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.

VPX development platforms can reduce time to market

New generations of embedded computing systems based on the VPX standard reflect the growing significance of high speed serial switched fabric interconnects. These are replacing traditional parallel communications bus architectures for local communications because of their increased performance.

Facebook's new data centre is home to numerous innovations

It is reasonable to assume that anyone reading this article has dealings, in some way, with a data centre. Whether it's through the use of social networking sites, buying goods and services online or accessing 'cloud computing', the data centre is an integral part of our lives.

Designers take a fresh look at power management system design

As programmable logic technology migrates into the power subsystem portion of a design, new capabilities are becoming available to engineers. The benefits of applying programmable logic technology to power management are realised when designers can step back and take a new look at the design, using PLDs as high level system components to create more integrated solutions.

Thermal management systems feel the heat

For every advance in the performance of systems in the semiconductor, microprocessor and computer industries, there is a corresponding increase in the operating heat generated. This means engineers face a constant battle between size and efficiency when it comes to finding the best thermal management solution.

Wireless data to be followed by wireless power?

We may have seen a wireless revolution in the last decade, but it has been all about wireless data. But when it comes to transmitting power, cables are still vital. That could soon change, however, with wireless power transmission on the agenda for a host of electronic products.

Is the hardware engineer becoming an ‘endangered species’?

There is general agreement that software is now the dominant part of the embedded design process. There is also a trend towards platform based design, with variants created by software differentiation, and the use of SoCs and ASSPs as 'black boxes'. So is hardware design becoming less relevant? Is the hardware designer an 'endangered species'? Time to turn to the experts.

Power for change

A national power electronics strategy is being developed in order to take advantage of the opportunities available in the emerging low carbon economy. By Graham Pitcher.

Where to start?

An embedded systems specialist shares his experience in starting projects from scratch. By Graham Pitcher.

Cover Story: Work in progress?

Not all technologies have been the success their developers assumed they would be. But, while some have fallen by the wayside, others remain 'work in progress'.

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