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Issue 02/2018

All systems under control

How to make sure avionics devices and systems meet the strictest requirements

Avionics - a term coined from the merging of aviation and electronics - deals with all electronic devices and systems that perform specific individual functions on aircraft, satellites and spacecraft.

2017
Issue 07/2017

Upcoming global events (October 2017-February 2018)

On the agenda: EMC, 5G networks, energy efficiency, IoT, HVDC, displays, hydrogen fuel cells and SCADA systems

The IEC regularly endorses key global and regional industry events.

Issue 07/2017

August, September and October 2017 nominations and extensions

The latest TC chair nominations and extensions approved by the SMB

Over the past few months, the Standardization Management Board (SMB) nominated several new chairs for different IEC technical committees (TCs).

Issue 06/2017

Printed electronics gathering pace

Printed electronics has moved rapidly from lab to manufacturing processes in recent years

Printed electronics is a relatively new technology, but it has already proven a disruptive, yet creative process that allows the production of new products and components, low-cost electronic devices, which open the way to a range of new applications. It has started transforming the electronics industry and many other domains by being included in different manufacturing processes. This new technology led to the creation, in 2011, of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 119: Printed electronics.

Issue 05/2017

Connecting the printed electronics and wearables communities

Wearable devices will benefit from advances in printed electronics technologies

Printed electronics as a manufacturing method has become established in a number of areas across the electrotechnical world. The connections that are made are emerging as particularly significant in the new generation of wearable electronic devices. Although some wearable applications can be realized using wholly conventional rigid electronics, many will require some element of flexibility. Standardization work by a number of IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and subcommittees (SCs) is central to this development.

Issue 01/2017

New edition of Standard for OLED displays

Measurement conditions and measuring methods for optical and electro-optical parameters to ensure better image quality

The quest for better television pictures has been ongoing ever since TV was invented and in particular after it started reaching a wider audience. The second edition of an International Standard for Organic LED (OLED) displays adds to a series that will contribute to better image quality on these displays.

2016
Issue 08/2016

Supporting technologies for photovoltaics

Barrier layer assemblies and printed electronics bound to play major role, especially in thin-film flexible PV panels

There are a number of technologies supporting the development and further implementation of photovoltaic (PV) devices. International Standards developed by several IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and Subcommittees (SCs) in the barrier layer assemblies and printed electronics domains underpin this implementation. 

Issue 08/2016

Upcoming global events (December 2016-April 2017)

On the agenda: displays, energy storage, Smart Grids, metering and IECEx

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

Issue 07/2016

Sensor networks, wearable printed electronics and AAL

Wearable printed electronics will play a central role in Active Assisted Living

Sensors provide information about objects, or people and their environment. Networks of sensors in the shape of wearable electronics and integrated into the living environment will support Active Assisted Living (AAL) into the future. Sensors and printed electronics will be increasingly integrated into smart wearable devices to facilitate the implementation of AAL.

Issue 06/2016

New ways of seeing, working and doing business

Virtual and augmented reality applications can improve surgery techniques, increase manufacturing efficiency and take the way we view sports to a new level

Initially developed for military and subsequently gaming scenarios, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications have found their way into many industries, which are enhancing their products and services through innovative technology.

2011
Issue 01/2011

e-books

Bookmark your library – digitized text in hand

The e-book and its tablet form have come a long way since the first digital devices were announced. The original models were greeted with a fair amount of skepticism. There was doubt concerning proprietary software that might constrain the choice of model or reading titles, and a possible lack of connectivity that would prevent widespread use. Now, all of that seems to be changing, and the original skepticism has given way to enthusiasm and a multitude of new developments.