A 2011 survey of embedded systems developers reveals detailed information on
embedded developers' tools and work environment, applications targeted, methods
and processes used, operating systems used, brands and chips used and being
considered for adoption, issues being confronted and demographics. Many
questions in this survey have been trended over five years, resulting in a rich
dataset that represents respondents from across the embedded industry and provides
a deep analysis to track key changes in the electronics industry.
The raw data for this study is also available for
$450.00 USD; it provides online access to the application and the SPSS data map
(on request) which was used to compile all the results. With a subscription to
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Study or the raw data.
With every hacker/maker I know working with more fringe languages like Python, Ruby, and the like, I am shocked that plain old "C" is still at the top of the list. Also, it's nice to see assembly at #3. Assembly is my forte, I'm surprised I never found a job writing it in the past. I am also annoyed that all my past jobs had me learn some sort of esoteric language at their whim, to look like a leading edge company, when the entire industry is still working in C.
Such is the times, I suppose. Everyone is hustling.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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