Directives & Standards

Almost every product needs to conform to a particular standard. Examples include designing to AEC-Q100 for the automotive industry and to IEC 60601 for medical products. Meanwhile, systems often need to conform to a range of European Directives, such as EMC or RoHS.

In this section, we keep designers up to date with developments in European Directives and in the standards to which products must be designed.

Connected healthcare

Connectivity throughout healthcare is yielding huge benefits for the industry and patients alike, and is a trend set to continue and accelerate.

A healthy outlook for 3D printing

The healthcare market is adopting 3D printing for prosthetics, implants and medical devices at such a rate that the 3D printing materials market for the healthcare sector is expected to experience a CAGR of 20% between 2018 and 2025. A report by Frost & Sullivan forecasts that the market will be worth $568.5 million (around £450 million).

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.

The power to change

During the heatwaves that hit Europe and North America over the summer, users were posting to Twitter and social media sites how their smartphones were suffering from heat exhaustion.

Interference on the move

When Daimler set about creating a test chamber for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) it wanted an artificial environment that would reflect the conditions its vehicle would meet on the roads of the future.

Standing the test of time

Despite being in its 21st year the market for Bluetooth continues to grow. To put it in perspective in 2000, there were a total of 800,000 Bluetooth enabled devices shipped in a single year. Today, it’s 10million per day.

Securing our airports

A the end of 2018 Gatwick airport and the UK authorities were forced to bring in military teams, using advanced techniques developed on the battlefield, to search for an unauthorised drone buzzing the airport’s runway.

Spotless not clueless

Once regarded as a purely mechanical industry, the automotive sector has entered an electronic era as a result of increasing demand for electric vehicles, infotainment systems and driver assistance features.

Solid State Cooling

US based Phononic’s thermoelectric technology is proving truly disruptive in the usually staid world of cooling technology.

EMC basics and practical PCB design tips

Though often used as synonyms, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is really the controlling of radiated and conducted Electromagnetic Interference (EMI); and poor EMC is one of the main reasons for PCB re-designs. Indeed, an estimated 50% of first-run boards fail because they either emit unwanted EM and/or are susceptible to it.

Going circular

Technology manufacturers are increasingly being encouraged to think about the circular economy – the concept that materials and goods should be kept in circulation for longer rather than follow the traditional ‘linear’ model of make, sell, use, then dispose.

Research excellence

Set up in 1956 Roke Manor Research has over the past 60 years established itself as a world-class electronics engineering consultancy.

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