All Over But the Shouting -

All Over But the Shouting

The Embedded Systems Conference is just a memory. Those of you who want to revive those memories can still read about Nobel Laureate Murray Gell-Mann's keynote address in which he expounded on the simple and the complex, using his necktie as a visual aid.

You can also read what Broadcom CTO Henry Samueli had to say to conference attendees about the future of communications design.

The methodologies used for designing hardware and designing software have been merging for a number of years. At the Tuesday evening panel discussion panelists representing both the hardware and software camps wrestled over the future of hardware and software design. One wag suggested that hardware and software worlds have become so topsy-turvy that hardware engineers now spend all their time in front of their computer monitors, while software engineers are in the lab tinkering with their test equipment.

One especially popular exhibit at the conference was an award winning fuel-efficient SUV designed by students at UC Davis. The vehicle was part of a competition among 12 universities. In fact, it left the competition in its tracks.

At the conference I heard the story of someone who befuddled her antilock brakes by feathering them, thus precipitating an accident. Are we ready to trust software completely? And if we are not, should designers be liable for their software? Jack Ganssle raises this question in “See You in Court.” You can weigh in on this question too in the poll.

Exclusive to is the article “Monitor-based Debugging” by Ed Sutter. A ROM monitor is an inexpensive but powerful debugging aid that gives you visibility into a system and requires only a little overhead. This article explains how they work and the gotchas you have to look out for.

The latest addition to the demos and downloads page is MicroCommander from Intec Automation. The company offers demo software and a live microcontroller connected to the web to enable engineers to experience first hand accessing and programming microcontrollers over the web. Based on a drag and drop model, microCommander enables engineers to configure microcontrollers using standard proven and easily understood components. You can download the demo here.

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