ET SIG: The State of Embedded Linux



  • Monthly Meeting of the Emerging Technology SIG



    Rick Lehrbaum, Founder and Editor-in-chief of


    Presentation Overview

    Rick Lehrbaum, founder and Editor-in-chief of, will offer his perspective on embedded Linux and the Embedded Linux Market. Rick's presentation will highlight OS and vendor market shares and growth trends, summarize the strengths and weaknesses of embedded Linux, and showcase cool devices and applications based on embedded Linux.


    About the Presenter

    In 1983, Rick Lehrbaum cofounded Ampro Computers, Inc., a company well known as a pioneer of "embedded PCs". From 1983 through 1999, Lehrbaum served as Ampro's VP of Engineering, interim president, and Executive VP of Strategic Development.

    In 1992, Lehrbaum formed the PC/104 Consortium and then served as its chairman through January 2000. In recognition of his "evangelical" efforts that resulted in the broad adoption of PC/104 technology throughout the embedded computing market, Lehrbaum is often referred to as the "father of PC/104".

    In October, 1999, Lehrbaum turned his attention to embedded software, founding his second startup: ("the Embedded Linux Portal") and later founding the nonprofit Embedded Linux Consortium. was subsequently acquired by ZDNet, and Lehrbaum served as Executive Editor for the site under its ZDNet tenure. In September 2001, was reacquired by DeviceForge LLC, a company formed by Lehrbaum at that time. In October, 2002, DeviceForge launched, a site devoted to the use of Windows technologies in embedded applications.

    Lehrbaum's early professional activities included hardware design, assembly language programming, and project management at Data General Corp., Advanced Micro Devices, and Telesensory Systems Inc. Lehrbaum received his BS and MS degrees in Physics from New York University and University of Louisiana at Monroe, respectively.

    Rick can be reached at

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    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center

    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1

    Palo Alto, CA


    7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments/pizza

    7:20-9:00pm presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members

    No charge for SDForum members

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