How to Manage Component Obsolescence How to Manage Component Obsolescence Obsolescence is a dirty word for most engineers. A successful, reliable product can be suddenly rendered unmanufacturable by a single component going End Of Life (EOL), or a new design hasn’t even gone into production and one of the chips has been pulled by the manufacturer. Sometimes it is ICs, sometimes connectors or passives. Any component will have a finite longevity and even the smallest, cheapest, most seemingly insignificant part can jeopardise production of a whole product line. Here’s a roundup of the typical product cycle of a component is (different terms are used by different suppliers). Most mainline semiconductor manufacturers are very good now at labelling where their parts are on this [...]
While working on Apple HomeKit projects, we have found that some challenges crop up again and again. This guide helps new Homekit developers climb the ladder to smart home success.
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Mobile Application Development Series – Part 3 Welcome to part 3 of our 5-part series on mobile application development. Part 1 looked at the essential breakdown of your mobile application development budget, and how to financially plan carefully for project success. And we examined priorities to consider when matching the right mobile application development company for your project in Part 2. Now, straight on to part 3 - and (in our humble opinion) the best tools around right now for cross platform mobile development... Top 5 Tools for Cross Platform Mobile Development When those sudden moments of genius strike, you could be onto the next big thing – the new Angry Birds or Snapchat might be around the corner. But the main practicality in [...]
All of us on the ByteSnap Design team are thrilled to have been named Design Team of the Year at the 2016 British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs)! Amongst a highly-competitive field, ByteSnap came out on top, with judges’ praise for our work with Cocoon on their Smart Home Security system. A BEEA spokeswoman also congratulated us, saying,"In a fiercely contested category, the team was a worthy winner." ByteSnap Design’s Technical Manager Roland and Marketing Manager Michelle accepted the award at a finalist’s ceremony in London from TV legend Johnny Ball and BEEA judge Phil Mayo. BEEA Shortlisted Entry Summary: "Cocoon, was developing a high spec product to replace or complement traditional alarm technology. It enlisted ByteSnap Design as it needed to work with an expert in [...]
ByteSnap has provided both electronics design and software expertise for award winning smart home security device Cocoon. Cocoon is a technology company transforming the home security market by designing beautiful products that help people feel safe. It won silver at the 2014 London Design awards and recently secured a £2 million investment from Aviva Ventures and Breed Reply Investments. Features of the innovative smart home security system include device side encryption and unique SUBSOUND™ technology to sense activity throughout a home. It even detects intruders through closed doors. Cocoon enlisted ByteSnap Design as experts in both electronics design and software on embedded platforms. Following an extensive investigation into the various system on chips (SoC) on the market, Cocoon’s in-house specialists chose NXP/Freescale iMX6 for its availability and technical support. [...]
ByteSnap Design will be showcasing its latest innovative projects, and discussing industry developments and trends at the UK's premier trade exhibition for electronic design, EDS 2015, in October. Organisers are bracing themselves for their biggest ever show, and are expecting record visitor numbers. Here's a sneak peak at some of what you'll see from ByteSnap on Stand L22... New SnapUI Aids Faster Prototyping We'll be launching the newest release of SnapUI - our user interface development framework - at the Electronic Design Show, at Coventry's Ricoh Arena. It's a great opportunity for you to get a closer look at this lightweight user interface (UI) customisation tool, which has been built to simplify the Linux design process. This latest upgrade offers new performance improvements including: Open GL hardware acceleration smaller [...]
Catch our embedded electronic designers caught up in some trade show time travel - in this whistlestop tour of our stand at Railtex 2015. With remote monitoring a primary concern for the rail industry, we displayed our low power remote monitoring station and 10km data logger at last month’s rail exhibition, at Birmingham’s NEC. Watch 4 days in just over 1 minute It was our first time attending Railtex 2015 - the UK's biggest rail show - so a big thank you to the visitors and customers who stopped by our stand. Enjoy the video!
ByteSnap will unveil a high reliability, low power remedy to the rail industry’s remote monitoring headache at Railtex 2015 in May. Custom Electronic Design The demonstration consists of two units; a remote monitoring station and a rugged waterproof data logger. The solar-powered station transmits weather data via a 10 kilometre low-power radio link. The practical applications for and benefits to rail infrastructure maintenance are substantial. Low Power Monitoring Director Dunstan Power said, “We see that low power monitoring equipment, which can be installed in remote locations transmitting information in real time over long distances, is vital to addressing reliability requirements of the rail industry. "We design bespoke solutions for customers; this is just an example of our expertise in rugged, very low power designs that can be adapted for [...]
CE marking – 20 things you need to know CE marking – 20 things you need to know 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, [...]