All Electronics Interviews

Navtech Radar has much to shout about - interview with Richard Poulton

The quality of entries and the rigorous judging process ensures the finalists in the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) are exemplary and the winners are genuinely excellent. For Navtech Radar to win two awards in 2015 – Design Engineer of the Year and Design Team of the Year – was a considerable achievement.

Providing a window into SoCs

Those in the telecoms sector may know of Rupert Baines from the time when he was the chief marketing officer of picoChip which, before it was acquired by Mindspeed, was developing products for 4G and developing the concept of small cell communications. Now, he's looking to transform the way in which next generation devices and systems are delivered.

Reaching for the stars - an interview with Oxford Space Systems founder Mike Lawton

Launched in January 2014, Oxford Space Systems (OSS) hit the ground running and doesn’t appear to have stopped. Since getting the backing of Innovate UK, it has secured funding worth £1.5million, attracted investors from the UK and the US and is now preparing to see its first products launched into space later this year. The two micro satellites will deploy the company’s Astrotube boom systems to help to measure the Earth’s magnetic field.

Sierra Wireless' Emmanuel Walckanaer talks connectivity

With a 20-year record of innovation in the wireless space Sierra Wireless has a long history in the M2M space and from launching the world’s first cellular embedded module back in 1997 it has now shipped in excess of 100 million devices connecting the Internet of Things and its devices operate on more than 80 networks worldwide.

Preparing future defence technologies

Formed in 2001, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) ensures that innovative science and technology can contribute to the defence and security of the UK. It supplies specialist services to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other government departments and, through its Centre for Defence Enterprise, funds innovative research that could have a potential defence application.

Interesting times: Interview with Enrico Salvatori, president of Qualcomm Europe

It has certainly been an interesting year for chip giant Qualcomm. Revenues are down and, under pressure from New York hedge fund Jana Partners, the company, which generates revenues in excess of $100billion per year, has had to unveil a strategic realignment plan that focuses the business on lower tier smartphones, small cells, data centres and the Internet of Things. It has also had to shed 4500 jobs.

Supporting IoT start-ups

Recent statistics suggest that the UK is still reluctant to invest in R&D but when it comes to investing in start-ups it remains a European hotspot, attracting almost a third of the $3billion in funding the European market receives each quarter.

Planning for the future

The worldwide automotive industry continues to enjoy a period of relatively strong growth and profitability. Annual sales are finally hitting prerecession levels in many regions but, according to industry executives, the global automotive market remains an uneven one and growing economic uncertainty means that the next few years will likely see significant changes for both OEMs and their suppliers.

The future is bright - an interview with James Bell

Having started his electronics career in his native South Africa, James Bell spent 15 years with Premier Farnell in senior management positions, managing the business in the Netherlands, Southern Europe and the UK, before joining Rapid Electronics in 2010 as its head of sales. At the time, he described his appointment as an ‘exciting opportunity’.

PXI offers a more flexible approach to test management

More than 18 years ago, the PXI Systems Alliance was established in order to ensure the PXI standard for modular instrumentation remained at the forefront of the technology and that new developments met the requirements of customers in terms of performance, interoperability and cost effectiveness.

The changing world of high reliability interconnection

This time last year Smiths Group was celebrating 100 years as a listed company on the London Stock Exchange. It had begun life in Victorian London as a family jeweller and clock maker but over the intervening years has grown to become a major industrial operation employing over 23,000 people around the world.

Continuing to evolve

Just a few months after the end of World War II, Wilhelm and Marie Harting established Harting in September 1945. The company, called ‘Wilhelm Harting Mechanische Werkstätten’, worked out of a small hall, a repair workshop, measuring no more than 100m2 in Minden.

Rethink test to drive quality: Interview with John Paliotta

Vector Software's CTO John Paliotta sees big changes coming in embedded software development that may overturn conventional wisdom on how the most skilled people on the team should be deployed. He also sees a push for quality emerging among the embedded systems community as consumers become jaded about the number of often baffling bugs in the products they buy. "I don't care about the processor inside my phone, but I do care about my user experience."

The future for analogue is brighter than ever: Interview with Bob Dobkin

Legends in the electronics industry are few and far between, but Bob Dobkin – founder of Linear Technology and its CTO – can arguably be considered a legend, having dedicated more than 40 years to developing the 'art' of analogue electronics. Along the way, he has amassed more than 100 patents relating to analogue circuits.

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