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Career Expectations for an Electrical Engineer Specializing in Electronic Design stars

Electrical engineering is a historical reference to what is today known as electrical, electronics, and computer engineering. It is a broad profession that combines science and technology to design, create, and maintain products and services in diverse fields.

The Field of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Engineers in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering basically conduct research, design, test, and monitor development of electronic systems and production of equipment and devices used in different industries. They have a diverse range of areas of interest from advanced global positioning systems to development of domestic power appliances. They are responsible for designing and developing almost every gadget you see at home or in industrial settings, from communications and broadcast systems, electric motors, lighting, automobiles, navigation systems, machinery controls, and transmission devices to aircraft and radar systems, computers, and much more. Electrical and electronic engineering is a very diverse profession but for the purpose of our discussion, let’s narrow things down to the field of electronics.

3 Steps Electrical Engineers Should Take to Obtain the Best Electronic BoM Costs

To stay competitive in today’s extremely tough markets, electrical engineers have to not only be technically adept at designing in components that give their products a competitive edge, but they also have to know the best practices in assuring that the Bill of Material (BoM) costs are as low as possible.  As the electronic component BoM cost usually represents the single largest cost element of an end-product, being good at controlling these costs can give companies in saturated markets a competitive edge. 

The field applications engineers at SemiElectronics have come up with the 3 top items that engineers should pay attention to during design process and beyond to leverage the best BoM costs possible.

Sensors - The Lifeblood of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interconnected computing devices, digital and mechanical components or even people provide with a unique identifier that has the ability to transfer data over a network that allows human to computer interactions. With the advent of IPv6, an IP addressing standard that can allow 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses, it has made possible for any device to connected to the Internet of Things ecosystem. Research firm IDC predicts it will become a $1.5 trillion international market by 2020, up from $700 billion in the year 2014. With that huge uptake in IoT, a robust system will only be possible if the devices used to transmit data provide utmost accuracy.

Merits of Hardware Cryptography over Software Cryptography stars

Cryptography is a method of storing and transmitting data in a particular form so that only those for whom it is intended can read and process it.  Cryptography uses ciphers to encrypt the information and later decrypt the same information to the intended receiver only.  Modern cryptography is heavily based on complex mathematical analysis and computer science.  The algorithm is designed to ensure computational hardness assumptions making it almost impossible for the unintended recipient to break it.

Advantages of Using Silicon Carbide in Power Electronics

The advantages of using SiC in power electronics is the focus of a large number of semiconductor news studies and reports.  These reports prove just how advantages using SiC can be when designing power electronics.

Although silicon offers numerous benefits and advantages in power MOSFETs, it also displays some limitations that are characteristic to silicon material properties.  Properties like low thermal conductivity, low bandgap energy, and limitations in switching frequencies.  Power semiconductor devices, however, that are made with silicon carbide (SiC), don’t possess those types of material limitations. 

Field Applications Engineers – Your Local Technical Support Lifeline for Electronics Applications

Field Applications Engineer - also known as Field Application Engineer, FAE, AE, or Apps Engineer - is technical resource that semiconductor and electronic component companies hire to assist in the sales, or “design-in,” process.  An FAE is almost always a degreed engineer who’s spent many years developing a competency in a variety of engineering concept, procedures, applications, and practices.  These individuals range in ability from a generalist FAE, having a broad range of knowledge on a myriad of technologies and applications, or a specialist, having a narrow focus on a technology, such as RF.