Directives & Standards

Almost every product needs to conform to a particular standard. Examples include designing to AEC-Q100 for the automotive industry and to IEC 60601 for medical products. Meanwhile, systems often need to conform to a range of European Directives, such as EMC or RoHS.

In this section, we keep designers up to date with developments in European Directives and in the standards to which products must be designed.

Hardware progress

In today’s vehicles, according to AUDI, microelectronics enable over 80% of vehicle innovation and high-end cars may contain more than 100 electronic control units (ECUs) controlling both safety-critical and entertainment functions, as well as implementing advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

Addressing hearing loss

A hearable can be defined as ‘a wireless in-ear computational earpiece’ that is able to fit inside the ear canal and then uses wireless technology to supplement and enhance a listener’s experience.

Complying with the latest standards

NOR Flash has been a dependable technology in vehicles for many years, and today is used in various automotive systems, including the instrument cluster and in infotainment and telematics systems.

Ever smarter homes

Not so long ago, “smart home” meant an assortment of individual connected gadgets, from smart LED lights to HVAC controls to security cameras, that users could control from their smartphones.

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.

Looking to a secure future

As connected devices have proliferated across homes, organisations, and cities, the range of vulnerabilities has grown as well. Device security must be a primary requirement for any connected device manufacturer, and that requirement starts well before a device ever is shipped to a customer.

Spurring innovation

While innovation is booming in machine learning companies need to be aware of the importance of effective patent protection, as Karl Barnfather and Harry Strange explain

Bridging broadcast

Savvy broadcasters are using software to reap the benefits of emerging technologies whilst making the most of existing assets. Charlotte Hathway reports

Connected healthcare

Connectivity throughout healthcare is yielding huge benefits for the industry and patients alike, and is a trend set to continue and accelerate.

A healthy outlook for 3D printing

The healthcare market is adopting 3D printing for prosthetics, implants and medical devices at such a rate that the 3D printing materials market for the healthcare sector is expected to experience a CAGR of 20% between 2018 and 2025. A report by Frost & Sullivan forecasts that the market will be worth $568.5 million (around £450 million).

Rival networks emerge to capitalise on 5G

The first release of the new 5G standard made headlines, partly because a completely new standard is a relatively rare event, but also because of what the complex 5G standard means for the industry and users.

The power to change

During the heatwaves that hit Europe and North America over the summer, users were posting to Twitter and social media sites how their smartphones were suffering from heat exhaustion.

Interference on the move

When Daimler set about creating a test chamber for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) it wanted an artificial environment that would reflect the conditions its vehicle would meet on the roads of the future.

Standing the test of time

Despite being in its 21st year the market for Bluetooth continues to grow. To put it in perspective in 2000, there were a total of 800,000 Bluetooth enabled devices shipped in a single year. Today, it’s 10million per day.

Securing our airports

A the end of 2018 Gatwick airport and the UK authorities were forced to bring in military teams, using advanced techniques developed on the battlefield, to search for an unauthorised drone buzzing the airport’s runway.

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