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      A fresh approach for automatic transfer switches (01/05/2018)

      According to this piece, a new breed of automatic transfer switches (ATS/s) has simplified communication between the switch and its controller to save installers time and effort, as well as improve capabilities, in critical power and fire safety systems for the connected and IoT age.

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      Green light for LEDs (10/04/2018)

      Rising population levels, climate change and competition for land use between sectors – food, fuel and animal feedstuffs – are all causing scientists to rethink how we approach agriculture at large. Horticultural lighting could be a solution to such issues.

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      EMC: the driving factors (06/04/2018)

      As demand for electric vehicles (EVs) increases, achieving electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) becomes ever more challenging. This piece explains the problems the industry faces – and stresses the importance of EMC best practices.

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      Why thermal management is crucial to the design of electric vehicles (06/04/2018)

      Following the UK government’s (and many other countries') announcement to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, there is likely to be a seismic shift in the automotive industry, as lithium-ion battery-powered cars are likely to become the de facto standard for road cars. Accordingly, 6SigmaET look at the importance of thermal management in EVs...

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      Using PoE networks to power smart infrastructure for commercial buildings (04/04/2018)

      This piece from Molex reviews PoE technology and standards, outlining how it can power smart lighting and building automation systems – and the benefits these can deliver for building operators and occupants.

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      Giving small devices a bigger visual impact (16/03/2018)

      Affordably upgrading the UI of a small, MCU-based device can be achieved using skilful management of hardware resources and software design. Understanding the interactions between the MCU and TFT-LCD helps achieve an optimal trade-off between factors such as MCU power and performance, and screen resolution and size.

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      Improving farming efficiency with a 21st century gate (12/03/2018)

      Dofygate is a fast-opening, electric gate that requires no external power, available in 2-, 4- or 7-bar versions, with spans of 2 to 6 metres. Solar-powered, it can be operated from a vehicle using a fob, or via a phone app or keypad, and is self-closing. Made from carbon fibre, the gate is strong enough to resist accidental contact from livestock.

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      Graphics display-based HMIs: capabilities of the latest MCUs (08/03/2018)

      Research shows that few embedded designers will be immune over the next five years from pressure to dramatically enhance the capabilities, mode of operation and appeal of the HMIs in their products. This piece explores some of the driving factors and options available.

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      Growth, technology trends and investing in the future (07/03/2018)

      EPDT and DPA met Digi-Key's President Dave Doherty and Vice Chairman, Mark Larson to talk about how Digi-Key – the world’s 5th largest electronics distributor – are driving their company’s growth, as well as their future investment plans that will more than double distribution capacity.