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Can LEDs help to solve the looming spectrum congestion problem?

A host of research projects in the established field of visual light communications (VLC) is pushing towards the possibility of using the lighting infrastructure to transmit data at several Gbit/s, with perhaps the most promising approach – dubbed Li-Fi (for light fidelity), a subset of VLC – making waves in several ways.

Software development: Cost vs. value

Depending upon who you talk to and the scale of the design, software development can represent around 60% of the cost of of an embedded system project. With costs rising and budgets stretched, some companies may choose to look at less expensive tools. How can the industry help developers to measure the benefits of particular tools?

Software tools set to play a more critical role in system design

More projects with greater complexity mean embedded design teams need to be more efficient and this is influencing their choice of technology. Evidence is provided by mobile phones: 10 years ago, devices featured a wireless module and one processor, today, smartphones have various interfaces and a number of processors in order to execute a multitude of applications. Cars are even more complex, with as many as 100 processors per vehicle, and a similar trend is followed in industrial applications, where electronic systems and machines feature a wealth of control and monitoring systems.

Findlay Media announces the Embedded Design Show

The embedded sector continues to grow, pushed by economies of scale and pulled by the specialised expertise of engineers. A missing cog in the embedded engine has been a focused event for the sector. Tim Fryer reports on why this is no longer the case.

Accuracy enhanced in automatic test equipment systems

Many ATE systems are required to measure critical parameters with extreme accuracy, as they must be significantly more accurate than the devices they test. Modern ATE systems push the boundaries of signal processing and require parts per million (ppm) accuracy.

Acal looks to bring clean power to the rail industry

Every piece of equipment needs power and yet, claims Peter Creely, there are fewer analogue power engineers in the UK than professional footballers. However, Acal BFi has succeeded in retaining this power expertise, as Creely demonstrated to Tim Fryer when discussing details of a project for the rail sector.

Modulation approach set to solve spectrum congestion

As mobile communications become more pervasive, the amount of data flowing around the various networks and – importantly, the various parts of the spectrum – grows inexorably. The world, it is claimed, is moving ever closer to spectrum congestion.

WaRP speed ahead for wearable electronics

Wearable electronics has been a topic pursued for some years, but with little obvious progress beyond entry level devices. While initial offerings were invariably some form of clothing based device, the technology has advanced slowly and it appears its day may be arriving. In fact, analysts expect the wearables market to be worth $50billion by 2017.

How the Automata architecture could boost processing efficiency

Micron Technology appeared at the 2013 Supercomputing conference, where it claimed the development of a massively parallel architecture built around its memory technology could provide a huge speed boost for some of the applications that today need supercomputers. At the same time, the memory maker said it is setting up a research centre based at the University of Virginia to focus on what it calls the Automata architecture.

Graphene based products become a commercial reality

Graphene is starting to filter onto the market. HEAD claims its tennis racquets that feature graphene in the shaft are lighter, have better weight distribution and offer more power. Flexible security tags are also starting to be used using graphene circuitry.

Emerging opportunities provide a launchpad for the UK's space sector

Back in 2010, the government published the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy report, which ultimately lead to the consolidation of the UK Space Agency and the creation of the Satellite Applications Catapult. Broadly speaking, the former's role is to develop and promote space infrastructure, while the latter's role is to use the space sector to develop commercial applications.

An engineer's guide to selecting and using a resonator

Increasing demand for complex and compact consumer electronics applications is driving the need for low power, small and reliable components. The Internet of Things is driving the need for connectivity of the simplest devices, while wearable applications are becoming popular.

Carbon nanotubes find real world applications

No one disputes that carbon nanotubes have the potential to be a wonder technology: their properties include a thermal conductivity higher than diamond, greater mechanical strength than steel – orders of magnitude by weight – and better electrical conductivity than copper.

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