Electronics Industry Viewpoints & Comments

Omron COO: Low power revolution in sensor design

  Energy efficiency in ubiquitous components will be a major differentiator for manufacturers of electromechanical switches and sensors, writes Leon Mordang Delivering more for less energy is very much the name of the game in our industry as Electronica 2014 rolls around. Emech and sensors are proving to be two…

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Intersil director: Car technology can make pedestrians safer

Safety has always been a critical focus area for automakers, and technology advances have dramatically improved vehicle safety statistics, with fatalities decreasing by more than 50% over the last three decades alone. Safety concerns have now shifted from automobile accidents involving another vehicle to reducing the number of accidents involving…

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Comment: Security is next killer app for ARM

ARM does not want to be seen as just a mobile processor. After years of searching for as design feature which will open up non-mobile applications, maybe the answer has been there all along. It is secure systems. The ARM processor architecture has been progressively adapted to make it…

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Interview: Be in right markets at right time, says Linear CEO

Innovation is the cornerstone of every company’s success, but this innovation may be squandered if not applied to the right markets at the right time. Linear Technology, for over 30 years, has focused its innovation exclusively on the analogue segment of the semiconductor market. Over these 30 years, markets…

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Vicor unravels the complexity of power design

The requirements for power system performance have never been so great: efficiency, density and thermal design must all be optimised to allow engineers to deliver systems that can supply complex, modern, power-hungry devices while optimising space and minimising lost energy. The European market is particularly challenging: companies and engineers…

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Building supply chains to rival China

In the electronics industry the arguments for and against offshore and onshore manufacturing seem to follow a never-ending yo-yo pattern. More recently, a third trend has developed in the form of re-shoring; as worries about quality issues, lengthened logistics and security have resulted in UK companies returning…

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Comment: 3D printing can be recyclable

I see that a group of enterprising Italians have 3D printed a car, containing just 49 components, from carbon fibre and thermoplastics. Very clever, I thought and then a colleague asked: “Why isn’t it recyclable?” My colleague informed me that five years ago she was given a pen made…

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Comment: Skills crisis? what skills crisis?

Each year a healthy flow of talented engineers enters the jobs market and yet electronics recruiters are once again reminding us how difficult it is to find the design engineers they require. But is this a skills crisis? Or are recruiters simply demanding more from the engineers they recruit. Add…

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