The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The year 2008 marks two important milestones for our Embedded franchise, which consists Embedded.com, this magazine, and the Embedded Systems Conference. In April, we will hold the 20th Annual California-based Embedded Systems Conference. And then later in the year, November to be exact, we'll mark 20 years of publishing Embedded Systems Design magazine (although it was known as Embedded Systems Programming for its first 17 years).
There's a common phrase that definitely applies here: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Back in 1988, 8-bit microcontrollers were shipping in huge volumes, clearly dominating the micro scene in terms of units shipped. Today, while the 8-bit micros themselves have changed dramatically, they're still the leader, by a wide margin. And some of those same cores, like the 8051, are still in use.
Throughout 2008, we'll be sprinkling in various items to commemorate our 20-year anniversary. For example, in each issue, we'll reprint one item that appeared 20 years ago. But it's not for nostalgic reasons. It's because that information is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. While most of the articles we publish are available on Embedded.com, the articles from 20 years ago are not. We didn't start posting articles until 1996.
In addition, we'll be looking for information from our readers. For example, what do you consider the most important achievement in the embedded space in the last 20 years? Who has been the most influential individual? Software vendor? Hardware vendor? Do you have an anecdotal story relating to your job in the embedded industry?
What's the most significant thing that's happened to you at an Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) over the last 20 years? How many ESCs have you attended? Can you recall a career changing moment that occurred at an ESC?
We want to hear from you. Go into the Forums section on Embedded.com and let us hear from you. In addition, you'll be hearing stories from the folks on our team, discussing some of the most memorable “embedded” moments that have occurred over the past 20 years. We'll also be taking a peek into the future, giving you a clue as to what you can expect to see in the embedded space over the next 20 years.
Richard Nass is editor in chief of Embedded Systems Design magazine. He can be reached at .