New Electronics Outlook - The Future of Electronics

Electronics design engineers always have to consider a range of factors when specifying or planning their next project. With each new project, there are new regulations, new materials and new technologies. All of this means the job doesn't get any easier.

Outlook – New Electronics’ technology agenda setting publication – provides a series of high value viewpoint articles addressing specific technology areas. Each article outlines the developments which engineers can expect to see in the coming months, as well as the challenges faced by those developing technology.

Outlook is a standalone supplement distributed to the entire circulation of New Electronics.

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Outlook 2013: Time to target opportunity

The technology landscape in the UK has developed somewhat differently from North America and Asia. Britain has not witnessed the massive growth of firms like Apple or the rise of global internet giants such as Google and Facebook. Neither has it ...

Outlook 2013: Rack and stack takes a back seat

Over the last several decades, the basic model of instrumentation has remained largely unchanged. Engineers and scientists have typically selected fixed function hardware and used software, such as NI LabVIEW, on a PC to control the instrument. The ...

Outlook 2012: Bringing together the MCU and DSP

There has been a significant shift over the last 10 years towards combining MCUs and digital signal processors (DSP) within a single System on a Chip (SoC), thereby bringing the DSP's functionality and capabilities within the MCU.

Outlook 2012: Semiconductor IP

For semiconductor companies, an IP infrastructure is a strategic investment and a successful IP strategy depends on having strong partnerships with IP providers.

Outlook 2012: The light fantastic

Optoelectronics – the partnership of technology and light – is an area of great innovation and exciting development. Helped by the rapid evolution of components and technologies, new applications abound for electronic devices that source, detect and ...

Outlook 2012: Brighter outlook for solar cells

Research into solar cells has succeeded in improving the efficiency of the process of converting photons into electrical energy. Laboratory cells have demonstrated efficiencies beyond 20% and scientists are confident they can push this figure much ...

Outlook 2012: Securing embedded devices

Rapid growth in the intelligence and interconnected nature of embedded devices is accompanied by an increase in security threats. Attacks are perpetrated not only by the usual suspects, but also by a new breed of hackers supported by organised ...

Outlook 2011: Efficiency is over riding

If you could identify one theme which has emerged from the power sector during the past couple of years and which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, it is likely to be the efficient use of power.

Outlook 2011: Making a difference

Virtualisation technology has been widely adopted in the enterprise market to make the best use of ever more powerful microprocessors with multiple cores. Virtualisation now spreading to the embedded market.

Outlook 2011: FPGAs find new meaning

Let's go back 27 years to 1983, the year in which the first programmable logic device (PLD) company was founded. Shortly thereafter, on an average, at least one new PLD company was born every six months.

Outlook 2011: Multicore: coming to an MCU near you

In recent years, the embedded processor market has seen a strong focus on multicore product announcements. The majority of these have been based on the symmetric multiprocessing concept, which offers higher processing performance and bandwidth. ...

Outlook 2011: Gale force winds of change

Electronic component distribution is going through a period of unprecedented change. The internet has proven to be a truly disruptive technology. The internet is a game changer, but the change is being driven by something far more fundamental; the ...

Outlook 2011: Challenges or opportunities?

Change is constant in the electronics industry; something that has been discussed many times. Change is being driven from many directions. It could be the change imposed by new design methodologies or new manufacturing techniques; change imposed by ...

Outlook 2010: Innovate for the upturn

In today's tough economic climate, it's never been more difficult to justify investment in capital equipment. In fact, in many organisations, approval for investment is now going to Senior VP, CFO and, in some cases, CEO and board level.

Outlook 2010: Photonics have a bright future

The partnership of technology and light inspired the creation of optoelectronics supplier Pacer more than 20 years ago – and its continued growth is being driven by the emergence of new applications and markets aligned to this partnership.

Outlook 2010: The key to energy reduction

There has been a steep decline in global demand for microcontrollers over the few months. By the end of this year, the market is expected to be some 25% smaller than its 2007-2008 levels of around $13.7billion.

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