According to Embedded Editorial Director Colin Holland, the best way to think about the new DESIGN West 2012 , beginning this week in San Jose, is as if it were ESC on steroids . In three intense days of courses, panel sessions, keynotes, hands-on tutorials and myriad show floor activities, in addition to the Embedded Systems Conference , the expanded venue also includes targeted DESIGN West Summits on Multicore Development, Sensors , Medical Systems, LEDs , Android, and Security .
In addition to more than 150 classes, there are several must-attend keynote addresses, Android certification classes, and more than 250 exhibitors. There also will be sponsored training classes from companies such as Arm, Freescale, Intel, Microchip, Mouser and Texas Instruments, and several build-your-own embedded system classes.
If you are not able to attend (or you are attending and want more immersion ), included check out this week's Tech Focus newsletter where there are recent design articles, Webinars, online tutorials, and white papers based on past ESC classes. Of these, my Editor's Top Picks are:
Troubleshooting real-time software issues using a logic analyze r
Agile embedded software development
Using trace to solve the multicore system debug problem
Non-intrusive multicore debug & performance optimization
While the focus of all the DESIGN West Summits is on the continuing education of current working embedded systems designers, attention is also given this week to inspiring and educating future engineers in a meeting of concerned developers and a panel session on the topic. Also, on a related topic, be sure to read “The education of embedded systems software engineers ,” by Robert Dewar of Adacore (Booth #2319 ) on his concerns about the training of engineers in U.S. universities.