Electronics Industry Viewpoints & Comments

Comment: Autonomous vehicles are everywhere

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…

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Comment: IoT is no regulations minefield

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…

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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…

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Functional safety in cars: How safe is safe enough?

Cars are changing. While a few years back, the main challenges in designing a car were in its mechanics, the new challenge is the design and integration of electronic systems. I still remember my first car: The most sophisticated bit of electronics was the after-market CD player I installed…

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Golf and the art of wearable IoT technology

Consumers are ready to adopt wristband wearable devices so what trends can we expect for wearables? A recent survey by Forrester Research shows 36% of European consumers are interested in a wristband as a wearable sensor device. Surprisingly, the game of golf provides a unique perspective of wearable IoT technology…

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Yocto Project tackles Linux design incompatibilities

The increased complexity of embedded systems has changed dramatically in the past ten years, especially in terms of project execution speed. 
The scale an application used to be such that a designer could take microcontroller development kits and produce all the software in house. However, the need for communications, user…

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Mid-market manufacturers play by different rules

You’ve read the book. You know the book I’m talking about. It’s the one that tells you what wonderful things Toyota and Dell Computer have done with their supply chains and how you and your company can do the same if you employ the same procedures and…

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Comment: Electric cars and satellites are growth markets

In electric vehicles, manufacturers are addressing charging and storage issues, while mass transportation systems such as trains require the full range of technologies – from power transmission and control solutions through to wireless access. Although the defence market is basically flat, that can change very quickly. There is an increase in…

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