All Electronics Interviews

Connecting with the future

Appointed managing director of LEMO UK in 2015, Peter Dent joined the designer and manufacturer of precision custom connectors after more than 25 years with Smiths Connectors, where he held several senior engineering and business development roles.

Oren Hagai encourages proper RF training

A recognised expert in RF and Microwave Oren Hagai, president & CTO of Interlligent RF & Microwave solutions, is passionate about training and providing the right learning experience for the upcoming generation of RF engineers.

Has Smiths Interconnect made a risky decision to drop well known brand names?

Brand loyalty is one of the most important things a company can develop, so when an organisation decides to ‘pension off’ such well-known names as Hypertac, Sabritec and TRAK, in favour of the single brand of Smiths Interconnect, you might think this is a risky move. Could Smiths Interconnect be running the risk of weakening its market position?

The market for flexible displays is maturing, says Tim Burne

From curved TVs to pop-up presentation screens a new wave of products are making their way to market driven, in no small part, by advances in flexible display technology. Devices which can be folded or rolled are expected to appear shortly creating a market that could be worth $200bn within five years.

MIPS driving towards a focus on AI

To say the MIPS architecture has had a chequered history is probably an understatement. Originally launched as a processor company in the early 1980s, MIPS then tried to move into making computers before being taken over by Silicon Graphics (SGI). It was spun out by SGI in the early 2000s and went through a number of incarnations, eventually being set up as an IP company.

Refocusing Plextek's design capabilities and services

Nearly ten months into his role as CEO of electronics consultancy Plextek, Nicholas Hill has re-organised and refocused the company’s technical capabilities, with dedicated teams working across such areas as signal processing, communications systems, sensors systems and machine learning.

Picking winners amongst UK innovators

Innovate UK has been in the news recently, thanks to the Government’s decision to increase its investment in UK research and development. That news, included in the Chancellor’s Autumn statement, was welcomed by Innovate UK’s chief executive Dr Ruth McKernan. “The Industrial Strategy challenge fund in particular is a substantial increase to the amount of grant funding available to businesses through Innovate UK. It complements our plans to evolve our funding models and broaden the range of support available for innovations at all stages of development.”

Murata looks for opportunities in emerging markets

Many engineers will associate Murata with the development and sales of capacitors. And there is good reason; when Akira Murata set up his company in 1944, he started making titanium oxide ceramic capacitors for use with heterodyne radio receivers.

A focus on PCB design productivity

Altium took the opportunity to announce, just prior to electronica, the forthcoming launch of Release 17 of its flagship product Altium Designer. Graham Pitcher talked to Rainer Asfalg, VP sales EMEA, about the package and Altium's view of the market.

Jeff Benck is reshaping industry stalwart Lantronix

Since taking over as CEO in December 2015, Jeff Benck has rung the changes at Lantronix, the specialist supplier of networking products. His new business strategy – targeting the expanding Internet of Things – has been accompanied by a swathe of management appointments and plans to establish an engineering laboratory in India, where initial staffing has already begun.

An award winning company explains how its focus on exploiting technology niches has paid dividends

Loughborough Sound Images was one of the UK’s rising stars during the 1990s, riding on the back of the boom in demand for digital signal processing in one form or another. In the late 1990s, the company merged with US based Mizar to form Blue Wave Systems, with ambitions to grow the combined entity significantly; not only through organic growth, but also through strategic acquisitions. But the dot com bubble burst, Blue Wave was acquired by Motorola and, by the mid 2000s, according to Edward Young, ‘things weren’t going well’. He left to form CommAgility.

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.

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