Colin Holland is the editorial content director for and the Embedded Systems Conference. Before taking on Embedded in the US, he served as editorial director of Embedded Systems Programming/Design Europe and an editor on EE Times Europe. He can be reached at


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    • The Harwell Dekatron or 'Witch', which is said to be the world's oldest computer has been rebooted at the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park, in the UK.

    • DDC-I, a supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, has joined the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium, a managed consortium of The Open Group.

    • Congatec AG is working with with Adeneo Embedded to deliver ready-to-use board support packages for the Freescale ARM Cortex A9 i.MX 6 Series based modules.

    • Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. has changed its name to Mercury Systems Inc. in an effort to better reflect the breadth and depth of its capabilities.

    • If you are near Santa Clara on Wednesday 31st October and want a concise update on the current state of embedded technology development in Brazil head there is a unrivaled opportunity for you.

    • Yesterday at a Young Professionals' Event at the IET in London, Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and SoC Architect at Broadcom gave a talk on Inspiring future generations with open hardware.

    • Renesas Electronics America is to sponsor the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) initiative as a means of motivating and inspiring the next generation of engineers.

    • Altium has released two TASKING C compiler solutions for automotive application development, delivering support for the RH850 microcontrollers from Renesas and the Power Architecture based microcontrollers from the Freescale Qorivva/5xxx and STMicroelectronics SPC56 series.

    • Sanjib - Altera announced a similar development with ARM back in October and had a a software demo at the ARM Paris event -

    • Bill Gatliff will be providing a free Android Speed Training session at 12.30 on Thur 27th Oct at ARM TechCon while he will join Dave Kleidermacher, CTO, Green Hills Software; and Stephen Olsen, Technical Marketing Engineer, Mentor Graphics on a panel: Embedded Android? The next platform, or the next problem? at A 2.30 on Wed 26th at ARM TechCon - see: