Have you seen some of the cool stuff going on across the pond? If you're based in the UK, you might want to check out the Embedded Systems Show (ESS), occurring in Birmingham in a few weeks (October 1-2). ESS is billed as “the UK's largest forum for the embedded system design community.”
One of the highlights of the show is the appearance of the popular Beagle Board, and a series of classes dedicated to teaching developers exactly how to configure an ARM-based system. If you're not familiar with the Beagle Board, it's a development platform that's powered by an ARM-based OMAP3530 microprocessor. Attendees lucky enough to grab one of these kits will also receive a copy of MontaVista Linux, stored on a 2-Gbyte Numonyx SD Card.
ESS will also play host to Live Tear Downs, a plethora of hands-on classes and workshops, and a jam-packed exhibit floor. More than 80 exhibitors will pack the show floor. Among the many hands-on classes are Embedded Linux; Advanced C Programming; Concurrency in C++; and Multi-Core Programming.
The free classes that are available to all conference delegates includes: Fundamentals of Microcontrollers; Debugging is difficult: so why do it?; Specifics of Embedded Software for FlexRay; Multicore Challenges and Solutions; and Sharing Code across Embedded Linux and WinCE.
It sounds to me like the place to be if you're an embedded developer.
Richard Nass is editor in chief of Embedded Systems Design magazine and editorial director of TechInsights' Embedded Group. He can be reached at .