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Podcast recaps Embedded Systems Conference East

Sep 26, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Embedded Linux services provider TimeSys has published a brief podcast describing the Embedded Systems Conference held in Boston last week. Hosts Gene Sally and Maciej Halasz discuss the show's size and relationship to the West Coast ESC, along with the role of Linux at the show.

Traditionally, ESC takes place in the East Coast during the fall, and on the West Coast during the spring. This year's East coast show took place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Compared to the West Coast show in San Jose, it boasted about half the square footage. However, there were lots of attendees, and the show was “densely packaged — lots of traffic,” reported Halasz, who attended the event.

Halasz said the show floor was dominated by hardware vendors, including chipmakers and board vendors. Other than TimeSys, he saw only one other embedded Linux company, he said. There were various other software providers, however, particularly those serving military and aerospace markets.

Halasz said that all of the hardware companies seemed to have Linux running on their boards. However, most of these vendors “do it in-house, with limited functionality,” he noted. “The packages are designed only to show the capabilities of the hardware in some way,” he said.

Halacz noted that power-conserving devices and power management emerged as a theme for the event. He also noted that in contrast to earlier years, most visitors to TimeSys's booth “knew about Linux, and were thinking about using it.”

The brief (17 minute) podcast can be found here.

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