With the hand it’s a super difficult thing because there are too many points: do we punish it or not punish it?” he said. “I think it’s a 50-50 decision, it’s difficult. There are reasons why you can give this penalty.”Neymar, who is recovering from injury and watched on in horror from the sideline as the penalty was taken, disagreed. He blasted the officials angrily on his Instagram account.“This is a disgrace!” he wrote. “And they put four guys that do not understand football to watch it in slow motion.”Neymar also aimed an expletive at the officials.United’s players were far happier after a ninth straight away win.As they sprinted to celebrate with their fans at the final whistle, Kimpembe lay flat on the ground for several moments as a stunned Parc des Princes crowd looked on in disbelief.VAR played a key part in the night’s other match, too. Alex Telles scored a penalty in extra time to send Porto into the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Roma, overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg. He converted the spot kick after Alessandro Florenzi had been penalized following a review.ManU’s Marcus Rashford, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goalduring the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)United were only given a slim chance going into the game, with Solskjaer’s task made even harder by the fact that 10 of his players were either injured or suspended. That included midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sent off at Old Trafford.“Everything seemed to be against us, but we’re used to that,” Rashford said. “We showed what we’re about today and got the result we needed.”United was handed an immediate lifeline when PSG gifted United striker Romelu Lukaku a second-minute opening goal. The burly Belgium striker intercepted a back pass from Thilo Kehrer, rounded Buffon and slid the ball in from a tight angle.Left back Juan Bernat equalized for PSG in the 12th, turning in a cross at the back post after Kylian Mbappe got behind United’s static defense.Then, the hugely experienced Buffon spilled a low shot from Rashford and Lukaku turned in the rebound.“We agreed that when Marcus steps out on the press that I would follow,” Lukaku said. “I told him every time he shoots I’ll follow the ball.”Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford attempts a shot at goal PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Sensing Buffon’s uncertainty, Rashford fired another shot just wide as United finished the first half strongly.PSG’s defense was having another one of its bad nights, a recurring theme during the knockout stages of a competition it has never won.Therefore PSG played tentatively during the second half, knowing United needed only one goal to qualify on the away goals rule.PSG winger Angel Di Maria scored with a delightful clip over the advancing De Gea after being put though by Mbappe’s clever flick in the 56th. But it was ruled out for offside.Mbappe remained PSG’s biggest threat, and his pace took him clear through on goal with six minutes left only for the France star to stumble and for Bernat to smack the loose ball against the post.___By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports WriterPSG defender Juan Bernat, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, right, celebrates with his teammate Marcus Rashford after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves Agree to $100M, 8-Year Contract

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $100 million, eight-year contract, the largest deal for a player under club control with less than one year of major league service.The NL Rookie of the Year, Acuña agreed to a deal with two team options that, if exercised, would raise the value to $124 million over 10 years.He made his major league debut last April 25 and began Tuesday with 165 days of service. Acuña would have been eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.Atlanta renewed his contract last month for a salary of $560,000 in the major leagues — $5,000 above the minimum — and $232,944 in the event he is sent to the minors.His new superseding contract, announced Tuesday, calls for $1 million each in 2019 and 2020, $5 million in 2021, $15 million in 2022 and $17 million in each of the following four seasons.Atlanta has a $17 million option for 2027 with a $10 million buyout. If that is exercised, the Braves also have a $17 million option for 2028; Acuña will turn 31 that December.His deal is the second largest in Braves’ history behind Freddie Freeman’s $135 million, eight-year agreement before the 2014 season.Acuña hit .293 with a team-high 26 home runs, 64 RBIs and 16 steals in 111 games last year. He is 3 for 14 with one home run in four games this year.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

RTOS trends and challenges

first_imgSome decades ago, the embedded industry shifted focus from assembly to C programming. Faster processors and better compilers allowed for raising the level of abstraction in order to improve development productivity and quality.We are now in the middle of a new major shift in firmware development technology. The increasing use of real-time operating systems (RTOSes) represents the third generation of embedded software development. RTOSes introduce a new abstraction level that enables more complex applications, but not without complications.An RTOS is a fast, deterministic operating system for use in embedded and IoT applications. These operating systems are often very small and so are suitable for use in microcontrollers (MCUs). The main job of an RTOS is to provide multithreading, thereby allowing for separation of software functionality into multiple “parallel” programs, which are known as “tasks.” An RTOS creates the illusion of parallel execution by rapidly switching the executing task. Unlike general-purpose operating systems, an RTOS gives the developer full control over the multithreading and therefore enables deterministic real-time behavior.There are many benefits of using an RTOS, but it is not a solution in itself and it comes with new challenges. Many developers have already dived into RTOS-based design, often without fully realizing the implications; they have used development tools that are without proper support for RTOS-based development; and — due to this — they may have encountered significant difficulties with regard to debugging and validation.The RTOS trend RTOSes have been around since the early 1980s, but — for a number of reasons — they are becoming more and more common. Embedded applications are becoming increasingly complex, connected, and event-driven, using advanced peripherals and middleware stacks that all need to be managed in parallel. Using an RTOS simplifies this greatly. The alternative to using an RTOS is to implement some kind of execution control yourself, using custom states and logic. For more complex applications, this tends to gets complicated, error-prone, and problematic to maintain. By using an RTOS, you delegate the execution control to a highly optimized RTOS kernel that has been thoroughly tested and proven in use.Although using an RTOS implies a minor processing overhead, RTOS-based design is often more efficient than a traditional super-loop design. This is because RTOS tasks can wait for activation events without wasting processor time, and response times can be faster because of shorter ISRs (interrupt service routines) and pre-emptive scheduling. Moreover, today’s MCUs often feature fast 32-bit cores with substantial amounts of Flash and RAM memory, making the RTOS footprint less of a problem.The rising popularity of freely available and open-source RTOSes has made RTOS-based design more accessible and created large user communities — a kind of “critical mass” that works as a positive feedback loop. RTOSes are no longer a hype, as they were 10-15 years ago, but are used broadly in all sorts of embedded applications. It’s not only commercial RTOS vendors who are advocating RTOS-based design; many MCU vendors now include RTOSes in their software development kits. FreeRTOS is included by several MCU vendors, including ST, NXP, and Atmel. Renesas includes the ThreadX RTOS and has made it the foundation of its Synergy SDK, expecting you to use it. Moreover, Silicon Labs recently acquired Micrium, a leading RTOS vendor, most likely to integrate Micrium’s µC/OS in its SDK.The RTOS trend is also clearly visible in the Embedded Market Survey, probably the most established and trusted study of the industry. The most frequent answer for “greatest technology challenge” is now “RTOS.” This concern has grown significantly from 12% in 2013, to 17 % in 2014, up to 26% in the 2015 survey. A related trend is that the use of in-house solutions, or bare-metal design (no RTOS), is decreasing in favor of leading RTOSes. The RTOS market has historically been very fragmented, but now seems to be slowly consolidating as developers gravitate towards the leading players.Although an RTOS is no “silver bullet” that solves all problems, and is perhaps not suitable for certain systems, the increasing use of RTOSes is without question a major trend today and one that’s likely to continue.Challenges of using an RTOS So what makes an RTOS so special that it can be called the third-generation in firmware design? An RTOS is a very special software component, since it takes control over the program execution and brings a new level of abstraction in the form of tasks. When using an RTOS, the control-flow of your program is no longer apparent from the source code, since the RTOS decides which task to execute at any given moment. This is a fundamental change, similar to the shift from assembly to C programming, as it allows for higher productivity using higher abstraction, but also means less control over the fine details.This is a double-edged sword. It can make it easier to design complex applications, but these applications may subsequently turn out to be difficult to validate and debug. While an RTOS can reduce the complexity of the application source code, it does not reduce the inherent complexity of the application itself. A set of seemingly simple RTOS tasks can result in surprisingly complex runtime behavior when executing together as a system.As was previously mentioned, an RTOS is not a solution in itself, and there are many pitfalls for the unwary. The developer needs to determine how the tasks are to interact and share data using the RTOS services. Moreover, the developer needs to decide important RTOS parameters like task priorities (relative urgency) that can be far from obvious. Even if you have written all your code according to best practices in RTOS-based design, there might be other parts of the system — in-house or third-party components — that run in the same RTOS environment but that may not follow the same principles.The fundamental problem that makes RTOS-based design difficult is that RTOS tasks are not isolated entities. There is at least one kind of dependency between the tasks — their shared processor time. With fixed-priority pre-emptive scheduling, higher priority tasks can wake up and take over the execution at almost any point, thereby delaying the execution of lower priority tasks until all of the higher priority tasks have completed.Other kinds of shared resources (such as global data or hardware peripherals) also results in dependencies between tasks, as the necessary synchronization may block the tasks from executing when desired. This may cause unpredictable delays if not designed correctly, independent of task priorities.An example of this kind of problem can found in NASA’s Pathfinder mission, where they landed a rover on Mars. During the mission, the spacecraft experienced total system resets causing lost data. After much trouble, NASA found the cause to be a classic RTOS problem known as “Priority Inversion.”Pathfinder with the Sojourner rover during preparation (Source: NASA) Priority Inversion may occur when a high-priority task (Task H) tries to access a shared resource such as a communications interface, currently in use by a lower priority task (Task L). Normally, Task H would become blocked for a brief duration until Task L returns the shared resource. Priority Inversion occurs if a medium-priority task (Task M) happens to pre-empt Task L at this point. The blocking of Task H then becomes much longer, all because of an unrelated task with lower scheduling priority. In the NASA Pathfinder case, this caused a watchdog timer to expire and reset the system.Priority Inversion shown in the Percepio Tracealyzer (Source: Percepio) Task dependencies like scheduling and shared resources are affected by timing; e.g., execution times and input timing. Such timing properties are not visible in the source code and tend to vary depending on system state and situation. This makes it nearly impossible to predict the real-time behavior of an RTOS-based system from the source code alone. Depending on many factors, tasks may execute slower than intended, have random unexpected delays, or never get to execute at all. And even if the system seems to operate as intended in the lab, there can be countless other execution scenarios with more or less significant differences in timing, some of which might cause problems. In the worst case, the system passes testing but crashes at random occasions for your customers. Such problems can easily be missed during system-level testing. Also, they can be a nightmare to reproduce for analysis unless you have access to detailed diagnostic information associated with the problem.Debugging RTOS-based systems It is quite natural to want to debug on the same abstraction level as you develop. When the embedded industry moved from assembly to C programming, debugging tools quickly followed by providing source-level debugging, thereby making the C code perspective the normal debugging view. However, debugging tools have not evolved to any significant extent in response to the RTOS trend. Some debuggers have been updated with “RTOS awareness” features that allow you to inspect the state of RTOS objects — like tasks and semaphores — while debugging. But these are incremental improvements of the “second generation” source-level debugger, with strict focus on the source code and run/halt/single-step debugging. Debugging an RTOS-based system using only a traditional source-level debugger is equivalent to using an assembly-level debugger when programming in C.To fully understand the runtime behavior of an RTOS-based system, you need the ability to observe the real-time behavior at the RTOS level; i.e., a tracing tool with RTOS awareness. This works as a complement to traditional debugging tools, providing a timeline at the RTOS level that greatly facilitates debugging, validation, and performance optimization. While a traditional debugger is much like a microscope for inspecting the detailed execution within a task, tracing is more like a slow-motion video of the real-time execution.There are two types of tracing, with slightly different purposes: Hardware-generated and software-generated. Hardware-generated tracing provides a detailed execution trace at the source code or assembly level, but with little or no RTOS awareness. In order to record the high-speed data stream, it requires advanced tracing hardware and suitable trace support, both in the processor and on the board. This kind of tracing tends to produce vast amounts of data at a low abstraction level, which can be difficult to comprehend and is limited to the tracing functionality implemented in the processor. Hardware-generated tracing is mainly used for coverage analysis and debugging of particularly nasty problems, where an instruction-level trace is required.Software-generated tracing means that snippets of trace code are added to the target software for the purpose of recording important events in the RTOS and also — optionally — in the application code. You typically don’t need to insert the RTOS trace code yourself, as this is often provided by the RTOS or tool vendor. With software tracing, any software event can be recorded, including any relevant data, on essentially any processor. The downside is the overhead of the tracing code, but RTOS-level tracing on a modern 32-bit MCU requires only a few percent of the processor time, since relatively little data needs to be recorded and the traced events are not very frequent. This makes it possible to stream the data continuously using common debug interfaces, or other interfaces such as USB or TCP/IP. The low data rate also allows for tracing to a RAM buffer. Just a few kilobytes can be sufficient for getting a decent trace of the most recent events. This way, tracing can be used outside the lab as well; e.g., during field testing or in deployed operation.Visualization is crucial for comprehending traces. Many embedded systems have more or less cyclic behaviors, so most of the trace data will be irrelevant repetitions of “normal” behaviors. The interesting parts are usually the anomalies, but they can be hard to find if you don’t know exactly what to look for. The human brain is, however, phenomenal at recognizing visual patterns and anomalies, assuming that the data is visualized properly.While several tools can display an RTOS trace as a classic Gantt chart, this visualization is not suitable for displaying other events in the same view; e.g., API calls or user logging. However, a vertical execution trace can display such events using text labels, pointing into the graphical execution trace. Moreover, showing just an execution trace is a quite limited perspective, since a lot more information can be derived from an RTOS trace. For instance, the interactions of tasks and ISRs can be presented as a dependency graph, and it is also possible to show trace views focusing on other relevant RTOS objects, such as semaphores, queues and mutexes.Conclusion The RTOS trend is quite apparent in the embedded industry and for good reasons. Due to increasingly complex and connected applications, more and more developers rely on an RTOS. Moreover, the RTOS market is consolidating as developers gravitate towards the leading solutions.RTOSes can be regarded as the third generation of firmware development, since multithreading brings a higher level of abstraction and less detailed control over the execution. This has significant pitfalls that call for better debugging support at the RTOS level. Common debugging tools have not, however, evolved significantly in response to the RTOS trend; instead, they typically offer only incremental improvements to the traditional debugger concept.The debugging of RTOS-based systems can be simplified with better insight into their real-time execution. This requires RTOS-level tracing, where visualization is crucial to make sense of the data. Several tools can display an RTOS trace as a horizontal Gantt chart, but this is not ideal. More sophisticated visualization is both possible and available, optimized for RTOS traces, that makes it easier to understand the runtime system, spot important issues, and verify the solutions.Dr. Johan Kraft is CEO and founder of Percepio AB, a Swedish company developing Tracealyzer — a solution for software-generated tracing and advanced visualization targeting RTOS-based development. Dr. Kraft holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and his earlier academic work focused on practical methods for timing analysis of embedded software, which was performed in close collaboration with regional industry. Before his doctoral studies, Dr. Kraft worked as an embedded software developer, focusing on control software for industrial robots. 3 thoughts on “RTOS trends and challenges” Log in to Reply April 25, 2019 at 8:21 am August 24, 2019 at 11:50 am “many thanks !” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA ananyagupta says: stephan.zorn says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Book Review: Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom GriffithsNext Philosophy and documentation “Hi, Thanks for sharing an interesting blog, where I get the number of things which I don’t know yet. 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DFI: credit card sized fanless embedded system

first_imgWith only three credit card sized form factor, EC900-FS6 fanless embedded system, powered by the state of the art ARM based processor, is built with DFI’s 100% in-house design 2.5” Pico-ITX, multiple I/O interfaces, wide-voltage, wide-temperature support design, and 24/7 non-stop operation in any harsh environments.Whether you are in space-constrained conditions such as factory automation, transportation, and defense industries, EC900-FS6 is your ideal alternative to fit your needs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Socionext enhance sound quality in wide range of applicationsNext Raspberry Pi finds growing application in professional development projectslast_img read more

Corelis enhances ScanExpress Boundary-Scan Tool Suite

first_img Continue Reading Previous SMART Modular announces long-term support for DDR3 legacy memoryNext AAEON: AI Core X 12348 program comes to life at embedded world Corelis announced the availability of version 9.2 of its ScanExpress Boundary-Scan Tool Suite. The new software update features Teradyne HSSub, ScanExpress icons and ScanExpress JET.Featured enhancements to ScanExpress 9.2 include the Teradyne HSSub support with ScanExpress software which has been significantly improved. The HSSub can now be configured with up to four TAPs to support systems with multiple TAPs. A new fast flash programming feature has been added to significantly improve flash in-system-programming speed when using the HSSub. Additionally, the HSSub parallel IO channels can now be used as an additional boundary-scan IO device. Additional test coverage can be added by connecting HSSub parallel IO channels to boundary-scan pins on the unit-under-test (UUT).ScanExpress icons have been updated to provide an improved, consistent identity. Updates include application shortcuts, file icons, and more. The new icon set will be visible on installation of the ScanExpress software suite.ScanExpress JET can now support 64-bit ARM Cortex processors. The first in this series is Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, featuring basic RAM and Flash support. In addition to 64-bit CPUs, Microsemi SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are now supported. Existing Corelis customers with a valid maintenance contract can now access the new software version 9.2 through the Corelis support website.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

IBASE unveils two AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000-based solutions

first_img Continue Reading Previous Würth Elektronik offers photodiodes and phototransistorsNext Using DSPs for audio AI at the edge IBASE Technology has unveiled two new AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000-based offerings, including the IB918 3.5-inch form factor SBC and the SI-323-N digital signage player with three HDMI. The models use the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, combining the high-performance AMD ‘Zen’ CPU and ‘Vega’ GPU architectures to achieve a new class of performance for next-generation embedded designs.The IB918 3.5-inch SBC is powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, using either the new dual-core R1606G or R1505G model, and optional heatsink with fan. It supports up to 32GB DDR4-2400 and ECC memory modules. Storage and expansion sockets include a M.2 M-key interface, two M.2 slots for type 2280/2230 architectures. It is also equipped with 2x HDMI, 1x eDP, 2x GbE ports, 4x USB 3.1, 1x SATA III and a 12V~24V DC input.The SI-323-N digital signage player utilizes high-performance, power-efficient AMD Ryzen Embedded R1606G processor integrated with enhanced AMD Radeon™ Vega 3 graphics. Suitable for menu boards in restaurants, electronic displays in banks, airports and shopping malls, this compact and fanless system supports three HDMI 2.0 with independent audio and hardware EDID, as well as IBASE’s own iCONTROL intelligent green technology and Observer monitoring technology.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 with 8-inch display, Snapdragon 660 launched: Price, specs and more

first_imgXiaomi on Sunday launched the Mi Pad 4 alongside the Redmi 6 Pro in China. The new Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is the successor to the Mi Pad 3 which was launched last year in China. While the Mi Pad 3 never made it to India, Xiaomi has been lately expanding its portfolio in India which arises a possibility that the Mi Pad 4 might launch in India. However, there’s no word on India availability yet.Xiaomi has priced the Mi Pad 4 at a starting price of Yuan 1,099 (Rs 11,497 approximately). This is the cost of 4GB RAM and 64GB storage Wi-Fi-only variant. The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage Wi-Fi + LTE variant will cost Yuan 1,499 (Rs 15,628 approximately). The sale for the tablets starts from June 29 with registrations already open now. Buyers can choose between Black and Gold colour variants of the Mi Pad 4.Coming to its specifications, the Mi Pad 4 sports an 8-inch display with an aspect ratio of 16:10. The tablet is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 3GB or 4GB RAM inside. There is 32GB or 64GB internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card.In the camera department, the Mi Pad 4 features a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP sensor on the front. Xiaomi has also added the AI Face unlock feature that acts as the key highlight of the device. It runs Android Oreo-based MIUI 9. Backed by a 6000mAh battery, the Mi Pad 4 is available in both WiFi and LTE variants.Xiaomi along with the Mi Pad 4 also launched the budget phone Redmi 6 Pro. The Redmi 6 Pro costs Yuan 999 (Rs 10,436 approximately) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage model, Yuan 1,199 (Rs 12,525 approximately) for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage variant, and Yuan 1,299 (Rs 13,570 approximately) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. The sale begins on June 26. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro sports a 5.84-inch FHD+ 19:9 display and is the first smartphone from Xiaomi to feature the iPhone X-like notched display. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB internal storage respectively. The storage can be expanded using a microSD card.advertisementlast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas twinning in white is just what summers are all about

first_imgPriyanka Chopra has grabbed the attention of one and all, not just because of her frequent appearances with boyfriend Nick Jonas but also because of her classy fashion choices.The actress has been giving us some summer-dressing goals of late – from the chequered skirt and top she wore on her dinner date to the chic red shirt dress she stepped out wearing, in New York.This time, PeeCee showed us how white is just the ideal colour of the season.Priyanka and Nick were recently spotted twinning in white. While Nick wore a sleeveless white T-shirt, the actress teamed the same with a pair of denim shorts. Picture courtesy: Instagram/ttalkiesSporting a top knot, the actress looked sassy with a dark lip shade and a pair of shades elevating her look further. She teamed her ensemble with a pair of white shoes.Priyanka’s love for white was proved, once again, when she arrived in India recently in a loose white shirt and white ripped jeans. Priyanka Chopra arrives in India in an all-white ensemble.The fashionista’s ensemble exuded a perfect combination of comfort and style, while the pair of beige pumps saved the all-white look from being monotonous.The actress left her hair loose, and strutted out sporting a pair of shades and dark lip colour.Also See: All the times Priyanka Chopra aced the date-night look with Nick Jonas Also Watch: Let Priyanka Chopra teach you how to dress easy this summerlast_img read more

Traffic police use ‘Yama’ to warn motorists against violations

first_imgA mace-wielding ‘Yamaraja,’ God of Death, attired in his traditional golden dress intercepted motorists near the Town hall here today and warned them he would visit their homes if they flout traffic rules.The Halasuru Gate traffic police roped in ‘Yamaraja’ as their brand ambassador to drive home the message of the dangers of not sporting a helmet, reckless driving and other violations.”We are observing July as a road safety month. As part of it, we are conducting various programmes such as lectures in schools and colleges and street-plays,” Deputy Commissioner of traffic police Anupam Agrawal told PTI.”Also, we thought of using the character Yama to send the message across that if you disobey the traffic rules, Yama will come to your home,” he said.The actor, who stopped motorists and reminded them of the importance of sticking to road rules, was Veeresh, a theatre artiste performing Hindu mythology-based dramas.After intercepting mostly young motorists, Yama waved his mace in the air, warning them that he would not spare them.In some cases, he rode pillion on those motorcycles that were driven recklessly.According to traffic police, the public awareness drive helped in minimising accidents.Till June-end this year, 2,336 accidents have been reported, of which 330 were fatal, they said.By last December-end, 5,064 accidents had been reported, of which 609 were fatal.In 2016, 7,506 accidents took place of which 754 were fatal.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting suggests unique ideas to increase speed of play in cricket

first_imgWith fines proving ineffective, shot clocks and run penalties could be used to speed up over rates in all forms of cricket, according to former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.A two-day meeting of the MCC World Cricket committee at Lord’s discussed a range of issues including the speed of play and ball tampering.Ponting, part of the advisory committee chaired by former England captain Mike Gatting and including former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, said cutting ‘dead time’ through the use of shot clocks could be considered by the International Cricket Council.”It probably seems a little extreme the idea of the shot clock,” Ponting told reporters.”But once again this year, in all three formats of the game, the over rates have been in decline again.”The committee found that Test over rates are at an 11-year low, proof current measures are not working.”So we’ve talked about the idea of the shot clock and that’s basically for the dead time in the game,” he said. “It’s not going to be when the bowler is at the top of his mark and running in because that’s hard to gauge.”It’s the dead time. The end of the over. The fielders and bowlers have to be back in position and that’s non-negotiable.”Ponting said the exact punishment had not been decided but the committee favoured a run penalty.”The fining of players hasn’t been administered often, certainly through the last 12 months. A ‘there and then’ run penalty would definitely be worth looking at,” he said.advertisement”You would imagine then the captains would take a huge responsibility in making sure their players are ready through the course of the day. If they are not in a position for three or four overs, that could be 20 runs and in the context of the game we saw last week that could decide a Test match.”MCC World Cricket committee met at Lords this week to discuss:Cricket’s culturePace of playProtection of bowlersNew formatsWomen’s cricketZimbabwe cricket’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 7, 2018BALL TAMPERINGPonting said ball tampering had been at the top of the committee’s agenda in the light of the incident in South Africa in March which resulted in Australia captain Steve Smith being banned by Cricket Australia for a year.Television cameras caught Cameron Bancroft roughing up one side of the ball with what appeared to be sandpaper. Vice captain David Warner also got a one-year ban while Bancroft received a nine month ban.Australia coach Darren Lehmann stepped down.Ponting said Cricket Australia’s unprecedented stance had been a ‘shock’ to world cricket.”(The bans) probably got the desired outcome,” he said.”But at the end of the day we believe a holistic approach has to be taken not only with ball tampering side of things but with the culture of the game, country by country.”We understand this loosely worded ‘spirit of cricket’ is interpreted in a different way in every country.”There needs to be a level of consistency across each board with how they handle these issues.”Ponting added wickets that were fair to bowlers could help eradicate the need for ball tampering.”I think the reason reverse swing has become such a big issue in the past 10 years is that the wickets have got flatter and flatter and bowlers have been trying to find a way to keep themselves in the contest,” he said.”So let’s look at having a fair playing surface then (the problem) might start looking after itself.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

India secure 2 medals at world youth boxing without a fight

first_imgBudapest, Aug 21 (PTI) The Indian boxing contingent was assured of two medals at the world youth championships even before the competition got underway after two women pugilists got direct entry into semifinals owing to the small size of the draw here. Sakshi Gaidhani (81kg) and Neha Yadav (+81kg) made the last-four stage to put India on the medal table without the exchange of a single blow in the event, which will get underway today. While Saskhi will face Russia’s Anastasiia Rybak, Neha will square off against Ukraine’s Mariia Lovchynska in their respective semifinal clashes. Three other Indians got first-round byes into the quarters in the women’s draw, while two others made the pre-quarters directly.Divya Pawar (54kg), Manisha (64kg) and Astha Pahwa (75kg) will know of their quarterfinal opponents after the preliminary stage. Sakshi (57kg) and Jony (60kg) will start in the pre-quarterfinal stage. “We have built-up nicely towards these world championships, we had massive success at the Asian Youth Championships and hopefully the boxers will continue the form in the world championship,” national youth coach for women Bhaskar Bhatt told PTI. Bhatt is being seen as a major contributor to India’s strong showing in the women’s youth circuit and was at the helm when the country pulled off top finish with five gold and two silver medals at the world youth championships last year. He is also nominated for this year’s Dronacharya award for his contribution to the sport. India had claimed three gold medals in the women’s event of the Asian championship through Nitu, Manisha and Lalita (69kg). All three are in fray at the world event.advertisement In the men’s draw, Asian silver-medallist Ankit (60kg), Akash (64kg) and Vijeaydeep (69kg) will start their respective campaigns in the pre-quarterfinals after getting opening-round byes. PTI PM ATKATKlast_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: 05 SEPT, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALKolkata:Majherhat bridge collapse(B+A)Patna/Moradabad/Jammu/Coimbatore/Bhopal/Kolkata:Teacher’s Day(B)New Delhi: ‘Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally'(B+A)Mumbai:Sui Dhaga film promotion(B)Jodhpur:Congress Sankalp Rally(B)New Delhi:PM Modi with 18th Asian Games winners(B)New Delhi:Shikshak Diwas 2018(Teacher’s Day)(B+A)Kolkata:21st death anniversary of Mother Teresa(B+A)Jammu:JKPCC members protest(B)Mumbai:Women Entrepreneur’s Exhibition(A+B)Jammu:Protest against Teachers Joint Action Committee(B)Bengaluru:Gauri Day in Bengaluru(B+A)New Delhi:Love & Infinity 2018 “XIN” Philanthropyconference(B)INERNATIONALOsaka/Kobe/Nishinomiya: Typhoon hit western Japan(B+A)Lahore:Fashion show by the Loreal Paris PakistanFashion Design Council(A)Basra:Protests demanding better public services and jobs(A)Phnom Penh:Photo session in front of the NationalAssembly in Phnom Penh(B)Washington:Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in before theSenate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill(B)Seongnam:Chung Eui-yong, Suh Hoon leave forPyongyang(A)Dauphin Island: Lauren Dueitt, left, and John Payne, 6, right, play in the high tide waters Kaktovik:Polar bear(B)SPORTSNew York : U.S. Open tennis tournament(B+A)PTI PHOTO GCS DLDLlast_img read more

4,6,6,6,1,6,6,6: New Zealand duo smashes 43 runs in an over for List A world record

first_imgJoe Carter and Brett Hampton wrote their names in the history with a scintillating batting display for Northern Districts in New Zealand’s domestic one-day cricket match, smashing 43 runs off a single over.The unfortunate bowler to receive the battering was Central Districts medium pacer Willem Ludick, who not only gave away 41 runs in the over but bowled two no balls to make it worse for himself.In the over of 43 runs, two came from the no balls. Hampton struck 23 runs while Carter scored 18 runs off the last three deliveries.In the first class match at the Hamilton’s Seddon Park, Hampton began the over with a boundary, struck two sixes off two consecutive no ball deliveries, struck another six before taking a single to give the strike to Carter.Carter made the best of the momentum with Northern Districts and struck three more sixes to take the tally of the 46th over to 43 runs.4, 6+nb, 6+nb, 6, 1, 6, 6, 643-run overList A world recordCongratulations Joe Carter and Brett Hampton!#ndtogether #cricketnation Districts (@ndcricket) November 7, 2018This was Ludick’s final over of the innings. Ahead of this over, Ludick’s figures were 1/42 but it changed to a massive 1/85 in a matter of eight deliveries.”It was right at the end and I suppose it was a ‘see ball, hit ball’ scenario,” said Hampton.”We got a couple of free no balls which helped us to get going. We came together (at the end of the over) and said ‘how many did we get on that?’ I think we said it was 39. We missed a four there.”advertisementCarter ended the innings at 102 not out while Hampton scored 95 runs as Northern Districts eventually posted a total of 313/7 in their 50 overs.For Central Districts, Dean Foxcroft also scored 120 not out but did not get enough assistance from the other side to chase the total. Central Districts could only score 288/9 in 50 overs.Although batting greats Ravi Shastri and Garry Sobers famously gave Tilak Raj and Malcolm Nash places in cricket’s Hall of Shame by smashing six sixes from their overs in first class matches, the world record is by no means clear.South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs also hit six sixes for a tally of 36 off Netherlands legspinner Daan van Bunge during a 2007 World Cup match in St. Kitts, the most in an international one-dayer.Ahead of this over, the first class one-day record of most runs in an over belonged to Zimbabwe international Elton Chigumbura, who belted 39 off Alauddin Babu during one over in Bangladesh in 2013.The 77 runs that former New Zealand batsman Robert Vance conceded during a first-class match against Canterbury in 1990 is discounted became he deliberately bowled 17 no balls in his over. He wanted to entice the Canterbury tailenders to chase a victory in their match against the opening batsman’s Wellington side.List A one-day matches records of most runs in an over:43 (2018/19): Brett Hampton and and Joe Carter off Willem Ludick, Northern Districts vs Central Districts in Hamilton, New Zealand39 (2013/14): Elton Chigumbura off Alauddin Babu, Sheikh Jamal vs Abahani Ltd in Dhaka, Bangladesh37 (2017/18): JP Duminy off Eddie Leie, Cape Cobras vs Knights in Cape Town, South Africa36 (2006/07): Herschelle Gibbs off Daan van Bunge, South Africa vs Netherlands in St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis35 (2009/10): Raiphi Gomez off Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Hyderabad vs Kerala in Chennai, India34 (1977): Viv Richards off David Graveney, Somerset vs Gloucestershire in Taunton, England34 (2000/01): Sourav Ganguly off Sukhvinder Singh, India vs India B in Chennai, India33 (2013/14): Tamim Iqbal off Sikandar Raza, Brothers Union vs Kalabagan CA in Fatullah, Bangladesh32 (2007/08): Padmaja Manikantan off Satyakumar Verma, Kerala vs Andhra in Chennai, India32 (2017/18): Alex Ross off Nathan Lyon, South Australia vs New South Wales in Sydney, Australia(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Russia risks missing lab access deadline, RUSADA head says

first_imgMoscow, Nov 9 (AP) The Russian government risks missing a deadline to allow access to the Moscow laboratory at the center of the country’s doping scandals, the head of the country’s anti-doping agency said Friday.A deal between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian government allowed the agency, known as RUSADA, to be reinstated in September in return for data from the lab by the end of 2018.”I am feeling worried about how the situation is developing regarding access to the Moscow lab,” RUSADA CEO Yuri Ganus told the Tass news agency.He added that talks on how access should be granted have so far failed to agree on who exactly should be allowed into the lab and progress is needed “rapidly” as the WADA board prepares to meet next week. If Russia fails to uphold its promise, Ganus said, “we will lose trust, if not forever, then for many years.” Ganus said he offered his help to Russian law enforcement, which sealed off the lab in 2016, but didn’t get an answer.If Russia fails to give WADA the lab data on time, or provide samples requested by WADA, then RUSADA could be suspended again. Under new WADA rules, that would make it much harder for Russia to host major sports events.Access to the lab is also a key condition for the reinstatement of Russia’s banned track and field team, which was suspended in 2015 for widespread doping. Since then, top Russians have competed as neutral athletes.(AP) AMSAMSadvertisementlast_img read more

Sushmita Sen working out with daughter Alisah is the cutest thing you will see today

first_imgSushmita Sen is the new-age mom who is helping her daughters to become the best version of themselves.The former Miss Universe is known for her enviable body, strict lifestyle and her workout routine.She is often seen hitting the gym and also inspires millions of her fans to lead a healthy lifestyle. And it’s not just her fans she is inspiring nowadays, it’s her daughters who are joining the bandwagon too.Sushmita recently took to Instagram to post a workout video with her new gym buddy – her daughter Alisah, and it is the cutest thing you will watch today.Watch the video here:She posted the video on Instagram with the caption, “Passing on the legacy. #sharing #legacyoflove #teamwork #motherdaughter #godsfavouritechildren Alisah age 9yrs helping her maa return to training after a bout of viral fever! I love you my precious munchkin! #serenity #divinegrace I love you guys! muuaaah!”In the video, the mother-daughter duo can be seen doing a bunch of dumbbell chest press core-strengthening exercises.For the workout, Sushmita donned a black sports bra with black gym tights. She teamed it with a clean bun and glowing workout face.ALSO SEE | Sushmita Sen perfectly nails her workout as boyfriend Rohman cheers her onadvertisementALSO WATCH | Up, close and personal with Sushmita Senlast_img read more

Honda CBR650R bookings begin in India, bike to be priced below Rs 8 lakh

first_imgHonda Motorcycle and Scooter India today commenced the bookings of CBR650R for an amount of Rs 15,000. The upcoming sports middleweight bike will be priced below Rs 8 lakh.CBR650R, which replaces CBR650F, was revealed at the 2018 EICMA Show in Milan. It can be booked at Honda ‘Wing World’ dealerships across 22 cities in India and will be available in two colours – Grand Prix Red and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic.The new motorcycle will get a 649 cc, liquid cooled, four-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve engine. CBR650R’s chassis is 6 kilograms lighter than that of CBR650F. The adjustable 41 mm Showa SFF (Separate Function front Fork) offers better suspension response.”Less than two weeks after the national launch of CB300R, Honda is proud to unleash its second global blockbuster in the middle-weight segment under the Silver Wing-mark umbrella,” Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, said in a statement.”After the 2019 global fun model line-up unveil in EICMA, Honda has now opened bookings for its new middleweight sports machine CBR650R in India too,” he said.CBR650R gets a slipper clutch for controlled corner manoeuvres. The rear wheel traction is maintained by Honda Selectable Torque Control and it can be switched off if the rider chooses to. There is dual channel ABS accompanied by dual radial-mount calipers at the front and single-piston rear caliper.Inspired by Fireblade Super Sports style, the new motorcycle gets fresh styling with its sharp, aggressive lines, extended side fairings and a super-short rear section. Modern full LED lighting with a narrow dual headlamp and a digital LCD display enhance the bold looks of the bike.advertisementOn February 8, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India had launched CB300R in India at an introductory price of Rs 2.41 lakh (ex-showroom). The company claimed that in just 25 days since the start of bookings, CB300R had been booked for over three months based on the two-wheeler manufacturer’s current production plan.ALSO READ | Tata Harrier’s automatic variant expected to be launched by mid-2019ALSO READ | 2019 Ford Endeavour revealed ahead of official launch on February 22ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: Five reasons why the compact SUV is popular among the buyerslast_img read more

India vs Australia: Usman Khawaja says adaptability key in T20I series

first_imgAustralian top-order batsman Usman Khawaja believes that adaptability is going to be the key against India in their upcoming two-match T20I series, beginning February 24.The 32-year-old, an experienced hand in playing on the Indian wickets as he has been previously part of the Indian Premier League (IPL), said that pitches in India are “pretty good” for batting.He further asserted that many Australian players have got the experience of playing on the Indian tracks which will prove to be beneficial for them.”I found there was probably one wicket that spun a fair bit in Dharamsala, the other ones (in Mohali (twice) and Bangalore) were pretty good batting surfaces. You just have to adapt to whatever you get here,” quoted Khawaja, as saying.”As the Australian Cricket Team, a lot of guys have had some really good performances in India in the past, so I think we can draw from that,” he added.The left-hand batsman, who is one of the front-runners to get the opener’s slot in the T20I series, is confident of Australia’s good performance against India. “It’s good to have options. A lot of guys that are in this team are quite flexible on where they can play so whatever happens, moving forward I think everyone will do quite well in whatever role they have,” quoted Khawaja, as saying.India and Australia will play their first T20I on February 24 at Visakhapatnam followed by the second match on February 27 in Bengaluru.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series due to back injuryAlso Read | India can try and throw Pakistan out of World Cup but it won’t happen: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more