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.

Too hot to handle?

The growth is wearable devices means that overcoming the thermal challenges of this technology are becoming increasingly important.

Gone in a flash

Device form factors come and go. Here, Michael Barrett looks at removable memory and warns of the importance of considering how long its form factor will be around.

Making connections

PCB Design and Manufacturing Live opens its doors for a second year, welcoming a host of the industry’s PCB experts.

A flexible design process

Delivering a successful product from the ground-up in 14 short months requires a hardworking team, especially when that team is made up of 90 engineers located around the globe.

Tech Toys

When one considers the word ‘toy’, technology might not be the first thing to come to mind, but according to analysts, TechNavio, one of the key drivers for the toy market, which it predicts will see global growth of £1.15 billion between now and 2023, will be the adoption of STEM.

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.”

Hackers aims for the jackpot

Early in 2018, a crime surfaced in the US that earned the name ATM ”jackpotting”. Perpetrators would target older cash machines and switch their hard drives. The malware they store simply hands over cash to thieves armed with the right codes. It is just one of a range of hardware-level attacks that are now coming to the fore.

Distinguishing signal from noise

Capacitive touchscreens are constructed using an orthogonal grid of transmitter and receiver (or ‘drive’ and ‘sense’) electrodes which are usually formed on either side of a transparent substrate and behind a transparent touch surface such as glass.

The blockchain buzz

Blockchain is the technology behind cryptocurrency, but many have suggested it as a new way to approach security. Bethan Grylls looks at whether there’s any substance behind the hype.

Loose threads

Timing can be tricky in embedded systems. Shortly after it touched down on the surface of Mars in 1997, NASA’s Pathfinder lander started to malfunction, triggering a watchdog timer that engineers tried to fix with system resets.

Digital dilemma

As the amount of data soars and computational power accelerates, data centres are set to have a bigger carbon footprint than the aviation industry. What can be done to address this?

A failure to observe even the most basic of security best practices is threatening to derail the IoT

IoT security is notoriously lax leading to headline grabbing attacks that seed fear among consumers and threaten adoption. Typically, only nine percent of vendor budgets go on security implementation and testing. Even if we allow for the fact this low figure may be due to security being outsourced, it’s clear that security is too often, a secondary consideration with production and time-to-market dictating spend.

Getting with the times

The digital revolution in broadcasting continue apace, but while high definition (HD) and 4K (UHD) dominate the headlines, more profound changes can be found in the way production, storage and distribution are evolving. At the heart of those changes is Cloud computing.

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