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Feb 18, 2014

Five companies to look out for at Embedded World 2014

Are you planning on visiting the Embedded World show in Nuremberg, Germany next week? Here are my top five picks of companies to make a beeline for....More
Jan 21, 2014

What do you get if you cross an oscilloscope with a power analyser?

Yokogowa's trying to get the best of both worlds by combining scope functionality with power analyser accuracy....More
May 20, 2013

PCIM 2013: Solid state battery is fully implantable

Probably the number one most interesting thing I saw at the PCIM show in Nuremberg, Germany last week wasn’t an IGBT, or even a MOSFET. It was a....More
Apr 19, 2013

Applied MCU technology for consumers...of beer!

Over at Energy Micro in Nydalen, Norway, they like a cold beer. So much so, that they're using one of their Gecko MCU development kits to tell them....More
Apr 09, 2013

First GaN-on-Silicon LEDs commercially available

In a world-first, Plessey is sampling GaN-on-silicon LEDs built on 6” wafers from its MAGIC (Manufactured on GaN I/C) line in Plymouth, UK....More
Mar 08, 2013

Top 5 interesting things I saw at Embedded World

Here’s a quick roundup of five of the most interesting things I saw or heard about at Embedded World last week in Nuremberg, Germany....More
Jan 17, 2013

Distributor figures: UK components market will be ‘flat to improving’ in 2013

AFDEC's analysis suggests 2012 was worse than they anticipated, while 2013 will be 'flat to improving'. Meanwhile, the UK distribution sector is....More
Oct 24, 2012

Tamper-proofing the smart grid

Introducing smart meters is making the electricity grid increasingly electronic, which saves time and money for utilities since they don’t have to....More
Aug 16, 2012

New safety standard to be mandatory for all power supplies manufactured in China

Chinese Safety Standard GB 4943.1-2011, which according to industry sources is similar to UL 60950-2007, mandates strict rules for creepage and....More
Jul 13, 2012

Renesas restructure moves focus firmly out of Japan

As part of a major restructuring process, Renesas will streamline its production facilities in Japan as well as moving product focus away from the....More
May 30, 2012

You are now entering... the 28nm twilight zone!

At 130nm, analogue designers could memorise all the rules they needed to know, but at 28nm this is no longer possible. What will happen when....More
May 04, 2012

What’s next for programmable logic?

Is the future of programmable logic convergence with other devices? And if it is, how will they be programmed?....More
Apr 09, 2012

Unlicensed spectrum will drive innovation

Making unused spectrum in the TV bands unlicensed will foster innovation in a variety of different applications....More
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Sally Ward-Foxton is Associate Editor of Electronic Design Europe. Her beat covers all areas of the European electronics industry, but she has a particular interest in wireless communications and...
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Commentaries and Blogs
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Aug 11, 2015
Commentary

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 3

I have designed many early-stage proof-of-concept (POC) circuits, and observed many others do the same thing. It seems that there is often a huge disconnect between clients and engineers, though, when it comes to the goals of a POC design. In simple terms, an engineer worth his salt will overdesign an early POC circuit. This is because Murphy’s law always applies, and POCs are about overcoming unknowns. By overdesigning the circuit, one is able to prove the client’s product POC can be made to work, and quickly....More
Aug 4, 2015
blog

Inconspicuous Pitfalls in Datasheet Analysis

Identifying the limitations of a datasheet saves lots of time, and cost, in terms of troubleshooting and redesigning circuits....More
Jun 30, 2015
Commentary

Four-Wire Sensing Can Make or Break Your Measurements 7

Erroneously implementing four-wire sensing into a measurement instrument can be disastrous, so it becomes critical to have a firm grasp of how sense lines function....More

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