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In training for complex PCB design

Adam Barcroft

PCB design consultancy Quadra has introduced an IPC Certified Interconnect Designer (CID) training qualification. Electronics Weekly speaks to Adam Barcroft, Quadra’s IPC CID certified trainer to find out a little more about the qualification and how he got into the industry in the first place. So where did your interest in electronics come from? At school I took electronics as ...

Comment: keep tech on the election agenda

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  An open letter to the next prime minister from Paul Hide, director of operations at techUK Dear next PM In Securing our Digital Future: the techUK manifesto for Growth and Jobs 2015-2020, we called on the next government to recognise the critical significance of the global digital revolution. Reading the Manifestos, it has been great to see technology and digital ...

Comment: Let’s continue and extend support for electronics

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An open letter to the next prime minister from Peter Brooks, CEO of the Electronics Systems Community Dear next PM Electronic systems underpin virtually every aspect of the modern economy. The UK sector comprises over 45,000 businesses, employs over one million people and adds nearly £100bn to GDP. The Electronic Systems Community (ESCO), formerly the UK Electronic Alliance, is a ...

Comment: Don’t ignore manufacturing, it matters

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An open letter to the next Prime Minister from Adam Fletcher, chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN) Dear next P.M. As part of an organisation that supports and relies on successful technology companies in the UK, I hope that you will make reviving manufacturing, addressing skills shortages and reviewing the tax regime urgent priorities. Further, I hope that ...

Comment: Embedded opportunity, security challenge

Warren

Manufacturers of embedded computing systems are finding themselves in an increasingly competitive market. This competition is rooted in the reduction of global competitive barriers combined with increasing access to technology. The pressure is on manufacturers to create more compelling and reliable products, deliver them to market faster, and at the same time, allow their customers to reduce their related capital ...

Comment: US lawsuit is tipping point for connected vehicle security

A landmark lawsuit in the US could potentially have big implications for connected-vehicle technologies. The lawsuit against car manufacturers Toyota, GM and Ford alleges that cyber security defects on a vehicle’s CAN-bus would allow hackers to take control of basic vehicle functions such as braking, steering and acceleration, while preventing the driver from regaining control of the vehicle. But this ...

This is why chip firms like the IoT

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Avner Goren, head of IoT business strategy at Texas Instruments tells Electronics Weekly why the internet of things is so important to semiconductors suppliers How will the Internet of Things impact the manufacturing industry? Avner Goren: The IoT is an enabling technology and delivering new use cases every day. When people think of the IoT, they often think of home ...

Comment: Autonomous vehicles are everywhere

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Autonomous vehicles are successful here and now but you are unlikely to meet one because the successes are in the upper atmosphere, open cast mines, nuclear power stations, underwater and in other relatively inaccessible places. As the new IDTechEx report “Autonomous Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2015-2035” explains, the primary technology of an autonomous vehicle is that which confers autonomy and ...

Comment: IoT is no regulations minefield

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The internet of things (IoT) now goes beyond machine-to-machine communications (M2M), as it has evolved to deliver connectivity between a broader range of devices, and systems. Consequently, manufacturers are adding wireless modules into products, beyond the more traditional market of laptops and mobile phones, including them in everything from domestic fridges to industrial machinery. In the European Union (EU) radio ...

Comment: Making sense of IoT

If 2014 was the year of IoT, then we move into 2015 and address the evolution of IoT and the products the market requires. IoT can be applied almost anywhere, however we’re seeing the most momentum from industrial applications such as smart building, smart factory, smart mobility and smart public services. An essential part of these applications is the sensor. ...