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Traditional TCO metrics for embedded systems are now worthless. For an accurate idea of lifetime costs it is now essential to factor in the fast-changing IoT landscape.
New compact solutions for device packaging, silicon integration and MOSFET technology work well with over a narrow voltage range. Efficiency and throughput power tends to drop off dramatically, however, over a moderate to high input range.
Smart cars continue to expand autonomous driving tasks that assist or even outright outperform humans. However, the question remains: Are system architects ensuring that there is an appropriate allocation of responsibility, visibility, and capability for emergency handling between driver and electronic control systems?
As humans, we love things to be personalised. We go to great lengths to show off our sense of style, good taste and purchasing power. With the advent of 3D printing, we could soon have the power to personalise our cars.
Specifying your power system to meet its peak requirement of a pulsed load is expensive, and results in unnecessarily large and heavy power supplies. The technique of power averaging allows power systems to be sized based on average power requirement.
Equipment and sensors built for environmental monitoring contend with a myriad of challenges; the lack of reliable power, inhospitable ambient conditions and poor communication channels to name but a few. However, there are key design considerations when building an apparatus to cater for these unforgiving conditions.
Stepper motors provide the small, low-cost and precise motion needed for countless small to medium appliances that surround us.
Power system engineers are increasingly under pressure to do more in less time. Introducing power components can make your power system design more efficient, and allows engineers to design more power chains in the same time.
Photovoltaic systems require specific knowledge and specialist products. Download this white paper to learn the tricks of the trade and discover expert solutions to:
Humidity and condensation within your system can lead to power failures of catastrophic proportions. There are multiple strategies available, however, to ensure these instances are averted.
As processors become more powerful, system power consumption increases along with the amount of heat produced. Sensitive electronics increasingly need improved cooling so as to ensure consistent operation.
Robotics is a basically a simple feedback loop — instructions sent to an appendage, activating a motor, moving it into position. For system control to know when a position is reached, a network of sensors is critical. Recent advances in sensor technology now maximise the precision of this positioning.
Electronic components often generate significant amounts of heat while in use. Failure to effectively dissipate this heat away from the device can lead to reliability concerns and reduce operational lifetimes.
Failing verification or qualification of wireless technologies within a new product design increases developmental costs and delays the product release. Similarly, an EMI compliance test is expensive and also puts the product schedule at risk.
Selecting the right power architecture for your system is critical to significantly reduce its size and weight. Factorised Power Architecture (FPA) is an interesting approach that can result in power systems that are 8 to 10 times lighter and smaller than conventional solutions.