I just got back from Embedded World in Nuremberg, which hosted some 20,000 attendees and was a hotbed of activity, particularly in the automotive, industrial & automation, and medical sectors. We presented our EE Times & Embedded.com 2013 embedded market study there.
I also toted my Flip video camera around and shot four brief videos. Let's go to the videotape (even though we use Flash nowadays).
Analog Devices is showing an embedded health care app. The video focuses on an electrocardiogram (ECG), which gets its data off of a sensor pack worn around one's midsection — you will see the booth guy jump up and down to get his heart rate up. The processing is performed by an ADAS1000 evaluation board.
The ADAS 1000 is itself a low-power, five-electrode ECG analog front end with respiration measurement and pace detection. (There are several variants of the devices; go here.) Since words can't convey the excitement of the demo, here's the video.
What's an embedded show without RTOSes? I guess it would only be “bedded” (actually, it would be “edded”). Anyway, RTOSes — deterministic RTOSes, I should say, because new engineers today get the benefit of near-real-time from just about every operating system.
Unfortunately, even if embedded newbies think such OSes are “hard” enough, they're likely to get a rude shock if, say, the autonomous vehicle they've just programmed tips over when it encounters a corner case. (In such situations, the figurative and the literal come together, with auto-insurance-worthy results.)
Who better than Jean Labrosse, CEO of Micrium and author of 14 technical books, to give us the skinny:
On the test front, Jurgen Stemler, EMEA marketing manager for Agilent Technologies, demos a 12-bit, high-res scope. The hackneyed phrase, “not your grandfather's oscilloscope,” applies, and not only because there are no tubes to change anymore.
Express Logic & Xilinx
John Carbone, vice president of marketing at Express Logic, talks about achieving near-wire speed by using his company's TCP/IP stack with Xilinx's Zynq-7000 all-programmable SoC. The Xilinx part supports gigabit Ethernet. Carbone explains that near-wire speed for gigabit Ethernet would be in the range of 900 Mbits/sec. So we've got an implementation story video here: