Embedded Masterclass Workshop Features Embedded Linux Workshop

Embedded Masterclass 2009 is to include an Embedded Linux workshop and will be held in Cambridge and Bristol on the 7th and 12th May. The UK conference and exhibition for hi-tech developers, The Embedded Masterclass, will include a workshop to introduce developers to the Linux operating systems for use in embedded systems. This is a re-run of last year ‘s workshop that 57 engineers attended and that was oversubscribed. This workshop shows how to build a working embedded Linux system, using an ARM development board as the target. Topics covered include cross-development tools, kernel configuration and compilation and the essential components of a root file system. The combination of theory and practice will give delegates an insight into the working of Linux in embedded environments. The workshop is 50% practical and 50% theory.

“We had to turn down some requests for the workshop last year, because we have a limited number of development systems,” said Richard Blackburn, the organiser of the Embedded Masterclass event. “Those who did attend the course spoke very highly of it, so we’ve decided to run it again for those that missed it last year and for any other engineers that wish to explore using Linux for realtime and embedded systems development.”

Over the past 9 years, the Embedded Masterclass has established itself as an important UK event for engineers looking to explore the most recent tools and technologies for the development of embedded systems. Over the years it has grown from a small seminar into a much larger event that now includes a tabletop exhibition, an agenda of technical presentations and a collection of high quality workshops. It attracts electronics engineers, embedded computing engineers, designers and project managers, giving them the chance to meet with engineers from many of the world’s leading vendors of development tools and realtime and embedded technologies. The Embedded Masterclass is recognised for the quality of its presentations, which are technical in content and presented by experienced and knowledgeable engineers. It’s free to engineers and managers in the technology sector, although the workshop carries a small charge.

“What we have always tried to create, is a well organised, ‘non-sales’ forum where engineers can learn about the latest technologies and techniques,” said Richard Blackburn. “We want engineers to walk away from the event feeling that it’s been a really productive use of their time. We know the pressures engineers are often under, so we appreciate how valuable their time can be.”

Other workshops at the event will include a ‘GUI Development’ workshop, a ‘Software Timing Analysis’ workshop and a ‘MISRA C++’ workshop. The free technical presentations will discuss such issues as the use of 3D CAD technology for enclosure design, and data management in realtime and embedded systems. The Exhibition includes vendors such as US based MontaVista, a leader in commercial Linux, and Swedish based Enea, a leader in software development solutions for telecom and datacom devices.

“It shaping up to be a good event,” said Richard Blackburn. “We have plenty of vendors on board and registrations are already coming in for the workshops. It should be an exciting and fun event again this year.”

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