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Why automation is good news for humans & industry

Why automation is good news for humans & industry
Back in April 2015, Japan's oldest department store chain Mitsukoshi implemented a robot receptionist into its foyer with the purpose of greeting shoppers. The Android, with lifelike skin and almost natural looking movements, was created by Toshiba. The multi-national conglomerate is now aiming to take it up a notch by developing a robot that can gradually more of what a human does. After being unveiled at a Japanese tech fair last year, the robot named ChihiraAico made international news headlines. It may come as a surprise to you that only three months later, Toshiba has already been outdone.  
26th October 2015

Which is the right project methodology for you?

It seems nowadays that there is a rule, methodology and philosophy for everything. Many of these rules have been around for decades so it raises the obvious question: 'Are the old methods still relevant in an age of rapid innovation and uncertainty?' This is especially pertinent for OEMs where even a small advantage can mean the difference between success and failure. Here Prabhjit Singh, Production Manager, Accutronics, looks at the top methodologies and evaluates how OEMs can choose the best one for them.
19th October 2015

Can technology maintain its current pace of growth?

Can technology maintain its current pace of growth?
With its depth of only 6.7mm, the iPhone 6 holds more processing power than was used by NASA at the time of the 1969 moon landing and over four times that of the Mars Curiosity Rover. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director, European Automation, analyses the rate of technological progress and discusses the validity of Moore’s Law.
19th October 2015


Going wireless

Going wireless
In this day and age it’s almost impossible to find a place in the world without a wireless internet connection. In fact, in 2010, Ncell (a Nepalese Telecommunications company) provided Mount Everest’s peak with 3G data connection, perfect for posting that 8,848 metre high selfie. The North Pole, the International Space Centre and even the Moon are amongst some of the world’s most surprising WiFi hotspots.
8th October 2015

The fight against automotive cyber crime

Gartner predicts that there will be 150 million passenger vehicles connected to the internet by 2020. As well as providing personalised services designed for our comfort, convenience and entertainment, these vehicles will be super intelligent on their environment; capable of detecting and avoiding potential hazards, traffic jams and dramatically improving road safety and efficiency. However it also means that 150 million cars will be susceptible to hacking, potentially leading to data theft and manipulation of driving systems.
29th September 2015

Need a wireless mesh network? 5 reasons to love Dust

Need a wireless mesh network? 5 reasons to love Dust
In a world where the IoT dominates headlines, not enough is said about Dust Networks and its steadfast concentration on serving industrial applications. Tim Bonnett, Director at Alpha Micro Components explains. With an installed base of over 50,000 networks in over 120 countries however, and its involvement in evolving wireless network standards, perhaps Dust Networks, acquired by Linear Technology in 2011, merits more consideration.
21st September 2015

You were made for me?

You were made for me?
Connectors come in all shapes and sizes depending on environment and application. There are literally thousands of options, sometimes for the same job. Inevitably, this can cause a lot of confusion. To make sure you find the best product for every job, there are a few questions you might want to ask yourself before making a purchase. Here Amy Wells, Business Development Manager, Electroustic, poses the questions you need to be asking when specifying a connector.
9th September 2015

How LTE is changing the world of automotive entertainment

In implementing Long Term Evolution, or 4G LTE networks, communications operators have achieved the fastest ever rollout of a network standard. Its popularity is partially explained by our hunger for bandwidth, particularly in a world where the growth in data traffic is accelerating, driven by our thirst for streaming video from YouTube, IPTV, Netflix and others. In fact, video is now the largest consumer of video bandwidth. It's also interesting to note that the devices over which we consume data are evolving and, according to Cisco, by 2016, smartphones will account for nearly half of the bandwidth consumed, with tablets adding another 10%.
1st September 2015

From 3D printing to lithography

From 3D printing to lithography
TI DLP Products is reinforcing its reputation in imaging technology with the release of the DLP9500UV chipset. The latest addition to its portfolio features the highest resolution UV DLP chip to quickly expose and cure photosensitive materials in industrial and medical imaging applications.
28th August 2015

ECU consolidation in practice

By Georg Doll, General Manager of automotive solutions at Wind River, an Intel company The number of ECUs you’ll find in even the most standard of car models is staggering. There has long been a drive to consolidate ECUs but it is not just the number of them that is the challenge. The complexity of new functions such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and hill start assist further complicate the software development and testing process. There is also an increasing appreciation and adoption of safety standards for the functional aspects of software used for some of these functions. ECUs used for different functions may way have different Automotive Safety Integrity Levels and ISO 26262 requirements compared to other ECUs; this can be a major consideration when reviewing the potential of consolidating two or more ECUs. Having a separate ECU for each function also allows it to maintain its own criteria regarding dynamic behaviour, security and functional safety requirements. Needless to say, testing and debugging more complex ECU environments will bring certification challenges.
19th August 2015


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