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Tech Articles

Power-Conscious Display Design for a Great User Experience

Oct 10, 2017

by Paul Hooper –Display Group Manager, andersdx   Thinking creatively about the needs of the user interface can help meet challenging power and cost targets when designing products for use in environments ranging from homes or offices to cars or factories. Introduction: Power consumption and bill of materials are important factors in many design projects.
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How the capacitor design process is enabling engineers to create flatter TVs and thinner servers

Oct 3, 2017

By Takanori Hibino, Product Manager – Capacitors, Murata Electronics Europe   There is constant pressure in the electronics industry to make everything smaller, faster, lighter and sleeker. Nowhere is this trend stronger than in the consumer electronics sector, where the look, feel and user experience that a product offers is often more important than the
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The changing face of the distribution market

Sep 26, 2017

Steve Rawlins, CEO, Anglia Components   It’s a very interesting time in the components industry.  Consolidation is reducing the choice for buyers.  At the same time, there are many pressures on the supply chain, such as the automotive Industry which is sucking up available component supplies, limiting availability for the industrial market. Despite this, the
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Improve Tab to Terminal Connections in Battery Pack Manufacturing

Sep 19, 2017

The right welding system will help you achieve and maintain production throughput and yield targets By Geoff Shannon, Amada Miyachi America, Inc.   Battery packs have become an integral part of everyday life, powering a growing range of portable electronic devices, cordless power tools, energy storage, and hybrid and electric vehicles. Tab to terminal connection
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Relay specification for smart and renewable energy applications

Sep 12, 2017

Steve Drumm, Business Development Manager – Energy, Omron Electronic Components Europe BV   The growing markets for smart meters and solar panels have very specific design challenges and there are some distinctive considerations that apply when selecting relays and indeed switches for inclusion in these designs. This article explores the main areas in smart meters
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Fitlet Brings Dependable Connectivity to Innovative Fire-Safety Networking Solution

Sep 5, 2017

High reliability, powerful compute performance and rich connectivity made Fitlet – the latest generation of Tiny Green PC’s rugged mini computers – the first choice to power the SMaRT interfaces of Drax Technology’s AMX system for centralising control of complex fire and security networks.   Ensuring the safety of people and places in the event
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Latest trends in Human Machine Interfaces

Aug 29, 2017

By Robert Davies,  Marketing Manager EAO Ltd And David Pearson, Technical Director Anglia Components   The design of HMI’s are constantly evolving, with technological and ergonomic trends driven by the developments in consumer electronics and automotive technology. Whilst the touchscreen might seems to be ubiquitous, the increasing number of machines and electrical appliances in daily
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Innovation in cellular communications: making smart meters even smarter

Aug 22, 2017

Diego Grassi, Senior Manager, Market Development, u-blox   Smart metering aims to reduce energy consumption and costs, and it brings together a range of disciplines and expertise. It is a global trend where governments, regional regulatory bodies, those in the energy/utilities sectors, system integrators, design houses and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are involved in worldwide
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Making the Massive IoT work

Aug 15, 2017

By Andrew Bickley, Arrow Electronics   A great deal has been written about The Internet of Things (IoT), how it will revolutionise people’s lives and how previously inanimate objects are going to be given a level of ‘intelligence’ that will allow them to be operated, monitored and controlled remotely and efficiently. The latest figures suggest
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Effective RF and audio testing of Bluetooth components with just one T&M instrument

Aug 8, 2017

By Dieter Mahnken and Ute Philipp, Rohde & Schwarz Munich   Nearly all new vehicles today offer Bluetooth® handsfree equipment. The Bluetooth connection between smartphone and infotainment system can also be used for numerous other applications. The individual components must undergo RF and audio tests to ensure that the headset, speakers, infotainment system and smartphone
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