Re: How to choose a firmware partner

From: Alan Balmer (
Date: 05/26/04

Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 10:30:00 -0700

On Wed, 26 May 2004 17:12:46 +0100, "Steve at fivetrees"
<> wrote:

>"CBarn24050" <> wrote in message
>> >
>> >Watchdogs are not there to protect against dodgy code and/or unduly
>> >"vulnerable" hardware. They're there because, ultimately, *all* hardware
>> >vulnerable. It's just a question of degree. If you don't believe me,
>> >yourself with a Schaffner and try dumping a fast-rise time 2kV spike into
>> >nearby metalwork...
>> The watchdog timer is a fairly recent invention, millions of older systems
>> fine without them.
>It's exactly as old as embedded microprocessors. (I know. I was there.) It's
>dumb having one without the other.
No, it's much older than embedded microprocessors.

Al Balmer
Balmer Consulting