While at the Consumer Electronics Show recently, I experienced a wide variety of products and technologies. A short list includes:
- A robot baby harp seal
- An autonomous shuttle electric vehicle
- Dancing drones in flight
- New and improved voice recognition/control on an HDTV
- IoT innovations, including more sensor integration and energy harvesting in the home
- A low-cost single-chip/single-die WiFi/Bluetooth combo RF front-end IC in pure CMOS
- A pure CMOS 5 GHz 802.11ac WiFi RF front-end IC
- Pedestrian dead reckoning for mobile devices
- Marked headset audio improvements
- Zero-power standby for home TV, audio, etc. using energy harvesting from infrared on a remote
These are some of the hundreds of new and improved electronics systems made possible by various integration techniques in ICs.
CES is not the only place where we will find what's new in electronics in 2014. DesignCon is coming up, followed by APEC and then EELive. These venues will give designers the newest and most innovative ICs for designing their own innovative systems.
Designers can also peruse webinars, tech papers, and fundamentals courses. Of course, I am highlighting EDN venues (run by a sister site), but IEEE XPlore has some of the best tech papers available for a modest monthly fee. Semiconductor companies also have training sessions online, as well as yearly hands-on training to show how to use the high level of integrated ICs they have developed. There's nothing like getting your hands on a good demo board with scopes and meters and expert advisers from the IC companies.
What other venues do you find educational and offering good technical content? Please share your favorites.