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Issue 03/2018

Small and powerful

IECQ: the trusted partner of electronic component manufacturers and suppliers

Electronics are omnipresent today. For the younger generations, it must be difficult to imagine life without the array of electronic, smart devices that are an integral part of our daily interactions. Few realize that, without the inventors, thinkers and scientists of past centuries, the world as they know it, might not be the same.

Issue 01/2018

Achieving harmonization

Recognition for the work done by IEC TC 40 experts around the world

Capacitors, resistors and inductors are passive components. Together with active components (semiconductors), circuit boards, connectors and some other components such as filters, switches and fuses, they represent the basic building blocks of myriads of electronic products across the world.

2017
Issue 03/2017

Energy harvest ‘feeds’ road vehicles

New routes to cutting fuel consumption

Recovering energy can offer attractive solutions for providing additional power to motor vehicles at the same time as cutting their fuel consumption and emissions. They rely on a number of systems that recover thermal, kinetic, or other forms of energy (such as solar) that would either be lost or not used in vehicles. 

Issue 02/2017

Raising awareness on IEC standardization work

IEC TC 40 public website paves the way for outreach from other IEC TCs

Recently several IEC Technical Committees (TCs) expressed the wish to have their own website to present specific TC activities that may be of interest to the general public.

2016
Issue 08/2016

Covering countless safety requirements for SMPS

The second edition of a Standard will improve the safety of a myriad of systems

Low-voltage switch mode power supplies (SMPS) can be found in innumerable applications in IT equipment, vehicles, battery chargers, etc. A second edition of IEC 61204-7, an International Standard addressing safety requirements for SMPS was recently published. This Standard is also available as an Extended version (EXV).

Issue 03/2016

The greening of urban transport

The electrification of urban transport is driven by environmental concerns

Increasing traffic congestion and escalating air pollution are leading to schemes for cutting the number of individual passenger cars in cities and encouraging the wider use of public transport around the world. Most bus fleets, which make up the bulk of urban transport connections, are still powered by internal combustion engines. The goal of many cities is to electrify their bus fleets fully. It will be a gradual move, tied to the introduction of intermediate solutions such as hybrid drives, before it can be achieved fully. 

2011
Issue 03/2011

TC and SB nominations

Officers of IEC Consultative and Technical Committees

In addition to its regular Technical Committees, the IEC has a number of Strategic Groups, Sector Boards and Technical Advisory Committees which report to the Standardization Management Board. This month, e-tech announces various changes and nominations.