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Personality profile: Daniel Haywood
25 August 2021
I find pockets of inspiration from the engineers and entrepreneurs that keep their businesses going and work hard to grow their companies.

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The LPWAN state of play in SA
25 August 2021, RF Design, Technews Publishing, Altron Arrow, Otto Wireless Solutions, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT
To help give our readers the low-down on what to be aware of and what to expect for the future, we consulted a few leading minds on the subject to get some of their insights and opinions.

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Modern trends are shaping new power connectors
25 August 2021, Interconnection
While it may sound counter-intuitive to use smaller connectors, it is possible to obtain a better total current rating with connectors that use a larger number of smaller terminals.

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The evolution of heavy-duty connectors
25 August 2021, Phoenix Contact, Interconnection
Tomorrow’s smart production demands smart components that can be assembled quickly, easily and economically to create customised solutions that can be delivered from batch sizes of one upwards.

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Optical design for ToF depth sensing cameras
25 August 2021, Altron Arrow
Optics play a key role in time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensing cameras and the optical design dictates the complexity and feasibility of the final system and its performance.

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From the Editor's desk: Sustainability in an unsustainable world
28 July 2021, Technews Publishing, News
It is probably the case that almost every generation of humans has believed it faces ‘unprecedented’ challenges of one kind or another. Partly this can be put down to us having relatively short ‘cultural’ ...

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How to ensure end-to-end security for embedded systems
28 July 2021
In order to provide the level of defence required, design engineers must choose wisely from the wide selection of techniques, protocols and products on offer rather than relying on a single component.

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Microtronix revives mothballed Anyview factory
28 July 2021, Microtronix Manufacturing, Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services
This state-of-the-art production line is a dual-lane Panasonic line with 16 heads capable of running at well over 1 million placements a day.

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Component shortages persist, but hope is in sight
28 July 2021, Microtronix Manufacturing, Technews Publishing
The worldwide semiconductor shortage will persist through 2021, but is expected to recover to normal levels by the second quarter of 2022.

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Thermal profiling is integral to a process in control
28 July 2021, Electronic Industry Supplies, Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services
Analysing and recording the thermal process through thermal profiling is essential to a well-documented operation in control.

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Personality profile: Derick Smalberger
28 July 2021, News
I was born in 1963 in the Johannesburg suburb of Orlando. My father, who was working at the nearby Orlando power station as an operator, bought a truck two years later and started a transport business. ...

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Choosing the right approach for power supply selection and design
23 June 2021, Power Electronics / Power Management
Close analysis of the requirements will reveal which point along the curve, from fully off-the-shelf to fully custom, best meets the needs of the application.

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Electronics light the road ahead for the agriculture sector
23 June 2021, Technews Publishing, Opto-Electronics
Many horticultural installations are now moving away from traditional sources to LEDs, not only due to their high efficacy but because one can dynamically change the spectrum of the same luminaire without swapping the lamp source.

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Intel Agilex FPGAs deliver flexibility and agility for the data-centric world
26 May 2021, Altron Arrow, Programmable Logic
The Agilex FPGA fabric and innovative chiplet architecture delivers an extensible FPGA platform that scales across a wide range of device densities and brings key features and benefits to the table.

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Preparing for a 5G world
26 May 2021
The 5G network will be able to slice flexibly parallel connections, sized to best fit the level of service users request, and offer the best cost/performance compromise.

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Reliable grounding methods for high-voltage power supplies
26 May 2021, Vepac Electronics, Power Electronics / Power Management
Proper ground connections between a power supply, AC mains input and the application’s load are essential for stable, reliable operation, but for HV (high voltage) supplies this is even more crucial. ...

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From the editor’s desk: The continued relevance of Moore’s Law in the IoT age
26 May 2021, Technews Publishing, News
The end of Moore’s Law (which famously posits that the number of transistors in a dense IC doubles about every two years, assuming an optimal price/performance ratio) has repeatedly been predicted, yet ...

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Personality profile: Tau Ndhleleni
23 June 2021, News
Being competitive in the industry is something that every company will need to focus on. This can be done in a variety of ways, with one trend pointing toward the supply chain as more businesses aim to avoid constant price reduction.

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The dangers of gut-feel engineering
23 June 2021, Spectrum Concepts, News
The human brain is very good at understanding the world around us. An everyday example can be found when driving a car. An experienced driver will be able to judge how large their car is and how close ...

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Designing better comms systems, from factories to operating rooms
23 June 2021, Altron Arrow, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT
At the base of Industry 4.0 is reliable communications infrastructure. This infrastructure enables decision makers to extract data from machines, field devices and factories. Ensuring reliability in ...

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