Technology Spotlight

New Electronics' Technology Spotlight section focuses specifically on the latest technological developments within the electronics sector. Whether innovative new design or theoretical concepts, our Technology Spotlight articles will keep you informed of advances within the electronics industry.

Finding the right PCB design software - By Andy Ball, Altium

Below is a handy process for finding the right PCB design tool: 1. Identify your own personal needs that you require from a design tool. 2. Find a few samples of tools that match your needs. 3. Analyze the tools you selected based on feature offerings to determine the best fit.

GUIX and GUIX Studio, Express Logic’s Development Tools Optimized for Small Footprint

GUIX™ is a high-performance real-time implementation of a (GUI) designed for embedded ThreadX-based applications. GUIX™ easily scales from small micro-controller-based applications to those that use powerful RISC and DSP processors, unlike other commercial implementations originally intended for workstation environments but then squeezed into embedded designs. GUIX Studio™ is a Microsoft Windows-based rapid UI development environment specifically designed for the GUIX runtime library from Express Logic.

RX MCU Platform – One Core, Countless Solutions

The RX 32-bit microcontrollers offer unrivalled scalability from 32 MHz to 240 MHz; from 8KB to 4MB zero wait flash memory; peripheral function, development environment and pin compatibility is maintained throughout, making it easier to develop. Latest platform evolution includes the high-performance 240MHz RX71M with enhanced connectivity and security functions. Learn more!

Infographic Illuminates Energy and Cost Savings from LED Technology

Based on the latest industry statistics, the LED market is certainly experiencing outstanding growth, especially in Europe and in the outdoor lighting segment. But why is it growing at such a fast pace? LEDs save energy and reduce costs. The latest infographic from Littelfuse provides up-to-date insight on the major savings that result from implementing LED lighting.

GTK offers special “Letterbox” style TFTs as standard

GTK UK has expanded its TFT display range to include letterbox footprint modules. These are perfect for applications where height may be a constraint and traditional size TFTs just don’t fit. The new sizes range from 3.9” to 11” and offer a cost-effective solution for high spec designs.

High Current Synchronous Step-Down LED Driver Delivers 40A

The LT3744 is a fixed frequency synchronous step-down DC/DC controller designed to drive a LED load at up to 20A continuous or 40A pulsed. The peak current mode controller will maintain ±3% LED current regulation over a wide output voltage range, from VEE to VIN. By allowing VEE to float to negative voltages, several LEDs in series can be driven from a single Li-Ion battery with a simple, single step-down output stage. The switching frequency is programmable from 100kHz to 1MHz through an external resistor. In conjunction with Arrow Electronics Ltd.


This innovative range of M12 products from METZ CONNECT offers secure and robust connector solutions for harsh environments. Offering fully shielded solutions and IP67 protection in mated form, end users have the freedom to select individual product components for specific requirements up to a complete network solution from PCB/device level all the way back to the control cabinet.

National Instruments Sensor Measurements Fundamentals Webcast Series

Do you need to acquire reliable and accurate measurements as part of your monitoring, test or control system? Join us, NI UK & Ireland, for this 4-part on demand webcast series, where you will learn more about common sensor and signal measurements. Our engineers will teach you the sum and substance of a particular measurement application, from theory to practice.

Customised Interface Panel for Railway Information Point

Human machine interface (HMI) specialist, Stadium IGT, has supplied Commend UK with a complete custom HMI solution for its next generation of railway platform emergency call and communication information points. The project to design and manufacture a custom HMI solution using a variety of capacitive switching and backlighting technologies, delivered to the customer a complete assembled and tested solution.

Express Logic to Demonstrate X-Ware Platform™ at Embedded World 2015

X-Ware Platform is a comprehensive suite of Express Logic's X-Ware products, ThreadX, FileX, NetX, NetX Duo, USBX, GUIX, and TraceX, all ported and integrated for immediate use on selected microprocessor development boards, such as the Renesas RZ/A1 Renesas Starter Kit, Atmel SAMA5D3x-EK, STMicro STM324xG-EVAL, and TI AM335x Starter Kit. X-Ware Platform eliminates the "integration gap" typically encountered by developers, and thereby speeds time to market for IoT devices.

Technical solutions for RF products.

Advanced CEM, provides its technical capability to support the manufacture of RF PCB products, using its solder jet printing technology to exceed production yields and customer expectations.

Solder jet printing – the natural evolution for microelectronics

EMS companies who produce PCBA’s have been using stencils for decades, to apply solder paste to boards, but this traditional method may one day be a thing of the past. Adam Harsant, Director at advanced CEM Gemini Tec explains why his company is at the cutting edge of technology with solder jet paste printing technology.

Machine Condition Monitoring Webcast Series

Discover how National Instruments can provide a condition monitoring programme that will help you drive down operating and maintenance costs. Offering a wide range of measurement and monitoring tools built on flexible, industry-proven platforms, a condition monitoring system from NI will effectively monitor plant assets, schedule maintenance, reduce unnecessary repairs and prevent unexpected machine failures.

Your next analog output design is ready!

The new analog output design accelerator kit from Maxim Integrated lets you quickly evaluate our 4-channel analog output reference design using your PC. The configurable 4-channel design is a scalable solution which generates all typical bipolar current and voltage output ranges up to 24mA/12V with less than ±0.1% total unadjusted error. The kit provides everything you need except the PC: reference design board, USB-to-SPI adaptor, universal power adaptor, USB-powered signal capture board, and a software GUI to generate and capture the analog signal test patterns.

20V, 200mA, Ultralow Noise, Ultrahigh PSRR RF Linear Regulator

The LT3042 is a high performance low dropout linear regulator featuring LTC’s ultralow noise and ultrahigh PSRR architecture for powering noise sensitive RF applications. Designed as a precision current reference followed by a high performance voltage buffer, the LT3042 can be easily paralleled to further reduce noise, increase output current and spread heat on the PCB. The device supplies 200mA at a typical 350mV dropout voltage. Operating quiescent current is nominally 2mA and drops to <<1µA in shutdown. In conjunction with Arrow Electronics Ltd.

The latest “Tiny Trio” connector solutions from LEMO

The latest “Tiny Trio” of LEMO® connector solutions are based around smaller diameter contacts though still achieving high contact ratings due to the continued use of the unique LEMO contact design, with the inbuilt spring ensuring continuous contact even with high vibration. LEMO UK can also offer customers ‘end-to-end’ custom connection solutions, including overmoulded assemblies, utilising products from recently acquired specialist cable manufacturer Northwire Industries.

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