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Motion control - wave to the future

10 February 2014

Motion control has come on in leaps and bounds (and swipes and punches) in recent years, and hardware companies are getting all e-motional in a bid to engage with users. But do we really know what to use it for yet?

Noise from electronic circuitry causes design headaches

20 January 2014

Design teams are trying to find ways to overcome the apparently random nature of electronic interference.

Dr Brian May on stereographic photography

20 January 2014

Brian May might well be best known as a virtuoso musician of world renown, and most of us will be aware that his doctorate is in astrophysics, but he is also a world expert on early stereographic photography technology.

Smartwatches engage in the battle for the wrist

16 December 2013

Are smartwatches really smart enough to generate demand and make inroads into the accessorised timepiece and mobile devices markets? And what will they need to deliver to make them 'super smart'?

Nasa's Control Centers: design and history

16 December 2013

The design, architecture and technology of Nasa's legendary Mission Control Centers reflects the 20th century's tempestuous history and represents an important part of America's cultural identity from that period.

Sensors - an A to Z

11 November 2013

Sensor technology is now appearing everywhere, from kerbsides to kitchens, wheelie bins to robotic jellyfish – and sensors are increasingly proving themselves to be the critical interface between the virtual web and the Internet of Things.

Power pushes UK's electronics sector forward

11 November 2013

The field of power electronics is becoming a strong sector within the UK's technology base, thanks to unconventional techniques such as combining analogue and digital control devices.

Ray Dolby: the quiet revolution

11 November 2013

Following the recent death of electrical engineer Ray Dolby we take a look at his major achievements.

Big Analogue Data - why bigger isn't always better

15 October 2013

Big data sets are valued for the patterns and trends that they reveal when analysed by equally massive computing resources, but scientists are now questioning whether bigger is always better when it comes to deriving value from the analogue world.

Re-building the server - microprocessors to memory moves

16 September 2013

Concern over attributes like energy consumption is set to radically change the way computer servers are designed – but will we at last be able to move away from the conventions that have dominated design for the last 20 years?

5G mobile model challenged by 'spectrum crunch'

13 August 2013

Experiments in so-called 5G mobile communications have begun, but early indications suggest that it's going to be a fundamentally different kind of cellular network that emerges.

Engineers race to create real sonic screwdriver

12 August 2013

There could be some real-life applications for this fictional device from the Doctor Who universe.

Printed circuit board design tools

15 July 2013

Printed circuit boards now need to come in all shapes and sizes – and so the computer-based tools available to design them have to offer enhanced flexibility and functionality.

The changing face of optoelectronics

15 July 2013

The days of high-volume manufacture of low-cost, off-the-shelf optoelectronics components in the UK have all but disappeared as the emphasis has shifted to China. Commercial director of OMC William Heath explains how the market has changed.

High-frequency trading systems - speed vs regulation

18 June 2013

In their obsessive pursuit of high-value market advantage, stock traders are pushing IT to its limits - and the lawmakers don't like it. New laws may aim to slow the systems down, but are regulators willing and able to acquire the technology they need to keep up with the City's need for speed?

Teardown: Ouya games console

17 June 2013

The designers of the Ouya open-source games console actually want you to tear it down. 

Africa struggles toward building a viable technological infrastructure

20 May 2013

African countries with ambitions to find a place among the world's innovators certainly face big challenges, but there is no shortage of ideas from the continent's brightest minds.

ICT innovation: the history of the hybrid

20 May 2013

Many of the ICT technologies that are now taken for granted came about through lucky accidents or unintended consequences as the equipment vendors attempted to 'cross fertilise' different disparate types of product line – a tradition that continues to this day.

Star Trek: real-world holodeck technology today

03 May 2013

With a new Star Trek film due out this Summer, get ready for the regular slew of tenuous associations, philosophical and technological. Given that, let’s say upfront that the likely arrival of this concept, as just floated by chipmaker AMD, is years away.

Radar development and tracking technology go parallel

12 April 2013

Radar and tracking technology continues to develop into new, innovative application areas, from UAV navigation to archaeological mapping.

'Data hunger' will cause 4G roll-out to feel the bite

11 March 2013

Smartphones designed to exploit the emerging 4G networks are ravenous for data, and that's good news for service operators who need ways to maximise usage-based revenue models. But the transition from 3G to 4G is likely to throw up several contentious issues that will take time and effort to reconcile.

Analysis: safe-code revision grapples with automated checking

28 February 2013

The Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA), a group that developed one of the most widely-used coding standards for safe, reliable software, launched at Embedded World, Nuremberg this week, marking the first major update to the standard for almost a decade.

The Cubesat standard: affordable satellite technology for all

11 February 2013

The future of the satellite launch is cubed: meet the Jack-in-the-box that can carry your experiment into orbit on a realistic budget

Hannover Messe 2013: industrial integration will prove key.

08 February 2013

E&T magazine is again a preferred media partner for this year's Hannover Messe showcase of industrial and engineering technology innovation. This last of three previews surveys in brief the technology-specific trade shows that make-up Hannover Messe 2013 - and includes details of FREE ENTRY for IET members.

Analysis: Scotland’s silicon survivors

31 January 2013

During the 1990s, Scotland’s Silicon Glen looked as though it could rival other world centres for chipmaking. It could not compete with California’s Silicon Valley itself but the country looked an attractive choice to a number of Far Eastern technology companies who promised to build and expand plants there.

Smartphones gear-up for envelope tracking and antenna changes

21 January 2013

Smartphones are geared up to crunch through a lot of data in delivering apps and Internet service, but all this new funky stuff places new drains on battery staying-power. Emerging envelope-tracking technologies may be able to help.

Hannover Messe 2013 celebrates new age of industrial integration

21 January 2013

E&T magazine is once again a preferred media partner for this year’s Hannover Messe showcase of industrial and engineering technology innovation. This second of three previews introduces the 11 technology-specific trade shows that make-up Hannover Messe 2013 - including details of FREE ENTRY for IET members.

Modelling technology transforms design down to education

18 December 2012

Computer modelling, simulation and emulation technique is changing the way we understand the world as well as the control strategy innovations that underpin the systems we use.

Looking forward - 2013 predictions

17 December 2012

E&T staff and contributors take a punt at predicting what's in and what's out across the seven engineering sectors in 2013.

Hannover Messe 2013 celebrates new age of industrial integration

16 December 2012

E&T magazine is once again a preferred media partner for this year's Hannover Messe showcase of industrial and engineering technology innovation. This first of three previews introduces the 11 technology-specific trade shows that make-up Hannover Messe 2013 - including details of FREE ENTRY for IET members.

PhotoEssay: inside Google’s secret data centres

13 December 2012

Google’s data-centres, the biggest in the world, could easily set the bar for an industry-wide standard, apart from the fact that it builds everything itself.

Cheap technologies muscle into niche markets

19 November 2012

When humble transistors first appeared they were too expensive for consumer use. Now silicon technology developed for the consumer business has been finding its way into specialised niches once the exclusive preserve of pricey proprietary components.

Minimizing energy consumption in capacitive sensing applications

06 November 2012

This paper looks at capacitive sensing applications, how they operate and the benefits over alternative solutions. It considers how energy consumption can be mitigated using a microcontroller (MCU) that can remain in a deep-sleep mode while still responding to sensor inputs quickly and reliably.

What next for IC materials?

22 October 2012

For 50 years, silicon has been the material of choice for making integrated circuits; but some say that it's been living on borrowed time - and chipmakers are developing innovative new material bases for future processors.

Oscillators - the new wave

22 October 2012

Oscillation is an essential function for many common devices. Now a new generation of generators will extend their range of applications even further.

Autonomous flying robots influenced by nature

22 October 2012

Robotics researchers are increasingly turning to the animal kingdom for inspiration.

Reuse the key to big-science electronics

17 September 2012

Big-science experiments are expensive so electronics designers are turning to off-the-shelf technologies to keep costs under control.

One2ten: supercomputers

21 August 2012

Every six months researchers compile a list of the 500 fastest computers on the planet. Here we sum up the latest top 10 ranked according to their LINPACK benchmark performance score, which ranks each system according to both maximum and theoretical peak performance.

WAN - chipping away at long-distance data

20 August 2012

Wide-area network optimisers use smart ways to gain more value from WAN links through new ICs.

Efficiency drive forces change in computing power buses

24 July 2012

The drive for energy efficiency in servers is leading to an overhaul in the way that electrical power is distributed through them. The new power-delivery architecture is conceptually simpler, but relies on not just incorporating more complex voltage converters but integrating them into microprocessors and other high-power logic chips.

Motor control: the real source of energy efficiency

16 July 2012

Better control over component-level electric motors could yield massive energy savings, and a two-pronged attack is yielding results across a range of products.

Smart Special - Smart Dust

18 June 2012

Surface-to-surface sensors are now linking up for the ultimate ‘surveillance and control’ network.

Intel and Samsung hit the 22nm accelerator

21 May 2012

The world's largest chipmakers are gambling heavily on manufacturing in an attempt to take advantage of their market muscle.

Computing in Queen Elizabeth's ascendancy year

20 May 2012

1952 was the year that Princess Elizabeth inherited the throne - and when several innovations fuelled technological leaps for the UK's nascent computer industry.

Computing components: turning architectures inside-out

23 April 2012

We're all fed-up with watching the 'Please wait' icon as our data shunts backwards and forwards from memory to processor... but could the waiting time be reduced now that memory technology innovation is providing the key to a new, more energy-efficient way of handling data?

Sony Vita's inner curriculum

27 March 2012

Sony's PlayStation successor has been designed to be more than a games console – the company has aspirations for it to find a place as a high-end processing workhorse that can support more business-oriented applications.

Why running is more expensive than going to the gym

26 March 2012

The modern running shoe is 40 years old and can now form part of a body area network comprising sensors, feedback monitors and on-road entertainment. But is it worth the extra cost?

Car safety standard triggers software scramble

06 March 2012

The release of a standard designed to improve the safety of road vehicles has led to a scramble by software vendors to offer tools and consultancy services to manufacturers and subcontractors as they rush to update their processes.

Smartphones control the semiconductor business

20 February 2012

The highly absorbent smartphone is gaining a controlling interest in how the electronics industry is evolving, as technology developed for it seeps increasingly into other markets.

Sony Vita now has even more to live for

14 February 2012

Last month Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) CTO, Dr Masaaki Tsuruta, speaking exclusively to E&T magazine, offered a enticing glimpse of the company’s roadmap for fixed console computing; the interview generated global interest among Playstation futures pundits; but in fact did not tell the full story

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