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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.

Sharing basic algorithms will save innovators from 'reinventing the wheel'

It's been a busy few months for Steve Whalley. Having retired from Intel after 28 years, where his last post was director of sensing, Whalley is now chief strategy officer for the MEMS Industry Group (MIG), where he is leading efforts to prepare the MEMS and sensors ecosystem for what is anticipated to be a decade of explosive growth.

Embedded software development roundtable

Embedded systems development is seeing a number of key changes as the software in devices becomes an increasingly fundamental part of their differentiation. In a roundtable discussion convened by New Electronics, experts pointed to how the rise in software is changing the approaches to development.

IP advice: Is this the end for the patent box?

The patent box was introducted as an incentive for companies to protect their innovations and to profit from them. The opt in scheme would potentially reduce the amount of corporation tax payable on profits earned from patented inventions to as little as 10%, though only a proportion of profits obtained from using patented rights receive the reduced corporation tax level. (For more information, enter 'patent box' in the search engine.

Inter plane stitching for optimum high speed digital signal integrity

With operating speeds running well into the Gigahertz region during the past decade, engineers must be ever more vigilant when it comes routing circuits on PCBs. In this contributed article, Robert Trautman says whether you do your own routing, hand it off to another group within your company or send it out to be done, it is now more important than ever before to fully understand the transmission line effects of the copper traces and how they affect high speed digital signal integrity. To read the complete article, click here.

The importance of thinking thermal early in the design process

Thermal management is often left until pretty near the end of the design engineer's checklist of elements to cover off on a project. There are often reasons offered for this, some being more logical and valid than others. But by building an understanding of heat management techniques and working with experts in what still remains a somewhat mysterious aspect of electronic product design, there are significant performance, cost and reliability benefits to be had. These can prove to be crucial differentiators in the final design specification and be the difference between a compelling, high selling idea and a 'me too' product that may be late to market and taken an inefficient and torturous route to get there.

Inspiring and intriguing, the new Information Age gallery at the Science Museum works at every level

Much has been written and discussed about the lack of engineers in the UK's educational pipeline. The accusatory finger is variously pointed at industry, schools, universities and government, but it is clear there needs to be a host of initiatives if we are likely to get anywhere near a solution. One immoveable imperative is that children will need to want to be engineers and scientists.

PCB based system brings increased flexibility to satellite test systems

The proliferation of artificial satellites is quite staggering; almost 7000 satellites have been deployed to date, around half are still in orbit and something like 1000 are still active. It's no exaggeration to say that modern life wouldn't be the same without satellite technology and so it's not surprising to learn it's a growing industry.

As process technologies shrink, the problems for analogue designers grow in complexity

Low voltage supply rails and strict design rules are changing the way designers need to think about circuit design. It is sweeping away old assumptions – it is a topsy-turvy world in which iterative topologies can be fast and where you can implement analogue circuits using digital synthesis. Because of the complexity of the most advanced processes, some level of automated synthesis for analogue design has become almost essential.

The test requirements for assessing VoLTE call quality

The wireless industry is making significant investments to implement Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in 4G LTE networks. Alongside the need to at least match the audio quality of 2G or 3G legacy networks, it is important to ensure that a VoLTE call consumes a comparable amount of power.

Do display modules make sense?

Never before have embedded project specifications been more directly influenced by consumer experience. The attractiveness of the smartphone with its nifty, gesture based interface has translated directly to the desirability of a similar class of HMI on a wide universe of industrial, medical and other embedded products. At the same time, just as we are personally connected to the internet in many ways, we now have a parallel Internet of Things for the billions of embedded computers around us.

Eight technologies which could allow the UK to take a market lead

Last year, while he was still minister for universities and science, David Willetts wrote a paper for the 'think tank' Policy Exchange in which he argued that the UK was either leading the world – or had the opportunity to lead – in a number of technologies. The paper's title summed it up – 'Eight Great Technologies'.

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