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New Electronics strives to bring you all the latest technology news from the Systems Management sector. Advances in electronics are often fast-paced and innovative, so we know that as a design engineer you want to be kept up-to-date with current developments.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the latest electronics technology news from New Electronics.

Sub miniature atomic clocks enable greater precision

Every electronic product or system needs a clock to keep it working at the level of performance which its designers intended. And there's a number of approaches available, ranging from humble quartz crystals operating at 32.768kHz, to very high frequency devices at the other end of the scale.

Smart metering needs smarter test

In the next few years, homes and business across the UK will receive a Smart Meter: a device that will provide detailed information on how energy is being used, helping to reduce consumption, bills and their carbon footprint. The rollout of smart meters is also a major step towards realising the Smart Grid and utility companies are racing to update systems and infrastructure to deliver this massive change to electricity, water and gas metering and billing.

It's worth investing the time to draw up an accurate specification document

Nearly everything in the electronics world has been developed from a specification – a clear and unambiguous statement of what a product or system does or should do. But there is a wide variation in the structure and format of specification documents and no universally correct way to put one together. However, guidelines and best practice methods exist that can benefit any organisation.

OCXOs aren't crumbling under pressure from other approaches

Playing a vital role in everything from mobile phones to military systems, crystal oscillators come in many forms depending on the properties and tolerance required. From basic clock oscillators to temperature compensated devices (tcxos), customers want cheaper products and higher levels of accuracy. Targeting more niche applications, oven controlled oscillators (ocxos) tend to be immune from many of these pressures, but there are still demands being placed on their functionality.

Adapting to ever changing standards helps consultancy improve efficiency

Just a stone's throw away from the River Mersey, specialist consultancy LDRA provides automated analysis and testing tools for software applications – a service it has offered for nearly 40 years. In recent times, as well as asking for software verification tools, its engineering management customers are calling for clearer defined verification techniques. This increase in the need for traceability has forced LDRA to change the way in which it works.

Quartz crystals clocking off?

The exceptional mechanical and piezoelectric properties of quartz crystal oscillators have, for decades, ensured their success for frequency generation in a range of consumer, computing and communication applications.

UK start up develops way of ensuring service quality on congested networks

Packet based networking has become the standard way to deliver communication services. But the very success of packet networking is challenging telecom operators in how they support the varied requirements of the services carried over their networks. Indeed, some industry voices question whether the internet economy is sustainable, given the rate at which IP traffic is growing.

Thermal management systems feel the heat

For every advance in the performance of systems in the semiconductor, microprocessor and computer industries, there is a corresponding increase in the operating heat generated. This means engineers face a constant battle between size and efficiency when it comes to finding the best thermal management solution.

Prototyping system designs on fpgas

Software is a major – some might say the major – component of any system design and that software is often targeted at specialised hardware. Making sure the software works with the hardware in the way the system architect intended is a vital part of the development process, particularly when software can make or break a product's success.

How in the loop testing aids embedded system validation

Embedded systems software can provide competitive advantage. For a vehicle, software can make a comfortable ride even more appealing; it can also reduce cabin noise or fuel consumption. Some of this functionality could, potentially, be implemented in hardware, but that would increase manufacturing cost and product price. Software also enables reuse and can be updated more frequently to satisfy user needs.

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