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The road to success is long and hard for eda start ups 10/12/2013

EDA and IP were common themes amongst the three start up companies featured at this year's Sophia Antipolis Microelectronics Forum.

MEMS moves into the mainstream 10/12/2013

Like the carbon nanotubes featured in this issue's Cover Story, MEMS is often regarded as a technology of the future.

Compliance and interopability can only be guaranteed ... 10/12/2013

Wireless connectivity forms the heart of modern data exchange, whether that be between people or machines.

Silicon alternatives offer a new way to boost power device ... 10/12/2013

Over the past 40 years, the biggest advances in power conversion efficiency have come from improving conversion technique, although important ...

The benefits of using 600V GaN cascode fets 10/12/2013

Gallium nitride (GaN) based transistors have been around for many years for rf applications.

FPGAs open up new system design possibilities 10/12/2013

System architecture has evolved from being an instinctive dark art – the balance between implementing functions on hardware and software often being ...

In-flight electronics get the OK 26/11/2013

Many will feel vindicated, others surprised and a few sceptics will still be concerned, that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally ...
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Adopting a healthy approach to integrating analogue 26/11/2013

Mixed signal and analogue design has always been considered the 'harder' part of the electronics business, with solutions often generated by 'silver ...

New Electronics roundtable: The challenges of targeting ... 26/11/2013

Embedded systems have, in the main, been designed around microcontrollers. But growing demand for increased performance, more capable signal ...

Ethernet finds use in the automotive industry 26/11/2013

The automotive industry is turning to Ethernet to address high-bandwidth applications emerging within the car. But it is Ethernet with a twist, ...

The challenges of taking COTS to top speed 26/11/2013

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 ...

Human factors: BEEAs 2013 round up 12/11/2013

The Grand Prix at this year's British Engineering Excellence Awards goes to the Design Engineer of the Year.

IoT set to solve many societal and industrial challenges 12/11/2013

The phrase 'Internet of Things' arrived with little fanfare a couple of years ago. Since then, it's turned into the 'buzzword' of the age; there's ...

Digital imaging technologies bring better performance to ... 12/11/2013

Intelligent vision systems are relatively new; they provide a link between the harder domain of modern technology and the softer world we live in.

Boundary scan emerges as popular tool for design engineers 12/11/2013

Boundary scan is becoming a useful tool for design engineers. As the development of Design and Test automation tools continues apace, then so too ...

How black zinc nickel plating is bringing RoHS to military ... 12/11/2013

When the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive came into force in 2006, the intention was to remove, as far as possible, the use of six ...

Does using 'standard' connectors reduce design advantage or ... 12/11/2013

Connectors are not the glamorous end of the market. They are expected to do what it says on the tin rather than be responsible for adding much value.

Will printed electronics deliver devices at the price point ... 12/11/2013

While everybody seems happy to talk about the Internet of Things, people sometimes struggle to define exactly what it is.

Outlook 2014: UK companies push to be at the forefront of ... 12/11/2013

Trying to divine the future – even things only a year out – is a risky business. Nevertheless, we all try it at one time or another. Trying to ...

Outlook 2014: Embedding digital processing in analogue and ... 12/11/2013

The market for analogue and mixed signal semiconductors is set for some significant evolution over the next few years. The Internet of Things – in ...

Outlook 2014: EDA companies enable the 'push-pull' of ... 12/11/2013

When Gordon Moore observed many years ago that the number of transistors on a chip would double every 18 months, he was simply making an observation ...

Outlook 2014: How the maker movement could reinvigorate UK ... 12/11/2013

Earlier this year, I read a statistic that truly pointed towards the future for technology and, in particular, the future for manufacturing.

Outlook 2014: Why electronics distributors are riding the ... 12/11/2013

The past five years have seen massive changes in the services offered by electronics distributors. Distributors are still the 'middle men' in the ...

Outlook 2014: Power electronics moves forward on many fronts 12/11/2013

Power electronics and power management technology rank among the most diverse in terms of breadth of applications and markets.

Outlook 2014: Software centric ecosystems are the future of ... 12/11/2013

The world is increasingly software oriented, and the way we interact with devices is changing. Smartphones, set top boxes and even automobiles are ...