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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.

An introduction to using Linux on embedded single-board computers

Most of the more powerful compact form-factor single-board computers (SBCs) run one of the popular Linux distributions designed for use with these embedded boards. While there isn’t a specific version of the Linux kernel for embedded applications, the difference from a PC or desktop device running Linux is usually very small.

Together, WiE can change the world

Engineers are fundamental to shaping the lives of every man, woman and child. International Women in Engineering Day celebrates this inclusivity and marks an opportunity to extend it.

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