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.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
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