Toshiba’s Automotive Display Interface Bridge ICs for In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems
Acting on the complex functionalities of automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), systems, Toshiba has launched two display interface bridge ICs (integrated circuits): the TC9594XBG and TC9595XBG. These bridge ICs are made to minimise the functionality demands that engineers encounter when working with IVI system designs.
Intel’s ‘Horse Ridge’ Chip and What It Could Mean for the Future of Quantum Computing
During the last couple of years, corporations in collaboration with researchers have been working in the field of quantum computing. Notable examples are IBM Quantum, Microsoft’s Azure Quantum, and Google’s Sycamore, to name just a few. The category also includes Intel’s partnership with QuTech in their research and development into quantum computer control circuitry.
The World’s First Mass-Produced Fully-Electric Digger
Earlier this year, a JCB electric digger, called the 19C-1E, won the UK’s annual MacRobert Award, the leading prize in the UK to recognise engineering innovation. The vehicle is the world’s first volume-produced, fully battery-powered digger and offers the potential to drive sustainable engineering in the construction sector.
An Overview of Near-Field Communication
Near-field communication (NFC) is a connectivity technology that enables wireless communication between two NFC-enabled devices. Communication via NFC occurs at short range, low bandwidth, and at a high frequency between devices. We discuss NFC’s components, its operating modes, and more.
IP-Core Start-Up AccelerComm Secures a Series A Fund of £5.8M for Its 5G Operations
In a round led by IQ Capital—alongside Bloc Ventures and the IP Group—UK-based semiconductor IP-Core (intellectual property-core) company AccelerComm has raised £5.8 million in Series A funding for its 5G research and development.
GM Plans to Transform Its Lordstown Assembly Plant into an EV-Focused Ultium Battery Site
With General Motors’ slogan ‘Our Electric Future is Now’ used to promote its new Ultium battery that has a 600-mile driving range, the company has announced its intentions to become a serious contender on the electric vehicle market.
An Overview of Neuromorphic Computing and Its Latest Advances
Realising brain-like synapses using artificial intelligence has, for several decades, been a dream of scientists all over the world. Although we don’t have human-level AI yet, humans have made significant strides in the design of innovative technologies for neuromorphic computing. This article delves into some of the most promising innovations in this field.
Biomimetic ‘Mole-Bot’ Enables Unmanned Exploration of Underground Resources
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has recently announced the development of a mole-inspired robot. The biomimetic drilling robot imitates the biological structure and excavation habits of moles, and the team hopes it will be able to mine previously unreachable underground resources.
Former RAF Base in South Wales to Hold The UK’s First Location for a Large-Scale EV Battery Plant
A former RAF (Royal Air Force) site in Bro Tatham, South Wales will be the grounds for the United Kingdom’s first supersized EV (electric vehicle) battery production plant. The £1.2 billion investment is a strong injection that could alleviate the current shortcomings of the UK car industry.
Advanced Preventive Maintenance of Pumps Using IIoT-Based Online Continuous Monitoring
Pumps are critical to countless industrial operations, and massive production losses can be prevented by their timely maintenance. On top of this, maintenance practices themselves have evolved over the years. We look at how, using the IIoT (industrial internet of things) for online continuous monitoring of pumps, preventive maintenance can altogether be enhanced.
Engineering Innovations Focused on Improving Our Mental Health
Never has the importance of our mental health been more prevalent. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a huge rise in anxiety illnesses across the globe. And, while our health services were already stretched, they are now bursting at the seams. Now more than ever, this has called for engineers to design technology that can monitor, research—and hopefully improve—our mental wellbeing.
Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin on Its Way to Local Battery Manufacturing
Tesla Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg (aka Giga Berlin) is currently under construction and heading towards achieving local battery manufacturing using a new battery technology design. Giga Berlin is an example of Tesla’s interest in more efficient batteries, particularly as batteries reflect the company’s most costly manufacturing process for its electric vehicle production plans.
Texas Instruments’ CC2640R2F Microcontroller, Featuring Bluetooth 5.1
The CC2640R2F is one of the SimpleLink wireless microcontrollers manufactured by Texas Instruments. It supports Bluetooth 5.1 Low Energy, which has a clock speed of 2.4GHz. The device is useful in a wide range of applications, including those in the automation, industrial, and medical fields.