Research & Design

All engineers have an immediate need for a product or solution, but it is equally important that they keep an eye on the future to identify new technologies or methodologies which may enable their next designs.

In this section, New Electronics takes a look over the horizon, pointing out to visitors the developments in research and design which will impact the electronics industry in the next few years, as well as the processes which are being developed to manufacture those products.

Cellular development

In the 25 years since Ernie Wise made the first mobile phone call in the UK, the technology has changed beyond recognition

Seeing the light

According to the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the global photonics market exceeds $600billion within a multitude of applications, so how can designers tap its full potential?

Is the tide turning?

Cutting CO2 emissions means more reliance on renewable energy – including tidal generation – and a change in consumer habits. Both bring opportunities for electronics companies.

Engineering the future

Richard Noble is looking to build a car that goes in excess of 1000mph. but he's also looking to inspire tomorrow's engineers.

Displaying innovation

One of the projects being pursued at Microsoft Research's Cambridge lab is SecondLight, a surface computing technology that can project images and detect gestures in mid air, as well as detecting interactions on the display's surface.

Changing channels

Using iPlayer, the BBC is currently streaming 100Tbyte of programming a day over the internet: a far cry from the single channel black and white broadcast days of Watch with Mother in 1952.

Economics and ecology in harmony

Brushless direct current motors are often referred to as 'green motors' because of their efficiency and therefore low power consumption. Fitted with the appropriate electronics, they offer considerable power saving potential. However, implementation of the activation electronics requires expert knowledge.

Generation x

Many companies are looking for solutions in the development of next generation wireless networks – and lte looks to be leading the way.

OFDM PLC for smart metering

Seeking to establish the key factors to consider when selecting a suitable PLC technology for smart metering applications, to objectively evaluate established DCSK PLC technology versus proposed OFDM concepts and to conclude from a technical point of view which of these technologies is most suitable.

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