Electronics Industry Viewpoints & Comments

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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Comment: Market looking strong despite pre-election nerves

Following robust sales in 2014, I expect to see a further increase in sales in 2015. We have seen the market for manufacturing professional electronic equipment, as opposed to consumer equipment, continuing to grow in UK and the rest of Europe. However, there have been recent reports of manufacturing output…

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Comment: Asia CEMs not always best option

As well as all the other reasons to keep manufacturing local, certain parts of Europe are now comparable with China and Malaysia when it comes to pricing, which is probably why we are seeing a resurgence of manufacturing in Europe and an increase in ‘reshoring’ – business returning to the continent…

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Comment: UK industry still strong in new design starts

It is always difficult to predict what is likely to happen in the electronics market because we are, as ever, at the mercy of the general economy and there is little we can do to influence that. Uncertainty over the euro caused by problems in countries such as Greece and…

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