Embedded Systems Conference is getting into analog functions and "real" hardware.
I won’t address the Santa Claus issue here, but I can speak to the Embedded Systems Conference,
where I am today. Sure, there are lots of software tools, development
tools, debuggers, independent third-party consultants, assembly/fab
houses, and related items. If you are interested in seeing politically
correct "diversity", ESC proves it is alive and well, too: there are
dozens of vendors of operating systems (real time and not), debuggers,
and related products, with no single dominant player.
But increasingly over the past years, there is also more of
"everything" electronic, including analog ICs and functions (even op
amps), power-related components including batteries, test equipment
(scopes, logic analyzers, even spectrum analyzers) genuine hardware
including enclosures, sockets/adapters, and even heat sinks. Most
amazing to me were lithium-based batteries from several vendors, in the
1-10 mA-hr range, which looked like postage stamps (remember those?) in
footprint and thinness!
Ah, the joy of tangible, useful stuff, some of which you can see in these representative photos.
"Free" always attracts a large crowd: here, free shoulder bags
Network power supplies from Emerson
Heat sinks and pipes from Noren
Renesas power discretes
Infinite Power Solutions super-thin batteries
Texas Instruments high-speed op amps and converters
Maxim Integrated Products energy-harvesting ICs and systems
Sockets, adapters from Ironwood Electronics
Power-related discretes and subsystems from ON Semiconductor
If you didn't make it to ESC San Jose, think about getting to ESC Boston later this year, or ESC San Jose in 2012! ♦