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Graphene based products become a commercial reality 28/01/2014

Graphene is starting to filter onto the market. HEAD claims its tennis racquets that feature graphene in the shaft are lighter, have better weight ...

Emerging opportunities provide a launchpad for the UK's ... 14/01/2014

Back in 2010, the government published the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy report, which ultimately lead to the consolidation of the UK Space ...

The driving forces in industrial electronics 14/01/2014

The Carbon Trust has estimated that 40% of global electricity consumption is down to electric motors. Within the UK's industrial sector, motors ...

XMOS blends its xCORE architecture with a Cortex-M3 core 14/01/2014

It's fair to say that Bristol based XMOS has had a bumpy ride since it made its debut in the middle of 2007. At the time, the company made a play of ...

Testing embedded software is as important as hardware test 14/01/2014

Embedded software testing is a discipline that is both easier and more efficient if it can be conducted concurrently with software development, and ...

Do polymer fibres make for good interconnect solutions? 14/01/2014

Fibre optics are good for transmitting high speed data across the Atlantic, but do they make good interconnect solutions in industrial applications?

An engineer's guide to selecting and using a resonator 14/01/2014

Increasing demand for complex and compact consumer electronics applications is driving the need for low power, small and reliable components. The ...

Carbon nanotubes find real world applications 10/12/2013

No one disputes that carbon nanotubes have the potential to be a wonder technology: their properties include a thermal conductivity higher than ...

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.