The Appeal Behind Designing Low-Power Electronics
In 1947, William Shockley, alongside a team of physicists at Bell Labs, demonstrated the first practical transistor, one of the earliest efforts at low power electronic design. The transistor replaced the bulky and energy-demanding vacuum tubes used at the time and paved the way for smaller electronics with lower power consumption.
The First Programmable Memristor Computer: Impacts on Machine Learning and AI Industries
Until now, memristors have primarily been a solution looking for a problem. In a recent development, however, researchers from the University of Michigan claim to have built the first programmable memristor computer.
Safety Soldering Procedures for Electrical Engineers
Every electrical engineer has, at some point, come in contact with a soldering iron and some rolled up piece of solder. Surprisingly, there are scores of engineers who say they have had long careers where they never had to use a soldering iron. In practice, many electrical engineers won’t need to do much or any soldering at all in modern jobs, thanks to surface mount technology and “plug and play” electronics design.
Addressing Energy Inefficiency in Wi-Fi Systems and Infrastructure
The intensive use of Wi-Fi communications has led to the growth of W-Fi infrastructure worldwide. Due to the huge amounts of data transmission, however, these consume a whole lot of power that is lost as heat. This shouldn't (and doesn't need to) be the case.
Circuit Protection Devices That Ensure the Safety and Reliability of Electrical Circuits
Every electrical engineer charged with the responsibility of designing and building electrical systems must ensure that they are reliable, safe, and durable. But sometimes, things could go awry: burnt PCBs and components, static shocks, and tripped circuit breakers are just some of the myriad technical issues that come from inadequate circuit protection.
Electronic Device Security Experts Weigh in on Insecure Electronics Use by the Military
At the end of last month, a report by the Pentagon's inspector general revealed the US Department of Defense (DoD) spent over $32.8 million in the 2018 fiscal year on electronics with known security vulnerabilities.
Open Source Software Electrical Engineers Should Know About
‘Open-source software’ (OSS) refers to computer programs whose copyright holders have licensed their source codes to the public to study, modify, and distribute the software freely. Additionally, some of them have thriving online collaborative communities where users can share ideas, utilise and modify the source code for a host of applications.
Right to Repair Electronics is Essential to Product Design
The conversation around the right to repair has always been contemptuous, often pitting consumers against companies. Though international electronics brands are household names, they often lack meaningful brick-and-mortar presences in many countries.
The UK is Falling Behind in Robotics — Though There’s Long-Term Hope
The manufacturing world is increasingly embracing automation, with the EU seeing 12% growth in robotics last year. Global workforce saturation is rising as countries modernise their labour strategies. However, the UK is struggling to keep up: by comparison, its robot sales fell by 3% in 2018.