Yes, it does seem a little early to be talking about TechEd North America as it only takes place from May 11-15, 2009 in Los Angeles. However, I want to alert you to the Pre-Conference sessions that take place the day before the conference officially kicks off.
This year there will be a full day of embedded pre-con sessions on Sunday May 10th, 2009 that will cover both Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Windows Embedded Standard 2009. You do not have to be a TechEd attendee to register for these sessions (although you get a discount if you are attending the whole conference).
If you can’t attend TechED there is always the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley, March 30-April 3.
Hope to see you at one event at least!