System Design

Many electronics engineers create board level products, but their boards are integrated into systems at some point. And systems need things like enclosures, power supplies and environmental management.

New Electronics recognises the importance of system design and its impact on the final product. In this section, New Electronics reviews the latest developments in system design and brings visitors to the website information on how these developments are being applied.

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 modular revolution

A quiet revolution is taking place in electronics hardware design and, as silicon integration has continued (fed by the economics of Moore’s Law), engineers are gradually moving from developing mostly at the component and circuit level to working more with board, modules and subsystems

Technology to the rescue

Finding malicious flows hidden in the traffic of millions of connected devices is a huge challenge, but a solution is at hand. By Claire Huckerby-Brown and Richard Parks.

Board Meeting

The stacking and direct interconnection of PCBs is becoming increasingly popular. What are the benefits of developing the boards needed for a multi-board assembly on a single CAD canvas?

Growing hygiene concerns

How we interact with technology, through the interfaces we use, has changed radically with people becoming more comfortable using touchscreens whether in their private lives, professionally or when interacting with public services such as banks and public transport.

Buy cheap, buy twice

An inherent part of the digital age, the emergence and development of the ‘connected’ or ‘smart’ vehicle is gaining ground around the globe, both in the commercial and military arenas.

The self-powered IoT

EnOcean, a pioneer in energy harvesting, has been developing and manufacturing maintenance free wireless switches and sensors for over 20 years, and its products have been installed in over 500,000 buildings around the world.

All electric aviation

Cutting carbon emissions could form an essential part of post-Covid-19 recovery plans for the aviation sector. Could that help to accelerate the development of all-electric aviation?

You’re not on your own!

Modern design techniques allow engineers to focus on their unique value add, rather than having to reinvent the wheel for every new invention.

Battery health & safety

Lithium-ion batteries are popular because they have a number of important advantages.They’re lighter when compared to other types of rechargeable battery and lithium, being highly reactive, can store a lot of energy in its atomic bonds.

Passives’ push for circuit integration

Integrated passives have a lot going for them. They take up less space on a PCB, they simplify design and they can, with the right processes shrink circuit tolerances thanks to closer component matching. The downside is that, as with semiconductors, volume is everything.

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.

The smart office

Today’s modern office employs a growing number of smart technology solutions, whether that’s multi-line VoIP phones systems or better data management, and technology is also being used to improve how office space and people are managed.

5G and the security challenge

5G brings seemingly endless possibilities, but Alex Farrant, senior researcher at Context Information Security, warns that the right cyber security measures are just as important

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