Communications Technology

Connectivity is a key feature of modern embedded products. There’s a wide range of communications modes that can be used, but which is the best for your design? Should you use a wireless technology such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and, if so, which one should that be? Or would wired communication, such as Ethernet, be the best way forward?

In this section, New Electronics reviews the latest communications technologies and brings visitors to the website information on how these technologies are being applied.

Securing the supply chain

When figures point to millions of people worldwide being in need of humanitarian aid or assistance, then if emergency supplies are damaged, lost or miss-directed thousands can go without food or shelter for days and, ultimately, could end up dying.

Reality can wait

Since Ivan Sutherland demonstrated the Sword of Damocles half a century ago, head-mounted virtual reality (VR) systems have promised a bright future for human-computer interaction.

Rival networks emerge to capitalise on 5G

The first release of the new 5G standard made headlines, partly because a completely new standard is a relatively rare event, but also because of what the complex 5G standard means for the industry and users.

Feed the world

As one of the world’s biggest industries agriculture, like many other sectors, has been experiencing rapid change in the past 10-20 years. New advances in technology are impacting processes and the supporting infrastructure, as the industry looks to embrace more sustainable farming practices.

Entangled secrets

Three years after its launch into Earth orbit, a Chinese satellite has steadily been extending the reach of an encryption technology that is practically unbreakable.

AI upgrades the digital twin

Virtual representations and simulated models of manufacturing models – or digital twins – were first proposed by Dr Michael Grieves at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers conference in 2002.

Servers slowly open the door to light

If you want to send a high-data rate signal more than a few centimetres optical is the smartest choice. At least that is the case if you look at the big picture. Optical wins every time in a straight shootout of energy per bit and bit density.

Bringing AI to navigation

Bringing safer navigation to the world’s shipping industry is the driving force behind Orca AI, a company founded by Yarden Gross and Dor Raviv in 2018.

Secure facilities

The large variety of machines and plants that has mushroomed over many years is increasingly being networked for monitoring and maintenance purposes.

Ensuring reliability

For next-generation designs, today’s network and data centre SoC/systems designers need robust and reliable communications over challenging long-reach channels.

Addressing network security

Every day, organisations see an increasing number of devices being added to their network, ranging from smartphones and tablets, to Internet of Things (IoT).

A demanding challenge

The discovery of X-radiation by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen in 1895 earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics and laid the historical foundations for the field of medical imaging.

The Urban Farm concept

Urban farming is becoming increasingly popular and is now at the heart of a growing number of business models that want to address the needs of fast-growing urban markets looking to source fresh local produce.

Changing the game

Sports stadiums are fast emerging as one of the most important and useful proving grounds for the latest in advanced wireless technologies.

Virtual content

The BBC continues to invest heavily in virtual and augmented reality. Bethan Grylls looks at how it plans to utilise AR/VR to deliver content.

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