Archive for March, 2009

Embedded Systems Conference – Day 2

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Tuesday was an even busier day at the embedded systems conference in San Jose , California.  Here are some of the most interesting things I saw:

Synapse held a press conference to announce partnerships with Panasonic and CEL.  Synapse has products in the mesh networks space that include RF modules, the SNAPconnect protocol and the Portal SDK.  Their products interoperate with other vendors and make developing a mesh application easy.  In fact it makes it look fun.  I wanted to go out and look for an application just to try it out.

There was a tear down of the SONIA Autonomous Underwater Vehicle.  Two of the submarines developers covered the requirements of the annual  AUV contest then proceeded to describe and show the specs and actual construction of the craft. (more…)

Beagle Boards at ESC

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Today was the first day of the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, California.  I spent the day in a class learning about the extraordinary Beagle Board.  The Beagle Board in small 3-inch by 3-inch PCB with a TI OMAP3530 processor (1,200 MIPS plus graphic acceleration and DSP), 256MB RAM, 256MB NAND Flash, an SD socket, USB, DVI-D, SVideo, and much more.  Power consumption is less than 2 watts and it can run off USB power.  It is open source hardware, meaning you can download the specs, schematics, gerber files, etc. and can modify it and commercially build your own version.  The board currently runs multiple Linux distributions and Android.  The price for this little marvel? $150!

The class itself was very hands-on.  Each student brought their own Beagle Board to work with – except me.


I was fortunate to meet Todd Fischer from RidgeRun, a company that provides support for Linux on the Beagle Board.  Todd just happened to have a spare board which he allowed me to play with. (more…)

Don’t Forget to Attend the Embedded Systems Conference

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The Embedded Systems Conference – Silicon Valley runs from March 30 to April 3 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

This is one of the largest conferences in the electronics engineering industry.  It is also the only one I know of with a true systems focus – both hardware and software.  This year, there are over 130 sessions organized into 21 tracks.

If you have never attended this conference, look it up and see what it has to offer.  If your company is strapped for cash and can’t pay for registration, at least consider getting a free pass to the exhibits.

I will be there so feel free to stop me and say hello if you see me.