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      Forget wearable tech: electronic medtech devices are going invisible (06/11/2018)

      As disposable as the fashion for wearables may sometimes seem, it’s actually part and parcel of the way that the IoT is using connected devices and sensors to create medical products that can truly change lives. But, as this piece explains, these devices go well beyond being wearable – they’re now becoming invisible...

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      The fundamentals of Analog Devices’ revolutionary MEMS switch technology (05/11/2018)

      Over the last 30 years, MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) switches have been consistently touted as a superior replacement to limited performance electromechanical relays – and when compared to traditional electromechanical relays, Analog Devices’ (ADI) MEMS switch technology enables a huge leap forward in RF and DC switch performance, reliability, and in miniaturisation. This tutorial describes their breakthrough in MEMS switch technology.

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      STEM Matters: Primary Engineer: STEM by stealth… (05/11/2018)

      Regular readers of my #STEMmatters column will be familiar with the fact that there are a whole range of institutions, organisations and initiatives doing good work here in the UK to raise awareness of and promote STEM education and careers – often with their own take, angle or approach. One organisation that has been on my radar for a while, but that I hadn’t yet had an opportunity to connect with directly, was Primary Engineer.

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      Accelerating medical device testing with Averna’s NI PXI-based architecture (02/11/2018)

      Challenged with improving production efficiency, medtech manufacturer Spacelabs Healthcare looked to accelerate its test throughput and minimise operator tasks. As this piece discusses, Spacelabs later determined that increased automation, enabled by a flexible, modular industry-standard PXI T&M platform, could deliver the long-term benefits it was seeking...

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      How automation is transforming medical manufacturing (02/11/2018)

      OEMs that service the healthcare and medical sector are feeling the squeeze as new technologies introduce as many new challenges as they provide opportunities and solutions. This piece considers the role of automation in manufacturing and how it is answering old problems as it creates a fresh set of challenges – particularly for those researching, developing and producing medical devices and products.

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      Editorial: Brief answers to big questions… (02/11/2018)

      Stephen Hawking’s final book has recently been posthumously published, following the book launch that took place at London’s Science Museum, with a panel of Stephen Hawking's family and peers. Here, EPDT Editor Mark Gradwell discusses the legacy and messages that the Professor has brought to the world...

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      EPDT's November 2018 issue is now available! (01/11/2018)

      This month’s issue contains features on Electromechanical technologies and Medical applications. Our cover story (p6) explores how medtech wearables are transitioning to ‘invisibles’.

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      Signal generation & analysis for 5G NR (09/10/2018)

      5G New Radio promises gigabit connection speeds, increased connection density and improved energy efficiency compared to LTE. In December 2017, 3GPP completed the first set of implementable 5G standards, paving the way for full-scale trials and commercial deployments in 2019. This piece outlines some of the challenges – and solutions – for T&M.

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      How modern connectivity, autonomous driving and power applications are growing T&M industry (09/10/2018)

      Frost & Sullivan summarise how 5G, autonomous driving, IoT, data centres, power applications, and new high-speed digital standards are the growth engines of the electronic T&M equipment market for the next five years.

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      Coping with the EU Radio Equipment Directive in the automotive industry (08/10/2018)

      The wireless world is having a significant impact on the automotive supply chain. As levels of connectivity increase, and the automotive industry introduces ever-more complex and convergent technologies, so too does the compliance process become increasingly intricate and unpredictable – as this piece discusses.

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      STEM Matters: Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2018: The Big Assembly… (08/10/2018)

      Returning for the sixth year, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will take place from the 5th to the 9th November 2018 – and aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers, to inspire future engineers...

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      ADAS simulation technology: keeping drivers ‘in the loop’ (05/10/2018)

      The next generation of vehicles will feature high levels of connectivity. As this piece from Ansible Motion explains, how drivers react to technology intervention will be a crucial element for the acceptance of the connected car...

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      Technology enablers: introducing the future of connected & autonomous vehicles (05/10/2018)

      Recent automotive developments have provided a glimpse of future mobility with autonomous driving: safer roads, improved traffic efficiency, the introduction of self-driving ‘Uber-like’ services – and possibly changes in city landscapes towards more sustainable urban living...

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      Driving bus fleets into the cloud (04/10/2018)

      Connecting their fleets to the cloud is a must for public transport operators today. Accordingly, transport management solutions provider, Datik, have edge computers that also manage the intelligence required inside the buses, consolidating the vehicles’ processing capabilities into a single ‘one for all’ device – powered by scalable Congatec Qseven modules...

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      Our 5G future: in the fast lane with numerical simulation (04/10/2018)

      5G and IoT are among the hottest topics being discussed in the RF and microwave industry. Every day, activities and technological advancements depend more than ever on reliable, fast data communication. This piece explains how designers are now faced with one of their biggest challenges, as they strive to take real-time data usage and availability to the next level...

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      Smart cities – transformed (04/10/2018)

      The influx into the world’s urban landscapes is accelerating adoption of technologies being used in smart cities to drive greater efficiency through reduced operating costs and improved quality of life for citizens. And as this piece explains, the numbers behind this use of smart technology are growing.

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      electronica 2018: where the future begins (01/10/2018)

      electronica is the world’s leading trade fair and conference for electronic components, systems, applications and solutions. It brings together almost 3,000 exhibitors and over 70,000 visitors, from more than 50 countries, at the renowned Messe München in Munich, Germany every two years.

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      Introducing EPDT's October '18 issue! (01/10/2018)

      This month’s issue contains features on RF & microwave technologies and Automotive applications – and our cover story (p23) explains why affordable, scalable and reliable high-precision GNSS positioning will be essential for autonomous driving.

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      The path to high-precision GNSS accuracy (28/09/2018)

      For fully autonomous driving to become a reality, several technologies will have to reach maturity and be rolled out in concert. One of them is affordable, scalable and reliable high-precision positioning. As this piece illustrates, the past decades have seen substantial improvements in the performance of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology…

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      Editorial: This is engineering… (28/09/2018)

      Welcome to your October 2018 issue of EPDT! In case you hadn’t noticed, 2018 is the Year of Engineering: a high-profile, year-long Government-led campaign, supported by a large array of commercial and institutional industry partners…