Embedded or removable memory?
Deciding whether to use removable or embedded memory is one of the earliest decisions a designer has to make, so getting it right is crucial to the rest of the development process. Sometimes the choice is clear cut, but in other situations it’s finely balanced. Cardwave CEO Paul Norbury looks at the pros and cons of each option.
Increased intelligence at the IoT edge
As IoT applications become more complex, designers of IIoT endpoints are being asked to accommodate more complex computing at the edge. Edge computing on endpoint sensor data is a practical way to reduce network bottlenecks to the IIoT hub. This reduces network traffic while also reducing the computational load at the main hub processor. However, the approach has its drawbacks, as Rolf Horn, Applications Engineer at Digi-Key Electronics explains.
How to harmonise industrial networking applications
Visiting an exhibition that focuses on industrial automation systems, you can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of different systems. Industrial equipment often seems clunky and bulky by comparison to other modern consumer devices. Some interfaces rely on technology that has been around for decades, but that is really the appeal of many of these solutions: they are established, fulfil the use case, and are reliable. Ariel La...
Making electronics manufacturers more resilient
ASM launched a major survey over the summer, asking more than 450 electronics manufacturers around the world about their situation in the coronavirus crisis, their countermeasures, and their assessment of the medium- and long-term consequences of the pandemic.
Ensuring electronic design projects survive disruption
The electronic design industry was just one of many that saw business change as a result of the recent supply chain disruptions brought about by the unforeseen COVID-19 lockdown. By Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design
Five predictions about the 2021 payment market
This year has been a rollercoaster for the payments industry, as it had to adapt to new challenges posed not only by the ever-changing needs of the consumer but by the pandemic as well. To shed some light on what the future has in store for the industry, Marius Galdikas, CEO at ConnectPay, has shared his insights about what payment market trends and solutions are likely to thrive in 2021.
No room for government complacency on AI
The Government needs to better coordinate its artificial intelligence (AI) policy and the use of data and technology by national and local government. There is also now a clear consensus that ethical AI is the only sustainable way forward. The time has come for the Government to move from deciding what the ethics are, to how to instil them in the development and deployment of AI systems.
Data centre dilemmas: overcoming growing pains
Data centres have seen an unprecedented demand on resources over the past several years, with businesses moving more and more online and digital replacing analogue in almost every sector. The global pandemic, COVID-19, cast data centres further into the spotlight, with many businesses accelerating their digital transformation efforts.
How are drones changing construction?
The PwC’s membership network report, Skies without Limits, recently revealed that drone technology is expected to uplift the UK’s construction industry by £8.6bn by 2030. This growth was largely attributed to innovation and improved productivity. As drone technology becomes more sophisticated, it can offer a range of benefits for civil contractors. Here Ian Barnes, Director at SITECH UK & Ireland, has shared his thought...
Overcoming metal machining stress to maximise quality
In metal machining, stress is a constant factor which has the potential to compromise the quality of the components produced. Brought about through traditional manufacturing methods, there are two common types of stress – thermal and cutting edge. Here, Karl Hollis, Engineering Director at Precision Micro has explored these common problems and their impacts, and suggests how stress can be eradicated to consistently produce components of the...