Altium Live 2019 took place this past week at Loews Coronado Bay resort near San Diego, California and Advanced Assembly was pleased to be a sponsor.
While wary engineers might worry that a conference sponsored by a specific EDA tool is not for them, nothing could be further from the truth. AltiumLive does have software-specific sessions — but there are also concurrently running sessions that discuss topics such as Power Delivery, PCB Layout, Hardware Security, etc… So it is possible to spend both days of the conference attending classes that have everything to do with Altium or nothing to do with Altium. Most sessions simply discuss topics that are of use to electrical engineers and use Altium as the tool for explanation.
For those engineers that were unable to attend this year, Altium has already posted their keynote presentations. So don’t miss out on an opportunity to collect free knowledge based on the professional experiences of Eric Bogatin, Rick Hartley, Joe Grand, Robert Feranec and others!
In addition to sessions and keynotes, Altium has hosted a robot-building competition on the first night of the conference each year. Each dinner table is provided a box of robot parts, multiple FlySky remote controllers, Sabertooth motor controllers, Actoboticss parts, etc… and is given approximately two hours to create a robot that will battle other robots to the death! But since all engineers come to the tables with different skill-sets, Altium handicaps the teams by offering a very generous “open-bar” to all participants. If you see a neighboring team outperforming your own, why not treat them to a free round of beer?
At the robot building event, Altium announced that it would sponsor California State University, Fullerton’s Mars Rover project. Each year, teams from across the world come to the Utah desert with a custom-built rover that has to accomplish several tasks such as collecting and analyzing soil samples, navigating autonomously using SLAM, and sensor data fused between cameras and LiDAR.