My expectations for Embedded World Exhibition, which took place in March in Nuremberg/Germany, were quite low, baring in mind the difficult overall economic situation. Therefore I was really surprised that this year’s event was just a “normal” show, not too different from last year. The organizer counted more than 700 exhibitors and almost 16,000 visitors.
The by far most popular processor architectures at Embedded World were Intel and ARM.
A highlight from ARM was Cortex-M0, the smallest, lowest power ARM processor. Intel announced in Nuremberg Atom processors with industrial-temperature options, as well as different package-size choices. While a few other Microprocessor vendors pulled out, Intel dominated the show. Atom was the dominating topic in Nuremberg. On the stands of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance members I could see plenty of brand new boards and modules featuring the low-power Atom processor. Many board vendors even showed already design-ins of the just announced extended temperature and new package options.
Together with our video team, I was visiting the stands of Intel and of the major members of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance. We produced a couple of video clips introducing new Intel-based boards, modules and systems. Use the following link to our videos from Embedded World. Watch a brief introduction of Intel ECA Director Troy Smith and presentations from the premier members Advantech, Emerson Network Power, Kontron and RadiSys and even mor videos from other Intel ECA members.