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Tim Bonnett

About Tim Bonnett

Tim has over 25 years experience in the semiconductor, display and embedded marketplace. He joined Alpha Micro Components in September 2014 as a Director. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of MSC Gleichmann UK Ltd, part of one of the largest Pan European distributors for Design in Technologies, for over 18 years.

Bluetooth in Industrial and Medical Applications

Bluetooth began as a way of providing a consistent wireless interface between mobile phones from different manufacturers and third-party peripherals, such as car kits. It has succeeded phenomenally in that capacity and these days we can now rely on Bluetooth to interconnect all sorts of consumer devices. In 2010, seeing the success of Bluetooth technology [...]

September 29th, 2016|

Global positioning: today and tomorrow’s opportunities

We’ve all become used to knowing roughly where we are on the planet when walking or driving, thanks to GPS. But GPS can be frustratingly imprecise at times. Is it possible to use the same satellite positioning signals that enable GPS to help put us more literally ‘on the spot’, with an accuracy of centimetres [...]

August 24th, 2016|

iBeacons vs Eddystone – Which Beacon Format is Better?

Beacons are a new type of energy efficient, broadcast-only Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device that promises to add location awareness to our apps. These cheap, small and long lasting broadcasters transmit small packets of information at regular intervals. This data, usually a unique identifier, can then be picked up by smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices [...]

June 7th, 2016|

Replacing NFC with BLE Whisper Mode

Thanks to Bluetooth, it’s never been easier to connect our devices. But while the absence of cables has simplified some things, other aspects are now more complicated. When we connected devices with cables, the physical connection automatically identified the devices we were linking. That same physical link also offered a simple reassurance of a secure [...]

April 27th, 2016|

Sigfox and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things requires a number of different elements to come together. Across homes and cities around the world, millions of sensors and actuators at one end need to be connected to the Internet, often via wireless links, and often across large areas. All that data has to be collated and analysed to provide [...]

April 20th, 2016|