Electronics design technology

When Findlay Media launched the Engineering Design Show last year, the move was greeted with a degree of scepticism, yet the event proved a roaring success.


Catering specifically to their professional needs, the event attracted 1600 design engineers to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The Conference programme attracted more than 600 delegates and the Workshop sessions on the show floor were often standing room only.

It’s fair to say that electronic design engineers in the UK have not had the best of service when it comes to national events. Event organisers have often blamed the lack of an ‘exhibition culture’ for poor attendance, but the fact remains that if an event is interesting and worthwhile, then people will go to it.

Research showed that 41% of last year’s attendees were electronics specialists and that there was a real desire amongst them for a dedicated electronics event, hence the launch this year of the Electronics Design Show as part of a much enlarged exhibition.

‘Bigger and Better’ have been this year’s watchwords, borne out by a show that will take up all three halls of the Ricoh’s Jaguar Exhibition Centre. The Electronics Design Show, the Engineering Design Show and a new section named ‘Engineering Materials Live!’.

This year, it is hoped that more than 2500 visitors from all aspects of engineering design will attend, while around 200 exhibitors will be showing their wares. In addition, Conference programmes will run for both the Engineering Design Show and the Electronics Design Show.

This year’s show will be bigger and better in every way. We look forward to seeing you there.

• The show has been created specifically for electronic design engineers
• Review the latest techniques and technology from more than 80 market leading suppliers
• FREE practical technology workshops, providing information to help you with your design projects
• Learn from 16 conference speakers
• Network with other design engineers

There will be a huge amount of variety on display at the Electronics Design Show – a blend of components, products, tools and services that covers the majority of interests of the design engineer.

Starting with new products, Direct Insight (stand – L60) will be promoting the TRITON-TXFB baseboard, only a few weeks since its release on the market. The new TRITON-TXFB turns the TRITON-TX series of pin-compatible SOMs into complete production board solutions, offering a range of processors – from a low-end ARM9, up to a quad core ARM Cortex-A9. It offers the first completely configurable and flexible production solution for Linux, Windows CE and Android projects, says the company.

TRITON-TXFB can be used with any of the current generation of pin-compatible 3.3V I/O TRITON-TX modules, from an low-cost TRITON-TX28S based on a Freescale i.MX283, to a TRITON-TX48 based on the TI AM335x processor as used in the popular Beaglebone community board, and the TRITON-TX6Q with quad ARM Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 from Freescale. In each case, the combination of baseboard and module forms a complete production-ready dual-board solution.

Freescale (Stand – K75) is concentrating on its innovations in the consumer, industrial and networking markets. Live demonstrations will include: Mad Catz Wireless Force Feedback Racing Wheel based on a Kinetis K20 MCU; PROFIBUS field communication technology used in industrial automation systems with Freescale’s PowerQUICC and QorIQ communication processors; Kinetis energy efficiency with the Kinetis L series MCUs; and the Home Health Hub showing connected weight scales, blood pressure cuff and pulse oximeter

The new NI cRIO-9068 software-designed controller is part of the most advanced and open system design platform for embedded control and monitoring systems, claims National Instruments (Stand – G25). Maintaining full LabVIEW and I/O compatibility with the CompactRIO platform, the controller integrates technologies including the Xilinx Zynq-7020 All Programmable SoC, which combines a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Xilinx 7 Series FPGA fabric. The resulting system benefits from increased processor performance and significantly greater bandwidth for communication to the FPGA fabric. The new NI Linux Real-Time OS on the cRIO-9068 gives developers access to community-sourced libraries and applications to augment their control and monitoring systems.

On Stand M30, Pacer will demonstrate a range of optoelectronic sensors, thermal and pyroelectric detectors, magnetic encoders, focus-variable lenses, high power LEDs and RFID components. Information displays range from compact, rugged handheld tablets up to the latest 84″ ultra high definition screens and scalable video walls. New products include uncooled MWIR imaging detectors, LCD modules controlled by SPI and I2C, and Silicon photomultiplier modules capable of extremely low light level detection.

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