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.

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.

Securing the Things

With the IoT industry calling for common standards and infrastructure it’s fair to say that the industry is very much in its infancy; certainly not mature anyway.

Crystal clear

With 4K and 8K displays hitting the market, how can manufacturers continue to improve picture quality? By Elliot Mulley-Goodbarne

All eyes on high-speed comms

If there is a one protocol that has effectively taken over communications it is Ethernet. Driven by demand within and between data centres, the networking standard is moving into areas like front- and back-haul communication for high-speed wireless cellular networks.

It's all change

Amongst a bombardment of advertising from your favourite Californian conglomerate, every September a debate will break out about the cost of mobile devices.

Reslient growth within space technology

After 60 years today’s space market encompasses not only traditional space companies but private ventures promising and, in some cases, providing launch services, space tourism, the commercialisation of near zero gravity and the introduction of constellations of low earth orbiting satellites delivering high speed connectivity and near real-time imagery.

Spectral efficiency

A convergence of different technologies means the wireless communications industry is continually pushed to do more with less.

Enhancing the driving experience

Earlier this month Harman used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to launch the ExP Integrated Solution Suite, which looks to deliver a range of new connected driving solutions.

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