System Design

Many electronics engineers create board level products, but their boards are integrated into systems at some point. And systems need things like enclosures, power supplies and environmental management.

New Electronics recognises the importance of system design and its impact on the final product. In this section, New Electronics reviews the latest developments in system design and brings visitors to the website information on how these developments are being applied.

An in-house prototyping revolution

At a time when the capabilities of electronic products are breaking new ground, it could be true to say that their potential is being held back by design, development and production processes that haven’t kept pace with the speed of innovation.

Climbing the greasy pole

Engineering companies are becoming more complex as trade becomes more global, logistics grows in importance and technology becomes more advanced. All of this needs management, but for many in UK industry, the terms ‘engineering’ and ‘management’ are mutually exclusive. While engineers are good at engineering, they may not consider becoming a manager of something beyond their immediate department.

The glue in the middle

In July 2017, the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) met with partner universities and companies to celebrate and look back on the five years since its first cohort of scholars graduated in 2012.

Timing gets smart

Ethernet has come a long way since IEEE 802.3 was first published in 1980. First envisioned as a technology to connect PCs and workstations, it has gradually evolved to become the networking technology of choice for a broad range of applications across enterprise computing, data centre, wireless networks, telecommunications and industrial sectors.

Partnering for punctuality

With forecasts that at least 35,000 planes will be built over the next 20 years the commercial aircraft industry would appear to be in rude health.

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.

Battery management systems for more reliable EVs and HVs

Lithium-ion batteries require considerable care if they are to operate reliably over a long period. Because they cannot be operated to the extreme end of their state of charge (SOC) and because their capacity diminishes and diverges over time and with use, every cell in a system must be managed to keep it within a constrained SOC.

Data infrastructure to make our cities 'smart'

Increasing urbanisation and growing populations mean that cities are growing at rate that many experts would say is ‘alarming’. Within a matter of just two or three years, 60% of the world’s population could be living in an urban environment, with all the challenges of energy and water supply, as well as delivering adequate transport and healthcare.

Europe's largest construction project: Crossrail

Work on Crossrail, or the Elizabeth Line, Europe’s largest construction project started eight years ago. A complex engineering project, it runs 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, underground across London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The first rail services running through central London are due to start at the end of 2018 and, once complete, the new line is expected to be able to handle more than 200million passenger journeys a year.

Connectivity to enable the trusted digital enterprise

Manufacturing industry is on the cusp of a 4th wave of transformation that holds the promise of a step change in productivity. Industrial IoT business models are being defined with increased flexibility, co-operative human-machine interaction and the use of data analytics to identify trends and dynamic system relationships that were previously hidden or inaccessible.

What’s the best way to work out a system architecture?

The emergence of the Internet of Things has also seen the emergence of a string of start ups which have, in their opinions, good ideas for IoT products, but who lack the technical expertise that would allow them to get those ideas to market. One way for those companies to move forward is to work with a design consultancy; an organisation which, if necessary, can take that idea from the quintessential ‘back of the envelope’ all the way to manufacturing. But what does the consultant do when confronted with the germ of an idea?

Novel navigational approach to product development

The risks and pitfalls of bringing a product to market on time and within budget are legion yet, as the IoT helps to lower the barriers associated with the deployment of new technology, a growing number of start-ups are looking to take their ideas to market.

Developing code that is secure by construction

Software is the ‘soft underbelly’ of embedded systems, where the smallest error can compromise security. To eliminate such vulnerabilities, security must be designed into code from the ground up and be addressed throughout the project – and all code must be tested to make sure it works as expected.

Low cost solutions for managing enterprise content

Up to 80% of a company’s document information can be contained in different or separate formats – such as Word, Excel, pdf and AutoCAD – according to Jurate Venskeviciute-Buciene, chief marketing officer at DocLogix, a specialist in document and process management.

Keeping operating areas MOSFET safe

Mission critical servers and communications equipment must continue to operate, even as circuit boards and cards are plugged-in or pulled-out for maintenance and capacity adjustment.

Advanced analytics for a data enabled economy

In the digital era, successful economies and businesses will be creative, innovative and economically diverse, driven by the generation and use of ‘Big Data’ created by computers, sensors and other digital devices, networked systems and improved analytics.

Code injection: a common vulnerability

As the Internet of Things develops, embedded devices are being deployed in environments where attackers can take advantage of source code level security vulnerabilities. Embedded software developers should, therefore, understand the different kinds of security vulnerabilities – and code injection in particular.

What does 2017 hold for oscillator design?

Modern technology relies heavily on accurate timing as its fundamental basis, so that items of electronics all have coordinated functions. This applies across a wide range of industry sectors and, without the ability to implement precise timing, the highly connected systems upon which we all depend will inevitably fail.

Security risks in the connected world

To say the Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay may be the understatement of the decade. We are all knee-deep in the IoT and there is no turning back – gone are the days of thinking connecting refrigerators, security systems and vending machines to the Internet is in a land far, far away.

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