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Distribution has never been more challenging

The challenges facing distribution are varied and growing. How companies – large or small, broadline or specialist – respond will affect the way in which they are perceived by their customers and whether they can grow in a highly competitive market.

Understanding the need for protection from lightning induced surges

Without question, the feat of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth, has been one the greatest engineering accomplishments in history. The complexities of escaping gravity, entering orbit, and then travelling on to Earth’s ethereal rock companion still boggle the mind nearly fifty years later. Along with thrust, propulsion, astrophysics, and zero gravity considerations, perhaps the most critical element to be considered in the success of the lunar missions was circuit protection.

Why treat EMC and environmental compliance separately?

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and environmental tests are often treated separately, so it is not unusual for products to be sent for assessment at different times; EMC testing is usually done first, with environmental testing following on much later. As a consequence, the effect of environmental degradation on EMC performance tends not to be routinely addressed and, very often, such testing is carried out in benign conditions that fail to represent real-world use.

Tailored Logistics Systems

Individually tailored, automated logistics solutions not only improve material availability and thereby provide security of supply but also simplify and speed up procurement processes, helping to reduce process costs while increasing quality at the same time. However, these benefits are not only being used by large companies and corporations but an increasing number of SMEs have tailored concepts at their disposal.

Key attributes to consider when choosing high bandwidth probes

High speed digital applications are pushing probing solutions to the limit. As system bandwidth increases, the edge speed of the signal gets faster, the size of the chipsets and components becomes smaller and PCB layout becomes more complex. These trends challenge probing solutions and the higher the performance, the more care is needed in selecting probes.

What to know when selecting a CMOS image sensor for a home automation device

Sensors are at the heart of the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution and most applications will deploy multiple sensors including an image sensor. The more compelling home automation products tend to deploy cameras which are commonly based around a CMOS image sensor and this, coupled with sophisticated computer vision algorithms, look set to become the ‘brains’ of the smart home.

Providing health services via wearable devices could, finally, become a reality

Healthcare systems around the world are facing a ‘perfect storm’, contending with rising costs, changing demographics and growing consumer expectations. In a recent report on healthcare in the UK, PA Consulting concluded that a vital component in helping to solve these problems could be the use of ultra-low-power wearable technology. Wearable technology, increasingly enabled by miniaturised ultra-low-power electronics, is said to be used by 8million people in the UK already, with many of those devices being healthcare related.

Low cost of money fuelling ‘M&A frenzy’

So far this year, semiconductor companies have spent around $85billion on acquiring other companies, something which Wally Rhines – Mentor Graphics’ chairman and CEO – notes is ‘dramatically more than in previous years’. And it looks as though the spending is set to continue, with rumours involving Fairchild, Infineon, On Semi, Analog Devices and Maxim Integrated.

Move to 3D flash memory set to boost prospects of SSDs

Developers of memory devices of all types have generally been the first customers for the latest process technology. A combination of the need to make memories with greater capacity at lower prices has pushed manufacturers to the ‘bleeding edge’. That combination of dynamics has also pushed some manufacturers ‘over the edge’ and the remainder into joint ventures that can cope with the commercial and technical challenges.

Wi-Fi and unlicensed LTE groups are finding it hard to coexist as mobile phone technology develops

Although relatively young, the mobile communications sector seems to have an uncanny propensity to generate major controversies. The latest spat manages to pit one technology – Wi-Fi – against cellular; two networks that have avoided treading on each other’s toes for more than two decades. During this time, each camp has seen huge innovation and enormous growth, with many components and infrastructure suppliers relying on them for their own success.

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