It's fall and not only is it trade-show travel season–it's Embedded Systems Conference season.The folks who produce this publication are the same people who organize the ESCs around the world. And as luck would have it (not sure if it's good luck or bad), six different ESCs are taking place around the world over the course of about six weeks.
The first of those events is actually the first of four ESCs in India. Last year's event in Bangalore was such a smashing success that we expanded into three other Indian cities: Hyderabad, Pune, and Noida. It was literally standing room only in Bangalore last year, and it appears that this year's events will be no different. (See Conference Manager Erin LeMoine’s travelogue blog about ESC India.)
While ESC India is taking place, ESC UK in Birmingham, England (www.embedded.co.uk/index.php) will be in full swing. The event is really called the Embedded Systems Show (ESS), but the name will change next year as we integrate ESS into the ESC family. Held on October 1 and 2, ESS will have a similar look and feel to ESC, incorporating some of our most popular elements, including the Build Your Own Embedded Systems (BYOES) program, Live Tear Downs, a host of hands-on classes and workshops, and a jam-packed exhibit floor.
If you're not familiar with our BYOES program, you should be. As part of your regular conference fee, you get a complete development kit. This year, the heart of the kit is the popular Beagle Board powered by an ARM-based OMAP3530 microprocessor. Attendees also receive a copy of MontaVista Linux, stored on a 2-Gbyte Numonyx SD Card. During the course of the conference, attendees can participate in a series of classes that are all aimed at configuring the Beagle Board for their specific application. And the best part is that after the conference, attendees get to keep all the hardware and software.
The final stop on the ESC Tour is Boston, which is sizing up to be a mega-event. In addition to the BYOES and Live Tear Downs, we've managed to pull in an extremely popular figure for keynote address. He's known as the father of the cell phone or the inventor of the cell phone. We know him as Dr. Martin Cooper, who really did invent the cell phone while at Motorola. He made that first call on April 3, 1973 to, of all people, the head of research at Bell Labs, Motorola's biggest competitor at the time.
Unfortunately, there's no rest for the weary, as the Call for Abstracts for ESC Silicon Valley closes in early October. So, we'll be sorting through those abstracts, ensuring a great conference in San Jose next April.
Richard Nass is editor in chief of Embedded Systems Design magazine and editorial director of TechInsights' Embedded Group. He can be reached at .