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Embedded confab showcases Gore, teardowns, disruptive tech

Apr 3, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

More than 300 exhibitors and over 10,000 engineers in all are expected to be present at the 19th annual Embedded Systems Conference being held this week in San Jose, Calif.'s McEnery Convention Center. The keynoter for the conference was former Vice President Al Gore.

In the conference's opening keynote this morning, Gore told an estimated 3,000 attendees that energy-efficient IT systems of the future — many containing embedded processors — will be a major factor in helping overcome the major climate problems the Earth is now facing. Change is going to come in the millions and billions of embedded systems that will bring higher levels of performance and lower levels of power consumption to everything we do, Gore said. Read our complete report on Gore's keynote, here.

Other ESC highlights include the Disruption Zone, and a trio of live teardowns. The former refers to a section of the exhibit floor that is dedicated to “revolutionary technologies or services that will change the future of the embedded industry with groundbreaking improvements in embedded design or embedded systems performance,” according to show management.

As for the teardowns, show goers will get to watch a Toyota Prius be taken apart, exposing six primary electronic modules for examination:

  • User Interface/Dash Module
  • Airbag Control Module
  • Satellite Navigation System/DVD
  • Inverter/Converter
  • Engine Control Module
  • Skid Control Module

The Prius teardown can be viewed here.

The other teardowns will target a Segway Personal Transporter — said to be the “next generation in personal mobility” — and a Lego Mind Storm robot.

More information on these and other ESC highlights is available here.

The five-day ESC technical program offers more than 180 courses and seminars focused on cutting-edge technology applications and systems, organizers said. The conference also is said to provide “practical how-to classes, tutorials and training sessions to give engineers and managers thorough training and understanding of the industry's most critical themes.”

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