The Electronics Design Show returns to the Ricoh Arena on 21-22 October 2015. Here you can find a special preview for this year’s show, detailing the conferences, workshops, and exciting features/innovations to watch out for. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Electronics Design Show returns to the Ricoh Arena on 21-22 October 2015. The event, launched in 2013, was designed for electronic design engineers. It combines high value technical conference sessions, practical workshops and the ability to discuss the latest technology with leading suppliers.

Since 2013, the event has gone from strength to strength, with the co-located Embedded Design Show and Engineering Design Show providing designers will the answers to all their problems under the one roof.

Despite all this success and growth, however, we have never lost sight of the principle that has underpinned the Electronics Design Show from the beginning: namely that it is an exhibition for electronics design engineers. The idea behind the Show has always been to fill that fundamental need to meet your professional needs as a design engineering professional and one thing we can guarantee is that this year will be no different in that respect.

Below you can find a special preview for the 2015 Electronics Design Show, detailing the conferences, workshops, and exciting features/innovations to watch out for. We look forward to seeing you there!



There will be no shortage of outstanding content at this year's New Electronics Conference. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Accelerating IoT innovation with ARM mbed IoT Device Platform
Peter Aldworth, Senior hardware architect, ARM

Peter will address what’s involved in developing IoT enabled products, why it’s important that standards are developed and how their ARM mbed IoT Device platform accelerates the growth of the Internet of Things by enabling IoT innovators to focus on value-add features and differentiation.

5G - The future of Mobile Communications
Professor Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, EE

This talk will review the state of art in current mobile communications; known as LTE-Advanced, while exploring the drivers, use cases and candidate technologies to enable the 5G future. Topics will include ultra-low latency and ultra-reliable networks along with an analysis of small cells and future multi-layered heterogeneous networks designed to manage our growing reliance on mobile communications for human and machine type communications.

The Internet of Things: Why is the promise taking so long to fulfil?
Professor William Webb, CEO, Weightless

This talk discusses why that is and explores the lack of wireless connectivity standards in some areas and the plethora in others. It discusses why this is, how standards are formed and become widely accepted, the key drivers and motivators of the major players in the industry and predicts how using and developing Weightless standards we might resolve the connectivity issue and finally get to the promised 50 billion.

Lessons from the trenches creating better embedded systems
Adam Taylor, Chief Engineer - Electrical Systems, e2v

Adam will share his knowledge of developing embedded systems for high reliability/critical applications and will address techniques as requirement and verification, system segmentation/modularisation, design reuse, part stress and worse case analysis. The session will also share a number of design techniques for the improving the reliability and hence quality of the design.

Off-the-shelf prototyping
Jake Turner, Embedded Software Engineer & Jonathan Pallant, Principal Engineer, Cambridge Consultants

Since its launch in 2012, the Raspberry Pi taken the world by storm. But it’s not the only device of its kind. Although aimed at ‘hobbyists’, the boards have been adopted by ‘professionals’. What benefits do they bring? When should you use them and when not? Two Cambridge Consultants engineers outline the ‘dos and don’ts’ and provide examples of how they use these boards.

To see the full conference programme, click here.


A series of high-quality, technical workshops bring together motivational and informative presentations to provide hands-on advice on topics including:

  • Wireless connectivity platforms
  • Thermal simulation
  • IoT security challenges
  • E-CAD libraries and component management
  • 3D product visualisation
  • PCB design

To see the full workshop programme, click here.


The 2015 Electronics and Embedded Design Shows are co-located with the Engineering Design Show, which will host an Innovation Zone sponsored by Cambridge Consultants, providing a number of features and innovations demonstrating the best of British Engineering, as well as the Tunnel of Innovation, and the BEEAs hive.

Features at this year's show will include:

Innovation Zone

Air curtains for hospital bed

It’s often said that engineers save more lives than doctors, and we have one exhibit that can demonstrate how. There is an urgent need to tackle the threat to humanity posed by emerging infections. At the moment the pharmaceutical industry is not financially attracted to produce alternatives or new antibiotics. This is where engineers and designers can play their part. We have a pioneering design of hospital bed on show which features an air curtain that can keep infections at bay. The actual unit will be in the Innovation Zone.

Airlander – the biggest aircraft

There will be few more impressive sights than when the Airlander takes to the skies next year. This hybrid aircraft, the world’s largest aircraft, combines the natural buoyancy of a traditional airship with the some of the aerodynamic features of an aeroplane. Visitors can see a scaled down model on the Innovation Zone.

Throw and go drones

Based upon a unique form of cyclcogyro propulsion, the D-DALUS aircraft could eventually revolutionise the way we travel. This disruptive technology has faced considerable opposition from established aircraft designers. However, IAT21 (the company behind the project) is now taking the concept into a new phase by constructing a hybrid rotorcraft, or Compound Helicopter, with over 60% more efficiency than conventional helicopters, which is seen as a stepping stone towards the eventual development of a passenger craft. A demo video will be played in the Innovation Zone.

Colourful coatings

Plasma-sprayed ceramic and metallic coatings are coming through that protect components against the effects of heat, wear, abrasion and corrosion and, far from being dull, are now available in a range of colours! The developer of this technology is Zircotec who say it can be applied to a broad range of different materials including metals and composites, and is already proven in F1.

Cambridge Consultants' innovative technologies

Through-metal communications

The oil and gas industry relies on complex data to improve recovery and profitability, and to protect people and the environment. Often this involves transmission across long distances or through physical barriers. Cambridge Consultants specialises in novel communications and one of these is to take the transmission of data through metal. Conventionally this would be considered near-impossible but Cambridge Consultants has been able to demonstrate useful data rates being transmitted and can show and discuss on the Innovation Zone.

Lateral thinking

Operators of oil and gas fields are always on the lookout for better ways to monitor the fluid flows in oil wells – as this information is crucial for maximising reservoir productivity. Cambridge Consultants will demonstrate how it has used its expertise in radio frequency sensors and downhole engineering to identify techniques to detect and locate water breakthrough – critical in reservoir productivity - using a distributed sensor suitable for horizontal wells.

Smart adaptive robots

Robots are amazingly good at doing the same thing over and over again within a controlled environment. Where they struggle is doing ‘not quite’ the same thing, over and over again. Cambridge Consultants will have a live robotics demonstration showing how its industrial sensing and control team has combined high-powered image-processing algorithms with low-cost sensors and commodity hardware to allow ‘soft’ control of robots when the task is not rigidly defined.

Tunnel of Innovation

Record bike in tandem

Manufactured by Derby-based composites firm EPM Technology, and designed by the same team that produced Chris Boardman’s gold-medal winning bike at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the tandem bike became a record-breaker on Guy Martin’s Speed TV Show, as Martin and Jason Miles aimed to achieve the greatest distance ridden on a tandem in 24 hours. Visiting delegates to the Tunnel of Innovation will be able to see up close the ingenuity and design that produced a solution to various issues that faced Guy Martin and his team.

Coffee Time Challenge

The Coffee Time Challenge is a popular regular section in the Eureka Magazine. Their readers are presented with a Coffee Time Challenge, the challenge being to think up innovative solutions to everyday, unsolved problems. A small selection of solutions taken from the last year, all of which will be on display in the Innovation Tunnel: this includes a gravity light, a renewable energy harvester that is the size of a bottle of water, a zero energy rainwater recovery system, and a combined sensing device and smartphone app that stops you from getting over-exposure of the sun.

The BEEA Hive

This area will give details of all the shortlisted companies for the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs), a week ahead of the awards ceremony itself. The gallery represents much that is at the pinnacle of British engineering, from outstanding individuals and teams, to break through companies and game-changing products.