ESC 2014: Real World case studies on center stage

Karen Field

January 22, 2014

Karen FieldJanuary 22, 2014

For the first time ever, the Embedded Systems Conference at EE Live! this year will feature classic postmortem sessions for attendees with premium passes. The sessions will be engaging case studies of real-world embedded projects, presented by engineers directly involved in the system design and development. They will share their experiences and discuss how they overcame the challenges inherent in any engineering project.

ESC will return March 31 -- April 3 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center as part of EE Live!, which will feature seven different programs, including boot camps, engineering summits, and the massive Embedded Systems Conference (ESC). Split into 11 distinct tracks, ESC will offer dozens of sessions, as well as five classic postmortem talks taking place on Thursday, April 3, 2014, that look at how embedded engineers overcame obstacles and brought their ideas to life.

In a case study entitled “Battle out of a Painted Corner,” Veteran Firmware Engineer Jen Costillo will discuss how the Bia Sport engineering team traveled many miles and battled many dragons to deliver its first product, a sport watch for female runners and triathletes that also provides security and tracking during a workout or race.

From the Kickstarter funding onward, she will discuss earlier short-term prototype decisions impact on the final project including: Adverse RF development conditions (i.e. when you don't have many options for an office), the importance of tracking and iterating on your power model, protocol decision and its impact, over-the-air update design and challenges, and mechanical design and failures.

Design and development engineer Anton Venediktov will present the postmortem on “Open Source UI Solutions for Tight Budgets” a must-attend talk for anyone contemplating the use of open-source hardware in a production product. Venediktov will discuss one team's experience in leveraging open-source hardware (Beaglebone) and open-source software (Angstrom Linux, Python, and others) to integrate an advanced UI quickly, which is often a low priority for military and industrial equipment for a military communication system. He will describe the resources and tools that the team used successfully, as well as the challenges encountered along the way.

In a postmortem titled “An FPGA Case Study: Narrowband COFDM Video Transceiver for Drones, UAV, and UGV,” Martin Gravenstein of Provident Systems will take a deep dive into the development of a low-power COFDM-based (Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) video transceiver link intended for applications in highly mobile, lightweight, urban/multi-path applications. He will discuss the entire design with an emphasis on the FPGA portion, especially on the methods for implementation, verification, and validation to the system requirements.

ESC will feature two other classic postmortem sessions this year: “How Turbid Built Its Next-Generation IoT Storm Water Management Solution” and “Bringing Firmware Back From the Dead with the Marionette Design Principle.” You can learn more about those case studies, ESC’s other talks, and EE Live’s complete list of sessions at the conference’s Schedule Builder.

Advance pricing for EE Live! 2014 and its various programs including ESC is available now. Save as much as $100 on an All Access Pass when you register by March 23. Follow updates about EE Live!’s programs, sessions, and announcements on the conference’s social media accounts on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Google+.

This article was also published on EETimes. 

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