Embedding networking into embedded systems - Embedded.com

Embedding networking into embedded systems

Are your devices going wireless, wired, or both? This track at the Embedded Systems Conference keeps you up-to-date on networking embedded devices.

By and large the question is no longer whether your embedded system will communicate with the outside world. The question is now how it will do so.

Standalone embedded systems are becoming much more the exception than the rule. This is having a significant impact on what used to be relatively simple systems, as they now have to deal with networking protocols, complex physical-layer communications, and the implications of having their innards exposed to the entire Internet. What was once a comfortable backwater of the Internet is now moving to center stage, as the so-called Web 2.0 generation begins and cell phones become a more dominant application platform than personal computers. Advanced protocols like IPv6 will only advance this trend, as they provide address space and mobility support features far beyond your Daddy's Internet.

This is the good news and the bad news. When the Internet was the star and devices were in the background we had to deal with the feeling of being out of the mainstream, but at least we could make steady progress. Now the pressure is squarely upon us to create the next generation of connected devices. These will not be silly ideas like Internet toasters, but will instead define the new edge of the Internet.

This track has been designed to give you the tools to participate in this new generation of devices. The train is already leaving the station. Are you onboard yet?

Larry Mittag has more than 25 years design and development experience with embedded systems. He is one of the leading experts in the field of embedded systems, including embedded internet and wireless technologies, and is often invited to lecture and consult in the U.S. and abroad. He is a regular class instructor for the Embedded Systems Conferences and serves as the track chair for security and wireless networking tracks. He is a contributing editor on Embedded Systems Design magazine and is lead consultant for Mittag Enterprises. Mittag holds a degree in physics and education from Wright State University.

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Reader Response


I think bringing the wireless topic up and (hopefully) considering the microcontroller world is important. Many have said that wireless and microcontrollers do not mix. I think individuals such as Fred Eady have shown that wireless is not only possible yet practical for microcontrollers. The problem is not so much the desire or will to incorporate wireless in embedded systems, the issue is more the proprietary nature of the card interfaces. This issues needs to be addressed. That said, I realize microcontrollers is only a part of the embedded word, the issues seems to included x86, DSP, and other architectures.

-Dave Comer
Albuquerque, NM


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