Electronics Design Show returns to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry

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There’s only a week to go before EDS 2015 – incorporating the Engineering, Electronics and Embedded Design shows – opens its doors to the UK’s design engineering community, with more than 200 companies exhibiting the latest innovations.

Alongside the exhibition, being held once again at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, the Electronics Design Show conference will provide 12 sessions running over two days, while the workshop programme will offer attendees 20 free practical and technical sessions.

According to the show’s organiser, Mark Allen Exhibitions, the content across all the conference and workshop sessions at this year's show has been reviewed by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), which represents the UK’s engineering and products designer community and, as a result, have all been approved for CPD certification.

So, not only will attendees be able to keep up to date with the latest engineering and design projects and solutions, but visitors who attend any of the free conference and workshop sessions will now be able to earn CPD points.

In order to collect a CPD certificate, visitors should head over to the IED on stand D48 at the show.

The Electronic Design Show, now in its third year, has succeeded in delivering what has been described as a thriving live event and exhibition dedicated to the needs of engineers.

According to National Instrument’s Mark Gradwell: “It provides somewhere where engineers can learn about new technologies and techniques; get up close and hands on with the latest tools, hear about the amazing work their peers are doing, and interact with suppliers, customers and colleagues.”

Headline sponsors of this year’s event include: Mouser Electronics, Digi-Key, RS Components, Avnet Embedded, Premier EDA Solutions and Altium.

Martin Brooks, Avnet Embedded’s VP EMEA, said: “The Electronic Design Show is a perfect forum for us to showcase our new solutions. It offers an opportunity for us to meet with key customers, in one location, as well as our suppliers; as well as providing us with a platform to meet potential new customers.”

Asked what Avnet Embedded’s focusing will be at the Show, Brooks said that the company would be reviewing IoT and IoE topology and trends, as well as discussing the huge market expectations that surround the developing market. “EDS will provide the Avnet Embedded team with the opportunity to demonstrate how to supply complete solutions to customers with real-world applications using technology.”

Among its distributor partners, Intel will be demonstrating the benefits of gateways and the options available with Wind River and McAfee, while congatec will expand on hardware to fulfil gateway requirements and will be presenting its IoT development kit.

“Since its inception, EDS has been able to deliver outstanding conference content,” said Ed Tranter, managing director of Mark Allen Exhibitions. And this year is no exception.

Embedded systems are a fact of life across a wide range of products and this year’s conference opens with Adam Taylor, chief engineer – electrical systems, e2v, discussing how embedded systems can be developed on schedule, on cost and on quality. In ‘Lessons from the trenches creating better embedded systems’ he takes a look at common design and verification techniques to help engineers better understand embedded system development.

The current state of mobile network technologies is discussed by EE’s principal network architect Professor Andy Sutton. Speaking at the opening session on day two, Prof Sutton will be reviewing the latest developments in LTE-Advanced and exploring the drivers and technologies supporting 5G in the future.

In his presentation, entitled ‘Enabling the Automotive IoT, Big Data hits the road’ Andrew Birnie, automotive MCU systems engineering manager for Freescale, will describe the electrical architecture of the future vehicle, the role of gateways and the future challenges for electronics and component suppliers to enable the future vehicle.

The conference and workshop programme is both comprehensive and compelling and this year sees the introduction of a panel session hosted by Doug Amos, director of NMI’s FPGA network.

The panellists, who will include: Adam Taylor, e2v, Clive Bunney, Swindon Silicon Systems Andy Culmer, ITDev and Richard York from ARM, will look at why engineers tend to ‘play safe’ using the technology they know, rather than using the best solution for their application.

The panel will look to challenge assumptions,” said Doug Amos. “It is made up of experts and users and will compare and contrast different approaches including ASIC, embedded CPU, large area electronics and a variety of FPGAs.

“Our aim is to promote a renewed and closer examination of assumptions which may be costing design teams time and money and jeopardising their success.”

To see the full conference and workshop programmes and to register to attend the event, go to www.electronicsdesignshow.co.uk, where you will be able to reserve your seat at the sessions of most interest to you.