Another Year, Another Great Show at EDS 2017

25th October 2017 by Rob Callaghan

The Engineering Design Show (EDS) is known as the UK’s biggest and best show for designers of embedded electronics and, this year, it was even bigger! It saw over 4,000 engineering professionals converge on the Ricoh Arena, Coventry to see 220 exhibitors and attend 23 conference sessions over two full days.

We exhibited at EDS for our second year running, this time with a team of four in attendance; Barry Husbands (Director), Peter Wingrove (Sales Manager), Dave Robinson (Electronics & Software Engineering Manager) and myself, Rob Callaghan (Marketing Manager). Our team were always busy, answering questions on a variety of embedded electronics topics and talking through many great ideas with the talented engineers visiting our stand at the show.

Going Big With The Beta

We took things up a notch this year with a focus almost entirely on showcasing our Beta range of integrated touchscreen systems. We had a number of demo units on show covering just some of the potential applications for our modular solution, with the most popular being:

  • A full Windows 10 operating system running on both our new 9.7″ and our 7.1″ Beta systems.
  • A live camera feed and barcode scanner on our tablet-like 9.7″ Beta.
  • Two Beta systems running on Android; one with a touchscreen GUI and the other with a very responsive GUI controlled by physical inputs (dials and switches).
  • A Beta system running Linux that boots up in just five seconds.
  • A battery-powered Beta system with integrated camera showcasing the Beta C Series’ suitability for mobile applications.

If you didn’t get a chance to see our Beta systems in action, or if you have a question that needs answering, take a look at the Beta product pages on our website where you can find datasheets and submit a question via our online form or live chat system. Alternatively, if you would prefer to see the Beta range in the flesh, just let us know and we’ll arrange a visit to show you.

New Board Products

We also received a great deal of interest in our new dual-core, x86-based single board computer, the XE1, as some engineers were looking for a high-performance, long-life, low-power SBC to run their regular Windows applications. For our new computer-on-module, the TM2, it was the combination of the ARM Cortex A9 processor from our TM1 module plus the additional real-time processing power brought by the Cortex M4 processor that piqued the most interest.

EDS 2018?

After experiencing yet another successful show, there’s no doubt we’ll be at EDS again next year. Seeing the interest in our Beta range, as well as our SBCs and COMs, you can expect to see a bigger range of products and even more exciting demonstrations on display.

See you again next year!

P.S. We sent out VIP invites to our mailing list this year – which provided attendees with some nice treats such as access to the VIP lounge with free-flowing refreshments and priority access to workshops – so if you would like to receive your own invite, subscribe to our mailing list below.

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