The excitement of ESC hasn't yet begin, but the pre-show buzz is astounding.
With Tuesday being the day that most people consider Day 1 of the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley (first Keynote Address, exhibit floor opens, etc.), we think of the Monday as Day 0. There's actually a lot taking place on Day 0, as the technical classes, tutorials, and workshops, the real bread and butter of ESC, start first thing in the morning.
I'm really excited about the Build Your Own Embedded Systems (BYOES) classes that start Monday morning. This year, attendees participating in the program will receive a development kit built an Intel dual-core Atom microprocessor and loaded with the latest version of Windows Embedded (come to the Industry Address Tuesday morning if you want to hear more about the latest version of Windows Embedded).
I guess I have to call today, Sunday, Day -1. This is the day that our whole team converges on San Jose, handles all the setup, and makes any last-minute adjustments. I know I have a bunch of things to do when I get to San Jose (which, according to the pilot, should be around 2:00), starting with meeting with the members of my team to make sure we cover ESC the way it should be covered, making sure that none of the news is overlooked. So check back often, as we'll be sending frequent updates about the happenings at the show.
Here's a heads up: two of the major announcements are coming from Microsoft (Tuesday at 10:30) and Xilinx (Tuesday at 2:00). Stay tuned.