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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.

FPGAs open up new system design possibilities

System architecture has evolved from being an instinctive dark art – the balance between implementing functions on hardware and software often being swayed by the amount of legacy software or, perhaps, the limited hardware resource.

In-flight electronics get the OK

Many will feel vindicated, others surprised and a few sceptics will still be concerned, that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally allowed the use of most personal electronics devices (PED) on planes in US airspace – even during take off and landing.

Ethernet finds use in the automotive industry

The automotive industry is turning to Ethernet to address high-bandwidth applications emerging within the car. But it is Ethernet with a twist, tailored to meet the stringent requirements of the car. And while automotive Ethernet is taking to the road, the technology has yet to achieve widespread industry backing.

The challenges of taking COTS to top speed

There's nothing new in the concept of using COTS – commercial off the shelf – backplanes and boards in a range of applications. It's an approach rooted in good sense, as long as the various elements you select can interoperate.

Introducing Zeno, the lifelike robot that is helping autistic children communicate

The autistic spectrum is sometimes, mistakenly, thought of as a gauge on which we all have our own place. Such a spectrum, you would have thought, must have the behaviour of a standard human being either at one end of it or bang in the middle. But this is not the case; it is a spectrum that deals with excesses of behaviour and there is a wide range of different behaviours. A slightly over enthusiastic attitude towards Star Trek, for example, doesn't necessarily mean you have autism, just perhaps enjoy a bit of escapism.

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