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      Use of MEMS Integration within ASICs for Measurement of Linear & Angular Motion (18/01/2024)

      Demand for high precision data about the nature of motion for particular objects can be of major value in a multitude of scenarios. In order to obtain data that is sufficiently accurate, advanced sensor devices are employed - such as MEMS-based accelerometers and gyroscopes.

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      Adventures in the American Heartland (16/01/2024)

      Like any tech journalist, having time to actually learn about the companies we are dealing with is absolutely invaluable. Knowing a company’s ‘backstory’, the principles it was built on, the nature of its long-term objectives and what motivates its staff can provide us with the fundamental contextual aspects we need to be able to write better copy. So, I’ll always try to make the most of any opportunities that arise.

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      Providing the Advanced Sensor Technology Needed for Cobot Operation (12/01/2024)

      Collaborative robots (or cobots) are making their presence felt in an increasing number of modern scenarios. Delivering unceasing productivity, dexterity and precision, they can be used in all manner of situations where human decision making and discrimination abilities are going to be required. 

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      Choosing the Right Force Torque Sensor: Comparing External & Built-In Options (08/01/2024)

      Force torque sensors are gaining more and more popularity within robotics-based applications - a clear trend is evident. The key drivers include the growing, ubiquitous use of robots in increasingly unstructured environments, where they are required to perform more complex and demanding tasks, whilst working alongside human collaborators.

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      Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is Here Again (04/01/2024)

      Manufacturers looking to boost their order books and keen to find new ideas and business opportunities will do well to visit Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2024 early next month. It will be held, as usual, at the world-class Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre in Hampshire and will run from 6th to 8th February.

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      Picture Perfect - Optimising Imaging Performance Parameters for Specific Application Criteria (02/01/2024)

      The ability to capture sufficiently accurate imaging data, even under difficult operating conditions and in application environments that are far from conducive, is of inestimable value to modern day life. The following article looks at the companies at the forefront of this segment, and the pioneering technologies they are responsible for developing.

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      EPDT's Products of the Year 2023 (31/12/2023)

      2023 has been enriched by an array of exciting electronics innovations - and here are our highlights. These cover digital ICs, communication chips, interconnects, board level hardware, power devices, electro-mechanical components and test equipment. The key criteria on which this selection was made are - disruption of existing markets, opening up new market opportunities, having a positive impact on society.

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      Motion Solution Precision is Key for Surgical Robots (30/12/2023)

      Patient outcomes of surgery performed by robots are dependent on the control precision of the end effectors employed. Central to this delivery is the motion performance achieved by such robots’ miniature motor systems. Innovation in motion control precision has the potential to expand the array of surgical procedures that can be performed by robots.

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      Play for Tomorrow: STEM Toys Help Early-Stage Development of Future Engineers (22/12/2023)

      With the holiday season about to begin, I thought this was an ideal opportunity to look at some of the toys currently on the market that can help inspire future engineers. Here are just a few of the multitude of products that are successfully igniting young minds' imagination and creativity - enabling them to gain some essential skills and become more engineering aware.

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      Putting GaN Technology to the Test in the Australian Outback (08/12/2023)

      At 16:43:38 on 27th October, car number 85 ‘Aletsch’ crossed the finish line to complete this year’s 3022km Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC). The photovoltaic-powered vehicle was developed and driven by the aCentauri team.

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      Paradise Regained? …Well Possibly (04/12/2023)

      With orders firstly drying up, then suddenly coming back all at once, huge backlogs, lengthy lead times and customers on allocation, the electronics supply chain has been through a tumultuous 3 years.

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      AI & its Bearing on the Future of Test (03/12/2023)

      In any manufacturing or lab environment, there’s measurement hardware and systems, plus related software, all in operation. Through such items, sequenced tests can be actioned. These tests may then indicate whether a product - like a motor, power inverter, battery pack or wafer - is successfully meeting (or conversely deviating from) the predefined specs.

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      User Benefits of Programmable Power Supplies with Digital Cores (27/11/2023)

      The ‘digital’ tag is applied to many modern products. Often it just signifies that there's a microcontroller doing some housekeeping work, perhaps setting the brew time for a coffee maker or controlling a microwave oven's clock display. The same is sometimes true of power electronics, with terms ‘digital power’ and ‘software-defined power’ now seen in the marketing. However, if true digital control is implemented, dramatically improved performance plus various knock-on benefits can result.

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      The Growing Prospects for Compound Semiconductors (20/11/2023)

      The periodic table has a total of 118 different recognised elements. Out of these, the most significant element for the semiconductor industry is silicon (Si), which has been at the foundation of a broad array of electronics systems across the globe for many years. 

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      Case Study: Optics Innovation at its Best (17/11/2023)

      When you think of a warehouse, cutting edge technology may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet only a few industrial contexts have seen such rapid development of enterprise technology. Likewise, not many can use this ingenuity to make such a marked improvement to efficiency.

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      The Importance of Functional Safety & Integrity in Automotive Positioning (15/11/2023)

      As we navigate the pathway toward fully autonomous vehicles, the range of driver assistance functions provided within a new model's feature set will increase with each generation. For example, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision will facilitate the emergence of high levels of autonomy - taking us to autonomous driving level ADL5.

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      Integrate & Test Your Tech Stack (14/11/2023)

      Building an integrated technology stack or ‘tech stack’ plays a vital role in enabling businesses to grow. Too often business leaders invest in applications, connecting them to existing systems, and then simply hoping for the best. They soon find out that this is not an effective way to achieve their commercial goals.

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      Time to Make Tech Cool (11/11/2023)

      The semiconductor industry needs many more engineers from the next generation to tackle an acute and growing skills gap. This article outlines one way that’s already working and makes clear there are many more opportunities.

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      SiC Drives Onboard Charging as Voltage Levels Increase (11/11/2023)

      Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining wider acceptance in various forms (hybrid, pure electric, etc.) despite the persisting concerns about ‘range anxiety’. In order to increase adoption levels, automakers continue to work on extending driving distances and reducing charging times to overcome this significant hurdle. The way that EVs are charged significantly impacts upon vehicle usability and convenience.

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      Optimising Performance & Cost in Hall Effect Oriented DC Current Sensing Implementations (09/11/2023)

      Electric vehicles (EVs) are considered one of the key components in meeting ongoing sustainability objectives, as well as limiting the growing effects of climate change. Moving away from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles is a priority for the entire automotive industry. This shift presents new challenges, covering everything from the supporting charging infrastructure to vehicle performance and production expense.