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Update your knowledge base at IIC-Taiwan

Posted: 18 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IIC-Taiwan 2008? energy initiatives? EDA?

Constant developments in electronics require engineers to continually update their know-how. It is not enough to know one's own niche, one must keep abreast of trends in the field as a whole to ensure design timeliness and marketability.

Where the money is
Venture capitalists are investing in companies involved in renewable energy, power generation, storage and distribution. The trend is expected to continue because of increasing oil prices, consumer awareness of the need to reduce CO2 emissions and adopt renewable energy sources. Legislation on energy efficiency, automotive emissions and the use of chemicals in manufacturing will also feed the need for energy technology.

With this in mind, IIC-Taiwan is hosting a summit on clean energy initiatives. Here technology leaders and design engineers will get to share ideas, know-how and related concerns. Expect to get creative juices flowing at this dynamic forum.

Verification is the focus of another summit. As devices get more complicated and smaller at the same time, it has become imperative to verify a design, not just at the end of the design stage, but also at every step of the process. Equally important, as embedded devices enter into every imaginable appliance, it has become necessary to co-verify hardware and software as they are being developed. It is no longer workable to design a device, create a prototype, test it and then sort out the software later. This makes it very important for designers to learn about the latest tools for verification available to them.

A third summit is on next-generation wireless design. Wireless design involves not just the usual portable appseven traditionally wired devices are now coming unwired, such as sensor networks, medical sensors and home electronics. With the continuing evolution of wireless standards, emerging possibilities of using these standards together and in overlapping fields, and the stream of new designs for wireless apps, the design engineer is hard put to keep up with the field. This summit is a shortcut to being updated for the busy engineer.

Learn from the vendors
Other learning venues for the design engineer at IIC-Taiwan are the vendor seminars. These are the companies that spend millions of dollars on R&D and they have much to share. While these seminars focus on the technologies developed by the vendors, the design knowledge is limited only by the designers' creativity and innovation.

Like the summits, the vendor seminars highlight established and emerging technology areas where most growth is expected.

These include automotive electronics; processors, MCUs and embedded systems; memory; portable A/V; RF and networking; power and green technologies; signal processing; design automation; and test and measurement.

Expect talks on display technologies, car wireless communication, smart phones, IP licensing.

The offerings at IIC-Taiwan cover the whole field of electronics engineering, from embedded systems, EDA and test to system-level design. Every electronic design engineer will definitely find some answers to his questions.

- EE Times-Asia

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