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Embedded Computing Design selects Top Innovators, Most Influential Women for June issue

OpenSystems Media’s publication Embedded Computing Design called for nominations for the top innovators and most influential women of 2014. They received many inspirational, qualified nominations and chose several men and women from the list. Read a short bio of each inductee below, and read the exclusive full-length Q&A with each innovator in the June issue of the magazine.

Dr. Carl Brandon, Professor, Vermont Technical College

Dr. Brandon worked for IBM for two years, designing their first memory chip with two colleagues. He has been teaching at Vermont Technical College since 1977, and while there has introduced Pascal and Ada programming courses, and helped set up the Computer Tech and Aeronautical Engineering Technology degrees. Starting in 2004, he started the CubeSat Lab, resulting in the launch of the first university CubeSat from a college in New England.

Chad Jones, Internet of Things Strategy, LogMeIn

Chad Jones is the Vice President, Internet of Things (IoT) Strategy at LogMeIn. He has more than 18 years’ experience driving strategic initiatives for start-ups and F50 companies. He has lead the team at LogMeIn that designed and launched Xively, the company’s commercial Internet of Things cloud platform, built global awareness around it, and is now helping businesses build products and solutions on the IoT.

Jinwen Xiao, Design Engineering Director, Microcontroller and Wireless Products, Silicon Labs

Jinwen Xiao is the Engineering Director for Microcontroller (MCU) and Wireless Products at Silicon Labs, where she leads the circuit design team developing the next generation of energy-friendly, ARM-based 32-bit MCUs, wireless transceivers, and wireless System-on-Chip (SoC) devices for Internet of Things applications. During her nearly 10-year career at Silicon Labs, she has advanced from MCU design engineer to her current design engineering director position. Xiao holds 15 patents with 6 patents pending.

Limor Fried, Founder, Adafruit

Limor “Ladyada” Fried is an MIT engineer, open source hardware and software pioneer, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the educational electronics company Adafruit. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best-designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Fried was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine, an EFF Pioneer Award recipient, and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

Punya Prakash, Worldwide Business Manager, Catalog Processors, Texas Instruments

Punya Prakash is a Business Manager with Texas Instruments’ Catalog Processors business unit in Dallas, TX. She started her career as an Applications Engineer in the same department in 2010. Today, she drives growth for targeted end equipment in energy automation such as connected home, building automation, and smart grid. Prakash analyzes the market traction to understand customer requirements, and find innovative solutions that scales for the broader market also.

Elecia White, Founder, Embedded Software Engineer, Logical Elegance

Elecia White is co-founder of Logical Elegance, an embedded software consulting firm. She is the author of Making Embedded Systems, a technical book for software engineers who want to get closer to the hardware or electrical engineers who want to write good software. White also hosts Embedded, a weekly podcast on how to make gadgets, from idea to engineering to production. She works on many other interesting products, including educational toys, DNA scanners, wearables, and a gunshot location system.

OpenSystems Media to provide Co-Sponsored E-mags

OpenSystems Media is pleased to announce Co-Sponsored E-mag solutions for ecosystem partners looking to drive brand messaging and thought leadership in select markets. Accessible to all vendors focused on embedded engineering, these unique vehicles enable complementary enterprises to deliver their captivating, interactive assets to potential clientele.

Targeted at key industry executives and decision makers, OpenSystems Media works with participants to assemble a compelling mix of original content, from Executive Speakouts, interviews, and articles to white papers, products, videos, and interactive graphics. The Co-Sponsored E-mag is deployed to a targeted directory of executives and engineers searching for resolutions in the following industries:

  • April: Internet of Things (IoT) (Circulation: 40,000)
  • May: Automotive (Circulation: 27,000)
  • July: Unmanned Systems (Circulation: 32,000)
  • August: Medical (Circulation: 37,000)
  • September: ARM (Circulation: 40,000)
  • October: Open Hardware/DIY Boards (Circulation: 30,000)

In addition to a targeted email campaign, Co-Sponsored E-mags will be published across OpenSystems Media websites, on the Apple Newsstand, and Amazon Kindle for an entire year. To maximize lead generation, Co-Sponsored E-mags will be promoted in E-letters, social media, and direct email promotion. A variety of sponsorship levels are available, with a minimum of three sponsors required for a Co-Sponsored issue.

For more information on OpenSystems Media’s Co-Sponsored E-mag Initiative contact Patrick Hopper, Publisher, at phopper@opensystemsmedia.com.

OpenSystems Media, VITA Technologies introduce VITA Hall of Fame, first inductee

John Rynearson

VITA Technologies has recently announced the VITA Technologies Hall of Fame, as well as its first inductee. The hall of fame is intended to honor those most influential to VITA and to preserve the memory of the people and technologies that have had the greatest impact on the open standards industry since its beginnings.

John Rynearson, technical director of VITA, is the first person to be inducted into the newly created VITA Technologies Hall of Fame. The news took him by pleasant surprise, announced during the November VITA Standards Organization (VSO) meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, in front of his friends and peers in the industry. After John McHale, editorial director of Military Embedded Systems magazine, gave the announcement the room filled with applause and congratulations. 

Rynearson is slated to retire as of January 1, 2014, and his replacement will certainly have large shoes to fill, as he has been a major influencer to the VITA universe for over 20 years. 

Many more people will be inducted into the VITA Technologies Hall of Fame each year; the next set of inductees will be announced in January of 2014. To see the current progress of the hall of fame, visit http://opensystemsmedia.com/hall-of-fame/vita-technologies. The nomination process will also be posted on the website in January.

OpenSystems acquires Embedded Star, FPGA and EDA sites, extends reach in embedded publishing

OpenSystems Media announced that it has acquired the assets of Online Destiny, a leading provider of blogs and websites for the embedded, FPGA, and EDA market segments. Under the terms of the acquisition, OpenSystems Media will obtain rights to the e-mail lists, RSS feeds, websites, and other assets of Online Destiny’s EmbeddedStar.com, FPGABlog.com, EDABlog.com, and EDAGeek.com properties. Incorporating Online Destiny’s resources into the OpenSystems Media portfolio furthers the company’s readership and expands the company’s lead generation capabilities, enabling clients to extend their influence on the embedded marketplace. In addition to attaining the lists of four online publications, OpenSystems Media also procured the rights to Online Destiny’s website and RSS feed resources, which rank highly amongst online embedded content sources. Coupled with the only apps available to embedded engineers (Embedded Computing Design and DSP-FPGA.com), the addition of these resources solidifies OpenSystems Media’s position in digital publishing.  
“We have had our eye on the EmbeddedStar and EDAGeek audience and superior search rankings for nearly a decade,” says Konrad Witte, Senior Web Developer, OpenSystems Media. “We have a great opportunity now to reach this incredible new following of engineers and other industry professionals.”

OpenSystems Media launches PICMG Systems & Technology magazine

PICMG Systems & TechnologyxTCA & CompactPCI Systems has been relaunched and renamed to PICMG Systems & Technology; the magazine will expand coverage to incorporate the breadth of embedded technologies produced by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG). The industry’s foremost publication tracking developments from the PICMG standards organization and its member companies, PICMG Systems & Technology will continue to dedicate editorial coverage to news, analysis, trends, and solutions that aid embedded system developers and decision makers.

PICMG Systems & Technology will be published quarterly in both print and digital formats, and be accompanied by four PICMG Systems & Technology E-letters. The publication will continue to produce staff-written and contributed design references and application examples of AdvancedMCs, AdvancedTCA, COM Express, CompactPCI, CompactPCI Serial, MicroTCA, and other PICMG technologies in the key industry segments of communications and networking, military/aerospace, and industrial automation. Market analysis, new product coverage, and special topics will also be included to keep professionals abreast of advances in embedded computing.

The inaugural issue of PICMG Systems and Technology will launch at Embedded World 2014 in Nuremburg, Germany, and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PICMG standards organization by examining some of its most significant achievements.