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Electronics For You
March  2024   Issue Vol. 56  No. 3 

MY STORY: “Music Is An Integral Part Of My Life, And I Cannot Imagine My Life Without It” — Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras
Prof. V. Kamakoti, the esteemed Director of IIT Madras and the visionary pioneer behind India’s groundbreaking indigenous computer microprocessor ‘Shakti,’ graciously shares his extraordinary journey. From his deep commitment to education and innovation to his passion for music and rural education, Prof. Kamakoti offers insights and shares his experiences in conversation with Sudeshna Das, Consulting Editor of the EFY Group

POLICY: Roadmap To India’s Semiconductor Productisation
As India strides towards semiconductor prowess, it invites us to ponder: Can this journey redefine global innovation and economic landscapes?
TECHNOLOGY: The Future Of Automotive Electronics: A2P Messaging In Connected Vehicles
From safety alerts to seamless communication, A2P messaging is revolutionising driving, delivering real-time updates, and enhancing safety in connected vehicles
SYSTEMS: The Cost of Inaction: Exploring The Consequences Of Ignoring IIoT Security Risks
As industrial IoT (IIoT) integration surges, so do security concerns. Let’s delve into the rising threat landscape and the role of the security model in fortifying IIoT defences and safeguarding critical infrastructure
CIRCUIT IDEA: Dual Stopwatch
If you are seeking a dual stopwatch that allows you to measure two distinct time intervals, consider this digital stopwatch with dual timers. It features two independent displays, which can be selected using the mode change switch
EXPERTS: How Much Open Source Is Too Much Open Source?
Intel’s OpenVINO toolkit helps developers by streamlining code writing, freeing them to concentrate on other vital project aspects. AI Evangelist at Intel, Anisha Udayakumar, elucidates on OpenVINO’s versatility
PROJECT: RFID Based Authentication System Using Arduino
The radio frequency identification (RFID) system used for identification and tracking of objects makes use of an RFID reader and a tag. The main parts of the device include the transceiver, antenna, and decoder
PROJECT: Meshtastic Network Of Inexpensive LoRa Radios
Besides LoRa (acronym for long range) radios, there is another kind of radios that are already occupying the market segment with variety of applications, and that is Zigbee radios. Although Zigbee radios are substantially costly, they are in use due to their exceptional easy meshing capability. Zigbee radios can be placed in mesh configurations where every Zigbee is connected as a node with the others such that if one or many nodes fail, the network will still be functional
Key Industry Trends That Can Shape The Future Of Your Business
Startups & Innovators
• EarthtronEV On Way To Becoming A Leader In EV Charging Stations
• Parova’s Made-To-Order Drones And Unique Designs
• Ellotor’s Versatile ‘E-Trike’ EV Offering Many Options
Truly Innovative Electronics
Amongst numerous press releases of new products received by us, these are the ones we found worthy of the title Truly Innovative Electronics
Industry News: Industry Updates
• Electronics manufacturing gets Rs 155 billion in Interim Budget
• Tata Group, TI, and Tower Semiconductors offer to modernise SCL, Mohali
• MoU between India and EU on developing semiconductor ecosystems gets government nod
• India reduces import duties on mobile components
TRENDS: The Next Wave Of Bluetooth Audio
More than a mere tech term, Auracast is about to change how we experience sound, with a simple search, scan, and tap—no complications
BUSINESS: ICE Or EV: Electronics Have Become The Central Thread
Is the end of the era of internal combustion engine-powered cars imminent? With this transition, what implications does it have for the component manufacturers serving the automotive industry? Moreover, is there space for new entrants to join the fray?
TECHNOLOGY: The Evolving Landscape Of Vehicle Control Units
Discover the latest advancements in vehicle control units, which include enhancing EV safety, integrating cutting-edge technologies, and steering towards sustainable mobility for a smarter, greener future
CIRCUIT: Interesting Reference Designs Of Thermometers

PROJECT: ‘Namaste’ Robot To Greets Visitors Automatically
This robot, whose mechanical frame can be made of recycled materials, monitors people within its 100cm range using an ultrasonic module. Detecting anyone within this range, it greets the person with ‘Namaste’ symbolised by both hands joined together in traditional Indian greeting. The robot is versatile and can be deployed in diverse settings such as business locations, parks, shops, etc, to extend greetings. Despite its primary function, the robot is designed to inspire modification for additional purposes
New Products
• Components & Chips
• Embedded
• Manufacturing Equipment
• Test & Measurement
PROJECT: Smartwatch-Like HID With Keyboard And Touchpad
Previously, in March 2023 issue, we published a project for a smartwatch with an ESP32 board featuring Wi-Fi analysis and health monitoring capabilities. Building upon this, let us now create a smartwatch that can function as a wearable human interface device (HID). This watch can serve as both a keyboard and a mouse, providing control over phones, laptops, etc. It acts as a portable keyboard with mouse functionality, worn on the wrist
Research & Innovation Updates
• Sustainable organic cathode batteries for electric cars innovated
• RISC-V based ‘Big Chip’ to explore scalability of processor performance
• A fuel cell that uses soil microbes to power underground sensors
• New AI wireless tech might surpass 5G speed, reliability, and coverage
• Modified electrode surfaces improve efficiencies of fuel cells and batteries
INTERVIEW: “Efficiency In Solar Energy Is More About Investment Rationale Than Resource Limitation” — Tanya Singhal, Co-founder, SolarArise
Indian utility-scale solar company SolarArise claims to offer investors long-term, cash-generating assets and anticipates advancements in energy storage technologies to enable 24-hour clean power at competitive prices. In a freewheeling chat with EFY’s Yashasvini Razdan, SolarArise’s Co-founder Tanya Singhal divulged interesting details about the company’s business model, challenges, technological innovations, and future plans of contributing to the country’s renewable energy goals
TRENDS: Enhancing Electronics Safety: Exploring Advanced Materials For Device Protection
As technology advances, the synergy between advanced materials and emerging technologies ensures a reliable and efficient electronic backbone for our modern world
Electroons 2.0
Some stunning cartoons
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