In just a few weeks on October 1 through October 3, ARM TechCon will open its doors for three days of exhibits and discussion about the resources and applications of ARM technology. In addition to the exhibits and conference papers you've come to expect from such trade shows, ARM TechCon abounds with in-depth and hands-on training opportunities at all levels of participation. The offerings include full-day ARM Accredited Engineer and ARM Software Development programs.
There are a range of options for participating in ARM TechCon depending on your budget and interests. Starting at the low end there is the Expo Pass, currently listed at $29 if you register by September 19, and $59 thereafter. (EETimes readers, however, can turn that into a free pass by registering here and using the promo code EDITEXPO.)
Attending with an Expo Pass gives access to the keynotes, the exhibit hall, and vendor sponsored training. Nearly 50 sessions are being offered this year, covering topics such as "Advanced Debugging Techniques" (from IAR Systems), "Comprehensive Motor Control Design" (from Freeescale), and "Building and Deploying Secure Internet of Things Devices" (from Electric Imp). No matter if you are a software developer, hardware designer, or chip developer, there are training sessions to meet your needs from companies such as Freescale, IAR Systems, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, and nearly 20 others.
If you're looking for more in-depth training there are programs available for both software and hardware developers. Registration in either program gives you access to the keynotes, expo, and sponsor sessions as with the Expo Pass. But you also get full-day, hands-on training on ARM platforms.
The Software Developer's Workshop offers two tracks: ARM and the Internet of Things and Android & ARM. They are available October 1 and again on October 2, so you have some flexibility with your timing. Both tracks require that you come prepared with an appropriate platform for working on your software projects: a laptop for the IoT track and an Android device for the Android track. The relevant development tools will be provided during the workshop for you to use and take with you.
The hardware-related workshop is an introductory session for the ARM Accredited Engineer (AAE) program. Two tracks are available here, as well: the AAE and the AAME (MCU Engineer) tracks. The AAME track will be offered October 1 and again October 3, while the AAE track will be offered October 2. The training will provide attendees with the orientation and background needed to study for the AAE exam for accreditation using publically-available materials. Those who register and attend at least one session will receive a voucher good for 75% off the cost of taking the accreditation exam (a $150 value).
If you're more interested in learning about state-of-the-art developments in the ARM ecosystem, the General Admission Pass will give you access to the conference sessions as well as the on-line conference proceedings. There are 11 tracks you can pursue over the three-day conference, with themes such as system design, chip implementation, software optimization, safety and security, debugging, and power efficiency. A complete list of the papers currently scheduled is available from the TechCon Schedule Builder.
Want it all? The All Access Pass will give you both the technical conferences and the training workshops to mix and match as you need. The pass costs $1,199 now but rises to $1,399 after September 19 so acting quick will save you $200. EETimes readers can also get 10% off the cost of an All Access Pass by using the promo code EDIT10 when registering here.
And if you want something special, the VIP Pass will give you everything plus a reserved lounge, daily lunch, and priority registration at the venue.
Regardless of the level at which you participate, however, ARM TechCon has something to offer. If you're involved in design of chips or systems based on the ARM architecture, this show and conference should be on your "must-do" list. The educational opportunities there can provide a critical boost to your next ARM-based design project.
— Rich Quinnell, , Editor in Chief, IoT World