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New Electronics brings you a selection of in depth Technology Articles, covering key issues and innovations within research & development, embedded design, power, communications design, test & measurement, programmable logic, system design and more.

Will the attractions of embedded FPGA overcome traditional cost objections and finally see accelerated growth?

Twenty years ago, it looked like a concept that was ready for primetime: putting programmable logic inside ASICs and SoCs. At the time, the move seemed inevitable. ASIC mask prices were rising fast, driven by the need to pull more and more from a bag of optical tricks to keep Moore’s Law on track. The cost of respins alone seemed enough to persuade designers to leave some reprogrammable “sewing kits” in their SoCs to let them iron out bugs after tapeout instead of committing tens of thousands of dollars more to the project to get some new masks.

A failure to observe even the most basic of security best practices is threatening to derail the IoT

IoT security is notoriously lax leading to headline grabbing attacks that seed fear among consumers and threaten adoption. Typically, only nine percent of vendor budgets go on security implementation and testing. Even if we allow for the fact this low figure may be due to security being outsourced, it’s clear that security is too often, a secondary consideration with production and time-to-market dictating spend.

On-going battle

The aerospace and defence sector is flourishing, bring with it rising profits and new possibilities in terms of travel, exploration and defence.

Microelectronics in space

With approximately 1,500 active satellites orbiting Earth, most of them carry highly sophisticated microelectronics that support communication and enable research that was scarcely imaginable a generation ago.

Getting with the times

The digital revolution in broadcasting continue apace, but while high definition (HD) and 4K (UHD) dominate the headlines, more profound changes can be found in the way production, storage and distribution are evolving. At the heart of those changes is Cloud computing.

Should I make or should I buy?

As electronics design companies reach a certain size, they face a choice between expanding in-house production or employing a sub-contractor. The path they take could be critical for their future.

Technology for the Masses - The Democratisation of Development Systems

The last few years have seen the move from a small number of technology hobbyists building hardware and writing software, to a large and active global maker community. The new breed of ‘digital artisans’ that has emerged comprises hobbyists, tinkerers, students, inventors and graphic designers. The momentum that has built up around the maker movement has been made possible by the availability of low-cost, open-source microcontroller boards, freely available software and easy-to-use programming languages.

Bringing Home Automation to Life with Open Source Technology

Easier consumer access to high-performance computing and wireless technologies means the home automation sector could finally be about to take off. Open source hardware could be critical in this being accomplished - helping engineers to deliver solutions quickly and cost-effectively.

Making a difference

The Maker movement has been described as a genuine alternative to traditional forms of manufacturing, allowing individuals to gain access to digital fabrication facilities, share knowledge through online platforms and open source technologies and use platforms like crowdfunding to finance innovation and scale-up their businesses.

The boom continues

Despite economic and political uncertainties, distribution within the UK remains relatively strong, and distributors are in an upbeat mood.

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