News | May 13, 1999

Expert Predicts Major Embedded Systems Programming Changes

Embedded programmers and engineers are being moved into the technology mainstream, as the distinction blurs between development for embedded systems and for desktop computing applications. The impact of this change will be examined in the keynote speech, "Convergence and Divergence," by Larry Mittag on Tues., June 29 at the Embedded Systems Conference Summer. Mittag is vice president and chief scientist of the Embedded Systems Division of Stellcom, Inc. and a contributing editor of Embedded Systems Programming magazine.

Mittag's talk will be a highlight of the new summer conference for designers, programmers and engineers who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in the embedded industry. Running from June 28-30 at the Sheraton Ferncroft Resort (Danvers, MA), the Embedded Systems Conference Summer features 56 technical classes and four full-day tutorials on important industry topics, including Intellectual Property, embedded Java and communication protocols. Conference attendees also have access to a special section of exhibition stations and other events, including "Shop Talk" discussion groups and a welcome reception. In his keynote address, Mittag will focus on how the once peripheral world of the embedded programmer will undergo major changes as it converges with mainstream programming. The talk is scheduled for Tues., June 29 at 12:30 p.m.

"The world of the embedded programmer evolved relatively slowly over the last few product generations," said Mittag. "While the move from eight-bit CPUs and two Kbytes of code, to 32-bits and two Mbytes of code happened in a relatively orderly fashion, this is all about to change. Embedded programming has now entered the mainstream and our work will never be the same."

Mittag has more than 20 years experience in embedded systems design and development. In his current position, he is responsible for strategic development, sales, and engineering programs for the Embedded Systems Division of Stellcom, a San Diego-based engineering services company specializing in embedded systems, Internet development, and contract staffing of engineers. Before joining Stellcom, Mittag consulted for Hewlett-Packard, educating and training their worldwide sales and engineering staff. He holds bachelor of science degrees in physics and in education from Wright State University, and also writes a monthly column for Communication Systems Design magazine.