Roundup of the Embedded System Conference

We just finished up exhibiting at ESC. This was my first ESC, so I really didn’t know what to expect? By all accounts, I think we was a success and we will be back next year.

In general, the embedded market doesn’t seem to be as software saavy as the Java space. Lots of discussions about processors, boards, DSP, an entire set of TLA that are new to me. ūüôā However, Eclipse did have a good presence at the show and lots of vendors were showing Eclipse based products. A couple of highlights:

  • Of course I am always looking for press…. Mike already blogged about the cover story in Embedded Systems Design. Mike and Doug Gaff from DSDP did interviews with 8 different embedded journals. Some have already reported on our our news. A lot of the interviews were really about educating the editors in this space. I hope to see more coverage over the next couple of months.
  • Lots of our members did Eclipse related announcements, for example, Lynxworks, Mentor/ATI, Aonix, ENEA, MontaVista, QNX and Klocwork. Also, some companies that aren’t members did announcements, like Xilink, ARM, Altera, and Coware.
  • Robert Day and Doug Gaff each did Eclipse sessions at ESC. I attended Robert’s intro to Eclipse. For a fellow marketing guy, he did a great job introducing Eclipse to an embedded developer audience. The interesting thing was that most people in the audience had heard of Eclipse but only about 10-20% had used it.
  • There was a lot of interest in CDT. A common question was how can I integrate my legacy compiler and debugger into CDT. One guy in particular has an 8 bit processor compiler that he wants to integrate. We sent lots of people to the CDT team, so I hope they have the answer.ūüôā

All in all, a good experience. Thanks to everyone from iLogix, Wind River, ATI, Lynxworks, QNX, SlickEdit and ENEA who helped staffed the Eclipse booth.

Next, show JavaOne!

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