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EETE JANUARY 2013

january 2013 OPINION DESIGN & PRODUCTS 4 Uncommon Market: Teacher’s corner; circuit SPECIAL FOCUS: building for kids - TEST & MEASUREMENT 50 Last Word: Driving innovation into the global 15 Troubleshooting and verifying 8b/10b encoded sig- automotive supply chain nals with a real-time oscilloscope. NEwS & TECHNOLOGY 18 Near field analysis for EMI/EMC EMI/EMC characterization is 6 BMW brings LTE connectivity to its vehicles and essential for many electronics others products. The high-speed sig- nals may induce not only signal Volvo, Ericsson jointly connect cars to the cloud integrity and power integrity issues, but also cause radiation 8 London Calling: A northern light startup and electromagnetic interference problem. Supercapacitors enter the realm of 20 Validating test evidence to reduce supply chain risk stretchable electronics To meet the demand for low-cost goods, companies According to the University are increasingly buying directly from manufacturers of Delaware’s Bingqing Wei, outside the EU. While such products must bear the stretchable electronics are CE marking, this is not a sign of safety or compliance. the future of mobile elec- tronics, leading giants such 29 “Green” pathways for test, measurement as IBM, Sony and Nokia to and instrumentation incorporate the technology Long ago, precision electrical measurements were into their products. performed in pristine laboratory environments where ample electricity was available and time was allotted 10 Seeing the light to assure extreme accuracy. A focus on sensors for health equipment and high bright- - CONNECTORS & CABLING ness LEDs may seem two very different markets, but 34 Readying copper cable technicians the chief executive of Plessey to install optical fibres Semiconductors sees them as key opportunities for the 36 The advantages of hyperboloid contact technology growth of the company over the next few years. - RFID TECHNOLOGIES 12 Silicon-based optical fiber with solar-cell capabilities could be woven into solar fabrics 40 Identifying UHF RFID tag design weaknesses Energy-harvesting textile integrates UHF RFID tags put on the micro spherical solar cells market should all be com- In cooperation with the pliant with the standard Industrial Technology Center EPC gen 2. Nevertheless the performances can be of Fukui Prefecture, Japan, very different from one tag to another. Sphelar Power Corporation has successfully prototyped 42 Active RFID systems that combine robust RF an energy-harvesting textile performance and low power consumption where spherical solar cells are interweaved. 44 Enhanced RFID realizes its full potential 14 Lighting out of the printer As OLEDs are approaching REaDER OffER industry maturity, lighting company Osram announced 46 This month, Vision Engineer- light emitting fibres produced ing is giving away two of its in a printing process. recently launched CamZ digital magnifiers, worth £696 each. Toshiba starts GaN-on-Si LED production 49 bUTION CORNERDISTRI 3 Electronic Engineering Times Europe January 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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