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Electronics For You
April  2015   Issue Vol. 47  No. 4 

Tech Focus
5G Technology to Benefit Cyber Physical Systems
According to a press release by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the number of mobile phone subscribers in the country has crossed 952.34 million, as of January 2015, and is continuously growing

Buyers’ Guide
Prototyping, Designing with FPGA Boards Made Affordable and Absorbing
Field programmable gate array (FPGA) development boards, like any device following Moore’s law, are more powerful and inexpensive than ever before
Futuristic
Tele-immersion: The Death of Distance
It is circa 2020, a tele-mentoring session is in progress, wherein a veteran surgeon in New Delhi is step-by-step guiding a less experienced surgeon thousands of kilometres away in London
 
Design
The Making of a Radio-Controlled Plane
If you are planning to make your own multi-rotor from scratch at home, note that choosing the right electronic speed control (ESC) for your radio-controlled electric aircraft (RC plane) is not an easy task
Tech Focus
Your Phone, Your Network, Your Apps: Everything Would Change by 2020
Even as buyers wonder whether to buy a 3G phone or a 4G one, even as developers discuss which platform to develop their apps for, even as wearable makers and media houses harness the boons of 4G, elsewhere in the world, researchers are moving ahead
 
Telecom
IMT: Advanced Requirements and 4G Candidate Technologies
With the objective to fulfil the 4G criteria of 1Gbps for stationary reception and 100Mbps for mobile reception, many wireless technologies are rapidly progressing to meet and surpass 4G requirements
Sensors
An Introduction to Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks
Tiny wireless devices and the enormous growth of wireless communication technologies have already established the stage for large-scale deployment of wireless sensor networks (WSNs)
 
Test & Measurement
New T&M Tools for Academia Boost Learning, R&D and Industry Readiness
Test and measurement (T&M) companies have been serving the education vertical for a very long time now
Innovation
Control Everything with Your Hand
We all have heard about legends in every religion and culture across the world, supernatural humans who have the power to control things by simply moving their hands in the air
 
Embedded
To Go Boldly Where No Board Has Gone Before
Building projects for flight and space is one of the most popular areas in recent times
Embedded
Better Integration and Enhanced Software-Driving Programmable ICs
Programmable logic device is the name used to describe mainly two types of chips—complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)
 
EFY Plus DVD
This Month’s DVD Contents
This month’s DVD is a collection of a variety of electronics software, including different circuit simulators and design suites for printed circuit boards (PCBs) along with a technology-focussed computer aided design (CAD) tool. It also contains a Flightgear simulator for fun with learning
Defence Electronics
Precision-Guided Munitions: Infra-Red-Guided Weapons (Part 3 of 4)
Infra-red-guided [(IR)-guided)] weapons are no less important than laser-guided munitions considering their usage in tactical warfare
 
Interview
"We are running in fog and it is getting denser"
In this interview, we take a look at the integration trends in electronics, how fab technology is evolving and if Moore’s law will hit a wall at all. Sunit Rikhi, vice president of the technology and manufacturing group and general manager of Intel Custom Foundry, Intel Corp., speaks with Dilin Anand of EFY
Interview
Could cause missiles to misfire, radar systems to crash
Counterfeit products emerge in the market almost right after originals are launched. The top five types of semiconductors reported as counterfeits represent US$ 169 billion in potential annual risk for the global electronics supply chain, according to information and analytics provider IHS. How do we ensure that a counterfeit product does not turn a missile into a ticking time bomb? John Cronin, vice president of operations, North Shore Components Inc., the USA, speaks with Dilin Anand of EFY
 
Buyers’ Guide
Headphones for Enjoying Quality Music all the Time
You may prefer high-energy tunes during a workout session, soothing music while in the privacy of your home, or you may just want to make your gaming experience more vibrant with peppy music
EFY Expo India 2015
Electronics For You Expo India 2015
Celebrating the success of the Indian ESDM industry

The Indian electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) industry is going all out to make the government’s recently-launched Digital India and Make in India campaigns a success
 
Make in India
Market Survey: Green Power Backup Solutions will be the Next Big Thing in India
With focus steadily increasing on renewable energy, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and inverter industry is slowly coming up with systems that are compatible with various renewable energy sources
Useful Websites
Open Source Hardware
Open source hardware (OSHW) consists of physical hardware designed and offered in the same manner as free and open source software. Here are a few websites that will introduce you to some commonly available OSHW
 
Tech News
The world’s first solar-powered aircraft takes flight
The world’s first solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, took off from Abu Dhabi, UAE, on its maiden journey around the world
First Look
.MP710 Music Player from Transcend
.Lenovo launches Yoga 3 Pro
.Moto E 2nd Gen from Motorola
.Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear Headphones launches in India
.Swatch unveils Touch Zero One Smartwatch
.GizMo ByTes


 
Make in India
Highlights of union budget 2015-16
The NDA government has announced its first full-fledged union budget
Make in India
COMPONENTS

 
EFY Plus DVD
GNU Radio: An Open Source Software Radio Ecosystem
We cannot include software defined radios (SDRs) among the latest concepts evolved in wireless communication. Software radios have been present for more than three decades
EFY Plus DVD
IRSIM: A Switch-Level Circuit Simulator
Regular readers of this section must have seen many circuit simulators by now, but how many of these actually allow us to modify the circuit at the simulation stage? Well, here we have one such simulator, IRSIM
 
EFY Plus DVD
nano-archimedes: A GNU Package for Nano-World Simulations
In March issue of EFY Plus we discussed Archimedes, a Monte Carlo simulator for various semiconductor device simulations
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Wireless Hotel Ordering System
Traditional ordering systems consist of waiters handing over the menu to customers and taking orders from them
Download source code
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Museum Watchdog
Theft at a museum means more than just the loss of an object, as it affects the historical, artistic and scientific value of the collection as a whole
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Wireless Low-Cost Luggage Security Alarm
If someone tries to walk away, say, two metres, with your luggage, this circuit would sound an alarm to indicate that the luggage is being stolen
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Simple Light and Sound Indicator for Mains Power Supply
While repairing or installing electrical machines in a building, the AC mains power supply is switched off from the mains electrical switchboard installed outside the building
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Air Motion Detector
The project described here is of an air motion detector that can warn against strong winds. This is a simple circuit which can be very helpful for people who have no time to check the weather outside
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Arduino Piggyback on Raspberry Pi
Arduino is a perfect mindless slave. Give it a job and it performs the task endlessly without defaulting even for a nano second
Download source code
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Pre-Primary Tutor Using Arduino
A simple tutor for kids is presented here. An Arduino board (or its equivalent Freeduino), three tactile switches and a 16x2 LCD module are the main components used here
Download source code
 
DO-IT-YOURSELF
Designing an Eight-Bit Arithmetic Logic Unit Using ModelSim
This project describes the designing of an 8-bit arithmetic logic unit (ALU) using Verilog programming language
Download source code
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