NXP gears up for GaN production Design How-To 5/31/2013 2 comments The U.K. government is to provide 20 percent of the budget to support the creation of 100 power semiconductor jobs at NXP's Hazel Grove wafer fab in England.
Piezoelectric straw-covered skyscraper harvests energy Engineering Investigations 5/30/2013 1 comment Strawscraper, the invention of Swedish architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter, aims to extend a building in Stockholm with an energy-producing outer shell made of piezoelectric straws that can recover wind energy.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.