Future Electronics – How innovative LED package technology enables new solid-state lighting designs


The popular high-power LEDs in use today are all formed of three basic elements: ● A ceramic substrate, generally made of aluminium oxide (also known as alumina) or of aluminium nitride. ● The LED chip, consisting of a die and a phosphor coating. This is affixed on top of the substrate. ● An overmoulded silicone […]

Future Electronics – Secure, connected device: recommended parts


Microcontroller (MCU), microprocessor (MPU) More microcontrollers with dedicated security functions are coming on to the market. Those developed according to security standards help OEMs to gain security certification, and provide the highest level of protection against probing and physical attack. Cypress Semiconductor PSoC® 6 family including the PSoC 63, with integrated Bluetooth® Low Energy radio […]

Future Electronics – New potential for electronics products to sense real-world phenomena with introduction of more intelligent sensors


Alex Watson EMEA Business Development Manager, Sensors Future Electronics As a global broadline distributor supporting manufacturers in every sector of industry, Future Electronics has the privilege of serving customers which are generating the fast growth we see today in demand for smart and connected products. And the company hears a clear message from its customers: […]

Future Electronics – Intelligent Sensing: recommended parts and manufacturers


Sensor Hub MCU Dual-core MCUs (Arm® Cortex®-M0+ and Cortex-M4F) are well suited for intelligent sensor hubs in consumer or industrial applications. • Cortex-M0+ based sub-system enables system monitoring, Bluetooth® or communication stack hosting, real-time sensor aggregation • Cortex-M4F based sub-system enables digital signal processing such as sensor fusion engine, audio/acoustic processing, vibration analytics, pattern recognition, […]

Future Electronics – Why the best choice for upgrading an 8-bit MCU might be… another 8-bit MCU


By Ian Fosberry Field Applications Engineer, Future Electronics The upgrade path for the user of a conventional 8-bit microcontroller which has reached the limit of its capabilities, and which cannot support the application’s requirement for more features and better performance, is in most cases assumed to be a 32-bit MCU. The 32-bit device will execute […]

Future Electronics – Motor Control: recommended parts and manufacturers


PROCESSING MCUs with associated motor-control libraries STMicroelectronics’ STM32 NXP’s Kinetis E1xF ; V3x/V4x/V5x Microchip’s PIC32 MK, MC or ATSAMD5x/E5x or dsPIC33EP/EV Cypress’ PSOC or FM4 For high-end application (industrial robotics, very high-speed, >100k/rpm or high precision. FPGAs such as Microsemi’s SmartFusion 2 SoC (Cortex®-M3 + FPGA) with motor control algorithms implemented in FPGA. Software enablement […]

Future Electronics – Why the market for motor-control systems and components is set for steady and rapid growth


Adil Saleem EMEA Technical Product Marketing Manager Future Electronics The amount of sophisticated, electronically controlled motors under development in many sectors of the electronics market, is growing fast. The car is a perfect illustration of the reason for this. The number of electric motors per vehicle is increasing at a rapid pace – there can […]

Future Electronics – Graphics display development platform provides choice of options for sophisticated HMI designs


Future Electronics’ Centre of Excellence has introduced the Amber development platform which demonstrates several processing hardware platforms and various LCD displays for sophisticated but low-cost Human-Machine Interface (HMI) designs. Developers using the Amber development platform can choose one of four microcontrollers from NXP, Microchip and STMicroelectronics, which have integrated graphics controller/accelerator functions. The Amber development […]

Future Electronics – Mid-power LEDs: now a valid low-cost light source for street lights?


By Emmanuel Gardette Field Application Engineer, Future Electronics (France) LED street-lighting designs are entering a new phase. Lighting equipment manufacturers are attempting to maintain all the benefits of LED street lamps – their long operating lifetime, low power consumption, and pleasing light output with good colour rendering – while at the same time substantially reducing […]

Future Electronics – Too much information? How design engineers can streamline evaluation of the new products displayed at Embedded World


John Robins Business Development Manager for Embedded Solutions (Northern Europe), Future Electronics In February, some 1,021 exhibitors displayed their products and services to more than 32,000 visitors from 78 countries at the Embedded World exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany. Such is its popularity that it is now probably the world’s most important exhibition for the embedded […]