ETC: Embedded System Design Starts Here

February 8, 2019 Rich Nass

There’s no shortage of technical conferences in our space. Heck, it seems like there’s one every week in Silicon Valley. So why should you be interested in the Embedded Technologies Conference, aka ETC, June 25-27 at the San Jose Convention Center? For one, it goes to the heart of embedded computing, as some of its classes cover topics like Coding Tricks and Techniques, and RTOS 101 or how to choose the right RTOS for your application. Each of these three-hour classes is taught by a well-known expert in the field.

Another class covers the often-confusing low-power WAN technology. This medium has more potential than people realize, particularly when it comes to smart-building and smart-city design. Each of the popular technologies will be represented, including LoRaWAN, Sigfox, and NB-IoT. A panel session wraps up the day, where you can get your questions answered.

Do you have security on your mind? (If not, why not?) Great, because we’ve got you covered with our Security Bootcamp. Because security must be considered early in the definition and engineering cycles of devices, software, and services, we’ll go through the process of developing a secure IoT product. This includes codes of practice, device architectures, development tools, and the manufacturing process.

Rounding out the workshop schedule is a class on Digital & Analog Power Solutions for Embedded Systems. Analog in particular is a dying art, yet it’s found in every embedded system that’s designed and manufactured. You don’t necessarily have to be an expert in this field, but you need to know what you need to know, and that’s what you’ll learn here. For example, the power subsystem can provide opportunity for reducing system size/cost/weight, improving efficiency, and enabling functionality. To take advantage of these capabilities, you need a foundation of the power system needs, which is precisely what you’ll learn here.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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