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.

Cover story: Hot Chips

Counterfeit components are so widespread that there is every chance you will unknowingly already have some in your home gadgets.

Top 10 considerations when choosing memory

Nexus GB, the exclusive UK distributor of Datakey Electronics' range of rugged portable memory products, has produced a checklist of issues that OEMs should consider before integrating portable memory into a new design.

Herding cats?

Are our industry associations moving in the same direction or is it still each for itself?

Harvest for the world

Energy harvesting has traditionally been associated with small wireless devices, but with so many potential applications, power sourcing and conversion companies are looking further afield.

Green is the colour

With the introduction of the Energy Using Products Directive, eco design will have a widespread impact on the electronics industry

Multicore processing for embedded systems

Dual cores have been around for some time in several application spaces. In order to deliver the kind of performance predicted by Moore in the 1960s this appears today to be the only direction to go. They bring with them significant challenges and problems but also some major advantages and benefits. There are two basic software paradigms in the market today AMP and SMP. In SMP the burden of task allocation lies on the OS but in AMP this allocation is done by the software engineer at the outset of the project. The SH7205 is the latest SuperH device from Renesas containing two SH2A cores and provides a new solution to an old problem by boosting the performance available in the embedded space.

OFDM PLC for smart metering

Seeking to establish the key factors to consider when selecting a suitable PLC technology for smart metering applications, to objectively evaluate established DCSK PLC technology versus proposed OFDM concepts and to conclude from a technical point of view which of these technologies is most suitable.

Within REACH

Don’t panic! The latest regulation to reach our industry is designed to protect our health. By Mike Richardson.

Getting greener

A year after RoHS came into effect, it’s business as usual for some, but the ripples are building in the high reliability sector. By Vanessa Knivett.

Coming clean

With WEEE and RoHS ‘sorted’, it’s time to look at the bigger picture. By Graham Pitcher.

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