Advances in the Design of Electronics


Advances in the Design of Electronics

The design of electronics is a factor all around us, powering almost everything we use on a daily basis. From medicine to transportation, entertainment, sports, manufacturing, and more, the design of electronics is critical to the functions of the modern age. Perhaps nothing offers such potential for growth in a given sector as advances in design of electronics for that field. A tiny change in the design of electronics can be game changing for the final product.

The design of electronics is embracing exciting new methodologies such as logic level synthesis. The design of electronics has been responsible for bringing innovations into widespread usage that have changed the way we live, and there are further exciting advances in the design of electronics coming soon.

Biometry

One exciting area experiencing tremendous advances in the design of electronics is biometry. Biometry refers to using a persons’ physical or behavioral characteristics as unique identifiers. The fingerprint ID feature or facial recognition you may have on your phone or computer is an example of this exciting technology the design of electronics has given us. Engineers involved in the design of electronics realized these types of identifiers are much more secure than PINs or hackable passwords, making them the perfect solution to protecting sensitive data.

Design of electronics therefore developed biometric sensors, which are used to detect these individual physical characteristics. These vary by the type of sensor, but examples include fingerprint, iris or retinal scans, voice patterns, signatures, DNA, or facial features. Biometry may seem like science fiction, but advances in design of electronics has made these sensors extremely small and incredibly sensitive. Biometry is becoming more and more prevalent as the design of electronics increasingly incorporates security features.

Bioelectronics

Bioelectronics is another promising area under development in the design of electronics. Bioelectronics is the application of electrical engineering principles to electronics designed for health and wellness. The advances in the design of electronics in this field aid in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, patient rehabilitation, and improved health and wellness.

Bioelectromagnetics, instrumentation, electronic neural networks, robotics, and sensor technologies are some of cornerstones in the design of electronics being used to develop new processes and products in bioelectronics. Implantable devices such as cochlear implants, pacemakers, and robotic prosthetics are examples of bioelectronics that resulted from advances in the design of electronics.

Flexible Circuitry

The design of electronics is also making big advances in the field of flexible circuitry. Flexible circuits can be achieved through mounting electronic circuits on flexible plastic polymers or even by screen printing silver circuits on polyester.

Flexible electronic assemblies can even be created on rigid circuit boards, and the flexible nature would allow the board to conform to nontraditional shapes, or to flex, stretch, or move. Design of electronics has also created flexible electronics through various etching techniques with substantially thin down traditional circuitry materials.

Microelectronics

As the name suggests, microelectronics are advances in the design of electronics that scale down electronic components to a very small size. Microelectronics are why cell phones are getting thinner and lighter at the same time their computing power has grown exponentially. The design of electronics is continually refining advances in microelectronics to increase capabilities while decreasing size. Through the design of electronics, we can use fewer resources such as materials and power in the production of these small but powerful electronic components.

Thermal Management

One area of constant concern in the design of electronics is thermal or heat management. All electronics produce heat to some degree during use. The design of electronics has always sought more efficient practices to manage this thermal load. Allowing heat to build up can cause damage to sensitive electronic components, so cooling has always been a priority in the design of electronics.

From fans and other airflow devices, to heat sinks, thermoelectric coolers, and more, the design of electronics is finding innovative solutions to this age-old problem. More efficient thermal management by design of electronics means that electronic circuits and other components are no longer restrained by thermodynamics.

If you need more information or a subcontractor specializing in the design of electronics, contact the European Subcontractor Network. Our wide network of professionals can tackle your electronics design issues with efficiency and attention to detail.

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