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Tech Articles

No Dev Kit; No Design

Nov 8, 2016

A successful design starts with a good idea. But many good ideas never get off the drawing board. That’s true for multi-national companies with large engineering departments and also for garage-based start-ups and the amateur maker market. What can help turn that spark of creativity into a brilliant success? In the past it may have
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Designing Electronics for Operation in Space

Nov 1, 2016

By Michael Parks, Mouser Electronics   With the recent Orion spacecraft test flight, humanity is once again attempting manned spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). The test launch marked the first time since the end of the Apollo mission in 1974 that a manned-capable spacecraft had flown so far from our planet. Space exploration technology has changed dramatically
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How a new class of 3D memory product promises to revolutionise high-end computing

Oct 25, 2016

By Manish Deo, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Intel PSG   The world is becoming increasingly data-driven. From connected homes and cities to 8K ultra-high-definition broadcasting, and from data centres to high-performance computing, we’re surrounded by systems that must process large amounts of data extremely quickly. This relies on the systems’ computing elements, such as the
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New technologies widen touchscreen opportunities

Oct 18, 2016

By Dr. Andrew Morrison , Technical Director, Zytronic     A quiet revolution is taking place in the projected capacitive touchscreen market. Rapid industry developments are delivering touchscreens which are thinner, higher performance, more reliable and lower cost. The impetus behind many of these developments is the fact that ITO, the long standing conductive material
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Advent of Automobile Laser-Powered Front Lighting Places New Demands on Sensor Technology

Oct 11, 2016

By Gualtiero Bagnuoli, Melexis   Over recent years there has been growing uptake of more sophisticated lighting technology within the automotive sector. The use of LED emitters has proved to be highly beneficial and seen widespread deployment, for both internal and external illumination purposes. It has led to a marked lowering of the power consumption
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Best Practices for Testing Ethernet & Network Synchronization at the Cell Site

Oct 4, 2016

By Sam Darwish, Microlease & Markus Fischer, Viavi Solutions (formerly JDSU)   The 4G mobile subscriber base is continuing to expand and mobile data usage is rising at a phenomenal rate (with some estimates claiming that by the end of 2015 it will have reached 3.7Exabytes/month, which is a 74% increase on what it was
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Driving IGBTs in e-bike applications

Sep 27, 2016

By Frank Warnes, Murata Power Solutions and Marco Degano, University of Notthingham   Finding an alternative to fossil fuels has driven the automotive industry to develop more environmentally friendly vehicles such as electric and hybrid cars. While there has been a lot of media attention to these developments there has been an equally strong drive
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LTE: the mobile future of the Internet of Things

Sep 20, 2016

In the not too distant future, the Internet of Things will connect several billions of devices to the Internet. According to Harbour Research, an estimated two billion IoT devices were sold in 2014, in 2020 it will be more than seven billion. This is only possible if cost-effective communications networks and wireless devices are available.
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Display specification – avoiding the common pitfalls

Sep 13, 2016

Mike Logan, Display and Input Technology Manager, Paul Hooper, European Sales Manager, andersDX   When should I choose the display for my design, and what factors should I think about? Can I visualise what my user interface will actually look like? Can I try my content on different screens before making a choice? How can
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No need for lead acid

Sep 6, 2016

Lithium Iron Phosphate battery technology enhances life and performance   Professional battery manufacturer Accutronics is now offering lead acid replacement batteries for use in security, medical and defence applications that currently use Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries. The range, manufactured by their parent company US battery specialist Ultralife, uses Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery chemistry
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