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ESC Boston features giveaways, tackles embedded security

Aug 3, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Keynotes and tracks were announced for the ESC (Embedded Systems Conference) Boston, set for Sept. 26-29, including keynotes on embedded security and medical devices. ESC Boston offers a Linux/Android track, featuring a session on Android's Open Accessory Kit, as well as giveaways to “All Access” users of a BeagleBoard-xM board and a Texas Instruments programmable, wireless-enabled eZ430-Chronos sports watch.

Registration is open for the annual ESC Boston show, with a 10 percent discount available if submitted before Friday, Aug. 5, say the EE Times Group organizers (see links at end of story). An All Access pass offers access to all ESC tracks and keynotes, as well as an Android Certificate Program, and three co-located DesignDays 2011 events: DesignCon East, DesignMED, and Designing with LEDs. 

The All Access Pass also provides attendees with a free BeagleBoard-xM development board, based on the 1GHz, Texas Instruments DM3730 system on chip (SoC). In addition, All Access attendees will receive TI's eZ430-Chronos, a customizable development kit within a sports watch, designed for developing wireless networking applications. The eZ430-Chronos (pictured) is based on TI's CC430F6137 1GHz RF SoC.

The show will also feature three different raffle drawings for a giveaway of a Tektronix MSO2024 Digital Oscilloscope, say the organizers.

The Android Certificate Program is said to comprise a series of courses led by UBM Electronics, beginning with self-paced web study and culminating in an Embedded Android Lab. UBM will grant a certificate to students who complete all four courses in the curriculum. The courses include one on Android 3.1's Open Accessory Kit for connecting Arduino-based gadgets via USB. 

ESC Boston keynotes include a Tuesday, Sept. 27 address from Joerg Borchert (pictured), vice president, Chip Card & Security ICs, Infineon Technologies North America, called "Embedded design in a black hat world." The subhead says it all: "Attacks on embedded systems are spreading — know your options."

After Borchert's opening keynote on Tuesday, Thomas T. Eby, vice president of Embedded Solutions, Micron Technology, will give a somewhat related, but less scary "industry address" on "How the apps revolution is changing the face of embedded systems design." 

Wednesday's keynote is from Charles G. Sodini, LeBel Professor, EECS, at MIT. Sodini (pictured at right) will speak on "Revolutionizing medical device design."

Conference tracks include one on "Linux, Android, OpenSource" (see farther below). This comprises "Jumpstart" sessions on Android and Linux, respectively, as well as a more advanced Android session on "Android hacks, tricks, and resources." Android's aforementioned, USB-oriented Open Accessory Kit gets an overview, and as a counterpoint, there's a presentation on the Linux kernel's USB Gadget API.

Other conference tracks also include some presentations that touch on Linux or Android. Tracks include system integration and test, real-time systems, project management, multicore, networking and connectivity, safety and security, FPGAs, prototyping, as well as microcontrollers and SoCs.

Additional tracks include embedded I/O, software engineering, low-power design, and military/aerospace.

The Expo Hall is open on Sept 27 and 28, featuring over 100 exhibitors, many of which will be familiar to readers of LinuxDevices. Most of the major embedded semiconductor vendors will be there, including ARM, Freescale, Intel, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, and TI.


ESC (Embedded Systems Conference) Boston is set for Sept. 26-29 at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass. One, two, and three day passes are available, with one-day passes starting at $495. All Access passes cost $1,595 through Aug. 25, although there's a 10 percent discount if one registers by the end of Aug. 5.

Links to registration and more information may be found at the ESC Boston web-site.

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