I was over in Nuremburg at the Embedded World exhibition and conference and was very encouraged to see that things were busy: much busier than a year before.
While some forecasters are seeing a drop coming, in consumer spending driven by problems in the U.S. economy - and therefore less MP3 players and mobile phones shipping - it seems that the traditional European strengths in industrial, transportation and automotive engineering have never been more in demand.
That is not to say that there will not be a next big consumer thing. Of course there will. And when it hits the volumes will be enormous. But meanwhile the infrastructure that supports life, housing, factories, lighting, transportation, is getting built out and modernized in places like China, India, Brazil, Russia and Eastern Europe.
And so this is a great time to provide help to industrial electronics sector by drilling down into the bits and bytes, the software and analog voltage swings, the communications protocols and control algorithms of industrial design.