Embedded development tools specialist TTE Systems Ltd have announced that they will be launching their new RapidiTTy Builder product at the UK Embedded Masterclass to be held in London and Bristol on May 8th and 13th. RapiTTy Builder is a powerful development environment supporting the creation of reliable and efficient code for “commercial off-the-shelf” (COTS) microcontrollers with ARM7® and Cortex-M3® cores. RapidiTTy(tm) Builder includes the TTE Builder(tm) engine which helps the designer integrate, customise and configure an extensive suite of library code (including three complete operating systems) in order to match the precise needs of a given application.
“Feedback during customer trials has been extremely positive,” said Dr. Michael Pont, CEO of TTE Systems Ltd. “It is our view that use of RapidiTTy(tm) Builder can help to ensure that even new developers produce reliable embedded systems, and that it can help to maximise the efficiency of an experienced development team.”
Dr. Michael Pont will also be presenting at the event, giving a presentation entitled “Time Triggered Systems – Why ?, Where ? and How It’s Best Done.”
“In a time-triggered embedded system, we have only one interrupt enabled,” said Michael. “This interrupt is usually linked to a timer, which will generate periodic “ticks” and these ticks will, in turn, drive an appropriate operating system. If you are used to developing systems using multiple interrupts, this approach to software development may sound a little crazy. During this talk, my job will be to argue that use of a time-triggered approach not only results in systems which have highly predictable behaviour, but also tends to reduce development times, unit costs and maintenance effort. My overall goal will not be to argue that a time triggered approach is a perfect match for all embedded systems. However, I will conclude by suggesting that – as engineers start their next project, they should ask themselves “Should we use a time triggered architecture this time?” By the end of this talk, engineers might be surprised how often the answer is: Yes.”
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 which 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 Blackburn, Organiser. “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.