Evolution before revolution: the origins of Industry 4.0
May 27, 2020We’ve come a long way from the days of Henry Ford famously telling customers that they could have the Model T car painted any colour ‘so long as it was black’ – a quote which reflected the compromise of having to put efficiency before choice.
The evolution of cellular networks
By Martin Keenan - April 29, 2020Since the first 5G services were launched in the USA by Verizon and AT&T, 5G networks have been rolled out in a further 17 countries with South Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States leading the charge and China catching up fast.
How automotive Ethernet and 5G will power autonomous driving
September 22, 2020Automotive Ethernet and high-performance 5G communication systems will form the backbone of autonomous vehicles, enabling safety, and increased comfort for drivers and passengers.
How SiC and GaN technology is affecting passive component development
June 19, 2020To keep up with the semiconductor process innovations, SiC and GaN present some unique challenges to the essential passive components used in power conversion and motor drive circuits.
Selecting relays for test and measurement equipment
By Shlomo Avital - March 30, 2020Follow Avnet Abacus on LinkedIn One of the key challenges with developing test and measurement equipment is to ensure that the signal that gets measured is the same as the signal that you want to measure. It sounds obvious, but multiple factors in the ...
An introduction to EV charging infrastructure design
February 7, 2020With demand for faster charging of EV vehicles increasing, the design of charging stations and infrastructure becomes ever more important.
V2X: The future of vehicle communications
By Martin Keenan - December 10, 2019Vehicles are about to become a lot more communicative: with other road users, with the infrastructure they pass on their journeys, with cloud-based services, and even with the energy grid. This communication should make vehicles more economical to operate...
4 keys to selecting antennas for small IoT devices
November 19, 2019Wireless connectivity is a critical enabler for many IoT applications. While a wireless module can simplify the RF subsystem design, a working system requires careful selection of an antenna as well.
Switching high voltages and currents with PCB-mounted relays
By Martin Keenan - November 8, 2019The growing demand for safe, robust and energy-efficient ways to switch relatively large amounts of power means that relays have an important role to play in a wide range of modern applications.
These 8 charts will challenge your perspective on the Industrial IoT
October 1, 2019As the buzz around the Industrial IoT continues to grow, are manufacturers ready to move beyond the hype? How close are we to extensive IoT implementation and delivering real business value?
4 factors steering connector choices in today's automotive applications
September 16, 2019Connectors are critical components in any automotive systems, and their selection can make or break a design. Here, Mathias Goebel looks at the four main factors affecting connector choices in modern automotive applications.
Industry 3.0 vs. Industry 4.0: Selecting connectors for the new industrial age
June 17, 2019When specifying connectors for IIoT applications, making the right choice is vital to ensuring the integrity of the transmission. Vibration, humidity and environmental stress are regular concerns when specifying any system component for a factory or
Women in engineering – where are we now?
By Lisa Rees - March 7, 2019To mark International Women’s Day, we spoke to two female engineers at different points in their careers – one from the UK and one from Germany – to find out from them what their take is on being a woman in engineering and to learn more about t
A quick guide to powering smart objects with kinetic energy harvesting
By Alessandro Mastellari - January 22, 2019As the world becomes increasingly smart and connected, batteries can be undesirable in some of the use cases. Kinetic energy harvesting is an alternative that can help achieve longer operating lifetimes, relieve ownership costs, and ideally improve r
From humanoids to holograms and humanity projects - How Avnet showcased the future at electronica
November 16, 2018And so electronica 2018 is over. In our final post, we look back on the best bits of day three.
electronica 2018 day two highlights
November 15, 2018Another day at electronica 2018 has passed and it was arguably even busier than the first. A constant stream of customers and suppliers kept the atmosphere on the Avnet Abacus stand buzzing, and our schedule was packed full of great speakers and demo
3 reasons to visit Avnet Abacus at electronica 2018
November 12, 2018As electronica 2018 prepares to open its doors, here are three reasons you should visit Avnet Abacus on stand C5 101 this week.
A supercapacitor in every system? Potential is turning to probability
By Ekaterina Rachel - August 24, 2018Traditional battery technologies are being challenged by a relatively new kid on the block, the supercapacitor, and forcing developers across a range of battery-powered applications to examine just what and when power is needed for their system.
Identifying ‘hot spots’ before they cause thermal runaway
By Juliette Whithair - August 16, 2018Thermal runaway can happen as a direct result of component failure and cause a lot of damage, but there are ways to protect against it.
Key design considerations for selecting the right RF antenna
August 7, 2018When faced with the need to make design decisions, system engineers are challenged with multiple options, any of which can have a major impact on the effectiveness of the wireless performance.There are many considerations when selecting RF antennas f
Selecting an Ethernet ICM the easy way
By Marco Enge - July 25, 2018An ICM, or integrated connector module is a type of connector that integrates all the magnetics required to meet the Ethernet standard for xBASE-T connections. They provide a quick and easy solution for Ethernet connectivity, but how do you know whic
Security and surveillance: Two sides of the coin in smart homes
By Martin Keenan - July 9, 2018The new era of home security won’t just be an alarm that rings when a lock is picked or a window broken. With the rise of new technology comes the added need to protect a home’s hardware and its software.
Wireless modules point the way for IoT connectivity
By Martin Keenan - June 26, 2018You've selected your wireless protocol, and you're ready to start designing. But should you take the modular route or build a discrete solution?
Choosing the right wireless technology for your IoT end-device
By Adam Chidley - May 4, 2018Wireless communications will connect the IoT, but it’s not quite as straightforward as adding a Wi-Fi access point to your home broadband. Avnet Abacus’ Adam Chidley takes a look at low power WANs and why they will be essential in connecting thin
Adapting PIR sensor technology to new applications
By Martin Keenan - February 7, 2018The passive infrared sensor (PIR) seems so familiar that it is easy to miss the many applications that exist for it and the subtleties of engineering that guide the best ways in which to use it.
EV charging points set to rapidly increase in numbers
By Marco Enge - January 18, 2018Numbers of EV charging points are set to increase dramatically under a draft EU directive expected to come into effect in 2019, but the design challenges for EV charging solutions are many and varied.
Balancing performance, speed and cost for rugged interconnect technologies
By Martin Keenan - November 2, 2017Connector manufacturers are working hard to enhance the performance of rugged connectors, writes Martin Keenan, Avnet Abacus
Enabling smart tracking for the supply chain and Industry 4.0 with RFID
By Adam Chidley - September 27, 2017Do you know where your product has been and where it is going right now? This is the challenge that many manufacturers and logistics companies face in the management of their supply chains, but how can RFID technology solve it?
How wireless power transfer can help make the world’s lithium go further
By Martin Keenan - September 19, 2017As pressure on the world’s lithium reserves increases, wireless power transfer simplifies charging and enables designers to use lower-capacity batteries and create new types of smart devices.
State-of-the-art wireless modules save time, space and money
By Martin Keenan - September 12, 2017Thanks to the emergence of the internet of things (IoT), almost all of today’s electronic device designs will have to integrate some form of wireless connectivity or other. The easiest, quickest and cheapest way to do this is with wireless modules.
Automotive telematics become mandatory with eCall
By Alan Jermyn - August 1, 2017As the intelligence of vehicle electronic systems increases, wireless connectivity is becoming an important feature, enabling passenger communications and cloud connectivity for advanced features instances of emergency such as eCall.
Customising and optimising antennas with materials science and manufacturing techniques
By Martin Keenan - July 14, 2017In an increasingly connected world, performance demands on antennas are greater than ever. These increased performance demands also have to be balanced with cost, and of course, the limits imposed by the laws of physics, which make antenna design a t
Weather, corrosion and vandals: Protecting outdoor electronics
By Jerry Moss - June 30, 2017Specialised enclosures and switches are required for electronics’ survival in the great outdoors, writes Jerry Moss, Avnet Abacus.
Keeping the noise down: Converter and inverter output filtering
By Adam Chidley - May 31, 2017Most modern power conversion topologies use switched-mode techniques for highest efficiency and smallest size and cost. Inevitably, switching noise is produced and output filters are required to minimise EMI and provide reliable operation of the powe
Input filtering and protection for switched mode inverters and converters
By Adam Chidley - April 25, 2017Inverters and converters have become basic building blocks for many modern power applications. These applications must meet statutory and practical requirements for input EMI filtering and protection against injury to personnel and equipment
Hybrid capacitors combine technologies to get the best of both worlds
By Martin Keenan - March 15, 2017Supercapacitors are commonly used as an alternative to a rechargeable battery wherever a quick energy boost is needed, however there is another type of device on the market which combines the best features of EDLCs and Li-ion batteries.
Design considerations for powering remote bluetooth beacons
By Tim Parker - February 9, 2017There are a number of battery form factors and chemistries available for powering remote beacon technology. In this article, Avnet Abacus’ Tim Parker guides you through the available options.
Designing for LoRaWAN - Murata wireless modules
By Martin Keenan - December 1, 2016As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wireless modules for smartphones, including supplying some of the very biggest names in the market, Murata knows a thing or two about wireless technologies, and also about manufacturing modules.
NFC vs. Bluetooth beacons: More different than similar
By Martin Keenan - August 12, 2016Bluetooth Beacons and NFC (Near Field Communication) are often mentioned in the same breath, but in terms of technology and applications, they are not really that similar.
Evolving component technologies will make Industry 4.0 viable
By Martin Keenan - May 22, 2016Industry 4.0 and the digitisation of the manufacturing sector will have repercussions for all sectors of industrial electronics.
Calculating LED heatsinks
By Giovanna Monari - May 22, 2016Thermal management is of critical importance in LED lighting systems. LEDs themselves give off heat when lit due to their own inefficiencies, and knock on effects of that heat can rapidly reduce the LEDs’ lifespan if it isn’t managed carefully.
The internet of medical things (IoMT) bringing better healthcare for all
By Martin Keenan - April 8, 2016The Internet of Things (IoT) combines pervasive connectivity to control devices remotely with Big Data applications in The Cloud capable of organising vast quantities of information and extracting information hidden in the data to enable new services
‘Wet’ aluminium and polymer aluminium capacitors – what’s the difference?
By Ekaterina Rachel - April 1, 2016Aluminium electrolytic and polymer wound aluminium electrolytic capacitors may seem similar at first glance, but the technologies offer very different performance characteristics.
Modern electromechanical relays meet today’s reliability demands
By Giovanna Monari - February 2, 2016Although they’ve been superseded in some applications by newer technologies such as solid state relays (SSRs), electromechanical relays (EMRs) still have a lot to offer.
Circuit protection is vital for long lifetimes in LED lighting
By Adam Chidley - January 7, 2016LEDs are widely touted as the perfect solution for lighting applications because, in theory at least, they last forever.What’s less frequently spoken about is that circuit protection can make or break the design.
Understanding micro switches and hysteresis
By Giovanna Monari - June 12, 2015The invention of the micro switch goes back over 80 years to 1932 and is attributed to one Peter McGall of Freeport, Illinois, USA. Who knows how many billion of these handy little components have been manufactured since, but there can hardly be a ho
Latest developments in antennas for M2M communications
By Marco Enge - April 30, 2015Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications has undergone phenomenal growth in recent years and connectivity is becoming increasingly reliant upon wireless networks.
LED thermal management: Is it just me or is it getting hot in here?
By Giovanna Monari - March 19, 2015Thermal management is a key element of LED lighting design, ensuring reliable operation, better performance and extended device lifetimes.
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