Technical Ceramics and What They Could Mean for the Electronics Industry
Electronic devices we use daily, including smartphones, computers, and portable cameras, owe much of their functionality to the unique properties of semiconductors and ceramic materials. We look at technical ceramics, which are emerging as one of the electronics industry’s materials of choice due to their unique physical properties.
Combining 3D Printing, Robotics, and Other Innovation in Smart Building Construction
Additive manufacturing, already an innovative electrical design approach, is now crossing over to the field of construction—making it possible to manufacture 3D-printed buildings. Now, the next step for electrical engineers (EEs) is becoming clear: the development of embedded devices for the robotics-based construction of 3D-printed automated smart homes.
The Progress and Current State of UK Renewable Energy
Following the UK government’s interests in going ‘net zero’ by 2050, we look at some of the major options for renewable energy and discuss the world’s increasing interests in sustainable solutions that have been increasingly apparent during such an eye-opening 2020.
Regenerative Braking: an Increasingly-Promising Technology for EVs and More
Regenerative braking systems are able to charge automobiles through the energy developed by their friction, thus promising a future of safer, longer, and greener commuting—particularly for EVs, or electric vehicles. We look at the technology behind this promising solution to vehicle battery charging on the go.
When GPS Fails: Advantages of Quantum Navigation with Quantum Gyro Sensors
High-precision, high-risk, costly moving objects lack a backup navigation solution. Mostly reliant on GPS—or the Global Positioning System—they present two major weaknesses: low accuracy and poor security. Such problems can be improved with quantum gyro sensors and other elements of quantum positioning systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications of 2D Materials in Electronics Engineering
The technological evolution of 2D (two-dimensional) materials opened up a wide swath of possibilities in the electronics industry. 2D Materials consist of a single layer of atoms with exceptional electronic, thermal, optical, and mechanical properties. This article will explore some of the most promising applications for these wonder materials.
Electronic Devices for Medical Applications: Safety, Reliability, and Biocompatibility Requirements
Electronics engineers working in industries that design equipment for the healthcare industry are responsible for ensuring their safety and reliability in line with standards of the medical industry. This article will explore the most critical considerations in designing electronics for medical use.
Surface-Mount Component Packaging: Types, Sizing, and Standards
Surface-mount devices (SMDs) encompass a wide range of electronic components that electronic engineers use in their daily work. This article will provide a basic understanding of SMD packaging types, sizes, and relevant standards to engineers involved or interested in electronic component sourcing in their respective industries.
Comparing Current Sensing Techniques: Hall Effect, Shunt Resistors, and Magnetoresistance Effect Sensors
One of the sub-disciplines in electrical engineering is tests and measurements and for that reason, any EE should be interested in better understanding the way current flows through components in electrical circuits.