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.

Wi-fi urgently needs more spectrum

If we have learned anything in the past year, it is the importance of the internet to keep us connected – Internet access is no longer the luxury commodity it was in years gone by, but a necessary component of everyday life.

A blended strategy

IoT production deployments are underpinned by a carefully orchestrated connectivity layer, but there is an on-going debate about which network types and protocols are better suited for supporting mass sensor deployments.

Time holds the key to 6G

5G is still in the early stages of its rollout but the attention in R&D is now on the next generation to come, even if its launch may be some way off.

Benchmarking the cost of security

David Maidment, Director of Secure Device Ecosystem, Arm explores why it’s not important to benchmark the cost of security, but instead to benchmark the cost of not following good security practice, and why it's better to get ahead of the curve before regulation comes into play.

How to navigate upcoming regulations for IoT

The complexities of upcoming regulations for IoT and the knock-on effect for manufactures. We investigate how a common approach and a security baseline, such as the PSA Certified framework, can simplify the regulation landscape, allowing manufacturers to achieve fast time-to-market without compromises.

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.

A new safety standard

IEC 62368-1 is the new hazard-based product safety standard coming into effect this December. What does this mean for design engineers? Neil Tyler reports

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.

A partnership in design

Although most electronics engineers understand the principles of an AC to DC power supply (PSU) and could probably design one to work, it takes specialist knowledge and skills to fully optimise it for cost, size and performance.

A supply chain in flux

In the coming years, Tier 1 automotive suppliers have an enormous opportunity with the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) but there are challenges - the whole supply chain is being disrupted by new participants and new technologies.

Hardware progress

A DVCon Europe 2019 conference paper, jointly authored by Renesas and OneSpin Solutions, considered innovative chip safety analysis. In this article Jörg Grosse and Sergio Marchese discuss its findings.

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.

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