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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.
As electronica 2018 prepares to open its doors, here are three reasons you should visit Avnet Abacus on stand C5 101 this week.
3 reasons to visit Avnet Abacus at electronica 2018
November 12, 2018
As electronica 2018 prepares to open its doors, here are three reasons you should visit Avnet Abacus on stand C5 101 this week.
Traditional 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.
A supercapacitor in every system? Potential is turning to probability
By Ekaterina Rachel   -   August 24, 2018
Traditional 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.
Thermal runaway can happen as a direct result of component failure and cause a lot of damage, but there are ways to protect against it.
Identifying ‘hot spots’ before they cause thermal runaway
By Juliette Whithair   -   August 16, 2018
Thermal runaway can happen as a direct result of component failure and cause a lot of damage, but there are ways to protect against it.
When 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
Key design considerations for selecting the right RF antenna
August 7, 2018
When 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
An 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
Selecting an Ethernet ICM the easy way
By Marco Enge   -   July 25, 2018
An 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
The 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.
Security and surveillance: Two sides of the coin in smart homes
By Martin Keenan   -   July 9, 2018
The 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.
You've selected your wireless protocol, and you're ready to start designing. But should you take the modular route or build a discrete solution?
Wireless modules point the way for IoT connectivity
By Martin Keenan   -   June 26, 2018
You've selected your wireless protocol, and you're ready to start designing. But should you take the modular route or build a discrete solution?
The lighting industry is not short of options for digital connectivity, but what it needs is a standard that adapts itself to change. Enter Bluetooth 5.
Future proofing lighting systems with Bluetooth
By Alessandro Mastellari   -   May 9, 2018
The lighting industry is not short of options for digital connectivity, but what it needs is a standard that adapts itself to change. Enter Bluetooth 5.
Wireless technology is endemic in modern society; broadly speaking we rely on cellular technology to stay connected when we’re travelling, and probably WiFi when we’re not.
Choosing the right wireless technology for your IoT end-device
By Adam Chidley   -   May 4, 2018
Wireless 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
The role of the battery in product design has become increasingly important. In fact, you could say it has provoked a change in design methodology, albeit with a bit of help from legislative bodies.
Optimising battery designs with supercapacitors
By Tim Parker   -   April 30, 2018
The role of the battery in product design has become increasingly important. In fact, you could say it has provoked a change in design methodology, albeit with a bit of help from legislative bodies.
Just how smart can a smart home get? Tomorrow’s home is a true a brainiac, making decisions for you before you even think to tell it to.
From enabled to proactive: The evolution of home automation
March 29, 2018
Just how smart can a smart home get? Tomorrow’s home is a true a brainiac, making decisions for you before you even think to tell it to.
Man controlling home devices via his watch
Let your home do the work so you don't have to
By Martin Keenan   -   March 29, 2018
Today, we need to interact with connected products in the home deliberately. But it does not have to stay this way.
The 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.
Adapting PIR sensor technology to new applications
By Martin Keenan   -   February 7, 2018
The 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.
Numbers 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.
EV charging points set to rapidly increase in numbers
By Marco Enge   -   January 18, 2018
Numbers 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.
Electronics used in outdoor locations have to contend with harsh weather conditions, including direct sunlight, rain, ice, and even earthquakes. But that’s not the whole story.
Protecting outdoor electronics against vandals
By Jerry Moss   -   December 18, 2017
Electronics used in outdoor locations have to contend with harsh weather conditions, including direct sunlight, rain, ice, and even earthquakes. But that’s not the whole story.
Giving machines the power of vision gives them the ability to interact with people in a much more natural way, but integrating this capability was previously a complex and difficult task.
I recognise that face: Machine vision with Omron's HVC
By Giovanna Monari   -   November 14, 2017
Giving machines the power of vision gives them the ability to interact with people in a much more natural way, but integrating this capability was previously a complex and difficult task.
Connector manufacturers are working hard to enhance the performance of rugged connectors, writes Martin Keenan, Avnet Abacus
Balancing performance, speed and cost for rugged interconnect technologies
By Martin Keenan   -   November 2, 2017
Connector manufacturers are working hard to enhance the performance of rugged connectors, writes Martin Keenan, Avnet Abacus
RF When considering the exponential growth of transferred data, most headlines are captured by wireless innovation, but advances continue to be made in the wired domain, not least in RF connectors.
Advances and trends in RF connection
By Marco Enge   -   October 19, 2017
When considering the exponential growth of transferred data, most headlines are captured by wireless innovation, but advances continue to be made in the wired domain, not least in RF connectors.
Do 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?
Enabling smart tracking for the supply chain and Industry 4.0 with RFID
By Adam Chidley   -   September 27, 2017
Do 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?
As 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.
How wireless power transfer can help make the world’s lithium go further
By Martin Keenan   -   September 19, 2017
As 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.
The market for consumer robots aimed at learning and education is growing rapidly, but selecting the right battery can make or break a companion robot's design.
Consumer robot designs present a challenge for Li-ion batteries
By Tim Parker   -   September 18, 2017
The market for consumer robots aimed at learning and education is growing rapidly, but selecting the right battery can make or break a companion robot's design.
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