Participating in's design community in 2015 -

Participating in’s design community in 2015


Included in the first Tech Focus newsletter of 2015  associated with this blog are a selection of the ten top Tech Focus newsletters and their associated blogs of the past year. They were chosen on basis of (1) the number of subscribers who open the newsletter and click through to the article or blog online and (2) the views and visits to the associated blog, each of which contains a link to that week's newsletter.

Even with such metrics to help, choosing 10 out of the 52 Tech Focus newsletters published in 2014 was difficult, given the unsettled state of embedded systems design due to the emergence of ubiquitous connectivity in the form of the Internet of Things. If you disagree with the choices that have been made, go to the newsletter archive on, where all the Tech Focus newsletters are eventually published. Pick your own favorites and let us know what you chose instead.

Your participation as subscribers to the Tech Focus newsletter has been a major contributor to the success of in keeping on top of breaking technology trends in the last year. During 2015 we would like to make and the Tech Focus newsletter even better resources for the embedded system developer community. To help us achieve that goal there are a number of ways you can help:

1. Let your friends and business associates know about the site and the two newsletters it sends out each week, a total of more than 100 per year.

2. Submit blogs and design articles on topics you have an interest in. If you do not know what to write or how to write it, give me a call or send me an email and we will work on a topic and an outline to get you started.

3. When you read an article or blog, leave a comment and let us know if you agree or disagree. I read all of them, as they are one of the best ways to find out what your interests are. Or send me an email or call me.

4. Contribute your ideas for topics that you would like to see covered and emphasized in the Tech Focus newsletters. Each year I have to come up with 52 design areas on which to focus attention –and I need all the help I can get!

I currently pick topics based on the following: 1) recent articles or blogs on the site that can be used to lead a Tech Focus newsletter on that same topic; 2) topics to be discussed at various regular UBM technical conferences, including ARM Devcon, DesignCon, and the Embedded Systems Conferences, and 3) topics at other tech conferences of interest to embedded systems developers.

Last year, some Tech Focus newsletters were centered around such conferences as the Design Automation Conference, the Multicore Developer Conference, the IoT Developer Conference, Oracle's Java One conference, the Designer of Things show, and several other IoT, wearable, sensor, and M2M meetings. What other shows and conferences, both general and industry specific, such as in industrial control, automotive design, Linux development, and open source software do you feel are worth coverage in this focused way?

During 2015, and its newsletters will be a primary resource for information about the now re-invigorated Embedded Systems Conference , which has been expanded to five venues this coming year:

ESC Boston, May 6-7, 2015 – Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
ESC India: July 8-10, 2015 – Nimhans Convention Center, Bangalore, India.
ESC Silicon Valley: July 20-22, 2015 – Santa Clara Convention Center
ESC Minneapolis: November 4-5, 2015 – Minneapolis Convention Center
ESC Brazil: Nov. 17- 18, 2015 – Transamerica Expo Center, Sao Paulo.

As with last year, one or more of the newsletters in the weeks leading up to each show will include not only technical and design content and blogs related to the show’s topics and activities, but news on product and technology announcements. They will include recommendations for classes and events interest to developers across the entire spectrum of design activity: hardware and software, SoCs and board development, FPGAs and microcontrollers, hardware systems design, software systems development, and tools.

If we are missing coverage in an area you think needs more focus, let us know. If you work for a company that has a product that you think deserves attention send it along to us – either myself or Toni McConnel  – and we will evaluate it for inclusion on the site and in the newsletters.

To help you in development of ideas and content for the site, I am in the process of writing a quarterly calendar of topics I would be interested in covering in one or more Tech Focus newsletters during each three month period. If you don’t want to wait, send me an email and I will send it to you. In exchange I would like your feedback on topics it should include and why. Site Editor Bernard Cole is also editor of the twice-a-week newsletters as well as a partner in the TechRite Associates editorial services consultancy. If you want to see a calendar of topics for upcoming weekly Tech Focus newsletters or have a topic you would like to see covered on, he welcomes your feedback. Send an email to , or call 928-525-9087.

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