Research & Design

All engineers have an immediate need for a product or solution, but it is equally important that they keep an eye on the future to identify new technologies or methodologies which may enable their next designs.

In this section, New Electronics takes a look over the horizon, pointing out to visitors the developments in research and design which will impact the electronics industry in the next few years, as well as the processes which are being developed to manufacture those products.

Thinking machines

Today, artificial neural networks underpin much of the research into artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

Bringing AI to the edge

Artificial intelligence (AI) has kindled the imagination of computer scientists for decades and while the ambition and enthusiasm around AI has tended to clash with the complexity of the task, today’s computational power has risen exponentially and the ambition of general AI has been curbed sufficiently to match that power.

Sustainable healthcare

Health, social care and medical research are all witnessing profound change at the hands of technology. Could digitalised healthcare help to transform the provision of services?

Industrial digitalisation made real

Last month saw the publication of the Industrial Digitalisation Review which outlined a series of proposals to boost the UK’s economy through the deployment of advanced digital technologies including: robotics, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Crystals expose hidden personalities

At the turn of the 19th Century, Friedrich Heusler was surprised to find he could unlock the magnetism inside the distinctly non-magnetic metals copper, manganese and tin by combining them.

AI faces a power struggle if it is to be used more broadly

It is easy to see artificial intelligence (AI) as a naturally power-hungry technology; it demands racks of servers stuffed with a combination of multicore CPUs, GPUs and, increasingly, FPGAs that crunch through terabytes of data to form the connections between millions of virtual neurons.

Network transformation

Of all the new semiconductor device technologies that have been introduced over the past few years, gallium nitride (GaN) is arguably generating the most far-reaching effect across a number of different applications areas.

Research excellence

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

It’s the little things

It’s not that many years ago that MEMS devices were regarded as something of a novelty, with early applications focused mainly in the automotive industry – airbag deployment, for example.

Rising to the acceleration challenge

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning is the future of computing. Intelligent machines that understand the world as humans do, interpret our languages and learn from data will habitually be used to resolve problems too complex for the human brain.

Under exposure

Chipmakers are set to break the 10nm barrier as they move from the test-chip stage to full production on 7nm processes. The move marks another extension of a lithography technology that was meant to be phased out 15 years in favour of so-called next-generation lithography.

Data driven defence

The defence industry is facing stagnating or tightening budgets in many of its traditional key markets while, at the same time, having to adapt to changing security threats and embracing new technologies.

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