1| Case Studies
A selection of projects showing how client design briefs were translated into fit-for-purpose, manufacturable and commercially successful products.
CONDOR: Autonomous VTOL Cargo Drone
Brief: Research and evaluate key technologies the the feasibility of a cargo drone concept capable of transporting Defence materiel payloads of up to 150kgs.
Ventsmart®: Energy Saving Solution
Brief: Create a smart air quality management system to reduce power consumption in commercial kitchens.
D2P®: Digital Advertising Display Monitor
Brief: Design an Arduino Atmega328P based controller to facilitate remote management of digital advertising displays in shopping centres.
Beebox®: Domestic Power Monitor
Brief: Create a home power management system for remote communities with with higher grid power costs.
Samsung®: Retail Audio Demo System
Brief: Create an interactive in-store demo system to showcase Samsung's range of precision home audio products.
A selection of technical papers written by Amatek Design engineers.
OpAmp Output Protection
By Amatek Design - June 2016
By Amatek Design - May 2016
Renesas 32-bit MCU Family Overview
By Amatek Design - June 2016
3| Industry News
A selection of sites that post quality, informative news relevant to the electronics and technology innovation communities.
CyberSecurity Connect (Aus)
All things cybersecurity. Includes news, podcasts, editorial and technology insights across Defence, Government and Industry.
News about public policy and business and technology innovation.
Australian Defence Forces and Industry focussed news site with podcasts, editorial and technology insights.
UAV Commercial News
News and reviews about the global UAV industry, covering technology, policy and industry coverage.
4| Industry Blogs
Industry news and tips for engineers on a range of electronics industry topics.
Latest and trending PCB related articles from OrCAD, a division of Cadence Design Systems.
Tips and tricks for electronics engineers from Altium.
Cadence Breakfast Bytes
Cadence Design Systems' blog on a range of electronics design topics.
Inside Out Blog
This is the corporate blog by Semtech, developers of the LoRa wireless communications prototcol developed for IoT applications.
Real-Time Innovations (RTI) is the largest provider of software frameworks for autonomous systems developers.
5| Electronics Design Resources
A selection of online design resources for electronics enginers.
OrCAD Resources Hub
Find ECAD resources to get your next circuit design or PCB layout job done.
Find PSpice models, ask a question of the expert users in the forum, or learn advanced tips and tricks for using the PSpice advanced SPICE tool.
All About Circuits
Useful information targetting the professional electronics engineering sector.
A wealth of information dedicated to informing and educating electronics design engineers.
A wealth of resources site for developers of IoT, Automation, Robotics and Motion Systems. Also includes information on additive/3D printing.
IoT for all
A IoT developer community forum with contributors ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, all supporting the shared goal of making IoT accessible to everyone.
6| Industry Groups
Links to electronics and innovation industry representative and engagement organisations in Australia and overseas.
Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the profession. We are the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.
Surface Mount and Circuit Board Association (SMCBA)
This Australian industry group's goal is to facilitate the development of the Australian electronics industry to be world competitive and recognised as a unified, skilled and co-operative industry.
Robotics Australia Network
Creating a sustainable and internationally competitive robotics industry for Australia.
NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN)
Brings together smart sensing expertise in academia, industry and government to develop a strong, collaborative and innovative network that will deliver economic and social benefits for New South Wales.
NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN)
NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN) is a university-led initiative of the NSW Government and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DISG) to enhance NSW Defence industry capability through collaboration with government and academic research institutions.
Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN)
Goal is to build and maintain key partnerships at local, national and international levels on behalf of Australian Defence Industry, through influencing national policy and strategy and maintaining key relationships with political and Government decision makers.
Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA)
The MTAA represents manufacturers and suppliers of medical technology used in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability.
International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (iMAPS)
IMAPS leads the microelectronics packaging, interconnect and assembly community, providing means of communicating, educating and interacting at all levels.
7| Standards Organisations
A list of Australian and international standards organisations.
Australia's peak non-government, not-for-profit standards organisation.
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Australia's communications and media regulator. Objective is to maximise the economic and social benefits of communications infrastructure, services and content for Australia.
IEEE Standards Association
The goal of this division of the IEEE is to inspire a global community through highly-cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)
Develops standards for the electrotechnical industry, that help facilitate trade between countries, create new markets, cut compliance costs and support the development of a Single European Market.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Oversees standards and conformity assessment activities in the USA.
American Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
US regulator of all communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable.
National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)
From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement and standards, which are overseen by NIST.
8| R&D and Commercialisation Grants
A selection of Australian state and federal government innovation grant schemes.
NSW Medical Devices Fund
The NSW State Government operated Medical Devices Fund is a competitive technology development and commercialisation program targetting developers of medtech.
NSW COVID-19 Tech Vouchers
The COVID-19 TechVoucher program provides support funding for technology-rich startups, scaleups or small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to collaborate with Publicly Funded Research Organisations (PFROs) to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative R&D products and services that address the many health and economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN)
The NSSN is a not-for-profit Innovation Network funded by the NSW Government through the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer. It brings together universities, industry and government to translate world-class research into innovative smart sensing solutions that create value for the economy, environment and society of NSW and beyond.
Medical Devices Partnering Program (MDPP)
The MDPP, led by Flinders University, supports inventors from research, industry and clinical settings to develop new medical devices and assistive technologies.
MTPConnect is a not-for-profit Industry Growth Centre that aims to accelerate the rate of growth of the medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical (MTP) sectors in Australia. The group manages several innovation funds, including the BTB Program and the TTRA.
Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) Program
The BTB is a Medical Research Future Fund initiative that provides matched funding to nurture the translation of new therapies, technologies and medical devices through to the proof-of-concept stage.
Targeted Translation Research Accelerator
The TTRA will stimulate collaboration across relevant clinical, research and industry organisations to promote the clinical and commercial translation of innovative therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital solutions for the treatment and prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants
CRC Grants provide funding for medium to long-term (3 years plus), industry-led research collaborations. Find out about CRC grants and how to help improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries via this portal.
Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants
CRC-P Grants program provides funding for short-term (less than 3 years) research collaborations. Find out how to apply for a CRC-P Grant to develop a new technology, product or service via this portal.
Federal Government Grants Finder
If you’re doing business in Australia, this search portal will help you find grants, funding and support programs from across government.
9| Glossary of Terms
Commonly used industry terms.
Describes electronics in which micro-processors (MPUs) and micro-controllers (MCUs) with embedded software, on a controller PCB, that are specifically designed to control the functions of a device, including any human-machine interface (eg buttons or a touch-screen interface).
Also referred to as firmware, it is software loaded on an MCU that serves as the Operating System (OS) for the device that the MCU (or collection of MCUs) controls. It can only be updated by reprogramming or replacing the MCU. Examples of embedded software include:
- A computer's BIOS
- A device's RTOS
Real Time Operating System (RTOS)
Embedded software loaded onto an MCU (micro-controller) or MPU (micro-processor), that controls the functions of a specific device is referred to as the RTOS. Notable embedded operating systems for a range of consumer and commercial devices include:
- For devices such as printers: Embedded Linux
- For mobile phones and tablets: iOS (a subset of Mac OS); Android (a subset of Linux); Windows Mobile; Blackberry OS
Computer application software runs on top of a computer's OS (eg Windows, Linux, iOS or Android) and supports a specific application, eg word processing, serving music from a library on a computer to a wireless audio system, or flying a remote-controlled drone using a mobile device, via WiFi.
I²C / I2C
I²C (Inter-Integrated Circuit), pronounced I-squared-C, is a multi-master, multi-slave, single-ended, serial computer bus invented by Philips Semiconductor (now NXP Semiconductors). It is typically used for attaching lower-speed peripheral ICs to processors and microcontrollers in short-distance, intra-board communications.
Alternatively I²C is spelled I2C (pronounced I-two-C) or IIC (pronounced I-I-C).
Also referred to as a Operational Concept Document (OCD), a Requirements Specification, developed in conjunction with the customer for whom a product is being developed, discloses, primarily to the engineering team, industrial designers, project managers and other involved persons, the concept that binds the development together. It attempts to answer the questions:
- What is the product's purpose?
- Who are the users and what do they require of the product?
- If required, how will any associated application software be structured?
- What are the risks?
- Are there other organising principles or issues to be mindful of?
This is the document, often developed by the engineering team, that defines HOW a product will meet the specifications laid out in the Requirements Specification.