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In choppy market, industry seeks calmer waters in 2020

In choppy market, industry seeks calmer waters in 2020
Trying to read the runes of the semiconductor market is no easy task right now. Malcolm Penn, CEO of research company Future Horizons isn’t shirking the challenge. Despite a rocky 2019, Penn emphasises the industry fundamentals are fine, which should speed recovery once economic confidence returns.  
18th September 2019

Driving digital transformation in an organisation

Driving digital transformation in an organisation
Technology is difficult to evolve despite the speed at which it develops, and things have really changed in recent times, especially in the past year there has really been a focus on digital transformation. When it comes to this transformation people often say you need new people, but why? Why not focus on the people you already have on your team and train them so they can transform with the business?
30th August 2019

Girls close the gender skills gap following GCSE exam results

Girls close the gender skills gap following GCSE exam results
Here at Electronic Specifier we are always keen to champion female engineers and to highlight the growing skills gap in STEM related subjects, made worse by the significant gender disparity in technology, science and maths.
23rd August 2019


The future of driving digital transformation

The future of driving digital transformation
At the recent Unbound festival there was a panel discussion on digital transformation encompassing the digitalisation of business processes, assets and products. As with the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence, high UX standards and increasing security threats, businesses need to be agile and embrace digital transformation. Moderator Kenneth Cukier, Senior Editor at The Economist started by asking the panel experts: “When we think about digital transformation do we think failure or success?”
14th August 2019

Why are women leaving technology jobs?

Why are women leaving technology jobs?
Did you know that 25 years ago 37% of computer science degrees were held by women, but figures have shown that in 2018 that figure has dropped to just 19%? For women who do break into the tech sector, the retention rate is not very promising, with the quit rate more than twice as high for women as it is for men. Why is that, and what exactly is attributing to these decisions to completely leave technology?
14th August 2019

More name change misery and mixed up dates

More name change misery and mixed up dates
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the news that may have missed the front page. There are lots of reasons for companies to change their names, most of them irrelevant and erroneous, as I have pointed out many times before. It is much better in almost every case to keep the original name - a name that your customers know and has respect in the industry. OK, if the name has become tarnished for some reason, then maybe fair enough.
14th August 2019

Fuelling citizen power and tech to create safer cities for all

Fuelling citizen power and tech to create safer cities for all
A powerful combination of citizen power and smart technology is revolutionising street safety in London through a partnership between tech start-ups, Safe & The City, the street-smart safety app and what3words, the innovative new addressing technology.  
30th July 2019

Don’t be late calling the SAS to cure sleep apnoea

Don’t be late calling the SAS to cure sleep apnoea
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the news that may have missed the front page. In this column in the April issue, I had a dig at Taiwanese company Innodisk for sending me a press release three weeks after embedded world about what it was planning at the show. Well that time gap has been thrashed by Chinese company Dusun Electron, which sent me a press release on 5th June this year about what it would be launching at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, wait for it... 2017!
17th July 2019

UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure receives £37m investment

UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure receives £37m investment
On the face of it owning and running an electric vehicle (EV) sounds like a perfect win-win scenario. You invest in a new, smooth, quiet electric car, which you take home and plug-in to charge every night. All the while you are doing your bit to cut global emissions and help the environment.
9th July 2019

Industry optimistic despite sales slow down

Industry optimistic despite sales slow down
Many years ago, on hearing of another optimistic forecast that predicted a first half downturn would be followed by a second half upturn, Jean-Phillipe Dauvin, a respected forecaster of the semiconductor industry, drily observed, “In my next life I will only live in the second half of the year”. Well we’re at it again with seasoned observers reckoning the industry will not enter a third successive quarter in retreat, writes Mick Elliott.  Michael Long, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arrow Electronics thinks the downturn will be restricted to two quarters.
11th June 2019

Who and what was worth seeing at PCIM 2019?

Who and what was worth seeing at PCIM 2019?
Power is always an interesting topic as it is a necessity in life, but after visiting my first ever PCIM show this week it has opened my eyes as to how big the automotive power sector is, and how much it is expected to grow. Of course the big players in the automotive industry continue to innovate, but PCIM this year saw more companies starting to become involved in automotive power, whereas before they stuck to the more energy and industrial sides of power.
21st May 2019

What are the emerging technology trends in foldable displays?

What are the emerging technology trends in foldable displays?
The continuous evolution of smartphones and computers have fostered the development of display technologies, with foldable displays emerging as the latest component of this landscape. Although curved displays had already gained traction among users through innovative TV screens, desktop monitors, and phones, experts predict that the next stage in this trend will follow soon. By Shikha Sinha
21st May 2019

Toilet humour, and May 4th be with you!

Toilet humour, and May 4th be with you!
I receive a lot of press releases about market reports. Tons of them come out every month looking at every sector possible. But even I was a little surprised to see one from an organisation called Industry Research discussing the smart toilet seat market.
15th May 2019

PCIM Europe – where power is at the core of innovation

PCIM Europe – where power is at the core of innovation
This year’s PCIM Europe was attended by a record number of visitors, over 12,000. Over half (54%) were from outside Germany. They came to see over 500 exhibitors and while the subject matter was diverse and wide-ranging, there were some themes that emerged. GaN and SiC jostled for attention at this year’s PCIM Europe, writes Caroline Hayes, alongside current sensor developments designed to accelerate adoption rates for electric vehicles.
10th May 2019

Wearable Technology Show explores the future for AR and VR

Wearable Technology Show explores the future for AR and VR
The Wearable Technology show never fails to disappoint and this year was no different, with a new location and lots of new innovating technologies the potential products that left visitors feeling excited for the future. As well as a number of exhibitors, conferences and seminars this year’s show also consisted of an innovation zone that showcased startups from the UK, Canada, Korea, France, Belgium and the US, and a dedicated KTN (knowledge Transfer Network) area.
4th April 2019

Visit us at Elektronik to win a Red Pitaya Starter Kit

Visit us at Elektronik to win a Red Pitaya Starter Kit
Come and visit Electronic Specifer on stand D:12, at the Elektronik trade fair, for a chance to win a Red Pitaya STEMLad Starter Kit. The exhibition is being held in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the eighth year. This year Elektronik has been organised alongside the Advanced Engineering Fair, to emphasise this year’s focus on innovative and exciting solutions for the electronics issues of the future.
27th March 2019

The artificial intelligence revolution

The artificial intelligence revolution
  Artificial intelligence is changing the world as we know it. Part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, together with nanotechnology, robotics, the IoT, and many other tech trends, AI is the buzzword of the 2010s. 
18th March 2019

Leasing technology? Here’s what you should bear in mind

Leasing technology? Here’s what you should bear in mind
Leasing technology or tech equipment makes sense for all businesses. This is because leasing enables firms to maintain steady cash flow. Further, the leased technology or equipment comes with a full warranty, reducing the burden of support and maintenance. By: Jack Warner, Project Manager.
13th March 2019

International Women’s Day initiative for future Bucharest businesswomen

International Women’s Day initiative for future Bucharest businesswomen
According to a new study commissioned by METRO in Romania, 64% of women want to open their own business, but only 6% have confidence that they put this idea into practice. The problems which feed this distrust are financial: A quarter (25%) of female business owners say that raising funds as well as the lack of financial support are the most difficult challenges in starting and running a business.
8th March 2019

Is there such a thing as too much technology?

Is there such a thing as too much technology?
There was a buzz at this year’s BETT show, but if you missed it then here is a round up from the informative talks to the very impressive demonstrations. Over the past few years, decades even, education has changed. It has changed the way we learn and therefore the way we need to be taught, and one major impact to both these is technology.
18th February 2019


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