Summer's over. Back to work. -

Summer’s over. Back to work.


The summer is over, my golf clubs are back on the shelf, my oldest is off to college, and we're just beginning “the busy season.” Once Labor Day has passed, most of us are back from vacation, invigorated, and ready to tackle that big project. In my case, it means putting the finishing touches on a bunch of events, finishing up a few (slightly) late articles, and planning for 2009. And there are some big plans in place.

We've got a bunch of events that'll occur this fall and early winter, some new and some existing. The existing events include the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston and Bangalore. New on the ESC front is the addition of three cities in India–Hyderabad, Pune, and Noida. This expansion is a result of last year's successful India event (in Bangalore), where local attendees and exhibitors strongly suggested we bring the show closer to them.

We're also hosting the Embedded Systems Show (ESS) in Birmingham, UK in October. ESS will likely be renamed ESC UK for 2009 and will include some of the features that attendees around the world have told us are “must have” events, such as the live Tear Downs and courses taught by our most popular instructors. The show also gives us a gateway to more easily bring new educational programs to Europe, where EE Times and TechOnline, our sister properties, already have a strong foothold.

Speaking of EE Times and TechOnline, earlier this year, they launched the IP Symposium, a conference that taught both the legal and engineering communities what intellectual-property issues they need to look out for. It was such a hit that the EE Times and TechOnline are taking the IP Symposium around the world, with a little help from the ESC team.

September is also the time when we reveal the results of our annual Embedded Market Study. This is a very comprehensive study in which many of you may have participated. In all, more than 1,100 embedded systems developers around the world gave us insight into their design practices, the products and vendors they favor, and other workings of their decision making. Some of those results are summarized in a story in this issue, authored by yours truly. Most of the results won't surprise you; however, a few intriguing results may leave you wondering what's going on out there, which was how I felt.

Richard Nass is editor in chief of Embedded Systems Design magazine and editorial director of TechInsights' Embedded Group. He can be reached at .

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