The Tech XLR8 show explains how industry makes vision a reality
The industrial world is undergoing a technology revolution, as Steve Rogerson found out at the Tech XLR8 show, part of the London Tech Week, at Excel. Automation has been part of the industrial world for decades, but the transformation that the Industrial IoT (IIoT) can and is bringing to factories is like nothing the industry has ever seen before.
The changing landscape of the display industry
The display market today is worth $120bn, primarily driven by smartphones and TVs. Over the next few years, annual display production will reach around a quarter of a million square metres, with most additional LCD capacity coming from the construction of new ‘Generation 10.5’ display fabs.
What changes are occurring in the connector market?
The interconnection market is a difficult one for designers and buyers alike. Longer delivery times, product discontinuations, higher minimum quantities and an immense variety of products and variants create uncertainty. Connectors distributor Heilind explains how it supports its customers with service and consulting offers.
Device development without sacrificing compliance
Balancing innovation and compliance is a challenge in any heavily regulated market with a large dependency on embedded software. Gerhard Kruger, Perforce Software, discusses further.
Paving the way for power management
As our world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the demand for power will only continue to increase. Following a vibrant APEC 2019, held in California in March, Electronic Specifier Editor Joe Bush caught up with Anoop Chadaga, Product Marketing Manager, Texas Instruments, to find out what the company’s focus was at the show.
Helmut Plötz, Technology Supplier Business Manager EMEA, Arrow Electronics, looks at the key role of FPGAs. Continuing time and cost pressures mean that it is more important than ever for startups and established companies to get their ideas from concept to production in as timely and reliable a way as possible. This has led to some development platforms becoming the foundation of end products. One example is the MAX1000 FPGA IoT board,...
Some alternative stories from the halls of electronica
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the news that may have missed the front page. My travels last month took me to the biggest shoe-leather-eating event in the calendar. Yes, I am talking about the enormous electronica exhibition in Munich, which was even bigger than in previous years. As per usual, I boosted my daily step count to silly levels with the combination of the event and me exploring the bars of Munich in the evening.
Celebrating National App Day
It’s difficult to imagine a world without apps, and the latest generation of smart device users won’t actually remember one! Before the App Store, some may remember the first ever smartphone (IBM’s Simon), launched in 1994, which had preloaded ‘features’ such as a calculator, calendar, note book and a sketch pad. Not what we would necessarily recognise as an app by today’s standards, but a seminal moment n...
Top 10 gadgets to add to your Christmas list
You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why. All the latest in electronic wizardry is coming to town.
Women of STEM – Top 20
Over the last few years we have used up a lot of column inches in order to highlight the burgeoning skills gap within engineering and STEM-based careers, and in particular the discrepancy in the gender balance of individuals choosing that particular pathway.