Communications Technology

Connectivity is a key feature of modern embedded products. There’s a wide range of communications modes that can be used, but which is the best for your design? Should you use a wireless technology such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and, if so, which one should that be? Or would wired communication, such as Ethernet, be the best way forward?

In this section, New Electronics reviews the latest communications technologies and brings visitors to the website information on how these technologies are being applied.

Going virtual

Could Virtual Reality replace physical travel helping the leisure and tourism industry to reinvent itself post Covid-19?

Navigating the pathway to 5G

Is 2021 set to be the year that 5G delivers? With the construction and upgrading of base stations and other infrastructure and the roll out of mobile 5G devices, are we about to see the realisation of the many promises associated with the technology?

A clearer roadmap

There are four trends now shaping the automotive market and in a report published in 2016 by McKinsey & Company (“Automotive revolution – perspective towards 2030”) these were identified as autonomy, connectivity, electrification and diverse mobility.

Network testing in the 5G era

Mobile network operators need to test the stability and performance of their networks in order to ensure good service, but because of the enormous amounts of data that’s involved this is hardly possible with manual methods so, operators are turning to artificial intelligence to solve this challenge.

Antenna integration

Embedded antennas, also known as chip antennas, or SMD (surface mount design) antennas, are used in on-board devices, small trackers, remote monitoring, Femto/PICO base stations, point of sale terminals, and smart meters.

Maximising the value of IoT data

Many commentators described data as the ‘new oil’, and in the wake of the current epidemic, it might start to be viewed as a utility – a vital resource essential to shaping, supporting, securing and optimising, everyday life.

Why Ethernet-APL is so important

Ethernet-APL (advanced physical layer) specifies the details of the application of Ethernet communication to sensors and actuators for the process industry and will be published under the IEC.

Technology to the rescue

Finding malicious flows hidden in the traffic of millions of connected devices is a huge challenge, but a solution is at hand. By Claire Huckerby-Brown and Richard Parks.

A touch-free world

Optical sensors are being used to help create a safer, touch-free world as a result of COVID, as Gabriele Fulco explains to New Electronics.

Raising core-infrastructure performance

Moving, managing, and analysing data is at the heart of everything, from remote IoT endpoints capturing data to always-connected personal IoT devices, and the growing reliance on AI-centric applications for enterprise and scientific research.

Advances in user interface design

Ian Crosby from touchscreen manufacturer Zytronic, looks at the considerations that need to be taken into account when a product designer is planning a device that has a touch interface.

Growing hygiene concerns

How we interact with technology, through the interfaces we use, has changed radically with people becoming more comfortable using touchscreens whether in their private lives, professionally or when interacting with public services such as banks and public transport.

Delivering support for care homes

Well before the Covid-19 crisis the care home sector in the UK, as well as elsewhere in the world, had been approaching what many described as a ‘perfect storm’ caused by a combination of issues such as rising costs, increased demand and reduced funding.

Control your lighting

Whilst the advantages of converting from fluorescent lighting to LED technology are substantial, they become far greater when integrated with an intelligent lighting control system, which delivers the correct amount of light where and when it is needed.

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