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As established in the first two blogs of this series (read part I here and part II here) the IoT will create a new business model in which consumers will demand highly individualised products. This will require a shift from producing high volumes at low prices to manufacturing individual goods as cost efficient as possible. Thus in the future Industry 4.0 strategies will need to help companies to optimise classic production, implement new flexible manufacturing models and tackle human resources and data security challenges. Industry 4.0 & Advanced Technologies –Read More
As established in the first part of this article the IoT will alter economic structures in a way that will require a completely new approach from manufacturers to the way they execute their business. At the same time industrial IoT technology in combination with robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence (AI) enable possible solutions to this challenge. In Europe and especially Germany the strategy which was developed in order to help companies to integrate new technologies and production processes is referred to as Industry 4.0. However there are similar programsRead More
Ever since the IoT topped Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies in 2014 we have discussed it from all angles and perspectives, envisioning wild numbers for revenues and connected devices and predicted incredible changes to our lives. At some point it seemed that we really believed that in less than two decades humans would morph into always-connected cyborgs. However the reality looks different. The IoT won’t change the desires of consumers but it will empower them to order what they want and how they want it. Therefore the impact onRead More
IoT PaaS vs DIY
IoT service platforms – also called IoT Platform as a Service (PaaS) – are on the uprise and offer companies the possibilities to save costs. They also improve services and capabilities of products and shorten time-to-market. In the following we will take a look at the challenges of IoT platforms and how IoT PaaS can help to overcome them. The IoT will be realised through a great number of systems, which will have to fulfil different requirements.  Those will make use of hardware and software components, which will vary greatlyRead More
Size does matter! In contradiction to other areas for electronics the rule usually means the smaller the better. However laws of physics often restrict us from saving space and shrinking parts. This has been the case for power conversion for several years. Texas Instruments now developed a new buck converter based on the innovative capacitive conversion topology which enables engineers to shrink the size of on-board electronic power supplies by up to 80%. As power conversion often takes up a significant area of the board space this is a remarkableRead More
PCB Board
Compared to traditional discrete IC board products System-on-Chip (SoC) semiconductors can help to reduce bill-of-material (BoM) costs, shrink the product size, lower power consumption and add new features (e.g. wireless connectivity and sensor processing) to applications. As the costs for SoC devices have dropped significantly over the last years they are getting more and more interesting for small and medium sized enterprises (SME). However the decision to move from printed circuit board (PCB) to application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) isn’t easy as many factors influence the return on investment (ROI).Read More
Industry 4.0 is a hot topic whenever we talk about business opportunities and the future of production. However the matter is as complex as it is important. In order to create some structure and common ground around the “fourth industrial revolution” EBV released a comprehensive white paper titled “Industry 4.0 from EBV – Man AND Machine Solutions”. We’ll give you a quick overview on what to expect and why you will benefit from reading the document. A first and important conclusion which we can draw from our experience working with aRead More
Automotive lighting is probably the oldest electricity powered application found on nearly any car. The job of the lights is to illuminate the road and signal other drivers that there is a car in front of them or braking. Wrong. New technologies have enabled lighting applications to perform new tasks and do a lot more than just emit light – in the automotive segment this equals tons of new opportunities to build innovative lighting solutions for front lighting, rear lighting, side lighting and interior lighting. Looking at the most common lightingRead More
Ant Man NXP
A smarter world needs secure connections enabled by products that deliver performance, security and flexibility. For processors this means to get smaller and more powerful at the samt time. It seems NXP has found the Ant-Man-Suit and instead of giving it to a superhero they have fitted it to the new QorIQ LS1012A processor. The results are impressive: The QorIQ LS1012A is the world’s smallest and lowest power 64-bit processor, delivering networking-grade security and performance acceleration to battery-powered, space-constrained IoT applications. NXP’s newest innovation just got launched during the NXPRead More
Broadcom Cypress Analysis
If the IoT were at a party it would be the guy that always has a new story and never gets old – everyone would love to be friends with it. Everybody except Broadcom. The semiconductor giant announced that it will sell its entire IoT business, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT product lines and intellectual property, along with its WICED brand and developer ecosystem to Cypress for $550 Million. We took a deeper look at this move and found out what’s in it for you. One thing upfront: ItRead More