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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.

One boost converter generates bias voltages for LCD panels

Several bias voltages are needed for supplying and operating an LCD panel. In most cases, specialised integrated circuits with several charge-pumps are used to generate the different voltages. As the input of these devices is mostly restricted to voltages around 5V, a pre-regulator is needed, if it is to be used in an automotive application with the characteristically wide voltage range.

WaRP speed ahead for wearable electronics

Wearable electronics has been a topic pursued for some years, but with little obvious progress beyond entry level devices. While initial offerings were invariably some form of clothing based device, the technology has advanced slowly and it appears its day may be arriving. In fact, analysts expect the wearables market to be worth $50billion by 2017.

FPGAs open up new system design possibilities

System architecture has evolved from being an instinctive dark art – the balance between implementing functions on hardware and software often being swayed by the amount of legacy software or, perhaps, the limited hardware resource.

Reference design to protect fpga based systems uses simple challenge and response system

The fpga has been embraced with enthusiasm by embedded systems designers. Through its programmability, the device lends itself to a number of roles. At one end of the scale, it can act as a level translator, providing an interface between otherwise incompatible devices. It can act as a companion chip to a central processor or microcontroller and it can be the heart of the system in its own right. Meanwhile, fpgas can act as prototyping platforms for devices such as asics.

Three wireless charging reference designs should suit most requirements

While consumers in general are in favour of portable electronic devices, they are less happy with having to recharge them by plugging them into a mains adaptor. For many years, this has been inescapable; you either plugged in or your device failed through lack of power. But recently, the old concept of wireless power has been updated and applied to charging mobile phones, tablets and similar equipment.

Smart cooling solution boosts processor performance

Heat is not distributed evenly across a circuit board; hot spots occur near the processors and chipsets, since these components generate the most heat. For this reason, processors feature integrated mechanisms to protect against overheating and consequent damage.

A design blueprint for a high efficiency ac/dc power supply

The key elements in a topology for achieving very high efficiency ac/dc conversion in circuits rated at up to 1kW have existed for some time, but it is only recently that the last important element – an implementation of synchronous rectification – has been readily available.

In good shape

UK electronics is in good shape and capitalising on the nation's 'can do' engineering heritage.

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