Free Seminar for Embedded Engineers

Venue: Cambridge  Date: Thursday 17th March 2005

This seminar will be an exciting and powerful collection of technical presentations relating to the development of embedded systems in the medical sector. Targeted at embedded developers, this seminar offers the opportunity to hear the latest developments and concepts that are driving this technology.

Whether you are a developer of medical systems or simply an embedded engineer seeking to keep up to date, we feel sure you will find this a good investment of your time.



10.00 - 10.45

Debugging Technology for the New Microcontroller Generations

10.45 - 11.30

Choosing a Realtime Operating System for Medical Applications.

11.30 - 11.45


11.45 - 12.30

How to Reduce Costs and Compliance Risks in Developing Medical Devices

12.30 - 1.15

Buffet Lunch

1.15 - 2.00

Taking Software Testing Process and Tools from the Avionics Industry to the Medical Industry

2.00 - 2.45

The Impact of HL7 and NPfIT for medical device manufacturers

2.45 - 3.30

Enabling Wireless Networked Electronic Systems in the Health Industry.


The doors open at 9.00am and there will be coffee and tea available on arrival. There will be a collection of embedded industry vendors exhibiting, available to discuss their technology. A Buffet Lunch will be provided and you will then have the opportunity to speak with the sponsors of the event and to view demonstrations of various embedded technology and tools. For more information on exhibitors and presenters.. click here


Throughout the event, Dr Nigel Day from Polyhedra will be available to present and discuss the Polyhedra Embedded Database which is widely used in safety critical embedded systems .

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Understanding Debugging Technology and the Challenges of Faster and More Complex Silicon.

Time: 10.15 - 10.45

Jonathan Hector - iSystem Ltd

As microcontrollers become more integrated and powerful, the challenges faced by hardware and software engineers increase - as they are pushed to the limit to get the maximum performance and reliability from embedded systems. This presentation will explore two scenarios and show how modern debug technology can give visibility into even the most complex of systems. In the 32-bit world there is a tendency towards high speed cores integrated into single chips with just a 'pipeline' for debug control. Traditional  in-circuit emulation is inappropriate here, but iSystem has developed leading edge technology aimed at giving Automotive engineers the visibility they need to ensure optimum performance and reliability.

New generations of 16 bit microcontrollers are becoming more complex, such that code is running not just on a traditional 'core' but also in peripheral control. iSystem has developed an in-circuit emulation technology for these devices - that allows debug control of more than one code flow asynchronously. This will be explained and the advantage to embeddedl system designers shown. iSYSTEM will have a demonstration available where delegates can see the above running on the latest microcontrollers.

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Choosing a Realtime Operating System for Medical Applications

Time: 10.45 - 11.30

Joel White - Enea Embedded Technology

As embedded medical systems become more complex, running multiple tasks requiring realtime performance and maybe even networking, graphics, data management etc, the requirement for a realtime operating system (RTOS) on which to develop application code starts to emerge.

This presentation will discuss the technical and commercial benefits that using an RTOS can bring to an embedded medical projects. It will focus on the importance of " RTOS Architecture" and how this will impact the development, the performance and robustness of the final system. It will also discuss how an RTOS can enable code development for more advanced systems using distributed multi-cpu systems or mixed cpu-dsp systems.


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How to Reduce Costs and Compliance Risks in Developing Medical Devices

Time: 11.45 - 12.30

Tony Baghai - Enea TekSci Inc

Enea TekSci have over 100 person years experience successfully designing, developing, testing and certifying embedded products for FDA related approvals. This presentation will discuss EE-Med, Enea's combined software and services solution for the rapid development and certification of embedded medical products.

This presentation will touch on subjects such as "Verification Strategy", "Future Software Re-Usability" and "FDA Compliance". For anyone developing for the medical industry, this is an important opportunity to listen to a powerful presentation based on real world experience, from a true leader in this field.

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Buffet Lunch

Time: 12.30 - 1.15

A chance to meet with the presenters and view demonstrations of their technology.

Taking Software Testing Process and Tools from the Avionics Industry to the Medical Industry

Time: 1.15 - 2.00

Stuart Parker - SDC Systems Ltd

With the various safety requirements of the Avionics markets, along with the defined standards for software testing, this led to the development and use of a number of software testing processes and tools.

Given the current and future complexity, along with safety critical aspects of the software embedded in modern medical systems, experience in the software testing process and tools can be migrated from the avionics world to the medical systems market.

This presentation will focus on the real world application and use of such tools, rather than formal analysis of methods. A key challenge to any process is the ability to extract data from a complex real time system, that will enable formal software testing and dynamic analysis of code to be completed to a level demanded by true safety critical systems.


The Impact of HL7 and NPfIT for Medical Device Manufacturers

Time: 2.00-2.45

Phil Buckley � Business Development Director, MPC Data Limited

There has never been a more exciting nor a more challenging time to be developing medical devices, particularly with embedded software. To survive, let alone be profitable, medical equipment manufacturers must master many disciplines with great agility. Key amongst these disciplines is Interoperability which is dictated by technology advances such as miniaturisation, battery technology and the prevalence of low-cost, high-speed wired and wire-free networking. This last point is further reinforced by the principles laid down by NPfIT in the UK and emerging international standards such as HL7 and SNOMED.

MPC Data has an enviable track record in the developing medical device software to appropriate safety standards and delivering to stringent market deadlines. During this presentation we will examine the impact of both HL7 and NPfIT on the future development of medical devices and how MPC Data's considerable experience in safety critical software development can ensure that your products are delivered to the market place both on time and on budget.

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Enabling Wireless Networked Electronic Systems in the Health Industry.

Time: 2.45-3.30

Kieran Slorach
Market Development Engineer - Microcontroller Products
Freescale Semiconductor, Limited.

Freescale Semiconductor is the leading supplier of microprocessors to the embedded market and at the forefront of providing reliable, highly integrated solutions to the medical electronics design community. The Coldfire Family of 32-bit Microprocessors builds on the legacy of the 68000 architecture and provides scaleable performance with features such as integrated Ethernet, USB, encryption, CAN and on-chip Flash.

The importance of wired and wireless networked electronic systems in the health industry is increasing. Zigbee is an emerging RF standard for control and telemetry that promises inter-operability, reliability and international acceptance. Freescale Semiconductor has Zigbee solutions to allow fast evaluation and adoption of this new technology.

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