The electronics' industry may not have returned to the form of its pre-2000 boom years, but business was still brisk at the 2006 Embedded Systems Conference. The conference and trade show, which ran from April 3-7 in San Jose, CA, drew more than 10,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors, including the likes of Microsoft, Intel, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, National Instruments and Sun Microsystems. Chip makers, such as Texas Instruments and Analog Devices, hinted at new products to be rolled out this summer, while software developers, including Green Hills, Wind River and LynuxWorks, rolled out new, embedded software products.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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