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ELC goes virtual

Registration is now open for Embedded Linux Conference (ELC), the premier vendor-neutral technical conference of developers working on embedded Linux. Held virtually this year on June 29 – July 2, 2020, ELC will feature four full days of education, collaboration, and deep dive learning opportunities presented from locations across the globe.

Konsulko Group engineers are scheduled to give two sessions. CTO Matt Porter will teach his popular tutorial, Introduction to IIO and Input Drivers, and Principal Software Engineer Paul Barker will be giving a talk as part of the Project Mini-Summits.

Although we won’t be able to literally “see” you there, we hope you will join us in supporting the virtual edition of this important Linux Foundation event.

ELCNA technical talks and in-depth training

Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference on embedded Linux and industrial IoT products. This year, ELC North America will be held in San Diego, August 21-23, 2019, at the beautiful Hilton Bayfront, right on the harbor and just over a pedestrian bridge from Petco Park and East Village.

On Thursday, August 22, Leon Anavi, Senior Software Engineer at Konsulko Group will present a Comparison of Open Source Software Home Automation Tools that allow users to customize the setup depending their own specific needs and manage devices manufactured by different vendors in one place. Leon will focus on popular open source tools, Home Assistant, OpenHAB and Domoticz, and explore the supported embedded Linux development boards on which these platforms can be installed, as well as the IoT with which they can interact out of the box.

Also on Thursday, Vitaly Wool, Senior Staff Engineer and General Manager of Konsulko AB, will give a technical talk on Secure Updates for a Memory Constrained XIP (eXecute In Place) System looking at technology that allows code to be executed directly from flash without copying the code to RAM first. The memory footprint can be optimized very tightly and this permits really low-power IoT Linux appliances. However, there is a big obstacle: no standard secure update process for such systems will work due to the very nature of XIP. How can you update the flash when it must always be ready to execute? This talk will provide some real world answers and examples.

The next day, Friday, August 23, Matt Porter, Konsulko Group CTO, will present a tutorial, Introduction to IIO and Input Drivers to briefly look at the Linux IIO and Input subsystems and how to gather information from hardware documentation to assist in software development. In a guided hands-on lab, students will write a new driver that leverages the IIO and Input kernel subsystems, and create their own game controller driver and use it to play a game on their devices.

For the first time in 2019, Embedded Linux Conference North America will co-locate with Open Source Summit North America. We hope you can join us, along with 800+ developers and technical experts from across the globe for education, collaboration, deep-dive learning, and some good times in San Diego.

The Year in Review

2018 has been a very important year for Konsulko Group.

We are privileged to work with outstanding customers, helping them build the software for exciting and essential devices and vehicles. From Level 5 autonomous taxis and open source automotive platforms to innovative consumer devices, from lifesaving medical devices and advanced robotic surgery tools to the high-end networking equipment that powers the Internet, these are all products that impact and even shape our lives, now and into the future.

In addition to our commercial activity, we continued our community work in key open source projects, including the Linux kernel, Yocto Project, OpenEmbedded and Automotive Grade Linux, and participated at open source conferences around the world, like FOSDEM, ELC/ELCE, FOSSASIA, TuxCon and OpenFest.

We accelerated our work with Automotive Grade Linux and the Linux Foundation, supporting AGL development, demos and member meetings in North America, Europe and Japan, as well as presenting multiple technical talks at all four Embedded Linux Conferences, developing the AGL Deep Dive workshop and providing expert training, both as a Linux Foundation Authorized Training Partner and via the Embedded Apprentice Linux Engineer program found at leading conferences (e-ale.org).

Finally, we continued to grow our company, welcoming new engineers, increasing the size of our European development center in Bulgaria and opening a new branch in Sweden.

Hopefully, 2018 has been merely a prelude to great things coming in 2019. We look forward to working with all of you in the coming year.

Konsulko Group presented two technical talks at ELC North America 2018

Konsulko engineers gave two well-received presentations at the Embedded Linux Conference, the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. Slides and abstracts are available at the links below.


Tuesday, March 13 • 2:00pm – 2:50pm
Automating Open Source Hardware Lightning with Home Assistant and MQTT – presented by Leon Anavi


Tuesday, March 13 • 4:20pm – 5:10pm
poky-tiny and Beyond, or Trying to put the Yocto in Yocto Project – presented by Scott Murray

ELC North America was held in Portland, Oregon, March 12-14, 2018.

Konsulko joins Developer Panel Keynote at AGL AMM in Tokyo

At the Automotive Grade Linux All Member Meeting at the Hilton Tokyo, Scott Murray, Konsulko Group Senior Staff Software Engineer, will bring his 20+ years experience developing with Linux, plus expertise building custom distributions with OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project, to the Developer Panel Keynote on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 11:10am – 11:50am. It promises to be a lively and informative discussion among some of the top engineers working with AGL. If you are planning to attend the AMM, don’t miss this session. We hope to see you in Tokyo!

Konsulko Group at FOSDEM 2018

The Konsulko team will be participating in FOSDEM 2018.

Leon Anavi will be presenting two talks:

Look for Leon Anavi and Scott Murray near the Embedded/mobile/automotive and IoT devrooms as well as the AGL and OE booths this weekend at FOSDEM.

Konsulko at February conferences in Europe and Japan

The Konsulko Group will be well represented at February 2018 conferences with members of the team attending:
* FOSDEM Brussels February 3-4
* Automobile Grade Linux All Member Meeting Tokyo February 20-21
* 4YFN & Mobile World Congress Barcelona February 26-March 1
* Embedded World Nuremberg February 27-March 1
Hope to see you there. Please contact us if you’d like to meet up at one of the shows.

Konsulko Group is going to FOSSASIA!

Konsulko Group is attending FOSSASIA 2017 in Singapore on March 17-19. We have a presentation on Linux kernel support for sensor hardware:

Look for us at embedded and kernel talks as well as the hallway track. See you there!

Konsulko Group is going to SCALE 15x!

Konsulko Group is attending SCALE 15x in Pasadena, California on March 2-5, 2017. We have a presentation in the Embedded track on Friday:

Look for us in the Embedded track, the show floor, and in the halls. See you there!

Konsulko Group recognized as a top AGL contributor

Konsulko Group recently participated in the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Winter All Members Meeting (AMM) in Tokyo, Japan. During the AMM, Konsulko Group was recognized as the #6 ranked contributor to the AGL project for 2016.

Matt Porter, CTO of Konsulko Group, said, “We ramped up our contributions to AGL in Q4 2016 as a part of supporting several impressive new demos for CES 2017. I was thrilled to see our AGL team so well represented alongside other automotive industry companies“.

AGL is critical to our customers in the automotive market. With our automotive business accelerating, we expect our AGL contributions to increase greatly in 2017“, commented Pete Popov, CEO of Konsulko Group.