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      Sensationally bright (20/07/2017)

      Poor light conditions in enclosures make the job of electrical professionals extremely difficult, not least because the colours of cables become harder to distinguish. Dimly lit enclosures can allow mistakes to creep in. A new generation of lights from Rittal, developed specially for enclosure technology, provides users with a good solution.

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      Uncover savings and efficiencies with printed silver flexible circuits (20/07/2017)

      A massive and rapidly expanding range of products, from sensors and monitors to wearable and handheld devices, require flexible circuits. The bar is set high for these electronic devices and equipment.

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      New facelift for radar – but the physics stay the same (20/07/2017)

      Radar has come a long way from its origins in the late 19th century, evolving into a host of technologies supporting a broad range of applications today. Applications range from the simple, inexpensive and small size continuous-wave (CW) radar used by law enforcers to ensnare speed offenders, to the complex active phased arrays used in ground-based, naval and airborne radar systems.

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      Accuracy in aerospace (18/07/2017)

      During the late 19th century, the Wright brothers began experimenting with  the concept of air travel. After years of research, observing the angle of birds’  wings and the engineering of bicycles and motors, they finally succeeded in 1903.

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      Testing MIPI interfaces with the R&S RTO oscilloscope (15/05/2017)

      Many components in modern smartphones communicate with each other via interfaces standardised by the MIPI Alliance. R&S RTO oscilloscopes can analyse these interfaces’ signal integrity and data content with maximum efficiency to quickly locate errors.

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      Fixing software bugs with JTAG technology (12/05/2017)

      From serial PROMs to SOCs and CPLDs to PMBus (power management) devices, the number of programmable parts on today’s hardware designs is burgeoning - and for production engineers, this presents significant problems.

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      EMC Regulatory Compliance does not ensure functional safety (12/05/2017)

      One of the biggest problems faced by all electrical and electronic equipment is that of electromagnetic interference (EMI). However, what's peculiar is that, despite the rising use of devices that are susceptible to EMI, until recently there have been no clear guidelines for EMC as regards functional safety. Here, Keith Armstrong, worldwide EMC specialist at EMC Standards, looks at how engineers can ensure that EMI will not cause excessive functional safety risks.

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      Factors to consider when selecting non-contact colour measurement sensors (12/05/2017)

      There are several key factors to consider before purchasing or specifying a non-contact colour sensor, including accuracy, the type of surface or object being measured, environmental conditions and mechanical setup, says Stephen Smith, Product Sales Engineer at MICRO-EPSILON UK.

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      A new approach to highly parallel wafer-level reliability systems (12/05/2017)

      With semiconductor content increasingly appearing in everything we use today, it is becoming even more important to ensure that semiconductor devices maintain their performance over a given lifetime. Reliability testing has long served as a method for semiconductor manufacturers to ensure this. Not only is the number of semiconductor devices growing, but their complexity is also increasing as innovative processes reduce device geometries and add integrated technologies, such as wireless connecti

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      Addressing Legacy Test System Replacement (12/05/2017)

      Companies and government entities continually struggle with ways to extend the life of their test equipment and systems. Military contracts require test support for the life of the program which can be a 15 to 20 year requirement. Similarly, high value, mission-critical electronic products which rely upon functional test also exhibit extended lifecycles.

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      Drive down the size and cost of test with PXI and AXIe (12/05/2017)

      Across many industries, manufacturers are transitioning from standalone benchtop instruments to modular test platforms. For some, the move towards modular is essential as they address the test challenges of multichannel technologies, cost and time-to-market.

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      PXI – 20 Years of growth and evolution (12/05/2017)

      20 years ago, National Instruments proposed a new standard, PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation), and the following year, the PXISA (PXI Systems Alliance) was established as responsible for managing the specification and evolution of the standard.

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      Emerging opportunities and challenges in automotive radar (12/05/2017)

      An imminent revolution is upon the automotive market. The pursuit of the highly autonomous vehicle is giving rise to dramatic new processing and data networking capabilities in next generation vehicles.

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      Cutting-edge digital signage shows its worth in property market (11/05/2017)

      Estate agents are becoming increasingly reliant on technology to help them in their trade; in a highly competitive market, the right tools are often crucial.

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      Keeping BLOODHOUND on track for world-class speed record (11/05/2017)

      The BLOODHOUND Project was launched in 2008 with the aim of beating the current world record of 763 mph, set by Thrust SSC in the Arizona desert in 1997, when it became the first land-bound vehicle to exceed the speed of sound. BLOODHOUND aims to push the record above 1,000mph.

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      The tendering process in the Ministry of Defence (04/04/2017)

      Every year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) spends £19 billion with UK industry. It is one of the biggest public procurement organisations in Europe and is the single largest customer for UK industry. The MoD has a huge range of contracts, from utility services to aircraft carrier projects, which companies win through tendering processes. Understanding the tendering process is key to the success of a bid.

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      Keeping autonomous vehicles on the road to success (04/04/2017)

      There was a virtual traffic jam of automotive brands and other tech heavyweights announcing their latest self-drive car initiatives at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with everyone from BMW to Hyundai announcing they were investing heavily in driverless vehicle technology. 

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      Seeing is believing (04/04/2017)

      Safety is a priority for drivers, as they need all the help they can get from vehicle manufacturers to ensure they have the total confidence required to give them the best driving experience and, most importantly, have the vision of their vehicle’s surroundings and situation.

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      Setting the standard for tray-rated fiber optic cable (04/04/2017)

      For copper wiring installations, engineers often specify tray-rated cables in their system designs to deliver signals and power to industrial control systems, heavy machinery, and other ancillary business equipment.  As outlined in the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 70, these cables must be third-party tested and certified to ensure it can withstand the dangers of harsh industrial environments while exposed in cable trays.

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      LED boost driver for low start-up voltage use (04/04/2017)

      This article looks at how to design different constant current DC-DC boost converters for multiple LEDs or a high-power LED using a constant current step-up regulator.