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.

Company profile – Bringing designers the world's most energy friendly microcontrollers

The explosion in the use of battery operated electronic products of the last few years has been followed more recently by the need for the battery to last longer for convenience, environmental and cost reasons. At the same time, applications have become increasingly complex and demand higher performance from the microcontroller, making the challenge of designing systems for low power even more difficult.

A matter of scale: Integrated device eases industrial signal scaling issues

In an industrial environment, the control of machinery or the control of process is done with the help of programmable logic controllers and distributed control systems. Both have monitoring and controlling functions, as they include analogue I/O modules that can receive input signals from sensors and transmit output signals to actuators.

Developing rugged robots for the nuclear industry

Robots have fascinated humans for many years and the idea of having a remotely controlled or autonomous machine at our beck and call has always appealed. But robots are becoming increasingly important in areas where humans cannot go – from war zones to hazardous industrial environments. The Japanese have even developed a robot to collect injured people in areas that medical crews cannot reach.

Company profile: An electronic evolution

Last year was the 'Darwin year' for the semiconductor industry. It showed us that companies which do not reach the next level of evolution with their products and services will find things very difficult in the long run.

Core to the fore

What's so special about Intel's Core i7 processor and why is it finding a lot of industrial applications?

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.

Test gets real

System test complexity is increasing. An obvious statement, perhaps, but the fact is that, as products become more complex and time to market pressures increase, making sure the product does what it says on the label is paramount.

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