Industry Leading Keynote Speakers Will Reflect on Growth of Embedded Systems Over the Last 20 Years at TechInsights ESC Silicon Valley 2008

Jack Ganssle, Acclaimed author, designer, NASA team member and entrepreneur, Named Master of Ceremonies

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- TechInsights today announced the keynote speaker line-up and Master of Ceremonies for its 2008 Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley. Each speaker will provide reflections on the growth of the Embedded Systems Industry in the last 20 years in celebration of the conference's 20th anniversary.

Jack Ganssle, frequent contributor to Embedded Systems Design and and founder of three electronics companies; including one of the world's leading producers of embedded development tools, will take the reigns as Master of Ceremonies for this year's keynote presentation, to be held April 15, 2008 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

Keynote Highlights:

Under the theme "Celebrating 20 years of Embedded," ESC Silicon Valley will feature a multimedia Keynote Address, with a host of industry experts, authorities, inventors and creators:

    -- Jim Ready, president and CEO of MontaVista and developer of the first
       viable commercial RTOS product
    -- PJ Plauger, president of Dinkumware and senior editor of The C/C++
       Users Journal and Contributing Editor to Embedded Systems Programming
    -- Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup, the designer and original implementer of C++ and
       the author of "The C++ Programming Language" and The Design and
       Evolution of C++
    -- Nick Tredennick, designer of the microprocessor that later became the
       central processor for the original Apple Macintosh
    -- John Wharton, designer of the world's first 8048-based keyboard
       controller and automobile carburetor. He went on to design the eight-
       bit microcontroller that became the 8051
    -- Paul Saffo, a forecaster, professor and fellow of the Royal Swedish
       Academy of Engineering Sciences at Stanford University.

    Richard Nass, of TechInsights

"This year's ESC Silicon Valley is especially exciting because it marks 20 years of ESC conferences. We selected our speakers based upon their individual and significant contributions to the embedded systems industry. The speakers will take us through the multitude of changes they have witnessed and progress they have made over the past two decades. The reflections will be followed by Paul Saffo, a renowned technology forecaster, who will offer a forecast for future of the industry."

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About ESC

ESC is where the global design engineering community gathers to learn, collaborate and celebrate innovation. Held in Silicon Valley, Boston and India, the Embedded Systems Conference empowers the global design engineering community with hundreds of essential technical training classes and accreditation opportunities. For more information and to register for our events visit

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