ESC 2010

The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is less than one week away, to be held April 26 through 29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

Despite economic woes, last year’s event was wrought with optimism; one attendee even remarked: “I’m not worried; embedded makes everything possible.” Met with raised eyebrows, he continued, “Nothing works without embedded technology.” I am not sure I would take it that far, but I know firsthand the value and importance of embedded hardware and software.


ESC Silicon Valley 2010

ESC Silicon Valley 2010

I have attended ESC for years, and I always look forward to tinkering with the latest and greatest electronics widget and to seeing how compact chips and boards increasingly become. A wealth of conference events, classes, and exhibitors are relevant to the military and aerospace (mil/aero) market; yet, ESC also boasts a specific Aerospace and Military track.

The Product Teardowns this time around include a consumer wire locator and electronic fitness tool—a step back from previous teardown subjects such as the Segway. Nonetheless, the Web site promises plenty to do—from keynote and industry addresses to the ESC Theater, Shop Talks, in-booth activities and giveaways, sponsored sessions, and Mentor Graphics’ Android Day.

Android Day, the brainchild of Mentor Graphics, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Tues., April 27, in the Winchester Room at the Hilton hotel adjacent to the convention center. Android is a software stack for mobile devices that integrates an operating system, middleware, and applications. Mentor Graphics just two months ago launched its Embedded Inflexion user interface, designed not only to ease Android development, but also enable the rapid customization and differentiation of Android-based devices.

I plan to take in as much as I can in four days at ESC. If you’re attending ESC 2010 in San Jose, I hope you’ll introduce yourself if you see me. (Perhaps you’ll even spot me in or around Mentor Graphics’ booth #1902.) If you won’t be there this year, stay tuned; I will be certain to report some of the most interesting finds from the show.

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[...] Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) 2010 has come and gone, but not before revealing new technologies, exciting shifts in the industry, and current trends in the embedded community. This annual conference—held in San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention Center—attracts many thousands of attendees ranging from executives and investment bankers to engineers and product mangers—plus, one famous theoretical physicist. World renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku [...]

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By Shifts in the Industry « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[...] to part two of my four-part (part one) ESC 2010 blog series. Today’s topic: shifts in the industry. One of the biggest trends I observed at the [...]

[...] place to see the latest and greatest in embedded electronics here in the states. When touring the ESC exhibit floor, I am always interested, and sometimes amazed, to see how much the form factors of [...]

Commented on May 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm
By The Tables Have Turned « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[...] on software, marking a larger seachange in the military and aerospace industry. Case in point: ESC 2010 in San [...]

[...] Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) 2010 has come and gone, but not before revealing new technologies, exciting shifts in the industry, and current trends in the embedded community. This annual conference—held in San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention Center—attracts many thousands of attendees ranging from executives and investment bankers to engineers and product mangers—plus, one famous theoretical physicist. [...]

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