Top 15 stories on EPDT in October 2019...

Author : Mark Gradwell | Editor | EPDT

04 November 2019

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As November 2019 begins, we've reviewed the most popular stories – as determined by our readers – across EPDT’s website & newsletter during the last month...

So, we’ve totted up the most clicked and read stories from the EPDT website & newsletter during October 2019 – and now, we feature the top 15 for EPDT readers to review and revisit in this post.

The list features an inspiring array of technology and topics – from trade wars, UK manufacturing PMI data and the dreaded B(rexit) word, to a disruptive new transistor wafer process and EMI-resistant magnetic sensing for automotive applications – not to mention guest blogs on howmarketers can communicate more effectively with engineers by helping put the fun back into how we talk about engineering and electronics...

Review the list and you’re certain to find something of interest and/or use – and we aim to ensure that 2019 continues to deliver the same diverse and engaging mix of valuable, relevant content for you!

Here’s the list (with links to each story):

1. Editor's comment: Perfect storm batters UK manufacturing...
As we approach the next key date in our ongoing Brexit soap opera, it seems #UKMFG is facing a perfect storm. Aside from the self-induced political & economic uncertainty (some might say paralysis) that is the B-word, we’re also having to contend with Trump’s ongoing, escalating & unpredictable US-China trade wars...

2. Guest blog: Why don’t marketers believe engineers are interesting?
In the first of a regular series of columns for EPDT, Mike Maynard, Managing Director of B2B tech communications agency, Napier, discusses what marketers can do better to communicate effectively with engineers.

3. Disruptive new wafer process technology to slash lead times & chip size and wind back Moore's Law
A UK collaboration between start-up, Search For The Next & Semefab has unveiled Bizen: a transistor wafer process technology using quantum tunnel mechanics, promising to slash lead times, wafer area & process layers, while increasing speed, reducing power & increasing gate density over CMOS – enabling complex ICs to be made competitively in existing UK fabs.

4. New accreditation for TÜV SÜD eases post-Brexit CE certification for UK manufacturers
To ensure CE marking certification remains seamless for UK clients after Brexit, TÜV SÜD has secured accreditation from DANAK (the Danish accreditation authority) for 4 European directives (Marine Equipment Directive, Radio Equipment Directive, EMC Directive, Machinery Directive).

5. STEM Matters: This is Engineering Day – the new national day for engineering...
In the latest episode of ‘good news, bad news’ for STEM, November 6th marks the launch of a new national awareness day for engineering: This is Engineering Day. That’s the good news – but the flipside is that this latest initiative from the Royal Academy of Engineering is down to new research showing engineering to be among the UK's most poorly understood careers.

6. EMC/EMI & magnetic sensing in modern automotive applications
Efficiency is the ‘watchword’ in automotive circles these days, driven by environmentally aware consumers, legislation & rising fuel costs. The industry is looking to technology to deliver the required advances, whether this is in the development of the latest hybrid or electric vehicles (HEVs/EVs), or finding ways to make internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles more efficient.

7. Guest blog: Why shouldn’t electronics be fun?
In this regular series of columns for EPDT, Mike Maynard, Managing Director of B2B tech communications agency, Napier, discusses how marketers can help put the fun back into how we talk about engineering and electronics.

8. Latest metre-level positioning technology from u-blox delivers enhanced GNSS performance & security
The ultra-robust M9 technology platform suits demanding automotive & high-end telematics applications.

9. Simplify hardware-based IoT security with industry’s first pre-provisioned solutions for deployments of any size
With a minimum orderable quantity of just 10 units, Microchip’s new Trust Platform provides hardware-based secure key storage for low-, mid- & high-volume deployments.

10. Tinytag Instrumentation range of data loggers launched by Gemini
New Instrumentation range of voltage, current & count input data loggers connect to third party sensors to measure a wide range of outputs & conditions with improved resolution & accuracy, faster download speed & battery monitoring circuits.

11. One-millionth gallium-nitride (GaN)-based InnoSwitch3 IC delivered by Power Integrations
Partnership with Anker Innovations helps Power Integrations drive GaN (gallium-nitride) revolution in mass-market AC-DC power adapters.

12. New FPGA family accelerates & enhances video bridging for MIPI-based embedded vision systems
New CrossLinkPlus family from Lattice combines FPGA flexibility with instant-on panel display performance, accelerating embedded vision system designs in industrial, automotive, computing & consumer applications.

13. SICK goes 'flat out' for sub-miniature sensor performance
With the launch of its G2 Flat family of photoelectric sensors, SICK has shrunk high performance into a miniature format. The ultra-thin sensors are designed to integrate snugly into small machinery & conveyors, or for tight fits in robotic arms & grippers – for example, in electronics & surface mount production.

14. New Brexit research from Make UK reveals true scale of Brexit impact
New research from Make UK, the manufacturers' organisation & global law firm, Squire Patton Boggs shows that 64% of UK manufacturers say Brexit delay & uncertainty has hit profits in the last two years. Almost half have already seen a negative change in the appetite of EU customers & suppliers for doing business with them.

15. Flexible PCBs: leading the charge into the second century of electronics
The first PCBs (printed circuit boards) date back to the 1920s, when they were used in wirelesses (radios) and gramophones; however, they looked very different from the highly-engineered boards with which we’re now familiar.


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•    Top 10 stories in January 2019...

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