The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is less than one week away, to be held April 26 through 29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.
Despite economic woes, last year’s event was wrought with optimism; one attendee even remarked: “I’m not worried; embedded makes everything possible.” Met with raised eyebrows, he continued, “Nothing works without embedded technology.” I am not sure I would take it that far, but I know firsthand the value and importance of embedded hardware and software.
I have attended ESC for years, and I always look forward to tinkering with the latest and greatest electronics widget and to seeing how compact chips and boards increasingly become. A wealth of conference events, classes, and exhibitors are relevant to the military and aerospace (mil/aero) market; yet, ESC also boasts a specific Aerospace and Military track.
The Product Teardowns this time around include a consumer wire locator and electronic fitness tool—a step back from previous teardown subjects such as the Segway. Nonetheless, the Web site promises plenty to do—from keynote and industry addresses to the ESC Theater, Shop Talks, in-booth activities and giveaways, sponsored sessions, and Mentor Graphics’ Android Day.
Android Day, the brainchild of Mentor Graphics, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Tues., April 27, in the Winchester Room at the Hilton hotel adjacent to the convention center. Android is a software stack for mobile devices that integrates an operating system, middleware, and applications. Mentor Graphics just two months ago launched its Embedded Inflexion user interface, designed not only to ease Android development, but also enable the rapid customization and differentiation of Android-based devices.
I plan to take in as much as I can in four days at ESC. If you’re attending ESC 2010 in San Jose, I hope you’ll introduce yourself if you see me. (Perhaps you’ll even spot me in or around Mentor Graphics’ booth #1902.) If you won’t be there this year, stay tuned; I will be certain to report some of the most interesting finds from the show.