Common Issues Engineers Face Using PCBs and How to Fix Them
Printed circuit boards, aka PCBs, are arguably the most common components in electronic devices—and altogether set to be worth $89.7 billion by 2024, says GlobeNewswire. Engineers, however, need to be prepared for the following issues when dealing with such ubiquitous material...
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.
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.
Could 5G Deployment Really Pose A Security Risk?
5G is the next generation of wireless communication technologies that will be used by future mobile devices all over the world. As with the standards that came before it, 5G promises vastly better performance—it will substantially increase data transfer speeds, improve reliability, and greatly reduce latency.
Has the Limits of Processing Power Been Reached?
As technology advances, so too does the need for more computing power to handle the explosive volumes of data generated. With growing trends in autonomous driving, high-bandwidth data transfer, and cloud computing, leading chipmakers are striving to push out lightning-fast processors every year through many manufacturing and design techniques.
Distinguishing Between AI, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing
As the reality of a fourth industrial revolution becomes more certain, you probably come across the terms “artificial intelligence” and “machine learning” more often than you would expect to, however, surprisingly enough, not many of us really understand the difference between them and their relation to one another. When you understand fully what these terms mean, it becomes easier to appreciate their practical implications.
British Startup Blueshift Memory Supercharges Data Operations with New Memory Technology
Though steady CPU enhancements have boosted computational data manipulation, embedded memory is now the largest remaining efficiency bottleneck. Blueshift Memory is actively working to shrink this gap—a development that will significantly benefit genetic research, AI programming, climate modelling, and more.
The Major Differences in Electrical Standards Between the U.S. and Europe
Working on an electrical engineering project for a country other than the one you were educated in is going to be a major challenge—especially when you consider that almost every country in Europe has its own version of electrical standards and codes.
A Guide to Basic Electronic Test Equipment for Electrical Engineers
Testing is a vital aspect of design and production for electromechanical devices. The need to verify, simulate, or monitor the behaviour of individual components and overall electric circuits exists to ensure the stability and reliability of the final products. Testing is also essential for troubleshooting faults in electronics after production.
Solving an Engineering Labour Shortage in Germany with Foreign Workers
Germany is a country on the brink of full employment with an unemployment rate of just 3.1% (the second-lowest in Europe). However, while economic growth is booming and unemployment is at an all-time low, there is a new problem on the horizon: almost every skilled and able worker is doing just that—working.
How Much Time Do Electrical Engineers Spend on Testing and Inspection?
Virtually every residential building, facility, or industrial plant requires myriad electrical systems to run various processes. This calls for extensive testing and inspection to ensure the reliability of assets and user safety.