Doing embedded systems design in Brazil

Recently I came across a just released free downloadable report on embedded systems design activity in Brazil similar to those done by UBM Technologies on the embedded systems design market each year.

The report is based on a survey of about 900 Brazilian hardware/software developers and engineers between July 25 and August 14 of this year and was published by Embarcados (Embedded in Portuguese). The survey provides further evidence of the active state of engineering design in Brazil, the seventh largest economy in the world.

According to the just released study, 67.4 percent of those who participated were engineers and technicians, and 14.2 percent were in informatics and telecom. Almost 40 percent were working engineers and technicians at electronics companies in Brazil.

The survey indicated that about 53 percent of those who participated were between the ages of 30 and 50. And reflecting the increased interest in the wireless sensor and Internet of Things segments of the market recently, 47 percent of the respondents were between 18 and 30 years of age.

About 25 percent of the respondents had more than ten years of experience in embedded systems design and 37 percent had between three to ten years of experience. About 70 percent were involved in firmware/software development, about 60 percent in various hardware/software integration and co-development. Industrial control design applications constituted about 40 percent of their design activity, 28 percent in consumer electronics and almost 20 percent in Internet of Things and wireless sensor design activity.

The survey bears out what regular readers of design contributions on Embedded.com have probably figured out. As is noted in this week's Tech Focus newsletter , design activity in Brazil is active and growing in almost every important segment of embedded system design. Of the dozen or so recent papers by Brazilian authors included this week, my Editor's Top Picks are:

Routing IPv6 over Wireless Networks with Low-Memory Devices
Implementing an IPv6-based routing protocol over a wireless sensor network on an MSP430 with 7160 bytes of flash ROM and 370 bytes of RAM.

A Cross-layer Approach to Trustfulness in the Internet of Things
A trustful infrastructure for the Internet of Things based on a second generation EPOSMote, which features an ARM processor and an IEEE 802.15.4 radio transceiver.

Energy efficiency of multi-level parallelism on low power processors
A comparison of the use of multi-level parallelism on low-power architectures such as the Intel Atom and ARM Cortex-A9 in terms of performance, energy consumption and Energy Delay Product.

Embedding a kinematic controller in an omnidirectional mobile robot
Design of an omnidirectional mobile robot controller network based on the ARM Cortex-M3-based PSoC5LP and an Mbed microcontroller based on the NXP LPC1768.

To read about recent activities at ESC Brazil 2014 in September, go to “ESC Brazil 2014 – Four big trends.” Although the next ESC in Brazil will not be until the end of August, 2015, you should start planning now, even though according to the calendar it is more than nine months away.That’s a deceptive metric by which to measure the time you have in which to prepare presentations, papers, or getting a booth and preparing an exhibit, given all the other things, personal and professional, that get in the way.

Nine months of calendar time doesn’t mean you have nine months of actual time to prepare for the conference. You have your regular work to get done, and holidays and weekends, and perhaps vacation time to deduct from total working time available. Realistically, it’s best to calculate what percentage of your weekly work time you can afford to devote to preparation for the conference and then multiply by the number of weeks remaining. Nine months may shrink to weeks.

If you are preparing a paper abstract for the Embedded Systems Conferences in Boston in May, you have even less time, as the call for proposals deadline is only a month from now, on Nov. 21, 2014. 

In addition to ESC Brazil in August, 2015 at the Transamerica Expo Center, Sao Paulo, other venues for the conference next year are:

ESC Boston: May 6-7, 2015 – Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
ESC Silicon Valley: July 20-22, 2015 – Santa Clara Convention Center
ESC Minneapolis: November 4-5, 2015 – Minneapolis Convention Center
ESC India: July 8-10, 2015 – Nimhans Convention Center, Bangalore, India

To speed up the process of getting that paper or presentation in shape for submission, a good guide for preparation is “Tips for writing a great conference paper.” Although the author is focused on DesignCon 2015, the tips provided are good ones for any conference paper, or for any tech paper you want to write for Embedded.com.

Do my suggestions for estimating time available and remaining to prepare for a conference or to write a paper seem too optimistic? Pessimistic? How do you calculate the time available to you for real concentrated productive work on a project? What activities would you include or exclude? How much does constantly texting or reading and sending emails on your smartphone take out of your productive time over a six month period? None? A week? A month?

Embedded.com Site Editor Bernard Cole is also editor of the twice-a-week Embedded.com newsletters as well as a partner in the TechRite Associates editorial services consultancy. He welcomes your feedback. Send an email to , or call 928-525-9087.

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2 thoughts on “Doing embedded systems design in Brazil

  1. “The reality of the Brazilian market concerning human capital (programmers) is completely different to what you say. Bad schools (How many Brazilian universities are in the top 100? Answer: None) and the lack of loyalty and interest of the Brazilian emplo

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