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With the PCIM 2016, Europe’s leading exhibition and conference for power electronics and its applications in intelligent motion, renewable energy and energy management kicks off today in Nuremberg, Germany. Over the next three days developments in power semiconductors, passive components, thermal management products, energy storage, sensors and new materials as well as systems will be presented. Usually you would have to wait until the show is over to identify the trend of the year. In 2016 however, one topic will predictably be the most discussed one: Wide Band Gap (WBG)Read More
Big Data City
The current state of the industrial IoT (IIoT) is defined by decreasing hardware and component costs as well as unsatisfactory data analytics implementations. Cheap sensors and actuators allow us to have eyes and ears everywhere however most enterprises (SME) struggle to analyse the load of information and to benefit from the flood of data.  Precise and sophisticated big data analytics are the key to success in the future as the intelligence retrieved from data helps companies to increase efficiency, implement customer feedback in products and optimise production. Data became theRead More
Raindrops on solar panel
What do we need to make the smart grid the power network of the future that we dream of? We need better performance of renewable energy solutions, more efficient energy storage and higher individualisation of energy distribution. The first two can only be achieved through new technologies and better hardware, software as well as analytics. The last one can be pushed forward with another solution: through personal energy. The most common technology which allows single households to produce their own energy are solar panels. However solar energy requires sun raysRead More
EBV TQ of Wearable Technology
To understand a complex topic we need to lead conversations with experts, ask the right questions, collect facts and learn from history to predict the future. Let’s answer one thing straight away: Why are wearables important enough to dedicate a complete issue of our knowledge magazine “The Quintessence” (TQ) to it? Ultra-portable computers will infiltrate diverse aspects of our lives and while some may remain gadgets others will have a huge influence on our performance, well-being and quality of life. No matter, if you are involved in wearable technology onRead More
GCHQ Foyer ©GCHQ 2014
As we implement more and more IoT technology into different aspects of our lives we should be aware of sensitive data and ensure that we further equip applications with the right level of security precautions. Within fields like smart grid and smart metering manipulations can result in high economic losses or even shut down power supply for a whole region. Therefor security is of high priority within electronic metering and grid applications. If you google for scholar articles about security incidents and vulnerabilities within smart grid and smart metering applicationsRead More
SiC MOSFET STMicroelectronics
Have you ever had a nightmare that involved a MOSFET data sheet? We wouldn’t be surprised if you did. Choosing the perfect components is hard. Selecting the best MOSFET is even worse. Scrolling through tons of data sheets to find the perfect balance between on resistance (RDS(on)) and gate charge (Qg), estimating switching and conduction losses and considering die size and packaging can make for a rough day. On the other side of the table the R&D guys at semiconductor manufacturers face similar challenges, as at some point optimising parametersRead More
Neurons Semiconductor
The IoT is a vision of how the world can change through digital interconnection. It is based on cyber physical systems (CPS) which translate the real world into digital signals and data using sensors, electronics, software and connectivity. What are we actually doing with this data and what could we do with it in the future? Let’s take a deep dive on the IoT and it’s capabilities. The first step into the IoT is the sensing of external conditions and presentation of the digitised data; highly interesting for research butRead More
The story actually starts exactly 100 ago with one of the world’s most famous scientists, Albert Einstein. Best known in popular culture for his mass-energy equivalence formula E=mc², the German-born theoretical physicist claimed in 1916 that so-called gravitational waves must exist in the universe. This prediction at that time belonged to Einstein’s most spectacular ones, that even he himself was convinced that they will never be evidenced. Since then scientist researched for their existence. Finally at the beginning of this year, physicists at The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced,Read More
Industry 4.0 Smart Factroy
The implementation of Industry 4.0 technology is vital for companies in order to stay competitive in the future. However for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) this task can be more than challenging. The introduction of connectivity features and automation technology into existing production lines, which is necessary for a successful transition into the next era of manufacturing requires huge investments and the acquisition of expertise in multiple disciplines. In order to start the transition into connected manufacturing it is crucial to investigate the potential for improvement within the existing productionRead More
Texas Instruments Whitepaper
Electric vehicles (EV), smart cities, smart grid and smart factories – looking at the future it seems everything gets smarter and more environmentally friendly thanks to the intelligent application of electricity. However with increasing demand for electric power we will face significant challenges as it will be difficult to satisfy our needs with renewable energies. There are many factors influencing the efficiency of electricity supply from power plant to our end devices and applications. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), estimates that some 6 percent of electricity generated in theRead More