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Have you ever tried renovating your house on your own? In my opinion, the only thing worse than doing your own renovations is writing your own libraries for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications. Our team once had to write our own libraries. It took up an enormous amount of time on the front end. Later, when we had problems, we had to take more time to fix them ourselves. A third party library solution, optimized for a specific target hardware architecture, will save your team time, remove the burden of support, and ensure top performance.
Getting an FCC certification is an important (and legally required) step for IoT systems and other products that transmit and receive data. Choosing the right lab makes a huge difference in the ease of your certification process.
Lithium Ion batteries provide high performance and fast recharging, making them ideal for electric vehicles. However, their cost has always been a barrier to adoption in the world of electric vehicles. Tesla has sidestepped this issue by adopting a highly scalable modular approach. Every battery package they construct is made out of hundreds of one single standard cell. Tesla is taking their battery production in-house, constructing the Gigafactory to build this one battery unit in high volumes. Through this simplified approach, they’ve been able to not only bring better battery technology to electric vehicles but have also vertically integrated their manufacturing.
Innovative PCB designs have allowed the IoT to move into our homes and jobs and save us energy and money. The Nest thermostat, Philips Hue light bulb, and AgriHouse leaf sensor are all IoT devices that use novel PCBs to reduce wastage in our lives, and save us money.
Mike Brown is a designer’s designer. He caught the design-bug at the tender age of 17 and has never looked back. Recently, he shared the story of his career path from being a young draftsman, to design manager, to entrepreneur and finally selling his company, Interconnect Design Solutions (IDS), last year to the Maryland-based contract manufacturer, Zentech Manufacturing.
Between the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable electronics, PCB design requirements are becoming more and more advanced. You need to keep your eye on the design techniques that can make PCBs smaller, faster, and more flexible in order to keep up with the times. In addition to keeping abreast of design trends, you will likely need training in how to implement the techniques they require.