Digitalised smart manufacturing for electronics
As users of electronic devices, we can all appreciate the excitement of a new smartphone launch, the holiday availability of a new video game platform, or the introduction of a wearable device that promises to enhance our well-being in some way. Breakthrough innovations in electronics come rapidly, and we have come to expect that. By Caren Potter and Louisa Lou, Siemens Digital Industries Software
Single IC can produce isolated or non-isolated ±12V outputs
Electric vehicles, large-scale battery storage stacks, home automation, industrial, and telecom power all require converting high voltages to ±12V, where dual polarity rails are required for powering amplifiers, sensors, data converters, and industrial process controllers. Zhijun Qian, Senior Engineer and William Xiong, Applications Engineer, at Analog Devices (ADI) investigate.
The risks of overlooking flash memory
During the design process, manufacturers (OEMs) of industrial products undergo long engagement processes with multiple part suppliers. The purpose of these engagements is to ensure that each embedded part will not only work for the application, but also meet the workload and environmental requirements in the field. Tony Diaz, Product Manager for Delkin Devices, speaks to Electronic Specifier.
Power electronics at a crossroads
Designing high-performance power systems continues to increase in complexity year after year, to the extent where the industry has reached a milestone moment, which presents challenges and opportunities in equal measure. Electronic Specifier Editor Joe Bush caught up with Phil Davies, Corporate Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing at power module manufacturer Vicor to find out more.
HDD vs SSD: an easy choice?
On paper, many choices seem initially clear. A sports car seems to offer significantly more performance on paper than a run-of-the-mill vehicle. But its shortcomings become clear once it is time to take the kids to school, bring home the shopping from the supermarket, or collect furniture from the local store. And, for most of us, the choice is one or the other, not purchasing both so that the limitations of one can be offset by the other when re...
How to drive BLDC motors effectively with MOSFET tech
Our increased use of electric motors, especially in the automotive and industrial sectors, means that they are now a very large consumer of energy worldwide. BLDC (brushless FDC) motor technology is coming to the fore to improve reliability and efficiency, and MOSFET technology is providing an efficient drive solution. Mirko Vogelmann, Product Sales Manager Power Semiconductors, Rutronik explains.
Adapting to survive
Steve Rogerson reports from Xilinx’s XDF developers’ forum in The Hague. The intelligent, connected world has become a reality. This was how Victor Peng, President and CEO of Xilinx, opened the company’s XDF developers’ forum in The Hague in November. For this, he said, adaptability was vital.
Industrial IoT requires edge computing
The industrial IoT (IIoT) differs from the consumer IoT and is probably more important as it helps improve efficiency of industrial processes and optimises resources. It is, in fact, fast becoming a must-have for manufacturing companies – as there is a direct and easy-to-measure return on investment (ROI) based on the higher cost efficiency of their operations. By Suhel Dhanani, Director of Business Development, Industrial & Healthcare...
Controller importance in NAND Flash storage systems
Solid state drives (SSDs) based on NAND Flash memory are replacing hard disk drives (HDDs) in many applications, especially for portable and consumer devices. Steffen Allert of Hyperstone explains.
Bringing synchronisation to digital electronics
Most electronic systems that you design or use will have one or more oscillators to provide a clock to synchronise operations, act as a frequency reference or enable accurate timing. This article discusses the advantages of quartz crystal oscillators, and some of the choices available. Qin Zhuang, Applications Engineering Manager, Diodes Incorporated explains.