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      Supply chain partnerships can reduce costly design respins (10/08/2017)

      This article looks at how design engineers can increase productivity, retain flexibility and get to market faster by partnering with an EMS company that can act as a consultant, bringing its deep insight into the supply chain to bear on the design process.

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      Zytronic touch sensors double vending machine capacity (10/08/2017)

      This article discusses how Amtek, a leading Italian manufacturer of self-service vending machines, has been able to double the capacity and increase the internal space in its range of condom vending machines, by switching to a user interface based on a Zytronic projected capacitive touch sensor. The new electronic vending machines can also hold a wider range of product, and deliver detailed sales reports in real time to allow stock to be tuned to local demand.

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      Talk first, design later! (03/08/2017)

      If you’ve developed a new product that has an electronic subassembly, the temptation to quickly design a PCB layout and get it into production is almost irresistible – especially if you have a customer who’s demanding delivery tomorrow… or yesterday! But this approach often turns out to be a case of more haste, less speed – and a lot less profit, says David Dickin, Business Development Director at Prism Electronics.

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      Inspiring design innovation with flexible e-paper displays (03/08/2017)

      Glass displays are ubiquitous – but they don’t always make sense for every application and can sometimes limit product design and innovation. This is evidenced by the growth in alternatives such as flexible, glass-free electrophoretic displays (EPDs) – more commonly known as e-paper.

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      Building up, not out: miniaturisation of MLCCCs (28/07/2017)

      Engineers face a constant battle to reduce the size and weight of electronic components. Moore’s law supposes that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years.

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      Electromechanical switches still a safe choice (28/07/2017)

      Despite the proliferation of touchscreen and other electronic interfaces – and repeated predictions of the demise of electromechanical snap-action switches, their sales remain healthy.

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      The role of DevOps in electronics design and test (28/07/2017)

      Turn the pages of any IT publication right now and it’s hard to avoid the term ‘DevOps’. An increasing number of firms in the electronics and semiconductor industries are also beginning to adopt this software development methodology.

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      Compact interconnection enables low-floor technology in Vienna trams (26/07/2017)

      One of the key requirements when designing modern light rail vehicles, or trams, is barrier-free accessibility. Low-floor technology makes boarding and exiting much easier, in particular for elderly people, passengers with baby carriages and wheelchair users.

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      Is Raspberry Pi the future for low-cost embedded display technology? (24/07/2017)

      For modern displays, it’s vital to be able to intelligently network them. Smart devices need a ‘brain’; usually, this will be a microcontroller.