Power

Power electronics is a key element in the world of electronic design and engineering and electronic engineers need to have a thorough understanding of this area if they’re going to create successful products.

In this section, New Electronics keeps designers up to date with the latest developments in the power electronics market – everything from DC/DC converters to IGBTs to battery technology. In fact, New Electronics covers any power product that can go on a PCB.

Feeding the beast

In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems have a huge appetite for data storage capacity with mapping and navigation, music and entertainment occupying a growing memory footprint in cars.

Securing national infrastructure

Increasingly hackers are becoming more sophisticated and turning from bank accounts and smart devices to targeting a country’s infrastructure. As a consequence cyber-security has never been more important.

AI: how low can you go?

Markets are subject to fads and the embedded-control sector is far from immune to them. In the 1990s, fuzzy logic seemed to be the way forward and microcontroller (MCU) vendors scrambled to put support into their offerings only to see it flame out.

The road to zero

As the demand for EVs accelerates so the need for an effective power charging infrastructure becomes critical.

Freeing humans from repetitive tasks

Located in Quebec City, Canada, the Robotiq company was set up with one aim in mind – to free human hands from repetitive tasks - and to that end it has been focused on developing a range of tools and software for the collaborative robotics (cobots) market.

It’s do or die for diesel

Everyone agrees that the traditional internal combustion engine which runs on carbon fuel is not sustainable and vehicle manufacturers have been looking for alternatives for decades.

How to use a clamp meter to measure inrush current

Inrush current effect is common in electric motors. Sometimes, in case of ill-designed electrical wiring systems, switching on the motor may activate the fuse. It is caused by the inrush current – when the motor starts, it takes the current much higher than the regular operating current or than the motor which is in a stable working mode. The effect is rather short-lasting. For example, for a 3-phase motor it lasts 75 to 150ms, but the current increases by 500% to 1200%, which may cause serious problems and malfunctions. Besides, the measurement of the inrush current is required in the maintenance of electric motors.

The hypervisor advantage

Operating Systems (OSs) like Linux and Android are widely used in embedded systems but being large, complex and inevitably containing numerous flaws once compromised, an attacker can violate the security and take control of the whole system.

Analogue AI feels the power

Deep learning has an energy problem. Model sizes have been spiralling up, and doing so at an increasing rate as users exploit cloud servers armed with graphics processing units to crunch the numbers.

Analogue AI feels the power

Deep learning has an energy problem. Model sizes have been spiralling up, and doing so at an increasing rate as users exploit cloud servers armed with graphics processing units to crunch the numbers.

Over-the-air charging gets real

?The ability to send an electric current through the air, from one location to another, may not be a new idea but it has certainly taxed the minds of engineers for many years – that is the ability to transmit power wherever it is required and without the need for wires.

Going virtual

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

Truck platooning

All around the country, at all times of the day, 365 days a year, commercial vehicles are on the move.

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.

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