The organisers of this year’s UK Embedded Masterclass have announced that their Embedded Linux Workshops are close to being completely sold out, weeks before the event. Engineers from leading technology companies across the UK have registered to attend this event; an event that looks at the very latest in microprocessor development tools, software and hardware. With high quality technical presentation, a table top technology exhibition and the Linux workshops, the Embedded Masterclass has become a increasingly important event in the UK engineering calendar (May 8th and 13th, London and Bristol).
“The demand for the Linux workshops has taken us by surprise,” said Richard Blackburn. “Clearly commercial products such as MontaVista’s Linux solution are now very much establishing themselves as operating systems that are fast enough and robust enough for realtime systems, yet can also be small enough for the mobile sector. This level of performance and the ‘open source’ nature of Linux is proving very attractive to development engineers.”
The Embedded Masterclass is now in its 6th year, with over 800 embedded engineers having registered for previous events. Amongst the key features of the 2008 Embedded Masterclass will be the workshop that will enable developers to use the Linux operating system within embedded devices. Each venue will run the workshop and it will be presented by Feabhas, one of the UK’s leading embedded systems training companies. Another key feature of this year’s event will be the introduction of an emerging embedded technology called Microfluidics, sometimes called Lab-On-A-Chip. This technology enables the microscale control and measurement of fluidics on a single chip, enabling the design of more powerful medical systems, faster drug discovery systems and is also used in fuel cell technology. UK microfluidics company Dolomite will be opening the Bristol event with a presentation of their most recent technologies.
“There are two aspects that makes the Embedded Masterclass an attractive event for engineers,” said Richard. “One is the fact that it’s a non-sales forum, we know that engineers would rather have the opportunity to learn than be sold to. The second is that it’s a pretty relaxed and stress free event and is often very good fun. Having the same event in two locations will also mean engineers will not have to travel too far.”
“We put a lot of effort into the presentation agenda,” said Richard. “We want engineers to go away feeling that the whole event has been a productive use of their time, so we work hard to ensure each presentation imparts really useful knowledge and that each presenter is a true expert in their technology. Often, the presentations can get quite interactive, which is exactly how we want it to be.”
The event also includes a tabletop exhibition. Some of the world’s leading embedded systems tools, hardware and software vendors have already signed up to exhibit. These include MontaVista – a world leader in embedded Linux solutions, Enea – a world leader in operating systems and development tools for mobile phones and wireless infrastructure equipment, SDC Systems – a leading UK supplier of development tools and software testing solutions, Barric – leading UK manufacturer of complex electronics hardware and Telelogic – a world leader in UML system modelling tools.
“The tabletop format for the exhibition has been good for us,” said Richard. “This means that there is more focus on the technology and less on the sales/marketing. It makes for a better environment for engineers to learn about the technology, it simply makes it a lot more friendly and less competitive. As the event has grown, it’s been easier to attract the more important world class players. With people like MontaVista and Enea on board, we feel sure engineers will want to come along and learn about their new offerings.”
The Embedded Masterclass is free to engineers and technology managers. Attendance is limited, so early registration is recommended. The Embedded Linux workshop is at a special price of £95 and again places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.