I just got back from Embedded World in Nuremberg, which hosted some 20,000 attendees and was a hotbed of activity, particularly in the automotive, industrial & automation, and medical sectors. We presented our EE Times & Embedded.com 2013 embedded market study there.
I also toted my Flip video camera around and shot four brief videos. Let's go to the videotape (even though we use Flash nowadays).
Analog Devices Analog Devices is showing an embedded health care app. The video focuses on an electrocardiogram (ECG), which gets its data off of a sensor pack worn around one's midsection -- you will see the booth guy jump up and down to get his heart rate up. The processing is performed by an ADAS1000 evaluation board.
The ADAS 1000 is itself a low-power, five-electrode ECG analog front end with respiration measurement and pace detection. (There are several variants of the devices; go here.) Since words can't convey the excitement of the demo, here's the video.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.