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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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      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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      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.

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      An exclusive look at the inner workings of Digi-Key Electronics (03/12/2018)

      Back in June, Paige West, Editor of EPDT sister titles, DPA (Design, Products & Applications) & Connectivity, visited the HQ of electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics. In this article, first published in DPA’s August issue, she recounts her trip...

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      Managing the component supply chain (03/12/2018)

      Supply chain experts often cite examples of shortages of electronic components caused by catastrophic events, such as hurricanes. For ease of access to the supply chain, they may be situated coastally or in other low-lying areas – where the effect of adverse climatic conditions can be disastrous. But of course, as this piece explains, there are a variety of other problems that can also beset component manufacturers, too.

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      Time-sensitive networking: device interoperability through common test procedures (26/11/2018)

      Central to the IIoT’s growth are the networks that relay increasingly involved data from growing numbers of devices: what is needed, consequently, is greater scalability through the convergence of different types of traffic onto a single network infrastructure – and the assurance of interoperability at this larger scale.

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      3D structural electronics: a new dimension of mobility (21/11/2018)

      Sensors, lights or displays: more and more electronic components in the automotive sector are being printed – and there are no limits to the design. From March 19 to 21, LOPEC 2019 in Munich will provide information about new developments & trends for printed electronics. One focus of the international exhibition & conference will be on applications in automotive.

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      Meeting medical application requirements for displays and power supplies (06/11/2018)

      Medical technology is evolving fast and most modern medical devices feature integrated electronics. Electronic devices typically require a power supply, and display technology usually forms the dominant interface. But medtech devices often have more demanding and specific requirements than other applications – and as this piece outlines, working with suppliers who understand these requirements usually makes the design process run more smoothly.

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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.