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System Design

Boxes of tricks: Choosing the right enclosure for your ... 21/04/2014

Metal or plastic? Choosing an enclosure is not as straightforward as some might think, so what are the options when you are looking to house your ...

The truth about phase noise in signal generators 08/04/2014

Manufacturers of signal generators set great store by the specification of phase noise, such that, regardless of the application, phase noise is ...

Model based system engineering gains broader acceptance 08/04/2014

The general idea behind model based system engineering, or MBSE, is that it makes sense to design complex embedded software, or complex systems that ...

Contactless position sensors for throttle valve systems 25/03/2014

Magnetic position sensors have been favoured by automotive design engineers over the years, offering resistance to vibration and contamination whilst ...

LED light bulb 'achieves the impossible' 25/03/2014

"It was a technical challenge to make 50 units that met a certain specification," said Phil Shadbolt, CEO of Zeta Speciality Lighting. "That is what ...
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Solving the system architecture jigsaw 25/03/2014

Is a system architecture created from the apocryphal clean sheet of paper any longer? No, according to design consultancy Plextek's chief technology ...

The latest trends in test and measurement 11/03/2014

Buying an instrument used to be straightforward, in as much you specified what you wanted and then found equipment to meet that specification. ...

Thermal modelling boosts LED performance 11/03/2014

Energy efficiency and longevity have made LEDs the light source of choice in a multitude of applications. They are of course more expensive than ...

Emerging format offers shock and vibration resistance to ... 11/03/2014

Casual observers may scan the reasonably long list of available board formats and conclude there are enough variants to suit every application, no ...

Wearable electronics provide better insight into the ... 25/02/2014

Problems with the heart can be relatively common but, because they can present themselves infrequently, are often hard to diagnose.

Can LEDs help to solve the looming spectrum congestion ... 11/02/2014

A host of research projects in the established field of visual light communications (VLC) is pushing towards the possibility of using the lighting ...
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How to protect embedded software against attacks 11/02/2014

An embedded system can be attacked by injecting malware at some point. Once installed, this can collect confidential data, change a system's ...
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Measuring energy consumption in embedded systems 11/02/2014

Ultra low power embedded systems challenge engineers working on system integration, as well as hardware and software designers optimising for energy ...

Software tools set to play a more critical role in system ... 11/02/2014

More projects with greater complexity mean embedded design teams need to be more efficient and this is influencing their choice of technology. ...

Products provide the pull for visitors to embedded world 11/02/2014

With 900 exhibitors and 22,500 visitors, embedded world is clearly an important meeting place. Tim Fryer previews some of the new products visitors ...

Findlay Media announces the Embedded Design Show 11/02/2014

The embedded sector continues to grow, pushed by economies of scale and pulled by the specialised expertise of engineers. A missing cog in the ...

Acal looks to bring clean power to the rail industry 11/02/2014

Every piece of equipment needs power and yet, claims Peter Creely, there are fewer analogue power engineers in the UK than professional footballers. ...

WaRP speed ahead for wearable electronics 11/02/2014

Wearable electronics has been a topic pursued for some years, but with little obvious progress beyond entry level devices. While initial offerings ...

Graphene based products become a commercial reality 28/01/2014

Graphene is starting to filter onto the market. HEAD claims its tennis racquets that feature graphene in the shaft are lighter, have better weight ...

An engineer's guide to selecting and using a resonator 14/01/2014

Increasing demand for complex and compact consumer electronics applications is driving the need for low power, small and reliable components. The ...

Silicon alternatives offer a new way to boost power device ... 10/12/2013

Over the past 40 years, the biggest advances in power conversion efficiency have come from improving conversion technique, although important ...

The benefits of using 600V GaN cascode fets 10/12/2013

Gallium nitride (GaN) based transistors have been around for many years for rf applications.

FPGAs open up new system design possibilities 10/12/2013

System architecture has evolved from being an instinctive dark art – the balance between implementing functions on hardware and software often being ...

New Electronics roundtable: The challenges of targeting ... 26/11/2013

Embedded systems have, in the main, been designed around microcontrollers. But growing demand for increased performance, more capable signal ...

The challenges of taking COTS to top speed 26/11/2013

There's nothing new in the concept of using COTS – commercial off the shelf – backplanes and boards in a range of applications. It's an approach ...
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