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      The Fourth Industrial Revolution: powered by AI & machine learning (02/01/2019)

      We are being met with a tidal wave of new and disruptive technology, as the digital revolution that underpins the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers momentum. Artificial intelligence (AI) has become the buzz word – but will all the hype live up to our expectations?

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      Audio Analytic partners with Frontier Smart Technologies at CES 2019 to bring you a smarter smart speaker (21/12/2018)

      As part of its intelligent home showcase at CES 2019, Audio Analytic is demonstrating its sound recognition software running on Frontier Smart Technologies’ smart speaker reference platform.

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      Printed electronics: a revolution in diagnostics (13/12/2018)

      From ultra-thin sensors that monitor body functions to lab-on-a-chip for quick tests at the patient’s bedside: printed electronic components expand the possibilities of medical diagnostics. LOPEC, the leading International Exhibition & Conference for the Printed Electronics Industry in Munich, will provide information about new developments in MedTech from March 19 to 21, 2019.

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      Common platforms deliver optimised solutions for machine vision systems (06/12/2018)

      The quality increases and productivity improvements associated with the adoption of industrial machine vision systems have been an integral driver in the development of Industry 4.0 and the IIoT. And as this piece explains, as the demands placed on machine vision systems have evolved over time, so too have the requirements placed on the image sensors that drive them – leading ultimately to broad diversity in their features and capabilities.

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      State of the nation for the electronic components industry… (05/12/2018)

      2018 has been a year of continued solid growth across global electronic components markets. The promise of new applications, particularly around 5G infrastructure build-out and ADAS, has been tempered by capacity constraints and extending manufacturer lead-times, further M&A activity – and the looming threat of trade wars. This piece reviews the ‘state of the nation’ for the industry and discusses what might happen going into 2019.

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      Editorial: Event season is upon us… (05/12/2018)

      Where has the year gone? At the time I was writing our December issue's editorial, I was making my final preparations to fly to Munich for electronica, the world’s leading trade fair for electronic components, systems, applications and solutions – the biggest and most important trade show in our industry.

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      Industrial control and management at the edge (04/12/2018)

      Cloud applications and industrial processes used to be distinct spaces, but the IIoT is bringing data from the plant floor to the cloud and merging the distinctions between the two. And as this piece explains: at the boundary line is the ‘edge’. Edge computing – defined by devices like gateways or directly network-connected industrial devices – is where the cloud meets the concrete: where the action happens. 

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      STEM Matters: Inspiring the next generation of STEM heroes… (04/12/2018)

      If you’re a regular reader of my #STEMmatters column, you’ll know it often focuses on programmes and initiatives designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. Horizon 2020, an EU framework programme funding research, technological development and innovation, has defined a set of seven societal challenges that address major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere...

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      Size matters when specifying passives (03/12/2018)

      Currently, we are seeing a mismatch between the sizes that component manufacturers prefer to produce (0201 and below) and the sizes that most distribution customers are comfortable using (0402 and above). This piece examines the reasons for this, and the ways in which component users can respond to maintain continuity of supply.