It's 5:30 a.m. on day #1 of ESC as I pen these words.
Good Grief – I can't believe it – it's day #1 of the Embedded System Conference (ESC) here in Silicon Valley (at the San Jose Conference Center April 14–18).
I flew in late last night; checked my emails; crashed out about midnight; and up again at 5:00 a.m. ready to leap into a brand new day with gusto and abandon. My first port of call (after finishing this blog) will be to grab a bagel at the hotel's free continental breakfast (as usual, on his on-going quest to save money, my business colleague Dean has managed to find me accommodation in one of the smallest, most run-down – but presumably the cheapest – hotels on the planet). The one advantage is that it's only a short walk through the backstreets to the convention center itself.
Registration opens at 7:00 a.m., then I have to race up to room B2&3 in the convention center to meet a video crew who are going to film me chatting to Brian Bailey and Grant Martin. We have only a short time, because Brain and Grant are giving a one-day tutorial on Electronic System Level (ESL) verification. These guys literally wrote the book on this stuff, so this tutorial should be mega-interesting.
The technical sessions look wonderful. My problem is going to be picking and choosing between the various tracks and papers. The technical sessions start today; meanwhile, the exhibition itself kicks off on the show floor tomorrow. Once again, there are so many companies I want to go and visit, but a few "must sees" (at least for me) are: the folks at Element CXI with their Elemental Computing Array (ECA) devices (see article #202803397); the guys and gals at Samplify with their ultra-high-speed compression technology (see article #198701986); the chaps and chappesses at
Ambric with their massively parallel processor array (MPPA) chips (see article #207000704); the boys and girls at Taray with
Their innovative new 7Circuits to FPGA-PCB I/O planning solution (see article #207100449); and the crew at Agility who have more
Cool tools than you can swing a stick at
(see article #206901429).
But there's no time to sit here dilly-dallying and shilly-shallying, because now I must away ( I hear the lonesome call of the wild bagel calling my name ...).
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