Held in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley the four-day Design West event (April l 22-25) is a technical conference and expo for systems designers, entrepreneurs and technology professionals in the electronics industry.


Over 250 exhibitors will be showing their wares during the event. Newark element14 will be exhibiting, displaying, among other products and solutions Raspberry Pi and Accessories, the Next Gen BeagleBone and Sabre Lite, element14's exclusive development kit based on Freescale's i.MX6.  Other notable exhibitors at Design West include ARM, Atmel, Emerson Network Power, Intel, Microchip Technologies, Mentor Graphics, National Instruments, Renesas Electronics, STMicroelectronics, Tektronix, Texas Instruments and Zilog.


Keynote speakers scheduled to appear at Design West include: 


          Luke Dubord, Avionics System Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dubord is currently the cross cutting infrastructure and autonomous fault protection lead on the Mars Science Laboratory mission;


·                   Mayim Bialik, Actress & Neuroscientist. Bialik has made a name for herself in the entertainment business while at the same time developing a fascinating career in neuroscience, very similar to her Big Bang Theory character; and


·                   Hugh Herr, Biomechatronics Director at the MIT Lab who focuses on developing physically assistive technologies that will be intimate extensions of the human body—structurally, neurologically, and dynamically.  A double amputee, Herr is the holder (or co-holder) of 14 patents related to assistive devices, including those for a computer-controlled artificial knee, commercially available as the Rheo Knee, an active ankle-foot orthosis, and the world's first powered ankle-foot prosthesis.


Conference tracks are (alphabetically):  Connectivity and Networking; Debugging and Test; Embedded Android; Hardware: Design, I/O and Interfacing; Internet of Things; Linux Kernel and Operating Systems; Low-Power Design; Processors and Programmable Devices ; Programming; Prototyping; Real Time Operating Systems; Safety, Security and Hacking Embedded Systems; Software Architecture and Design; Software Development; Systems Engineering and Tech Fundamentals.


Look for our daily blogs from Design West beginning Tuesday April 23.