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An electric vehicle charging cable being plugged into a charging station
An introduction to EV charging infrastructure design
February 7, 2020
With demand for faster charging of EV vehicles increasing, the design of charging stations and infrastructure becomes ever more important.
Inside of a connected car depicting
V2X: The future of vehicle communications
By Martin Keenan   -   December 10, 2019
Vehicles 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...
Solar panels on a solar farm at sunrise
MOSFET relays: Key components in the densification and efficiency of electronics
November 27, 2019
Traditional electromagnetic relays, (EMRs), are still popular choices for certain applications, particularly where high-power switching is required, but increasingly, MOSFETs are being used in modern applications.
A photo of various antennas laid out on a white background
4 keys to selecting antennas for small IoT devices
November 19, 2019
Wireless 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.
There are two primary technologies used in detecting the presence of people, pyro-electric / passive infra-red (PIR) and ultrasonic. Alessandro Mastellari takes a look at how they differ and how they work.
PIR and ultrasonic sensors: What's the difference and how do they work?
By Alessandro Mastellari   -   October 21, 2019
There are two primary technologies used in detecting the presence of people, pyro-electric / passive infra-red (PIR) and ultrasonic. Alessandro Mastellari takes a look at how they differ and how they work.
The complex electronic architectures of  hybrid and electric vehicles have required engineers to rethink power requirements. Here's why 48V DC systems are key to modern automotive systems, and some considerations on powertrain component selection.
The shift to 48V in automotive systems: What you need to know
October 18, 2019
The complex electronic architectures of hybrid and electric vehicles have required engineers to rethink power requirements. Here's why 48V DC systems are key to modern automotive systems, and some considerations on powertrain component selection.
Bigger is always better, isn’t it? That’s not necessarily the case when it comes to specifying a power supply.
AC-DC power supply design: how to specify capacity
January 15, 2020
AC-DC power supply design - how to pick an AC-DC power supply, and 80 PLUS Certification in context
Tesla plugged into charging station
Switching high voltages and currents with PCB-mounted relays
By Martin Keenan   -   November 8, 2019
The 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.
Avnet Abacus helps engineers to develop smart flow meters for monitoring water and gas consumption. Alan Jermyn, VP Marketing, looks at what’s driving demand for smart meters, how they work and how they’re built.
Taking flow measurement to the next level
By Alan Jermyn   -   October 25, 2019
Avnet Abacus helps engineers to develop smart flow meters for monitoring water and gas consumption. Alan Jermyn, VP Marketing, looks at what’s driving demand for smart meters, how they work and how they’re built.
As 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?
These 8 charts will challenge your perspective on the Industrial IoT
October 1, 2019
As 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?
While connectors are not the most interesting components in automotive systems, they can make or break a design. Here, Mathias Goebel looks at the four main factors affecting connector choices in modern automotive applications.
4 factors steering connector choices in today's automotive applications
September 16, 2019
While connectors are not the most interesting components in automotive systems, they can make or break a design. Here, Mathias Goebel looks at the four main factors affecting connector choices in modern automotive applications.
How are the latest trends in sensing technology enabling the Industrial IoT, and how do you make the right choice for your installation?
Maximise your IIoT installation success by choosing the right sensors
July 19, 2019
How are the latest trends in sensing technology enabling the Industrial IoT, and how do you make the right choice for your installation?
When 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
Industry 3.0 vs. Industry 4.0: Selecting connectors for the new industrial age
June 17, 2019
When 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
With more and more applications combining data from multiple sensors, Alessandro Mastellari looks at how sensor fusion is being applied with pressure sensors.
How can combining different types of sensors result in more accurate data?
By Alessandro Mastellari   -   May 9, 2019
With more and more applications combining data from multiple sensors, Alessandro Mastellari looks at how sensor fusion is being applied with pressure sensors.
To give the electronic systems we design the ability to detect changes to what is around them we need analogue sensors. But the processing that sits behind those sensors is in almost every case going to be in the digital domain.
Pressure sensors: Why you should consider going digital
By Martin Keenan   -   May 9, 2019
To give the electronic systems we design the ability to detect changes to what is around them we need analogue sensors. But the processing that sits behind those sensors is in almost every case going to be in the digital domain.
In the second installment of our pressure sensor series Alessandro Mastellari explores how manufacturers are developing smaller and smaller devices.
Pressure sensor miniaturisation: How smaller sensors are enabling better healthcare
By Alessandro Mastellari   -   May 8, 2019
In the second installment of our pressure sensor series Alessandro Mastellari explores how manufacturers are developing smaller and smaller devices.
Pressure sensors became to automotive systems in the early 1990s, but as the rate of adoption of these components increases Martin Keenan investigates why.
What the growing pressure sensor market means for electronics
By Martin Keenan   -   May 8, 2019
Pressure sensors became to automotive systems in the early 1990s, but as the rate of adoption of these components increases Martin Keenan investigates why.
Recent advances in wireless technology have enabled the use of mesh network topologies in home and building control applications, but what are your options, and can you combine them?
A quick guide to multi-standard mesh networking
By Alessandro Mastellari   -   April 11, 2019
Recent advances in wireless technology have enabled the use of mesh network topologies in home and building control applications, but what are your options, and can you combine them?
To 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
Women in engineering – where are we now?
By Lisa Rees   -   March 7, 2019
To 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
Learn about the key design considerations and technical trade-offs that you need to know when selecting DC-DC conversion solutions for inverter or motor control HV gate drivers.
How to choose the right DC-DC converter for HV gate driver applications
By Philip Lechner   -   January 31, 2019
Learn about the key design considerations and technical trade-offs that you need to know when selecting DC-DC conversion solutions for inverter or motor control HV gate drivers.
As 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
A quick guide to powering smart objects with kinetic energy harvesting
By Alessandro Mastellari   -   January 22, 2019
As 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
Andy Hutton investigates the problems that LED flicker can cause in day-to-day life and the steps designers can take to prevent it in their lighting applications.
What is LED flicker - and how to prevent it
By Andrew Hutton   -   January 9, 2019
Andy Hutton investigates the problems that LED flicker can cause in day-to-day life and the steps designers can take to prevent it in their lighting applications.
Cars used to be little more than four wheels, four seats, an internal combustion engine, and enough electronics to get a spark to each plug at the right time. Today’s vehicles are radically more complex.
Design trends: Automotive passives
By Martin Keenan   -   November 29, 2018
Cars used to be little more than four wheels, four seats, an internal combustion engine, and enough electronics to get a spark to each plug at the right time. Today’s vehicles are radically more complex.
ENEC (European Norms Electrical Certification) is the European hallmark for luminaires and related products and is used to demonstrate compliance with European safety standards. This certification system also includes LED drivers
Designing safe certified and efficient power solutions for LED lighting system
By Philip Lechner   -   November 22, 2018
ENEC (European Norms Electrical Certification) is the European hallmark for luminaires and related products and is used to demonstrate compliance with European safety standards. This certification system also includes LED drivers - the electronics th
Rapidly increasing market demand and the rationalisation of product offerings from Li-ion cell manufacturers are impacting the choices available to design engineers.
Strategies to combat volatility in the lithium-ion battery market
By Tim Parker   -   November 22, 2018
Rapidly increasing market demand and the rationalisation of product offerings from Li-ion cell manufacturers are impacting the choices available to design engineers. Here Tim Parker discusses the background to these dynamics and how engineers can suc
Transportation vehicles pose a challenging environment for the power supply designer. DC-DC converters are used to power on-board sensors, communication radios, positioning and location sensing, lighting, and information systems. Huge voltage variati
DC-DC power conversion challenges in transportation applications
By Andrew Hutton   -   November 22, 2018
Transportation vehicles pose a challenging environment for the power supply designer. DC-DC converters are used to power on-board sensors, communication radios, positioning and location sensing, lighting, and information systems. Huge voltage variati
Traditionally, system designers try to use ‘off-the-shelf’ standard components, expecting the lowest cost as a result. With power supplies, this is not necessarily the case when a holistic view is taken. A compelling case can be made for cost eff
When configurable power supplies are the best solution
By Hector Garcia   -   November 20, 2018
Traditionally, system designers try to use ‘off-the-shelf’ standard components, expecting the lowest cost as a result. With power supplies, this is not necessarily the case when a holistic view is taken. A compelling case can be made for cost eff
And so electronica 2018 is over. In our final post, we look back on the best bits of day three.
From humanoids to holograms and humanity projects - How Avnet showcased the future at electronica
November 16, 2018
And so electronica 2018 is over. In our final post, we look back on the best bits of day three.
Another 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
electronica 2018 day two highlights
November 15, 2018
Another 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
On a crisp morning at Messe Munich there was an excited buzz around the exhibition centre as electronica 2018 opened its doors. Read what happened on day one.
electronica 2018 day one highlights
November 13, 2018
On a crisp morning at Messe Munich there was an excited buzz around the exhibition centre as electronica 2018 opened its doors. Read what happened on day one.
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