Security and Cars dominate Embedded World 2018

Posted by: Thom Denholm

Embedded World 2018 Logic Booth

Datalight was located in the booth of our partner, Logic Technology, who were celebrating 25 years in business.

At the 16th embedded world conference, the largest one yet, 1021 exhibitors entertained 32,217 visitors from 78 different countries with everything from hardware to software to the cloud. The conference this year was heavily geared towards security, though I also saw a serious trend towards autonomous vehicles. Rugged hardware, bullet proof software, and integrated system testing were all on display at various booths. NXP did not bring their big truck this year but NXP did show the i.MX8 and node-to-cloud connectivity with MCUs using Amazon FreeRTOS.

Renesas Competition

One of my favorite events was Thursday's MCU car rally [1], a student competition sponsored by Renesas. In this contest, students built a car from a provided kit, then optimized both the hardware and software to run the complete course in the fastest time. As you can see by the road zig-zag above, this was no easy challenge, and one that current autonomous cars would probably find quite difficult.

Porsche and Twike

As always, other eye-catching sporty vehicles were seen, and automotive software everywhere to be found.

Outside the show floor was the conference center, with 2176 participants and speakers from 52 different countries. Datalight spoke on two topics - Effective Power Interruption Testing and the Benefits and Drawbacks of Linux Sleep and Hibernate on Linux Boot Time. Whitepapers from both of those talks will be available in the coming months, and we are also planning to present them in a Webinar format, for those of you who couldn't make the trip to Deutschland this February.

All in all, another great show, and very much looking forward to next year.


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