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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 - 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. 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
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
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