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.

The wearable doctor

The wearables market may have slowed but developments in sensing technology and AI suggest we haven’t seen anything yet.

Enabling rapid 5G roll-out

With the rollout of 5G expected to ramp up in the coming year, a complete spectrum of test & measurement solutions will be required, according to Meik Kottkamp.

Mobile 3D sensing

VCSEL technology encourages progress in biometric solutions such as mobile 3D sensing, according to Bianka Schnabel.

Intelligent Audio

As more and more consumers look to film their experiences and share short-form videos through their mobiles, it’s fair to say that while camera technology has continued to advance, the audio quality of many videos has tended to remain poor.

Innovation unbound

Earlier this month the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas, and with over 4,500 exhibitors and upwards of 180,000 visitors it remains the largest consumer electronics show in the US, with a global impact to match.

Where next in 2019?

From the first autonomous vehicles to 5G and the realisation of mobile AR devices, here’s what to look out for in the year ahead.

Testing the 5G waters

Since the introduction of 2G, there has been a rising demand for data. 5G has been hailed the answer to the ever-growing pressure on network capacity as the demand for better and quicker devices continues to increase and we start to see more ‘things’ become connected.

Distinguishing signal from noise

Capacitive touchscreens are constructed using an orthogonal grid of transmitter and receiver (or ‘drive’ and ‘sense’) electrodes which are usually formed on either side of a transparent substrate and behind a transparent touch surface such as glass.

Voice recognition - from consumer to B2B

Digital assistants, such as Alexa from Amazon or Microsoft’s Cortana, have established themselves as key components when it comes to gadgets, smartphones or managing the smart home and, with the prospect of artificial intelligence being embedded into more devices, more voice enabled devices are set to come to market.

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