22 October 2018 Mark Patrick Mouser Electronics

Long-range low-power wireless network have the potential to create the Internet of Agricultural Things

The application of technology has always driven an increase in productivity, the two are inextricably linked because it is often the demand for higher productivity that provides the motivation for achieving technological breakthroughs; necessity is the mother of invention, after all.

Long-range low-power wireless network have the potential to create the Internet of Agricultural Things
01 October 2018 Sven Etzold U-blox

Gladys West - Pioneer of GPS

GPS and GNSS positioning technology is such an integral part of our lives today that we rarely stop to think about where it all came from. When we do, we usually picture men in white shirts and dark glasses hunched over calculators and slide rules. In fact, one of the early pioneers behind GPS and GNSS technology was Gladys West - a black woman.

Gladys West - Pioneer of GPS
17 September 2018 Rudy Ramos Mouser Electronics

GaN’s Ground-Floor Opportunity

The electronics industry has a major role to play in helping to save energy, by enabling better equipment and new ways of working and living that that are more efficient and environmentally friendly. Maintaining the pace of technological progress is key, but improvements become both smaller and harder to achieve as each technology matures. We can see this trend in the development of power semiconductors, as device designers seek more complex and expensive ways to reduce switching energy and RDS(ON) against silicon’s natural limitations.

GaN’s Ground-Floor Opportunity
03 September 2018 Nick Czarnecki Melexis B. V.

Stray field immunity is essential to magnetic sensing in modern automotive applications

A combination of environmental awareness and consumer demand is driving the automotive industry to produce ever-more efficient vehicles. Whether this is the highly-publicized Electric Vehicles (EV) / Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) or simply updates to the existing internal combustion engine (ICE) based vehicles, modern vehicles are bristling with technology – and this is only set to grow in the future.

Stray field immunity is essential to magnetic sensing in modern automotive applications
20 August 2018 Markku Riihonen 4D Systems

Tick-Tock: What Your Engineers Could be Spending Time Doing if They Weren’t Stuck Designing a Display?

As soon as any design project is embarked upon, the clock starts ticking. The length of time needed to develop a system can impinge heavily on its commercial success. Windows of opportunity could be missed if it takes too long to complete, with products from rival companies gaining greater market share.

Tick-Tock: What Your Engineers Could be Spending Time Doing if They Weren’t Stuck Designing a Display?
06 August 2018 Mark Patrick Mouser Electronics

Clarifying Machine Vision with High Quality Sensors

Automated imaging technology is everywhere we look. As cameras and their processing units get ever smaller, they are moving into ever more industries - from speed cameras and factory production lines to diagnostic medicine. For many of these applications, image quality is critical - but what does image quality really mean? Different applications will require quite distinct performance characteristics. Understanding camera specifications, differences between CCD and CMOS sensors, and features such as real-time processing or near-infrared (NIR) can help guide the camera selection process to produce better imaging results.

Clarifying Machine Vision with High Quality Sensors
23 July 2018 Mark Patrick Mouser Electronics

Object Recognition with 3D Time-of-Flight Cameras and Neural Networks

Machine vision - the ability for computers to see and recognise the world around us - is becoming more important for a variety of fields, from IoT and manufacturing through to augmented reality.

Object Recognition with 3D Time-of-Flight Cameras and Neural Networks
09 July 2018 Rutronik

Securing the future of IoT

Co-authored by Bernd Hantsche, Head of the GDPR Team of Excellence and Marketing Director Embedded & Wireless and Richard Ward, ‎Semiconductor Marketing Manager at Rutronik.

Securing the future of IoT
11 June 2018 Mark Patrick mouser Electronics

Next Generation Freight Transport

As road freight transport levels continue to grow, concerns about the impact on the environment and human health come sharply into focus. Fossil fuel dependency makes it a leading source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but shifting freight to other transportation modes will prove challenging. Solutions that will improve the efficiency and performance of road freight transport are therefore essential to achieve defined environmental goals. In this blog, we will explore a potential solution that has been pioneered by Siemens - called eHighway. This combines the efficiency of electrified railways with the flexibility of trucks in order to form an innovative, next generation freight traffic system that is efficient, economical and environmentally friendly.

Next Generation Freight Transport
28 May 2018 HD Lee Pervasive Displays

The benefits of replacing plain old paper with e-paper displays in automotive assembly plants

Efficiency is at the heart of automation, and that is nowhere more apparent than in the manufacture of automobiles. The Ford Motor Company is widely credited with inventing the moving assembly line, but the concept of moving the assembly, rather than the worker, dates back centuries.

The benefits of replacing plain old paper with e-paper displays in automotive assembly plants
14 May 2018 Mark Patrick Mouser Electronics

Specifying Connectors for Use in Demanding Environments

With hardware being deployed in a wide variety of different application settings, many of them exhibiting harsh environmental conditions, ensuring that the operational reliability of the interconnection components utilised can often prove to be a challenging task.

Specifying Connectors for Use in Demanding Environments
09 April 2018 Sven Etzold U-blox

Galileo: the all-seeing eye in the sky

Not quite sure where you are? These days most of us turn straight to our mobile phone for reassurance.

Galileo: the all-seeing eye in the sky
26 March 2018 Rhett Evans AndersDX

CPU choice for display based systems

Behind every display based system is the CPU which acts as the brain of the entire module creating the data that is presented as well as driving the I/O peripherals, display and touchscreen. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right CPU for your project, including whether you pick a complete Single Board Computer (SBC) or a stripped back core module (COM).

CPU choice for display based systems
19 March 2018 Rudy Ramos Mouser Electronics

A medal for mobile medicine?

Medical services the world over are coming under great pressure to deliver high-quality healthcare and, at the same time control costs. Alongside this, patients are becoming far more involved in their wellbeing as well as wanting a high standard of healthcare with even greater convenience than before. As people are more mobile these days, mobile healthcare (mHealth) avoids the need to visit the doctor’s office and allows patients to provide health data to providers, as well as receive care, anywhere on the planet.

A medal for mobile medicine?
25 February 2018 Bernd Hantsche Rutronik

Securing wireless data transport

Wireless communication is part of the critical infrastructure of our lives, enabling services as diverse as TV and radio, smartphones, remote monitoring, garage-door openers and a rapidly expanding family of Internet of Things devices.

Securing wireless data transport
18 February 2018 Mike Logan AndersDX

Display Readability: resolution and viewing angle

Mike Logan, Display and Input Technology Manager at andersDX, specialists in the design, development and supply of embedded and LCD/OLED display solutions. He continues his blog series on display selection.

Display Readability –resolution and viewing angle
05 February 2018

The fundamental things Or, a cos is still a cos

These days we are all used to computer technology, but there were times when it was new and and really cutting edge. Looking back, the Hewlett Packard HP35 was an iconic calculator with its reverse Polish notation.

The fundamental things Or, a cos is still a cos
29 January 2018 Mike Logan AndersDX

Semicustom TFT displays: size (and shape) is everything

Display designers should seek out solutions like this letterbox type display rather than be constrained by the standard display form factors

TFT letterbox display
22 January 2018 Andrew Adams ETAL Group

A little thought on magnetics can save a lot of energy

Electromagnetic components like transformers and chokes are considered unglamorous, so frequently insufficient thought is given to their selection. Engineers will often simply re-use a device or even a power supply from a previous project, ignoring the fact that new and better components are available, allowing them to save weight, improve efficiency or reduce size. This article reviews some recent developments that are creating new optimised solutions across a range of applications.

advanced design and innovative materials bring new possibilities for custom magnetic components
08 January 2018 Rudy Ramos Mouser Electronics

The future of the Internet of Things: a world of sensors and controllers

The Internet of Things, IoT is coming to fruition even now, but what will it look like when it fully appears and what components will be needed for all the different nodes, sensors and actuators being developed.

The future of the Internet of Things: a world of sensors and controllers
18 December 2017 Edel Griffith S3 Semiconductors

Let Moore’s law work in your favour

Consumer preferences drive the silicon industry. Each generation of mobile phones has to be thinner than the last. The same scenario happens with computers, as consumers demand more speed. These market forces have led to further and further shrinkage in silicon geometries, as consumer device manufacturers try to push the boundaries of silicon performance.

Let Moore’s law work in your favour
04 December 2017 Jeff Hastings BrightSign LLC

Fans in Digital Signage Players Are a Lose/Lose Proposition

Jeff Hastings of BrightSign has some interesting ideas on why fans should not be used in digital signage, and how to avoid using them.

Fans in Digital Signage Players Are a Lose/Lose Proposition
20 November 2017 Maxine Hewitt Alpha Micro Components

Making light work of 'wireless wires' for the Internet of Things

Maxine Hewitt of Alpha Micro Components looks at how ready designed and built RF modules can help bring connected products for the Internet of Things to market faster.

Making light work of 'wireless wires' for the Internet of Things
06 November 2017 Markku Rihonnen 4D Systems

What to consider when incorporating an intelligent touch screen display into your product

Gone are the days of rotary switches, push buttons and seven segment displays. Incorporating touch screen displays into embedded designs is the trend, accelerated of course by consumer adoption of the smartphone.

What to consider when incorporating an intelligent touch screen display into your product
23 October 2017 Scott Soong Pervasive Displays

What makes e-paper the best display technology for Makers?

Scott Soong of Pervasive Displays discusses how e-paper technology is contributing to the world of makers rather than just major companies enabling makers to utilise its advantages in projects based around Raspberry Pi and other single board computers.

What makes e-paper the best display technology for Makers?
02 October 2017 Miguel Fernandez Avnet EMEA

Too good to be true - the cost of counterfeit electronics and how to avoid them

The issue of counterfeit electronic components is one that has troubles the electronics industry - using them can have some major issues, everything from being removed from a preferred suppliers list to a reduction in quality.

Too good to be true - the cost of counterfeit electronics and how to avoid them
18 September 2017 Mike Logan andersDX

Should I consider AMOLED?

LED technology is now being used for many applications not envisaged years ago. One variant of LED technology namely AMOLED, active-matrix organic light-emitting diode, technology is a form that is being used increasingly.

Should I consider AMOLED?
04 September 2017 Mark Patrick Mouser Electronics

Refining IoT Technology to Address Demands of the Healthcare Market

The Internet of Things, IoT is destined to affect many areas of everyday life - we expect it will include many areas like smart meters, remote control of lighting, but what about the healthcare market . . .

Refining IoT Technology to Address Demands of the Healthcare Market
21 August 2017 Ian Crosby Zytronic

Multi-touch viewpoint

The human machine interface is evolving at a rapid rate - it has evolved froth e simple interfaces of a few years ago to highly sophisticated screens and panels that can detect gestures and multiple touches.

Multi-touch viewpoint
14 August 2017 Jeff Hastings BrightSign LLC

Is Your Digital Signage Network At Risk? Time to Check Your OS

Security on many issues is of paramount importance - poor security can lead to embarrassing outcomes as discovered on some digital signage in Washington DC, but it emphasises the issue that security on any item connected to the Internet including signage is very important.

Is Your Digital Signage Network At Risk? Time to Check Your OS

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GaN’s Ground-Floor Opportunity
The electronics industry has a major role to play in helping to save energy, by enabling better equipment and new ways of working and living that that are more efficient and environmentally friendly. Maintaining the pace of technological progress is key, but improvements become both smaller and harder to achieve as each technology matures. We can see this trend in the development of power semiconductors, as device designers seek more complex and expensive ways to reduce switching energy and RDS(ON) against silicon’s natural limitations.