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If you missed attending Tuesday's Embedded eVent in real-time that doesn't mean you can't get out of it the same huge chunks of wisdom those who were there got. The courses and keynotes, as well as booths and other good stuff, are still on the site and available for your viewing. That's the great thing about running a virtual trade show - physical assets don't need to be torn down immediately to make way for the next event.

 

As we mentioned yesterday we're also going to be featuring recaps from some of the presenters her on the blog and hope to have even more updates that continue on the conversation. In all of this we're looking for your participation - asking questions, providing feedback and more - to make those recaps even better.

 

If you are going to dive into the still-there Embedded eVent and want to plan what to view you can view the Agenda here or check out the Course Open Thread posts we published throughout the day as they were beginning. Here's that complete list:

 

Course Open Thread: Building Next Generation Embedded Systems Using Multi-core and Virtualization

Course Open Thread: The value of Intel® Architecture in Digital Signage

Course Open Thread: Intelligent Video: Fact; Fiction; Experience; Opportunities

Course Open Thread: Selecting the best Intel embedded product for your needs

Course Open Thread: Overview of Intel Atom processor-based platforms for embedded computing

Intel Embedded eVent Recaps

Posted by EventTeam May 14, 2009

Thanks again to all of you who attended Tuesday’s Intel Embedded eVent – in light of the technical hiccups we’ve invited course presenters to come on the blog and share some of the key takeaways from their sessions (check out the full agenda here to see what you might have missed). First up, we have a post from Ravi Sirigineedi about selecting the best scalable and low power Intel embedded products and platforms for your application needs. After you give that a read and download the presentation, leave any questions or feedback you have in the comments section; Ravi and his co-presenter Ryan Brown will be jumping in with their responses.

As the curtains close

Posted by EventTeam May 12, 2009

Today's been an exciting and interesting day. We hope those of you attending found the sessions and keynotes informative and valuable and that you'll sign up to attend the next one we schedule, whenever that might be. There have been some technical issues we've worked through and we certainly appreciate your patience as those have been worked through.

 

We'd certainly appreciate it if those of you who attended would take a few minutes and fill out the survey. We know there are going to be some consistent themes in the comments regarding the technical issues, but we want to hear what you liked about the day in terms of the content as well as what wasn't working for you regarding functionality.

 

Thanks to everyone at Intel and all of the outside folks who ran courses and provided feedback that kept the day moving.

Make sure you're paying attention to the @IntelEmbedded on Twitter, whether you just want to follow along, respond to some of the courses and sessions or anything else.

If you're enjoying today's courses you can also connect with them - ask them questions, thank them for their time or just say "hello" - either in the Networking Lounge, in the comments of this post or by hitting us up on Twitter througout the day. Presenters will be in the Networking Lounge between 1 and 2 PM Pacific but you can leave a comment here and we'll get them to answer questions, either in the comments or as a future blog post.

Well chat might be down but that doesn't mean you can't ping us. You can use Twitter as a communications tool for sending us feedback and shooting us questions. Follow us at Twitter.com/intelembedded or use the #intelevent hashtag to get our attention, either by replying or shooting us a Direct Message there.

Where's the chat?

Posted by EventTeam May 12, 2009

For those of you attending today's Embedded eVent and expecting chat functionality you're probably experiencing some problems.

 

We know that was going to be part of today's event, but multiple people have reported problems. We're not letting that stop us from presenting the courses and keynotes that are on the schedule, though, and so we're pressing on with the mornings agenda items.

 

We'll continue to update you on how things are going with the courses and keynotes and let you know as soon as chat functions are restored.

Pranav Mehta,  Senior Principal Engineer and Chief Technology Officer of Intel’s Embedded and Communications Group, provides the second keynote session of the Embedded eVent.

 

In this session, Pranav Mehta will discuss how Intel technology available today, from System-on-Chip (SoC) to QuickAssist and multi-core, will pave the way to 15 billion interconnected embedded devices by the year 2015. Embedded developers will also hear critical information about scalability across Intel architecture from high-end to small form factor devices, and how they can use various techniques and tools to tweak applications as they needed to meet the power, efficiency and thermal requirements of emerging applications that will power the embedded Internet of tomorrow.

 

The session begins at 9:30 AM PST and will be repeated at 5:30PM.

We've set up our own Twitter handle as a way to connect with people there and take part in the conversation that happens 140 characters or less at a time. You can follow us by visiting http://twitter.com/IntelEmbedded.

 

Not only is our Twitter channel geared toward engaging with the entire community of folks interested in embedded technology but it's also going to be a great place to follow along with what happens during next week's Embedded eVent virtual trade show. As the day progresses we'll not only be updating this blog with highlights from the courses and keynotes but we'll be doing so on Twitter as well. If you're in attendance and want to pass along what you think is interesting just use the "#intelevent" hashtag as identification for tweets related to the event. That not only allows everyone's Event-related updates to be collected in one place but allows those who couldn't make it themselves to follow along.

 

We'll also be monitoring that hashtag stream of commentary and cross-posting some of that here on the Embedded@Intel blog.

 

So go and connect with us on Twitter and keep that page, as well as the blog, tuned in as we prepare for next Tuesday's Embedded eVent.

From 9AM to 9:25, Doug Davis, Vice President of the Digital Enterprise Group and General Manager of the Embedded and Communications Group, will provide the first keynote presentation of the Embedded eVent. Here's an overview of his talk:

 

In this session, Doug Davis will talk about the emerging trends that are transforming embedded computing around Machine to Machine (M2M) and pervasive connectivity. Developers will further get keen insight as to how Embedded IA in particular is evolving to deliver new capabilities and market opportunities to create new generations of embedded systems for an increasingly connected world.

 

Davis' keynote will be repeated at 5PM for those who can't make the morning session but who want to see where the embedded technology field is heading.

Installing an operating system on an embedded evaluation board can be a bit of a problem if you don't have an optical drive. Other reasons to read further may be ...

o   You are playing around with boot options and don't want to use up your limited stock of CDR's

o   You only have a CD-ROM drive, and your distribution of choice comes on a DVD sized ISO.

o   You really are an embedded developer, and you are constantly rebuilding the OS, and you don't have the boot over TFPT working yet (8-).

 

For any of these reasons, I recommend UNetbootin, a free utility that "allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without requiring you to burn a CD" (quoted from http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ )

 

 

UNetbootin helps create a bootable LiveUSB drive for a large selection of Linux distributions, and can download the selected distribution or you supply it with an ISO file.   I recently picked up a 4Gb SD card and installed several distributions to try out on my Intel Atom Processor based Swift Current board . You can get UNetbootin executables for Windows and for Ubuntu, Debian, openSuse, and Gentoo flavors of Linux. I tried the Windows executable first, but my laptop usually  lives behind the Intel proxy, and I couldn't find a way to get UNetbootin to download files.

 

I ended up downloading the D-a-m-n Small Linux (DSL) ISO image by hand, and pointing UNetbootin to the file.  If you also have problems downloading from behind a corporate setup, you can get a few clues from the failed attempts. If you copy the unsuccessful download locations that UNetbootin displays as it attempts to get the files to put on the USB drive, you can browse out to the website or FTP locations and get an ISO file using your browser (which presumably works well with the proxy setup).

 

The USB drive boots fine on my T61 laptop, and I've also loaded it successfully on a Kontron min-iTX motherboard.   I traditionally have problems with Linux sound systems, so I have a SIIG USB sound adapter I use for my Linux systems and that worked flawlessly.  There are a set of optimized graphics drivers available for DSL the US15W chipset used on the Kontron board, http://www.intel.com/design/intarch/swsup/graphics_faq.htm  but that's a topic for a later article.

 

 

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The program is very easy to use. First select your favorite distribution, and any particular version you want from the pull down menu's. Second select your USB drive, and click OK.  Wait for the files to download, and once everythings complete, the system will ask if you want to reboot and try out your new Linux version.

If your particular favorite is not supported yet, you can select a previously downloaded ISO image. You can even make a custom version using your own kernel and initrd RAMdisk images, and a custom set of kernel options.  My particular foible with Linux is having to have a keyboard for initial installs to enable the sshd daemon, so I'm going to try customizing a few setups to see if I can improve my remote access.

The UNetbootin Home Page on Sourceforge http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ has lots more info, and even has a recommended method of getting the developers to add your favorite setup to the next release.

Several different specialized versions of UNetbootin have been created, even a few specifically for Intel Atom Processor based EEE systems from ASUS.  These custom versions have a different list of supported OS', so check out the derivatives if you use some of the not quite so popular distributions. http://unetbootin.wiki.sourceforge.net/listcustomversion.  Or go ahead and try it with a CD or DVD iso.

 

The Swift Current  setup that I have is mounted in a really small custom case, you can see a few photo's here http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_KgpmpBxoYwk/SBEg6rb2U7I/AAAAAAAAAUI/CMoD8uFe3Bw/s400/DSC02359.JPG and I use a small 7 inch car PC VGA display from Xenarc.  Unfortunately this display only supports 800x600 video, so I have to have a keyboard connected at power on to downshift the default screensize  of DSL.  I'm playing around with the Custom Options in Unetbootin to see if I can enable SSH and get the screensize to match my display. Once I get that working I'll update this post.

 

If  you try UNetbootin, or have suggestions for other USB utilities, I'd like to know about them. 

And, as always I'm looking for other applications that embedded developers have co-opted into their toolkit.  You can post in this forum or click here to send me a private message within the EDC. 

 

Stewart

Message Edited by rethinker on 05-08-2009 09:10 AM

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