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Five advantages of pre-compliance EMC testing

2015-04-24T16:27:12+00:00

You have built a great product that meets market demands. You are confident that it radiates little energy and is not susceptible to outside interference, yet when you reach final EMC testing stage, your product fails. This is the nightmare scenario for most of us product designers. The cost of testing was already high, but re-testing will stretch the planned budget and slow down the entire project. The misplaced confidence that has led to a failed compliance test, means that design engineers need to find out why the product failed and how to fix it. To avoid this scenario, pre-compliance testing should not be considered as an add-on to the end of a project. Instead pre-compliance EMC testing should be built into a project from day one. In the [...]

Five advantages of pre-compliance EMC testing2015-04-24T16:27:12+00:00

CE marking – 20 things you need to know

2018-10-09T10:14:37+00:00

Placed on several categories of products, CE marking is mandatory for machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, medical devices, personal protective equipment and toys. So if you are looking to sell an electronics product in the EU, you will need to affix a CE mark. Here’s a quick round up of interesting facts about CE marking: CE marking is a self-declaration where a manufacturer proves compliance with EU health, safety and environmental protection legislation and confirms a product's compliance with relevant requirements CE is Conformité Européenne (French) which means European conformity With a CE mark, your product can be sold in the EU and in some other countries, including Turkey CE directives affect manufacturers, importers and distributors/retailers, though a manufacturer is responsible for acquiring the CE mark There are six steps to [...]

CE marking – 20 things you need to know2018-10-09T10:14:37+00:00

Assessing technical design trade-offs – key criteria for the design engineer

2018-10-09T12:30:24+00:00

Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design, on the critical factors for a winning design. How does the design engineer balance all three factors of technical specification, development cost and unit price? While fast time-to-market, low product cost and high-quality technical specification are all key factors when launching new products, the process of making design decisions usually involves a trade-off between software and hardware. Electronics is an art. Give multiple engineers the same specification and they will often create multiple different solutions that meet the specification perfectly. One design engineer may have considered unit cost as the most important factor while another will have designed the product to minimise development cost. For a winning design that meets all its requirements, the design engineer needs to balance all three factors of technical specification, development cost and [...]

Assessing technical design trade-offs – key criteria for the design engineer2018-10-09T12:30:24+00:00

Design trade-offs in M2M product design and development

2018-10-09T09:36:53+00:00

Long before the phrases M2M product design and the Internet of Things came to wider attention, we were already making machines talk to each other, says Dunstan Power of ByteSnap Design. Early adopters like General Motors and Hughes Electronics Corporation could see the benefits that machine-to-machine communications (M2M) offered forward-thinking businesses as far back as 1995 but when M2M via cellular communication took off in 1996, M2M wireless technology became far more popular. Combined with embedded electronics, machine-to-machine communications offer consumers a wide range of sophisticated everyday devices. Businesses of all sorts are approaching us to capitalise on M2M opportunities. Whether they want to deliver a product to control home heating or monitor health, there are so many different hardware and software considerations. The innovative business with M2M ideas doesn’t necessarily know exactly what [...]

Design trade-offs in M2M product design and development2018-10-09T09:36:53+00:00

ByteSnap on harvested energy in the IoT (Podcast)

2018-10-09T09:33:20+00:00

Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design, talks to Alix Paultre about embedded systems and the challenges the demand for functionality presents to the design community. Harvested and other advanced energy storage and management technologies can directly impact the success or failure of a design, so this podcast provides examples and product design considerations for electronics engineers. To listen to the podcast go to: Power Design podcast.

ByteSnap on harvested energy in the IoT (Podcast)2018-10-09T09:33:20+00:00

M2M – Seven Top Trend Predictions for 2015

2018-10-09T09:42:14+00:00

  Some 4.9 billion connected “things” will be in use in 2015, up 30% from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020, according to recent research from industry analyst Gartner. Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists, to smart charging posts and vehicle tracking services. They have compiled a list of predictions for the M2M sector in 2015. Smart sensors 2015 will bring a large increase in the availability of smart sensors in the industry. No longer is it acceptable to read analog signals over long lengths of wire across buildings. The analog signal chain is shrinking in size but not complexity and transfer of data in digital form over common busses whether it be transported [...]

M2M – Seven Top Trend Predictions for 20152018-10-09T09:42:14+00:00

M2M 2015 Trend Predictions from ByteSnap Design Engineers

2018-10-09T09:41:11+00:00

Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists, to smart charging posts and vehicle tracking services. They have compiled a list of predictions for the M2M sector in 2015. To read the full article please go to: Evertiq.com

M2M 2015 Trend Predictions from ByteSnap Design Engineers2018-10-09T09:41:11+00:00

M2M 2015 Trend Predictions from ByteSnap Design Engineers

2018-10-09T09:40:11+00:00

Some 4.9 billion connected “things” will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020, according to recent research from industry analyst Gartner. Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists, to smart charging posts and vehicle tracking services. They have compiled a list of predictions for the M2M sector in 2015.  To read the full article go to: Wireless Design & Development

M2M 2015 Trend Predictions from ByteSnap Design Engineers2018-10-09T09:40:11+00:00

Design trade-offs for product development

2018-10-09T10:08:39+00:00

ByteSnap is in the business of designing new products for customers, and one of the pleasures of product development is hearing about interesting new ideas customers have and trying to work out a good route to market for them. Once the project has been discussed, the conversation often follows this course: “I know it is hard for you to say, and I won’t hold you to it, but how much do you think it will cost, and how long will it take?” To read the full article please go to: http://www.embedded.com/electronics-blogs/other/4434993/Design-trade-offs-for-product-development

Design trade-offs for product development2018-10-09T10:08:39+00:00

ByteSnap doubles space at Longbridge Technology Park

2018-10-09T12:34:45+00:00

ByteSnap Design, has expanded at 2 Devon Way at the technology park. Dunstan Power said: "We've grown significantly since we first moved to Longbridge Innovation Centre six years ago, increasing staff levels by 600 per cent in this time due to of new business wins and diversification of our product portfolio. "The move to larger office space at 2 Devon Way will allow the business to continue this strategy of growth and also enables us to increase the size of the projects that we undertake." To read the full article please go to: http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/midlands/118164-bytesnap-doubles-space-longbridge-technology-park/index.html

ByteSnap doubles space at Longbridge Technology Park2018-10-09T12:34:45+00:00