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Ultra-low-power design at ESC Silicon Valley 2017

September 27, 2017

Max The Magnificent-September 27, 2017

I was just taking a stroll through the conference schedule for the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, which will take place December 5-7, 2017, at the San Jose Convention Center.

As usual, all sorts of items attracted my attention for all sorts of different reasons. For example, I recently posted an article about a webinar series focused on Supercapacitor-Based Energy Harvesting for low-power Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

In that column, I mentioned that I don’t know as much as I would like to know about supercapacitors or energy harvesting. Thus, you can only imagine my surprise and delight to see the talk Addressing Transient Power & Energy Needs of Embedded Systems with Supercapacitors by Gene Armstrong, Director of Applications at the Paper Battery Company.


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I was happily cogitating and ruminating on the description of Gene's presentation when I saw another session that called for my attention: Ultra-Low Power Design Techniques with Energy Harvesting Emphasis by Brian Zahnstecher, Principal at PowerRox. "Ooh, Ultra-Low-Power and Energy Harvesting," I thought to myself, "my cup runneth over!"

But wait, there's more, because almost immediately another session caught my eye: Marketing Malarkey and the Truth About Ultra-Low Power Design. This thought-provoking presentation is to be given by Jack Ganssle, Principle at The Ganssle Group. Jack is a legend in Embedded Space (where no one can hear you scream). Have you ever heard him speak? Jack's a great orator and he's incredibly knowledgeable. I think of him as an older, richer version of myself (except that I don’t have his knowledge or his rhetorical talents).

Will you be attending ESC Silicon Valley? If so, perhaps I'll see you at one or more of these presentations. I'll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout "Max, Beer!" or "Max, Bacon!" to be assured of my undivided attention.

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