2008 to 2028: Twenty more years of achievement in embedded systems
|November 2028 is the 40th anniversary of ESD.|
Twenty years ago, this magazine and the Embedded Systems Conference celebrated a birthday. It was 2008, and we were 20 years old. We took the opportunity to reminisce about the birth of the embedded system and the milestones that marked the pioneer days of the industry. Now it's 2028, our 40th year as a publication, and we're offering up another time capsule: a look back through the accomplishments of the last 20 years, from 2008 to 2028. We've asked some of the elders of the embedded systems community to talk about those years. Their essays are included here for you to enjoy; further essays can be found online. You may also share your reminiscences online on Embedded.com.
But first, let's establish the baseline. Picture yourself back in 2008, when the industry was in its teenage years.
The embedded system had come a long way by then. In 2008, we looked back at those first systems installed as guidance computers in missiles and the lunar module in the 1960s and '70s and were amazed at what was accomplished with so little. The systems were mostly one-of-a-kind, cost millions of taxpayers' dollars, and used almost all the available integrated circuits on the market. (Those systems were the IC market at first.)
Backward and forward, 2008-2028
Looking back from 2028--these appeared in print in the following order:
Looking forward from 2008 to 2028 (online only):