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Front End

Growing with the wind, Steve Rogerson reports on electronica 2012

Market volatility looks set to be the new normal,

according to Adam Fletcher Digital Signage

Set for explosive growth


Electronics components markets flat but improving 4 in 2013

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In an interview with CIE Jose Avalos, Director of Retail & Digital Signage at Intel Corporation, explains the company’s work in the area of digital signage, the opportunities this burgeoning market offers and considers the benefits of its recently launched third generation evaluation kit

Power Management

Paul Lee looks at how to

meet the tough requirements of Railway Standard EN 50155 and RIA12 when it comes to

designing low power DC/DC converters

Product News

New this month: Intersil launches industry’s first 30A fully-encapsulated power modules; Linear looks to help power system design with the PowerPath prioritiser and a new material promises a cost breakthrough for fuel cells

Distribution eCall set to boost M2M market

Westfield Stratford hangs ‘largest LCD video wall in Europe’


Microsoft uses touch screens to support Windows 11 phone campaign

Near Field Communication It’s a revolution out there!

CEO Interview

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Lars Reger, VP automotive strategy, new business and R&D at NXP Semiconductors talks to Neil Tyler about what he sees as a ‘revolution’ in automotive electronics and the rise of the connected car


Europe needs to keep its doors open to new talent 14 Neil Tyler meets John Heugle, CEO of ams, who looks back at a successful year for the designer and manufacturer of high performance analogue ICs

Market Review Which way now?

Southern Manufacturing - Preview A world of components under one roof

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For the electronics industry 2013 is set to be challenging so CIE approached a number of companies to find out how they expected the year to unfold

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The Southern Electronics Show returns to FIVE, Farnborough, in February. With exhibitor numbers already well above 2012’s high watermark, the show looks set for another record-breaking year, as CIE found out

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The European eCall programme will not only benefit drivers across Europe but, as Andrew Pockson explains, will help create opportunities beyond the automotive supply chain

Interconnection Product News

This month AVX introduces its next-generation, wire-to-board capped insulation displacement connector series; other products include FCI’s new surface-munt DDR4 DIMM socket and the latest Gecko connectors from Harwin

Switch Technology Enhancing the precision of microswitches

CIE finds out how to improve process control through more precise pressure/temperature switch design

EDA & Development Measuring power supply performance

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Robert Green considers what you can look forward to and what you can do currently with existing generation power supplies

Who? What? Why? Where? When? & How? 42 Are the days of email numbered?


Steve Rogerson wonders whether email’s days are now numbered with the growth of social networking

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