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CES 2016 suggests technology business is alive and well

Looking for a drone? Angling for an HDR enabled TV or a virtual reality headset? Want the latest in smart home devices or to find out more about recent developments in autonomous vehicles, then the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas last month, wouldn’t have disappointed.

What is the usable power in a DC/DC converter?

The term ‘high usable power’ is widely used by the manufacturers of DC/DC converters to describe their product’s performance. Many engineers though tend to focus on the datasheet’s rated current and assume that, by selecting a more expensive, higher power converter, it will give them more derating and improved reliability.

Security challenges in the e-enabled aircraft

The e-enabled aircraft can provide many benefits to operators in terms of operational efficiency, passenger comfort and MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul). Systems on these aircraft transmit their data via satellite or ground-based communications networks to analytics services, which provide airline operators with excellent situational awareness data, leading to many value-added services. However, to benefit from this real-time Internet of Things (IoT) data, there are significant data bandwidth and security challenges to be addressed once systems are connected to a network. Systems security is of particular importance as the risks associated with allowing passengers to hack or accidentally infiltrate insecure data and systems, including associated legal issues such as breaches of data privacy, must be considered throughout the whole lifecycle of the communications network. In addition, the scope, threats, risk assessment, architecture and testing must be assessed and mitigated for every internal and external interaction undertaken by the network.

Expect broader application of software-driven hardware verification in 2016

The system and semiconductor worlds are in transition. In the past, the focus in verification used to be on bug identification. Today, the electronic design industry is seeing a shift towards greater efficiency in finding bug root causes and in bug remediation. To that end, SoC providers have been looking to provide software with their products. While this higher value speeds design in time, it has the tendency to increase verification complexity and moves the responsibility of hardware-software verification to the SoC provider. As a result, in 2016, we can expect to see broad application of software-driven hardware verification methodologies.

Boosting the health of UK manufacturing industry using photonics technology

One of the big themes being pursued by the recently elected Conservative Government is the revival of manufacturing as one way to reduce the country’s dependence on the financial and services sectors. While the UK’s manufacturing sector remains in the world’s top 10, it has been drifting down the league table since the 1970s and productivity has been of particular concern.

Could smart factories help to revitalise UK manufacturing?

Smart factories will be at the heart of the Industry 4.0 revolution, a future vision of manufacturing in which factories are populated by machines that will be self-optimised, self-configured and even employ artificial intelligence to complete complex manufacturing tasks and, in the process, provide cost efficiencies for companies and improved levels of service and quality for customers.

Do UK contract manufacturers understand the concept of Industry 4.0, let alone employ it?

Contract manufacturers have an increasingly important role to play in the UK’s manufacturing ecosystem, whether that is in supporting volume production or new and emerging businesses looking to take new products from concept to volume assembly. According to figures from the Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN), the CEM sector in the UK and Ireland now, in terms of demand, accounts for more than 40% of all electronic components by value.

Real world sensors and Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… the Star Wars universe introduced millions of science fiction fans to an epic saga that had many anxiously anticipating the release of the next instalment late last year. Being an engineer, I can’t help but think back to the original movies and the ideas created within them that are now a reality today. Lightsabers, unfortunately, we can still only imagine, but just focusing on “droids”, it’s remarkable where we are today.

Wireless Sensor Networking for the Industrial Internet of Things

Much is being made of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and the associated need for wireless connectivity for industrial sensors. But the networking needs of industrial devices and applications are distinct from the consumer world, with reliability and security high on the list. This article highlights some of the key network requirements specific to industrial wireless sensor networks.

Collaboration is the centerpiece to push the limits of lithography

The continuation of Moore’s Law requires a combination of both physical and functional scaling, where our main challenge in lithography is to continue pushing the physical scaling limits in a controlled and cost-effective way. By serving as the collaboration hub of the industry in this area, imec is playing an important role in helping the industry to address the major technical challenges towards continued physical scaling. This is being done on multiple fronts.

Meeting the short term and long term requirements for IoT connectivity

As the concepts of the internet of things (IoT) starts to gather supporters within organisations, the numbers behind Gartner’s forecast that the IoT will comprise 50billion devices by 2020 starts to take shape. The challenge facing many organisations is so crucial to their future viability that no one can ignore it.

Building in security from the start

Security remains the top concern for designers, builders and marketers of products for the Internet of Things (IoT) – and for good reason. When previously unconnected products join the IoT, they – and their users’ data – become subject to hacking, compromise and mischief.

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