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Embedded takes lead at Android Developer Conference

Posted: 12 Dec 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded  open source  Android 

The Android Developer Conference held last month highlighted application performance tools and key insights from speakers who came mostly from sponsors Intel, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Twitter, Sony Epson and Amazon among others.

Intel, which has its own developer conference, was there encouraging developers to be cross-platform—not just Android-specific. In his keynote, Jeff McVeigh, the general manager of performance client and visual computing within Intel's Developer Products Division, stressed multiplatform awareness is key to reaching full breadth of your audience.

"The hardware without the software is just sand, It doesn't do anything. It just dissipates heat," said Intel's Jeff McVeigh in an interview, explaining why hardware company Intel is interested in a developers. "Software exposes what the platform can do."

Qualcomm's Snapdragon development boards in the game with a keynote by Qualcomm's director of product management for Snapdragon development platforms and Snapdragon for Embedded Computing program, Leon Farsati. His talk: "Bring Out the Best in Embedded Applications with the Power of Mobile Processors and Android."

Among the many live demos and tutorials, open source had a strong presence, as you might expect. Three tutorials specifically focused on open-source libraries and open-source initiatives around social engagement. One keynote address, given by Jonathan LeBlanc, the head of Global Developer Evangelism for Braintree and PayPal, focused on mobile payments and what initiatives were emerging to help build a more user-centric Web. Among the tools towards that aim are open-source initiatives around social engagement.

Talks and tutorials on possibilities for open-source development included Android for embedded design. Continuing with the open source theme, notable speakers were Chris Allen, founder of the company Infrared5, co-author of the book, The Essential Guide to Open Source Flash, and Mohammad Almalkawi, a software engineer specialising in real-time embedded systems.

Open-source collaboration and projects go hand-in-hand with an increase in freelancers, since individuals can gain new skills, or improve on already existing skills through collaborative projects, such as open-source design for embedded systems, independently from being full-time at any individual company.

AnDevCon is hosted by BZ Media's SD Times; coincidentally, Event Chairman Ted Bahr started the Embedded Systems Conference in 1989, which briefly became part of DesignWest/East and EE Live!, but in 2015 returns to its dev-con roots.

See some highlights from the Android Developer Conference.

 Inforce 6540 and Inforce 6410 Snapdragon development kits

Qualcomm and Inforce computing showed their Inforce 6540 and Inforce 6410 Snapdragon development kits. Pictured above is the Snapdragon Micro Rover robot, powered by the Inforce 6410.


Above, Inforce's IFC6410 SBC (single-board computer) based on a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor for developing embedded android (or Linux-based) devices.


Pictured above is an Applied Micro X-Gene XC-1 64bit ARM Android Development Kit box.

64bit ARM Server

On September 29 Hewlett-Packard Launched what is reportedly the first 64bit ARM Server With Applied Micro Circuit's X-Gene. There were live booth demonstrations of AppliedMicro's X-C1 development kits and a speaking session with live demonstration of an Android launch on a 64bit ARM platform at the conference.

Xperia SmartWatch

Sony had an array of wearables at their display table, including different coloured Xperia SmartWatch 3's (which require Android 4.3), SmartBand, and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

- Alison Dorantes-Garcia
  EE Times

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