Industrial

Electronics underpins many industrial systems; with applications ranging from programmable logic controllers to sensors to communications. But the market has its particular requirements, including reliability and immunity to the often hostile environment. This means companies involved in the sector, as well as those looking to supply products to those building industrial applications, need to keep up to date.

New Electronics covers developments in the industrial electronics sector, bringing technology updates and opinion from the market.

A postal network for the digital century

The world’s postal and delivery services have been undergoing profound change over the past few years, whether that’s having to scale up to meet increased demand or expanding and modernising their networks.

Data : the commuter's friend?

Most of us own a mobile phone and many rarely leave home without it. The thought of being ‘unconnected’ is becoming increasingly inconceivable and, whether we like it or not, mobile connectivity is part of modern life.

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.

The blockchain buzz

Blockchain is the technology behind cryptocurrency, but many have suggested it as a new way to approach security. Bethan Grylls looks at whether there’s any substance behind the hype.

Digital dilemma

As the amount of data soars and computational power accelerates, data centres are set to have a bigger carbon footprint than the aviation industry. What can be done to address this?

Laying the foundations for the future

The LED lighting industry is contributing to the adoption of IoT for building communications and controls. Smart lighting systems coming to market supporting two-way communications are helping to revolutionise the convergence of building and lighting control, using the same infrastructure extensible to support the IoT and to manage other building systems.

Break the stereotype

The gender gap is closing. Around 11% of the engineering workforce is female – that is a 2% rise from 2015 figures, according to the Women’s Engineering Society. It’s great to see that more women are deciding to enter into STEM, but it’s a slow journey.

IIot collaboration

A new industry collaboration looks to deliver wireless communication solutions suitable for industrial and commercial IoT markets.

Can a transient effect rescue silicon power scaling?

The war with semiconductor physics claimed another victim at the end of August when GlobalFoundries decided it could no longer afford to continue work on a 7nm finFET process, or its successors, despite the efforts of teams that came originally from AMD and IBM. With deeper pockets, Intel, Samsung and TSMC are continuing but at some point even they will either run out of nanometres or the belief that they will find enough customers to pay for increasingly expensive wafers that may not justify the scaling benefit they achieve.

A failure to observe even the most basic of security best practices is threatening to derail the IoT

IoT security is notoriously lax leading to headline grabbing attacks that seed fear among consumers and threaten adoption. Typically, only nine percent of vendor budgets go on security implementation and testing. Even if we allow for the fact this low figure may be due to security being outsourced, it’s clear that security is too often, a secondary consideration with production and time-to-market dictating spend.

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