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Martin Keenan - Technical Director, Avnet Abacus at Avnet

As Technical Director, Martin is responsible for technical marketing strategy across IP&E, power and battery products into key market segments. Martin has over 15 years' experience in electronics having begun his career at Nortel Networks, and since occupied roles at RS Components, Avnet and Altera.

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Extending battery lifetime in wireless applications using supercapacitors
By Martin Keenan   -   April 20, 2020
Technical article
This article describes how supercapacitors can be deployed in conjunction with batteries to extend their operational life and reduce maintenance and replacement costs.
Inside of a connected car depicting
V2X: The future of vehicle communications
By Martin Keenan   -   December 10, 2019
Technical article
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...
Tesla plugged into charging station
Switching high voltages and currents with PCB-mounted relays
By Martin Keenan   -   November 8, 2019
Technical article
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.
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
Technical article
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 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
Technical article
Pressure sensors became to automotive systems in the early 1990s, but as the rate of adoption of these components increases Martin Keenan investigates why.
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
Technical article
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.
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
Technical article
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
Technical article
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?
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
Technical article
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
Technical article
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.
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
Technical article
Connector manufacturers are working hard to enhance the performance of rugged connectors, writes Martin Keenan, Avnet Abacus
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
Technical article
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.
Thanks 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.
State-of-the-art wireless modules save time, space and money
By Martin Keenan   -   September 12, 2017
Technical article
Thanks 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.
In 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
Customising and optimising antennas with materials science and manufacturing techniques
By Martin Keenan   -   July 14, 2017
Technical article
In 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
Supercapacitors 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.
Hybrid capacitors combine technologies to get the best of both worlds
By Martin Keenan   -   March 15, 2017
Technical article
Supercapacitors 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.
Combining the data from multiple sensors can tell us a great deal more about the application environment than each sensor could on its own.
Sensor Fusion: The future of intelligent devices
By Martin Keenan   -   March 14, 2017
Technical article
Combining the data from multiple sensors can tell us a great deal more about the application environment than each sensor could on its own.
As 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.
Designing for LoRaWAN - Murata wireless modules
By Martin Keenan   -   December 1, 2016
Technical article
As 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.
Bluetooth 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.
NFC vs. Bluetooth beacons: More different than similar
By Martin Keenan   -   August 12, 2016
Technical article
Bluetooth 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.
Industry 4.0 and the digitisation of the manufacturing sector will have repercussions for all sectors of industrial electronics.
Evolving component technologies will make Industry 4.0 viable
By Martin Keenan   -   May 22, 2016
Technical article
Industry 4.0 and the digitisation of the manufacturing sector will have repercussions for all sectors of industrial electronics.
The 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
The internet of medical things (IoMT) bringing better healthcare for all
By Martin Keenan   -   April 8, 2016
Technical article
The 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