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Boxes of tricks 22/04/2014

Metal or plastic? Choosing an enclosure is not as straightforward as that, so what are the options when you are looking to house your precious electronic designs? Robert Cox, sales and marketing director of OKW Enclosures, gave his opinions on the pros and cons of the major enclosure materials of construction.  Read More

Linear ears make sense 22/04/2014

'Linear assets' is a term that covers anything from roads and railway to pipes and perimeter fences. Typically, these assets will have signage, sensors and equipment controlled from a single point somewhere along that asset, and that control data is transmitted through fibre optic cables These cables can also be used to provide low cost and ...  Read More

Forward steps 22/04/2014

MIPS Technologies has a long history of developing microprocessor cores for the embedded systems sector. A pioneer of 32bit and, more recently, 64bit cores, the company changed its business model some time ago from being a hardware provider to developing and selling IP.  Read More

Analogue designers continue to amaze 22/04/2014

Since 1954, the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) has been the forum for presenting leading edge circuit designs. Whilst the focus over the years has shifted to digital designs, the conference continues to have significant analogue content, with sessions dedicated to such areas as data conversion and analogue techniques.  Read More

Power at the heart of Europe 22/04/2014

Tim Fryer looks forward to the upcoming PCIM exhibition and conference, taking place in Nuremberg from 20 to 22 May  Read More

Building the foundations 22/04/2014

There isn't a sector of the electronics industry that operates without the use of power. Whether it's a device which uses harvested energy or a large industrial drive, power electronics is the technology which makes it work.  Read More

IP Advice: Fashioning an IP strategy 22/04/2014

New Electronics has partnered with leading intellectual property law firm D Young & Co LLP to offer guidance to companies on how to protect their IP. In this issue, Jonathan Jackson, a Partner at D Young, examines the growing demand for wearable electronics and the IP implications for product developers.  Read More

Getting your fix: Technology addiction 22/04/2014

In today's world, technology is a vital fix for many kinds of problem. But, increasingly, it is becoming another kind of fix – and problem – for probably millions of people worldwide. Technology brings with it a powerful addiction.  Read More

Wise eyes in the sky: The autogyro that collects intelligent images 08/04/2014

Most people's first encounter with an autogyro, or gyrocopter, was in the film 'You only Live Twice'. James Bond (played by Sean Connery) was shipped 'Little Nellie', which he then assembled and proceeded to inflict mayhem on Blofeld's forces by virtue of its impressive weaponry.  Read More

Connectors help reduce size, weight and power in aerospace electronics 08/04/2014

Aerospace, whether it's commercial aviation, defence or even satellites, is a testing environment for electronics. But it's equally demanding on connectors.  Read More

ST pursues the wider option when it comes to supply voltage for future transistors 08/04/2014

At this year's International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), STMicroelectronics and research institute CEA-Leti described a DSP with an operating voltage of 400mV, rather than the conventional 1V.  Read More

Xilinx unveils heterogeneous multiprocessing architecture 08/04/2014

Historically, developers of programmable logic devices – and, more latterly, FPGAs – have taken advantage of process shrinks, not only to integrate more features into their parts, but also to produce parts which use every available bit of space on the reticule.  Read More

The truth about phase noise in signal generators 08/04/2014

Manufacturers of signal generators set great store by the specification of phase noise, such that, regardless of the application, phase noise is frequently taken as a proxy of the instrument's overall performance.  Read More

Model based system engineering gains broader acceptance 08/04/2014

The general idea behind model based system engineering, or MBSE, is that it makes sense to design complex embedded software, or complex systems that are made up of hardware and software, before you start to build them.  Read More

NFC yet to secure its role in securing mobile payments 25/03/2014

Novel approaches, such as Host Card Emulation (HCE) and potential threats such as the emergence of Bluetooth Low Energy – another technology standard for exchanging data wirelessly over very short distances – have brought into sharp focus the disappointing pace of development of mobile Near Field Communications (NFC), notably for financial ...  Read More

Contactless position sensors for throttle valve systems 25/03/2014

Magnetic position sensors have been favoured by automotive design engineers over the years, offering resistance to vibration and contamination whilst providing precise and accurate measurement of angular displacement.  Read More

Engineering solutions to EV range anxiety 25/03/2014

Electric vehicles on general sale today offer adequate ranges for tasks such as commuting, shopping and urban journeys. Nissan, for example, claims up to 124 miles per full charge for its all electric Leaf, while Tesla suggests up to 310 miles for its Model S when specified with the optional 85kWh battery. Even so, range anxiety – the fear of ...  Read More

LED light bulb 'achieves the impossible' 25/03/2014

"It was a technical challenge to make 50 units that met a certain specification," said Phil Shadbolt, CEO of Zeta Speciality Lighting. "That is what we were contracted to do and that is what we delivered."  Read More
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Successive approximation A/D converters: Ensuring a valid first conversion 25/03/2014

Successive approximation A/D converters, with resolutions of up to 18bit and sampling at 10Msample/s, are suited to many data acquisition applications.  Read More

DSL technology could allow data to be sent to the home at 1Gbit/s 25/03/2014

Once the plain old telephone service, the role of the telephone wire continues to be refashioned. The latest digital subscriber line (DSL) standard being developed – – uses 106MHz of phone wire spectrum to deliver gigabit broadband, a far cry from its original purpose of carrying a 3kHz voice call. The developments (see fig 1) complement ...  Read More

Solving the system architecture jigsaw 25/03/2014

Is a system architecture created from the apocryphal clean sheet of paper any longer? No, according to design consultancy Plextek's chief technology officer Paul Martin. "Have I ever had a clean sheet of paper to design on?" he wondered. "If I did, what was I guided by and what were the design constraints?" Pushed, he admitted he'd probably done ...  Read More

Wanted: Tomorrow’s engineers 11/03/2014

The decline in the number of students enrolling on engineering courses has been charted for some years now. A range of reasons has been put forward, but the bottom line is that the UK hasn't been producing enough engineers.  Read More

Why engineers are looking to run transistors from lower supply voltages 11/03/2014

For good reason, CMOS chip designers pay careful attention to the equation that governs dynamic power consumption: ½CV2f.  Read More

Mixed signal ASICs can prove less expensive than you might think 11/03/2014

ASICs, we have been told over the last few years, are the preserve of the rich. But not every ASIC has to be manufactured at the 'bleeding edge' and, for mixed signal ASICs, a convincing argument can be made that trailing edge processes are more appropriate and cost effective.  Read More

The latest trends in test and measurement 11/03/2014

Buying an instrument used to be straightforward, in as much you specified what you wanted and then found equipment to meet that specification. Obviously, this defines the limitations of what that instrument can be used for, but T&M companies over more recent years have introduced ways to make their instruments both more affordable and more ...  Read More

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