A to Z of Embedded System Design

June 11, 2019 Rich Nass

We are now at T-Minus two weeks for the inaugural Embedded Technologies Conference, to be held June 25-28 at the San Jose Convention Center. A while back, I previewed the extensive pre-show workshops. Here, I’ll take a peek at the two-day conference, which is jam-packed with educational lectures that cover just about every topic that an embedded developer may encounter.

Ten different topics will be addressed:

  • AI and machine learning
  • Analog and digital power solutions
  • Automotive
  • C/C++ coding
  • Industrial IoT
  • New and emerging wireless protocols
  • RTOS 101
  • Security
  • Test
  • Vision and imaging

The conference kicks off with a class on machine learning, showing how to detect security vulnerabilities in your system with real-time techniques. A later class goes into how to build a powerful Intel-based AI engine for use at the Edge of the IoT.

Spiking neural network (SNN) technology, the basis of one class, is a subset of AI. Unlike the more traditional deep learning networks, which are complex and require lots of processing power, SNNs learn in an unsupervised manner, without large datasets, and find patterns that humans may not be aware of. This capability opens up new possibilities for object classification, ADAS/AV, surveillance, vision guided robotics, and hundreds of other applications.

One of the currently least understood technologies, Bluetooth Mesh, will be detailed by renowned expert Michael Anderson. In this class, you’ll learn how to apply this technology and how to avoid the problems that have previously plagued Bluetooth. Also covering wireless technologies is a class that explains how to deal with multiple radios using multiple antennas without negatively impacting performance, especially in an IoT system.

One topic getting its share of the spotlight these days is vehicle automation, connectivity, electrification, and sharing (ACES), an area that’s poised to transform the way people and things move in the near future. The sensing, communications, and computing technologies required to enable ACES are rapidly evolving, while uncertainties about ACES performance, safety, benefits, and costs hamper and discourage adoption planning. This session will look at key findings in ACES research and discuss recommendations for adoption planning and policy-making.

And of course, no IoT design is complete without a thorough system test. With IoT applications becoming an integral part of our lives, properly testing for safety and security is critical. And that’s what you’ll hear from Andrey Madan of Parasoft.

Finally, a class on predictive maintenance will cover the keys to understanding what variables to measure and how those different variables affect the health of the asset being monitored. It’s not just about gathering the data, but also about understanding what insights can be gained from that data.

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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