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How plateauing clock speeds and increased data rates are changing test and measurement

A large misconception is that test data is purely pass/fail, but in reality this could not be further from the truth. The approach of traditional, fixed-functionality instruments is to send only the results back to the host PC of a test system. This results in much of the signal processing being hidden from the user within the box of the instrumentation. The speed of this signal processing is determined by the speed of the processor on board the instrument.

What needs to be done to drive demand from within the design community?

Talk to the proponents of PXI and they highlight its flexibility, scalability, footprint and speed and they point to the increasing size of the PXI module portfolio that is now available to engineers - PXI module manufacturers, software vendors and integrators are providing a host of new solutions across a growing number of industry segments.

Bristol based haptics start up has its eyes on a range of applications.

There is, on first sight, nothing new in haptics technology; an approach which relies on providing some kind of tactile feedback to the user. At the crudest level, a computer keyboard could be considered as haptic technology – when you press a key, you 'feel' that you have done it. But while input technology in general – such as touchscreens and gesture recognition, for example – is moving forwards rapidly, haptics technology hasn't made the same kind of progress. However, a Bristol based start up is looking to redress the balance.

Combatting the growing threat of UAVs

Unmanned aerial vehicles – UAVs or drones – are one of the hottest technologies at the moment. While the devices have been used by the military for some time, they are now becoming popular in the consumer sector, with users ranging from broadcasters, movie makers and photographers to people who just want to fly them for fun. Even Amazon is getting in on the act, with plans to use drones to deliver goods to wherever the purchaser may be.

How to design increasingly complex boards in less time

Boards are becoming increasingly complex, with more components being placed on smaller areas. According to figures from Mentor Graphics, layer counts have stayed the same during the last five years, but area has dropped by almost a third and densities have risen by 25%.

Starting a new lifecycle for ETX/XTX applications

The first generations of Intel's popular Atom processors have now been discontinued. For ETX/XTX-based designs, congatec modules with the AMD Embedded G-Series APU step in as perfect successors offering all the required features. Hence, a new lifecycle for these legacy systems and consequently an increase in the ROI of OEMs' applications is possible.

Verification of RF performance using simple tools and test setups

Buzzwords like Industry 4.0, the IoT, Mobile Computing, and Cloud Computing can be found in many headlines in magazines. The common theme throughout is the development and rapid expansion of modern communication technologies rooted in RF communication. Wireless connectivity is everywhere you look: in the warehouse, the office, the car, at home, at sporting events, and in medical technology.

How can test and measurement companies address the needs of the life sciences sector?

With rapidly ageing populations, the rise of lifestyle diseases and advances in medical technology, the life sciences sector is experiencing what is being described by many as a period of significant transformation. Changes are affecting the clinical, regulatory and business environments, which means that pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies have to adapt the way in which they conduct their research.

You want to add security to your system, but where do you start?

Growing awareness of the Internet of Things has brought with it a desire amongst those building embedded systems to include some form of connectivity. But, as some of those designers have already found out to their cost, providing connectivity is one thing; providing security for such a system is another.

The pros and cons of dynamic translation architectures

Bitter wars have been fought over processor architectures and some, such as the fight between ARM and the x86, continue to rage. But the realisation that computer processor instructions sets do more or less the same thing, just with different names, goes back more than 40 years.

Give us the tools!

The earlier the consequence of design decisions on power consumption are determined, the greater the impact on the end design. By Neil Tyler.

Beating the 'binsters'

Although the UK is said to be a throwaway society when it comes to repairing consumer electronic devices, there is another way. By Graham Pitcher.

Taking a walk through IBM's technology history

If there is one company which casts a huge shadow across industry, commerce and education, that company would be IBM. But during its 100 years or so history, it has been something of a technology chameleon; adapting itself to the times. Today's IBM is significantly different to IBM of only a decade or so ago and unrecognisable from its origins. But one strand runs consistently through the company's heritage – data processing.

New technology is driving new ways to customise electronic enclosures

Not that long ago, any customisation offered by enclosure manufacturers tended to be limited to drilling a few holes for connectors or machining apertures for displays. If you were looking for any additional customisation – whether that was painting, anodising, silk screen printing of legends and logos or EMC shielding – then you had to contend with a long chain of suppliers in which even minor problems could cause long delays or result in enclosures having to be redesigned.

The benefits of exploiting M2M connectivity?

Over the years, a number of different methods have been used for establishing remote connections between industrial systems and sensors, including fixed connections, low power radio links, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. But most are only feasible over relatively short distances or where existing connections, such as a telephone line, fibre optic cable, or dedicated point to point link, are already installed. A new technology using 'white space' spectrum has also been proposed, but this would involve commissioning a whole new network.

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