With the coronavirus outbreak on-going, many events are either canceled or moving online. Arrow Electronics has now announced what appears to be a completely new online event. Embedded To Go virtual technology exhibition for embedded systems will take place on April 1-3, 2020, and offer technical presentations, information on newly launched technology, and access to Arrow’s sales and engineering teams.
The event will entirely free to attend, and you can register online today with a company’s email address. The event will start in about 10 days by so far the virtual “booth map”, “supplier guide” and “lecture area” are inaccessible.
We only know what the event should consist of thanks to an article on EENew Embedded:
Technical presentation webinars will be hosted by leading suppliers covering AI, IoT and Edge computing, precision measurement, high-performance computing, intelligent condition-based monitoring, and other technological subjects. Information will also be available in the form of videos and white papers on boards and applications. A dedicated search function will be available for easy access to the content on site.
A live chat facility will be available from 09:00 to 17:00 (CEST) each day to enable visitors to interact with Arrow’s engineering team on specific areas of interest. The team can provide advice and guidance on leading edge technologies, including microcontrollers, FPGAs, processors, sensors and wireless subsystems.
But there’s one part that works right now: the link to the 3,000 development boards giveaway.
They won’t just randomly give away boards to random users on the Internet, and there are some conditions. First, the giveaway only applies to business customers, which then need to select a board and provide project details. Arrow will then select winners, but the company points out there is “no legal claim” to receive a free board.
If I counted correctly, 44 different boards are on offer, mostly MCU development boards including various STMicro Nucleo boards. But there are also Linux SBC’s with Microchip SAMA5D2 based Shield96 focusing on hardware security, Thor96 SBC powered by NXP i.MX 8M processor, as well as Inforce 6309L SBC (Snapdragon 410) and the popular NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit. You’ll also find the Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 (“NCSM2485.DK”) which could be interesting if you have a project that would benefit from an AI accelerator.