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Elektra Awards 2014 427Elektra Awards 2014 

Thank you to everyone, and particularly al the sponsors, who made the 2014 event such a success. See www.elektraawards.co.uk

Celebrating product innovation and business success in the industry for more than a decade, the Elektra Awards is recognised as the best promotional platform to celebrate the achievements of individuals and companies across the electronics industry.

Time to be part of the Elektra 2015 success story!

See also:

Gallery: Elektra Awards 2014 Winners >>

Gallery: Elektra Awards 2014 Event Highlights and Entertainment >>

Gallery: Elektra Awards 2014 Guests and Attendees >>

News: Elektra Awards 2014 – Winners listed in full >>


Jan
30
Fri
Microchip – Designing a USB Embedded Host Application – Winnersh @ Microchip Ltd
Jan 30 all-day
Microchip - Designing a USB Embedded Host Application - Winnersh @ Microchip Ltd | Winnersh | United Kingdom

Microchip has announced a new set of hands-on training classes dedicated to connectivity. Subjects will cover:

  • Introduction to MPLAB X IDE
  • TCP/IP monitor and control using a webserver
  • Adding WiFi to embedded designs
  • Introduction to full speed USB device mode
  • Designing a USB Embedded Host Application with Microchip PIC microcontrollers

Dates : January 26th to January 30th 2015
Location : Microchip Ltd (Winnersh)

DESCRIPTION AND PRE-REQUISITES :

 

Training Reference Description Duration / Price (excl.VAT) Pre-requisites
COM 4201
27/1/2015
Designing Embedded TCP/IP Monitor & Control (Webserver) using MLA libraries 1 day
120 GBP
Level 3 / Hands-on labs MPLAB X  usage, basic C knowledge. Familiarity with PIC18/PIC24 or dsPIC33 microcontrollers
17051 WiFi
28/1/2015
Adding WiFi to embedded designs using the RN‑131 / RN‑171 WiFly modules 1 day
120 GBP
Basic networking know‑how. No prior PIC MCU or MPLAB X experience necessary
COM 3101
29/1/2015
Introduction to Full-Speed USB device mode using MLA libraries 1 day
120 GBP
Level 3 / Knowledge of MPLAB X (TLS0101), C programming, and at least one PIC MCU architecture
COM 3202
30/1/2015
Designing a USB Embedded Host Application with Microchip PIC microcontrollers 1 day
120 GBP
Level 3 / Participants must take or have taken the COM3101 USB device class as pre-requisite

 

NOTES : Multiple hands-on exercises will be performed during each class.
Each participant has its own dedicated equipment (laptop PC + development tools).
The course material, exercises and their solutions (source code) will be provided to each participant on a CD-ROM.
Attendees will get a 20% discount coupon valid on all Microchip tools (HW & SW)

 

Training Location :Microchip Ltd
720 Wharfedale Road
Winnersh Triangle
Wokingham, Berkshire
RG41 5TP UK

Registration : http://www.microchip.com/RTC

More Information :

Microchip Technology UK : 01189 215800
eMail : alain.sorin@microchip.com

 

 

Feb
10
Tue
Keysight – Measurement of the Impedance of Materials and Components – Winnersh @ Keysight Technologies UK Limited
Feb 10 all-day

KeysightKeysight is running a Challenges and Trends in the Measurement of the Impedance of Materials and Components Seminar, in Winnersh on Tuesday 10 February 2015.

It aims to provide an overview of state-of-the-art techniques used to measure the impedance and the dielectric properties of materials that are widely incorporated into microwave devices and components.

The organisers write:

We will start form the basis of measuring the impedance of components and material following an overview the most relevant techniques used to measure large range of materials from few MHz to THz. We will look as well the new techniques to measure impedance at nanoscale and at very high frequency using novel technologies. Application and product experts from Keysight will be on-hand to give demonstrations and technical presentations around the latest innovations, features and capabilities.

Content that will be covered includes:

Challenges and Solution for Impedance Measurement

This session is aimed to focus on basic impedance measurement and its applications. An overview of the techniques for making accurate impedance measurements on components such as capacitors, inductors and transformers will be presented. You will gain an understanding on the reasons for measurement discrepancies, the sources of measurement error and how to compensate for these errors.

Novel Devices and Material Characterisation at mm-wave and Terahertz

From stealth materials to dielectric substrates, microwave food products to biofuels, accurate characterisation of their electromagnetic properties at microwave and mm-wave frequencies provide engineers with critical information needed for material and circuit design, modelling, research, manufacturing and quality control.

Investigation of local electrical properties at the nanoscale using Scanning Microwave Microscopy (SMM)

Part A:
Introduction to Scanning Microwave Microscopy 
Scanning microwave microscopy (SMM) is a novel approach combining an atomic force microscope (AFM) with a performance network analyzer (PNA). SMM enables the measurement of complex impedance at the nanoscale with operating frequencies ranging from 1 MHz to 20 GHz, with sensitivity levels of ~1 aF. Employing a low frequency modulation technique expands the method to measure dopant densities of semiconductor devices with dynamic range from 1015 atoms/cm3 to 1020 atoms/cm3.

Part B:
Applications of Scanning Microwave Microscopy
We will present applications of SMM from a variety of research areas including semiconductor devices, high –K materials, carbon nanotubes & graphene, thin films, sub-surface imaging, and biological samples.

Who should attend:

R&D, QA, Design and Manufacturing Engineers. Researchers who are working with materials and designing state-of-the-art electronic devices and components
Agenda

8.45 – Welcome & Registration
9.00 – Challenges and Solution for Impedance Measurement
10.30 – Break
10.45 – Novel Devices and Material Characterisation at mm-wave and Terahertz
12.15 – Lunch
13.00 – Investigation of local electrical properties at the nanoscale using Scanning Microwave Microscopy (SMM)
14.30 – Close

You can register online to secure your place »

 

Southern Manufacturing 15 – Farnborough @ Farnborough
Feb 10 – Feb 12 all-day

SOUTHERN 2015 titleSouthern Manufacturing 15 takes place between 10-12 February 2015 in Farnborough, Hampshire.

The organisers write:

The UK’s LARGEST regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition. Thousands of engineering & electronics solutions on your doorstep

Full Programme of FREE technical seminars supported by SMS, MAS-SE, Engineering Solutions and Electronics Sourcing.

PRE-REGISTER to receive a FREE Show Catalogue (otherwise £10).

Ample FREE Parking adjacent to the exhibition hall.

STAY AHEAD OF THE MARKET
Plan today to attend and see the very latest technology, components, materials, products and services available in the South of England. Technical staff will be on hand to offer specialist advice that will improve your manufacturing processes, component sourcing, materials selection and overall business efficiency – not to mention your bottom line!

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT
Are you looking for autosport/automotive specialists, electronic components & contract electronics manufacturers, aerospace and defence contractors, packaging & labelling solutions, marine engineering & offshore suppliers or specialist suppliers to the Pharma/Bio sector? Simply follow the sector trails and looks for the industry logos on exhibitor stand facias.

YOUR TIME IS VALUABLE – WE’LL HELP YOU USE IT EFFICIENTLY
* Discover NEW local and national suppliers – many exhibiting for the first time
* Learn from the FREE Technical Seminar Programme
* See innovations, new products and live demonstrations
* Resolve your manufacturing issues in one time-efficient visit
* Bring your plans and technical drawings for an instant response

See full details at www.industrysouth.co.uk/

 

 

Feb
21
Sat
Car interface hackathon – University of Southampton @ university of southampton
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all-day
Car interface hackathon - University of Southampton @ university of southampton | Southampton | United Kingdom

The University of Southampton is hosting an Imagination hackathon – the ‘Car interface programming challenge’

The organisers write:

Calling all programming students and graduates – join us for our “Car interface programming challenge” – a chance to get hands-on with our recently released MIPS Creator CI20 development board and show off your C programming skills. You’ll get:

  • An insight into our MIPS CPU and PowerVR GPU processors
  • A chance to meet and talk with some of our engineers
  • An opportunity to demonstrate your skills
  • A free t-shirt for attending and a prize if you’re on the winning team

Places are limited, says Imagination, and applications close on 6 February. You can find out the full details for application online.

The event runs Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of February.

 

 

 

Feb
23
Mon
University of Surrey – Microwave Circuit and System Design – Guildford @ University of Surrey
Feb 23 – Feb 27 all-day

university of surreyThe University of Surrey in Guildford is running a series of short Professional Development courses. The university writes:

Courses can be given as part of a regular programme, organised in conjunction with a professional body, or devised specifically for the needs of a particular organisation.

Some of these courses can form part of an MSc in Electronic Engineering. Courses can be taken on a one-off basis or as part of the MSc via short courses.

For Microwave Circuit and System Design:

The Course provides an introduction to the essential principles of RF and microwave engineering, giving particular attention to printed circuits and guided wave transmission. To supplement the theory covered in lectures, there will be invited presentations from industry that will put the theory into the context of current industrial practice. Furthermore practical and simulated laboratory sessions are also included in the course to supplement the lectures. It is intended that the course should be a stand-alone course that will require only a minimum level of previous RF knowledge though some grounding in mathematics including matrix algebra, parabolic equations and some calculus will be desirable. The course material progresses to an advanced level equivalent to that required to an MSc module. This course can also form part of the Modular MSc in Electronic Engineering. Please contact the CE office for further details.

The topics covered will include:

• Printed transmission lines and waveguides
• Microwave semiconductors
• Microwave amplifiers, antennas and diode circuits
• Dielectrics for microwave planar circuits
• Printed passive microwave devices
• Microwave measurements
• MCMs (Multichip Modules) for microwaves
• MMICs (Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits)

Discounts are given for IET and IEEE members.

The full list of courses is:

Digital Signal Processing 22-26 September 2014
IP Networking Protocols and Technologies 10-14 November 2014 4 places left
Antennas and Propagation 17-21 November 2014
Modern Radar Theory and Practice 24-28 November 2014
Microwave Circuit and System Design 23-27 February 2015
Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications 23-27 March 2015
Satellite Communications 20-24 April 2015
Smart Cities 11-15 May 2015
Statistical Signal Processing 20-22 May 2015
RF Circuit and Systems Design 6-10 July 2015
Spacecraft Systems Design 13-17 July 2015

For more information see: www.surrey.ac.ukhttp://www.surrey.ac.uk/ee/pd

Mar
23
Mon
University of Surrey – Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications – Guildford @ University of Surrey
Mar 23 – Jun 25 all-day

university of surreyThe University of Surrey in Guildford is running a series of short Professional Development courses. The university writes:

Courses can be given as part of a regular programme, organised in conjunction with a professional body, or devised specifically for the needs of a particular organisation.

Some of these courses can form part of an MSc in Electronic Engineering. Courses can be taken on a one-off basis or as part of the MSc via short courses.

For Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications:

In this short course, we will discuss the principles of emerging technologies that have been studied in recent years and are about to be deployed in commercial products and services. A team of prestigious academic and industrial lecturer will present the foundations and the trend for widespread deployment of advanced concepts such as MIMO/OFDM systems, Cooperative Communications, Cognitive Radio, Advanced Air Interface techniques such as small cells (including femtocells, picocells and metrocells), and etc.

The course is intended for new recruits of telecommunication and related industries with an engineering or any related science degree who will work in R&D, sales and, and technical support. The course will be also suitable for those who might be interested in doing a part-time master program. So, there will be sufficient overlap between this course and our standard Mobile Communications A/B course. However, the presentation will be customized for industrial audiences with strong emphasize on the concepts and industrial applications.

Discounts are given for IET and IEEE members.

The full list of courses is:

Digital Signal Processing 22-26 September 2014
IP Networking Protocols and Technologies 10-14 November 2014 4 places left
Antennas and Propagation 17-21 November 2014
Modern Radar Theory and Practice 24-28 November 2014
Microwave Circuit and System Design 23-27 February 2015
Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications 23-27 March 2015
Satellite Communications 20-24 April 2015
Smart Cities 11-15 May 2015
Statistical Signal Processing 20-22 May 2015
RF Circuit and Systems Design 6-10 July 2015
Spacecraft Systems Design 13-17 July 2015

For more information see: www.surrey.ac.ukhttp://www.surrey.ac.uk/ee/pd

Mar
25
Wed
MATLAB Virtual Conference – online
Mar 25 all-day
MATLAB Virtual Conference - online

This year’s MATLAB Virtual Conference takes place on Wednesday, March 25 and registration is now open for the event. More than 13,000 people registered for the 2014 event, says MATLAB.

The MATLAB Virtual Conference is described as a free, online event featuring live sessions on MATLAB and Simulink by experts.

There are four tracks, covering all experience levels:

Introduction to MATLAB and Simulink
MathWorks engineers demonstrate the core capabilities of the MATLAB and Simulink product families. This introductory content helps you learn the basics so that you can get started quickly.

What’s New
MathWorks engineers highlight new features and capabilities, including a new graphics system, increased support for big data, and source control integration in MATLAB. The engineers also present new features for accelerating model building, running consecutive simulations, and testing with graphical controls and displays in Simulink. A spotlight on signal processing and communications will showcase new capabilities for RF-to-antenna-to-bits design, over-the-air testing of wireless systems, streaming for real-time DSP applications, and simplified signal processing for data analysts.

Data Analytics
Data is fueling the future, but extracting value from data still has many challenges, including accessing data in disparate sources, cleaning and merging data, applying machine learning algorithms, and integrating analytics with enterprise systems. Learn how MATLAB is used to meet these challenges, enabling organizations to gain deeper insights and make more informed decisions.

MATLAB and Simulink in Academia
Hands-on learning inspires students and gives them practical experience inside and outside the classroom. Attend presentations that cover techniques and best practices for integrating MATLAB and Simulink into your curriculum and research.

You can watch presentations from MATLAB Virtual Conference 2014.

Apr
13
Mon
University of Surrey – Spacecraft Systems Design – Guildford @ University of Surrey
Apr 13 – Apr 17 all-day

university of surreyThe University of Surrey in Guildford is running a series of short Professional Development courses. The university writes:

Courses can be given as part of a regular programme, organised in conjunction with a professional body, or devised specifically for the needs of a particular organisation.

Some of these courses can form part of an MSc in Electronic Engineering. Courses can be taken on a one-off basis or as part of the MSc via short courses.

For Spacecraft Systems Design:

This intensive 5 day course provides delegates with an introduction to the engineering aspects of satellite and mission design – with particular emphasis on the design of small low-cost satellites.
It will be assumed that delegates have a basic understanding of orbits and spacecraft dynamics.

Through a series of intensive lectures and exercises, the course aims to give an introduction to the design and construction of spacecraft, showing how the mission, and the space environment itself constrain the engineering.

Delegates should leave the course with a knowledge of:
• The Space Environment & its Effects;
• Spacecraft Platform Systems & Design;
• Satellite Manufacture & Testing
• Applications of Small, Low-Cost Satellites
• Space Mission Analysis & Design

Discounts are given for IET and IEEE members.

The full list of courses is:

Digital Signal Processing 22-26 September 2014
IP Networking Protocols and Technologies 10-14 November 2014 4 places left
Antennas and Propagation 17-21 November 2014
Modern Radar Theory and Practice 24-28 November 2014
Microwave Circuit and System Design 23-27 February 2015
Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications 23-27 March 2015
Satellite Communications 20-24 April 2015
Smart Cities 11-15 May 2015
Statistical Signal Processing 20-22 May 2015
RF Circuit and Systems Design 6-10 July 2015
Spacecraft Systems Design 13-17 July 2015

For more information see: www.surrey.ac.ukhttp://www.surrey.ac.uk/ee/pd

Apr
20
Mon
University of Surrey – Satellite Communications – Guildford @ University of Surrey
Apr 20 – Apr 24 all-day

university of surreyThe University of Surrey in Guildford is running a series of short Professional Development courses. The university writes:

Courses can be given as part of a regular programme, organised in conjunction with a professional body, or devised specifically for the needs of a particular organisation.

Some of these courses can form part of an MSc in Electronic Engineering. Courses can be taken on a one-off basis or as part of the MSc via short courses.

For Satellite Communications:

This popular and intensive course provides delegates with an in-depth background of satellite communication techniques as well as a state of the art update on key emerging technologies and future systems. The course is ideal for engineers practising within the Satellite Communications field or for those in allied fields requiring an update in this area.  Discounts are given for IET and IEEE members (proof of membership needed)

The course usually books up early so please telephone or send us an email to make a provisional registration.

Through a series of intensive lectures and a hands-on project the course aims to:

  • Provide an in-depth treatment of satellite communication systems operation and planning.
  • Provide in-depth understanding of modern satellite multiple access, modulation and coding schemes.
  • Review the state of the art in new research areas such as speech and video coding, satellite networking and satellite personal communications.

Discounts are given for IET and IEEE members.

The full list of courses is:

Digital Signal Processing 22-26 September 2014
IP Networking Protocols and Technologies 10-14 November 2014 4 places left
Antennas and Propagation 17-21 November 2014
Modern Radar Theory and Practice 24-28 November 2014
Microwave Circuit and System Design 23-27 February 2015
Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications 23-27 March 2015
Satellite Communications 20-24 April 2015
Smart Cities 11-15 May 2015
Statistical Signal Processing 20-22 May 2015
RF Circuit and Systems Design 6-10 July 2015
Spacecraft Systems Design 13-17 July 2015

For more information see: www.surrey.ac.ukhttp://www.surrey.ac.uk/ee/pd

Apr
21
Tue
National Electronics Week – NEC, Birmingham @ NEC, Birmingham
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day
National Electronics Week - NEC, Birmingham @ NEC, Birmingham | Marston Green | United Kingdom

Now in its 8th year the Annual National Electronics Week (NEW) Exhibition will be taking up residence once again at the NEC, Birmingham on 21-22 April 2015.

With an extra 400 meters of floorspace this year, the event will offer more exhibitors and more technical content than ever before.

Claire Saunders, director of the event explains the choice of venue: “The NEC has always worked well for us, it is in the heart of the UK meaning that getting there is easy for everyone whether they are coming by car, train and even our international exhibitors and visitors can fly right to the doorstep, its all about making it as easy as possible for everyone in the industry to access the value that this show provides.”

Staying with their winning formula of splitting the show into four sectors, here is what is on offer this year:

Component & Power

With exhibiting companies such as Wurth Electronics, TDK Lambda, Geyer Electronics and Ecopac there will be opportunities for students to talk to those currently working in the industry and see what the latest developments are.
The Electronics Component Supply Network (ESCN) will be hosting the seminar program including topics such as wearable technology, lighting, the internet things and energy efficiency.

Design & Test

Industry leaders in this sector who are exhibiting include Rohde& Schwarz, Aspen Electronics, Keysight Technologies, National Instruments, JTAG, Teledyne Lecroy and many more. Again students will be able to meet with the experts on the stands and even take the opportunity to start thinking about companies they may wish to apply to.
The PXI Show will be incorporated into this area where there will have a room showcasing the four stages of the PXI process (modules, chassis & controllers, software & system integration). There will also be Test & Measurements Masterclasses from Electronics World Magazine.

Embedded & Software

This area will be made up of key exhibitors & technical content with a full seminar program from The Embedded Masterclass in conjunction with Vehicle Electronics with speakers such as Freescale.

Production & EMS

Exhibitors here include BAE Systems, Advanced Rework Technology, Europlacer, Etek-Europe & Pace Europe. And the content program is as impressive as the line up. NPL & SMART GROUP are coming together to provide the Printing & Assembly Automatic Optical Inspection Experience and we also have the N.E.W. Hand Soldering Competition, open to all and with an adjudicating panel of IPC accredited trainers from Advanced Rework Technology and E-Tek Technical Services. This year’s winner will receive a high tech prize and the annual trophy.

Tickets to the exhibition including all seminars are free of charge, as is parking and wifi, you can register for yours at www.new-expo.co.uk/newuk/

 

 

May
11
Mon
University of Surrey – Smart Cities – Guildford @ University of Surrey
May 11 – May 15 all-day

university of surreyThe University of Surrey in Guildford is running a series of short Professional Development courses. The university writes:

Courses can be given as part of a regular programme, organised in conjunction with a professional body, or devised specifically for the needs of a particular organisation.

Some of these courses can form part of an MSc in Electronic Engineering. Courses can be taken on a one-off basis or as part of the MSc via short courses.

Discounts are given for IET and IEEE members.

The full list of courses is:

Digital Signal Processing 22-26 September 2014
IP Networking Protocols and Technologies 10-14 November 2014 4 places left
Antennas and Propagation 17-21 November 2014
Modern Radar Theory and Practice 24-28 November 2014
Microwave Circuit and System Design 23-27 February 2015
Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications 23-27 March 2015
Satellite Communications 20-24 April 2015
Smart Cities 11-15 May 2015
Statistical Signal Processing 20-22 May 2015
RF Circuit and Systems Design 6-10 July 2015
Spacecraft Systems Design 13-17 July 2015

For more information see: www.surrey.ac.ukhttp://www.surrey.ac.uk/ee/pd

May
20
Wed
University of Surrey – Statistical Signal Processing – Guildford @ University of Surrey
May 20 – May 22 all-day

university of surreyThe University of Surrey in Guildford is running a series of short Professional Development courses. The university writes:

Courses can be given as part of a regular programme, organised in conjunction with a professional body, or devised specifically for the needs of a particular organisation.

Some of these courses can form part of an MSc in Electronic Engineering. Courses can be taken on a one-off basis or as part of the MSc via short courses.

Discounts are given for IET and IEEE members.

The full list of courses is:

Digital Signal Processing 22-26 September 2014
IP Networking Protocols and Technologies 10-14 November 2014 4 places left
Antennas and Propagation 17-21 November 2014
Modern Radar Theory and Practice 24-28 November 2014
Microwave Circuit and System Design 23-27 February 2015
Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications 23-27 March 2015
Satellite Communications 20-24 April 2015
Smart Cities 11-15 May 2015
Statistical Signal Processing 20-22 May 2015
RF Circuit and Systems Design 6-10 July 2015
Spacecraft Systems Design 13-17 July 2015

For more information see: www.surrey.ac.ukhttp://www.surrey.ac.uk/ee/pd

Jul
6
Mon
University of Surrey – RF Circuit and Systems Design – Guildford @ University of Surrey
Jul 6 – Jul 10 all-day

university of surreyThe University of Surrey in Guildford is running a series of short Professional Development courses. The university writes:

Courses can be given as part of a regular programme, organised in conjunction with a professional body, or devised specifically for the needs of a particular organisation.

Some of these courses can form part of an MSc in Electronic Engineering. Courses can be taken on a one-off basis or as part of the MSc via short courses.

For RF Circuit and Systems Design:

The course has been specifically designed to cover the major elements relevant to engineers working or starting out in the RF field and should provide them with the expertise required to excel in this, their chosen field. By joining some of the foremost experts in the field of RF engineering delegates will quickly be given the tools to get to grips with the major aspects of RF Circuit & System Design.

This course is intended for delegates wishing to consolidate and upgrade their RF knowledge to improve their effectiveness in the Mobile Radio Industry.  Delegates will obtain an understanding of the technologies behind receiver design including small signal RF amplifiers, synthesisers and PA design. The format of the course is such that even those with only a rudimentary understanding of the topic will quickly be brought up to speed. The course material progresses to an advanced level equivalent to that required to an MSc module. This course can also form part of the Modular MSc in Electronic Engineering. Please contact the CE office for further details.

Discounts are given for IET and IEEE members.

The full list of courses is:

Digital Signal Processing 22-26 September 2014
IP Networking Protocols and Technologies 10-14 November 2014 4 places left
Antennas and Propagation 17-21 November 2014
Modern Radar Theory and Practice 24-28 November 2014
Microwave Circuit and System Design 23-27 February 2015
Emerging Technologies in Mobile Communications 23-27 March 2015
Satellite Communications 20-24 April 2015
Smart Cities 11-15 May 2015
Statistical Signal Processing 20-22 May 2015
RF Circuit and Systems Design 6-10 July 2015
Spacecraft Systems Design 13-17 July 2015

For more information see: www.surrey.ac.ukhttp://www.surrey.ac.uk/ee/pd