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      Stronger Affiliations Lead to Greater Ingenuity (26/10/2023)

      Along with various other members of the European electronics editorial fraternity (which is the more polite version of what we are generally referred to), I recently got invited by Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) to visit its site in Limerick, central Ireland. As well as being the location of one of the multinational semiconductor company’s main fabrication facilities, this is also home to its recently established large-scale research hub - ADI Catalyst.

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      Display Technology: Your Partner in Technology Solutions (20/10/2023)

      At Display Technology, we are more than just a team of technology specialists. We are your trusted partners, working closely with you to navigate and conquer complex technical challenges using cutting-edge displays, embedded computing solutions, monitors, components and power solutions.

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      Revolutionising Industrial Control Via Innovative User Interface Approach (20/10/2023)

      When designing a control panel for a piece of industrial equipment, the first thing to do is identify the specific needs and preferences of the users. Taking the food processing industry as an example, careful consideration must be given to ensure hygiene and safety, as well as compliance with regulations. The ability to develop tailored user interface hardware that prioritises food safety and operational efficiency is paramount.

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      Making UI Enhancements to Take on Contemporary Challenges (16/10/2023)

      Developing cost-effective display solutions, improving optical performance, offering robust high-reliability modules and replacing existing displays with upgraded and compatible products, are just some of the challenging issues facing display suppliers in a dynamic 21st Century business environment. Can manufacturers and their distribution partners adapt in an ever-changing technology-driven world that is dictated by commodity markets?

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      Chip-Pivoting: Building Resilient Supply Chains Through a Modular Design Strategy (13/10/2023)

      In this ever-evolving technology landscape, disruptions like chip shortages can cast shadows over even the most meticulously planned projects. Picture this; a thriving product assembly line suddenly halted due to the scarcity of a specific microcontroller unit (MCU) - just one a single component holding an entire process hostage and potentially causing huge cost problems as a result. 

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      AI-Enabled Transportation: A Safer and Smarter Future (12/10/2023)

      Smart transportation is promising a future that is characterised by efficiency and innovation. At the heart of this transformation lie 3 key technologies. These are artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and embedded systems.

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      Estimating Battery Life - A Crucial Attribute in Embedded Product Success (09/10/2023)

      Battery-powered devices are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Powering an embedded system from a primary or rechargeable battery offers heightened design flexibility, user convenience and application portability.

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      Insufficient Undergraduate EMC Education Leaves UK Industry Having to Deal with the Shortfalls (07/10/2023)

      Though electronic engineering students should be getting an adequate understanding of all aspects of the subject, so they are ready to embark on careers in this sector, there are serious questions being raised. In the following article, I will voice my concerns about electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) compliance tuition.

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      Resolution/Evolution in Multimedia System Design: Are You Ready for 8K? (05/10/2023)

      8K has emerged as the latest standard in ultra-high definition (UHD) video, offering 4x the resolution of 4K and 16x the resolution of Full HD. While it may have seemed like overkill at first, 8K video is gaining traction in professional media and now starting to emerge in an increasing number of consumer applications too.

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      Designing a Streamlined 8 x 8 Element Waveguide Array for mmWave Usage (04/10/2023)

      Waveguide arrays provide efficient, directional antennas for RF signals. With new prospective applications opening up all the time, waveguides addressing mmWave frequencies (i.e. those above 26GHz) are becoming increasingly important. 

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      5G NR & LTE Latency Analysis in a Public Deployed Network (03/10/2023)

      The widely-referenced 5G requirements triangle includes the ultra-reliable low latency (URLLC) aspect, generally associated with automotive and industrial applications.

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      The Design or Buy Dilemma - Making the Case for SoMs (01/10/2023)

      In today's fast-paced and competitive business landscape, companies across all industries are striving to bring innovative products to market as quickly and efficiently as possible. The traditional strategy of developing discrete electronic solutions in-house often exposes such companies to long and expensive product development processes.

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      Taking Predictive Medicine to the Next Level Using Wearables (29/09/2023)

      Throughout the world, chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are putting significant strain on healthcare resources. Aging populations and varied lifestyle choices have driven growth in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, various forms of cancer, plus serious respiratory complaints - such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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      Realisation of a Sustainable Future in Data Storage (26/09/2023)

      The storing of large quantities of data is essential to so many aspects of our modern world, as is protecting the environment. Yet, these 2 needs often seem to be ‘at odds’ - with the majority of cloud data being held on hard disk drives (HDDs) that many consider to be power hungry.

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      Point of Contact: Providing Robotics with a Human Touch (08/09/2023)

      In the past robots were bulky, rapidly-moving pieces of machinery that had very little subtlety too them. Isolated from people (for safety reasons) they were just programmed to carry out the same automated assembly tasks day-in/day-out. Our perception of robots is changing though, as are the ways they are being used and the physical forms that they take.

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      Principal EMC/ESD Compliance Testing Considerations (07/09/2023)

      Compliance testing is an essential element of product development and subsequent market introduction. In an electronic and electrical system context, the key standards that will need adherence to are EN62368-1, EN61010 or EN60335 with regard to safety, plus the relevant electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) ones.

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      Bringing Power to the People (05/09/2023)

      Solar power is seeing widespread uptake - from professional maintainers and renewable energy enthusiasts alike. Large-scale deployments are being joined by an increasing prevalence of micro-generation sites and domestic installations. This article looks at how building a solar solution from a single source supplier can simplify the part selection process while also maximising system performance, reliability and durability.

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      Choosing the Best Embedded Motor Control Approach for Robotic Implementations (04/09/2023)

      Robots, which have been mainly used in factories for manufacturing purposes, are rapidly spreading to the spaces where we live and work - with their application scope expanding dramatically.

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      How RFID Technology is Revolutionising Healthcare Operational Logistics & Supply Chains (03/09/2023)

      The health sector is under huge pressure - dealing with ever greater patient numbers, budget limitations and staff shortages. With a multitude of different assets being moved around hospital campuses daily, plus detailed patient records needing to continuously be referred to, keeping up to date with everything can be highly problematic.

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      Cleaning Small-Scale Medical Devices via Vapour Degreasing (02/09/2023)

      Wearable medical devices with tiny dimensions are revolutionising healthcare by offering patients portability and comfort benefits. However, for electronics manufacturers, these devices pose significant challenges when it comes to cleaning their internal miniaturised PCBs and other electronics components. To ensure that components are free from production contaminants and residue, advanced cleaning methods and fluids are needed.