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Embedded World 2020
Date: February 25, 2020
Location: Nuremburg, Germany
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Wireless charging is everywhere. From airports to automobiles, and hotels to offices—designing the right charging solution can be complex. Explore our resources to get technical expertise and stay up to date with charging trends and technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As 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.
Automotive telematics become mandatory with eCall
By Alan Jermyn   -   August 1, 2017
As 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.
All the electronics in rolling stock is subject to challenging environmental conditions, from high temperatures in confined spaces to the heavy vibration felt by body- or axle-mounted systems. Power supplies are no exception, and must comply with rel
Meeting regulatory requirements for mission-critical and non-mission-critical rolling stock power supplies
By Philip Lechner   -   June 13, 2017
All the electronics in rolling stock is subject to challenging environmental conditions, from high temperatures in confined spaces to the heavy vibration felt by body- or axle-mounted systems. Power supplies are no exception, and must comply with rel
Most modern power conversion topologies use switched-mode techniques for highest efficiency and smallest size and cost.
Keeping the noise down: Converter and inverter output filtering
By Adam Chidley   -   May 31, 2017
Most 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
‘DC-link’ capacitors feature in many power conversion topologies and must be chosen carefully to give the best trade-off between cost, size and performance.
Selecting DC-link capacitors in power converters
By Adam Chidley   -   May 10, 2017
‘DC-link’ capacitors feature in many power conversion topologies and must be chosen carefully to give the best trade-off between cost, size and performance.
Inverters 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
Input filtering and protection for switched mode inverters and converters
By Adam Chidley   -   April 25, 2017
Inverters 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
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
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.
There 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.
Design considerations for powering remote bluetooth beacons
By Tim Parker   -   February 9, 2017
There 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.
As LED luminaires have continued to develop in complexity and range and the number of different fixtures on the market has increased, lighting designers have begun to demand more flexibility from their driver hardware.
Programmable drivers add flexibility to LED lighting
By Don Schriek   -   December 8, 2016
As LED luminaires have continued to develop in complexity and range and the number of different fixtures on the market has increased, lighting designers have begun to demand more flexibility from their driver hardware.
If the feedback circuitry in a secondary-side regulated flyback converter could somehow be integrated into the switcher IC while maintaining isolation, the circuit would use fewer components and be smaller, simpler and cheaper overall.
Simplifying SMPS design with the right switching IC plus easy custom magnetics
By Philip Lechner   -   November 5, 2016
If the feedback circuitry in a secondary-side regulated flyback converter could somehow be integrated into the switcher IC while maintaining isolation, the circuit would use fewer components and be smaller, simpler and cheaper overall.
Since the 1990s, the external power supply has become the target of a series of regulations that are gradually being tightened around the world.
The power regulations spiral
By Andrew Hutton   -   May 24, 2016
Since the 1990s, the external power supply has become the target of a series of regulations that are gradually being tightened around the world.
Specifying medical power supplies can be particularly challenging because of the standards and jargon surrounding this application.
Deciphering datasheets for medical PSUs
By Philip Lechner   -   April 29, 2016
Specifying medical power supplies can be particularly challenging because of the standards and jargon surrounding this application.
Selecting batteries for Internet of Things connected systems can be tricky, as there is such a wide variety of application types.
Design trends: Batteries for IoT
By Tim Parker   -   March 11, 2016
Selecting batteries for Internet of Things connected systems can be tricky, as there is such a wide variety of application types.
Bigger is always better, isn’t it? That’s not necessarily the case when it comes to specifying a power supply.
Do you need more than enough: Specifying AC-DC power supplies
By Philip Lechner   -   February 18, 2016
Bigger is always better, isn’t it? That’s not necessarily the case when it comes to specifying a power supply.
Lithium batteries have been in the news again recently, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.
How to impose a smoking ban on lithium batteries
By Tim Parker   -   July 9, 2015
Lithium batteries have been in the news again recently, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.
Keenly associated to the trend of greater computing power and complexity is a technology that is making a move into industrial from the communications field: that of advanced power system architectures.
Advanced power architectures move into industry
By Philip Lechner   -   April 20, 2015
Keenly associated to the trend of greater computing power and complexity is a technology that is making a move into industrial from the communications field: that of advanced power system architectures.
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