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.

Robotics for All

Through the emergence of open source software and low cost development boards, we have already witnessed what can be described as a ‘democratisation’ of electronics.

Entangled secrets

Three years after its launch into Earth orbit, a Chinese satellite has steadily been extending the reach of an encryption technology that is practically unbreakable.

RAM scoops up computation

It may be nothing more than a short-lived fad. But the rapid ascendance of machine learning in computing since deep learning became practical has pushed hardware development in a new direction that could have a major effect on how computer designers think about memory.

Servers slowly open the door to light

If you want to send a high-data rate signal more than a few centimetres optical is the smartest choice. At least that is the case if you look at the big picture. Optical wins every time in a straight shootout of energy per bit and bit density.

AI: Changing the face of defence

The US, China, Russia and the UK are among a growing number of countries that are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning as they look to develop a new generation of advanced weapons system.

Replacing silicon

In a world with mobiles, laptops and tablets the demand for low-voltage power adaptors has never been greater.

Digital twin to go the distance

Three years ago, Toyota’s CEO declared the company would need to put autonomous vehicles through almost 9 billion miles of testing before they could be deemed safe to use on public roads.

A testing challenge

The challenges associated with the development of autonomous vehicles are immense but, perhaps, testing is the biggest one.

Deploying technology in space

When selecting and using electronic components in space they will need to be reliable and capable of surviving the harsh conditions they’ll experience over an extended period of time.

A world connected

This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) was described by John Hoffmann, the CEO of the GSMA (the event organisers), as a bringing together of a “global ecosystem spanning multiple sectors and reflecting the expanding role of mobile connectivity.”

Improving reliability with cryogenics

Cryogenics is the study of the production of extremely cold temperatures and is a field of science that looks at what happens when materials, whether metals or gases, are exposed to very low temperatures.

When development never sleeps

Is software ever finished? As Leonardo da Vinci observed with art 500 years ago, it is not so much finished as worked on until it is time for it to be abandoned.

Signs of life

Since Galvani discovered the effect of electricity on frogs’ legs more than two centuries ago, scientists have gradually been able to tune into what the body’s nervous system is doing through charge transfers.

Deep fools

In not much more than a decade, deep learning has moved from a research curiosity to a technology that could underpin a new generation of autonomous vehicles and robots: machines that can respond more intelligently to the world they perceive.

Where next in 2019?

From the first autonomous vehicles to 5G and the realisation of mobile AR devices, here’s what to look out for in the year ahead.

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