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Patrick Mannion

Patrick Mannion has been studying the electronics industry for over 25 years. After graduating with a National Diploma in Electronic Engineering from the Dundalk Institute of Technology, he worked for three years in the industry before starting a career in b2b media and events. His various roles included Components and Communications Editor at Electronic Design and more recently Brand Director for UBM’s Electronics media, including EDN, EETimes,, and TechOnline. He is a father of two, husband (to one), ex-runner (now a jogger), and tech-hobbyist/builder/maker.

Patrick Mannion is and experienced media and content professional, with skills to guide programs for, editorial, sales, marketing, and content development, including expert, technical writing and custom social media development for marketing and branding. Core focus: Wireless/Communications, Internet of Things, Embedded, Sensing, Industrial Automation, Consumer Electronics, Analog/Power, Artificial Intelligence, Signal Processing, Medical/Connected Health, Robotics and IT.



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    Flexing its technology muscle, TI plays a strong hand in automotive radar

    Sensor portfolio addresses long range, short range and in-vehicle applications

    By Patrick Mannion | June 23, 2017

    By integrating a variety of RF, analog and digital components (including DSP and MCU) onto a single CMOS chip, Texas Instruments has staked a claim to all automotive radar applications, both outside and inside the vehicle.

    Primary automotive radar applications can be broadly grouped into corner radars and front radars. Corner radars (rear and front) are typically short-range radar sensors that can be used for blind-spot detection (BSD), lane-change assist (LCA) and front/rear cross-traffic alert (F/RCTA), while front radars are typically mid- and long-range radars responsible for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control (ACC).

    Futuremobile: Who will prevail in the battle over the “eyes?”

    The key? Automotive supply chain contacts and channels

    By Patrick Mannion | May 21, 2017

    The “rotating coffee cans” atop Google’s autonomous vehicles were once symbolic of the future of driving. They are now quickly becoming quaint artifacts of a bygone era as low-cost LiDAR technologies emerge and more integrated approaches to object sensing start to take priority.

    The highly contentious patent-infringement lawsuit between Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle group, and Uber, emphasizes what’s at stake, while at the same time distracting from the rapid pace of LiDAR technology development from startups and established companies alike.

    Was Goodenough’s 3x Li-ion breakthrough research good enough?

    By Patrick Mannion | April 14, 2017

    John Goodenough (The University of Texas at Austin).

    Was it all too good to be true? It made for a great story: The 92-year-old inventor of the first lithium-ion battery was at it again. This time with new research on a chemistry that could store up to three times as much energy, charge in minutes instead of hours, and operate higher voltages and at much colder temperatures, down to -20˚C.

    Smart energy storage will define the future of everything: the grid, automobiles and gadgets

    By Patrick Mannion | January 15, 2017

    Vionx Energy field engineer Michael McNeely stands in the engineering house, monitoring vanadium redox flow battery tests. (Bruce Gellerman/WBUR)

    Vionx Energy field engineer Michael McNeely stands in the engineering house, monitoring vanadium redox flow battery tests. (Bruce Gellerman/WBUR)

    From smartphones to automobiles and the electric grid, energy storage is becoming more critical. For mobile devices, the need is clear for safe, longer-lasting, energy-dense chemistries. For automobiles, the move to hybrid, electric, and autonomous vehicles has increased the bounty to be had for denser and lighter storage.

    Edison’s revenge? Why DC-only distribution makes sense for energy savings

    By Patrick Mannion | January 2, 2017

    The drive for energy conservation, the DC basis of modern electronic systems, and the development of renewable energy sources have converged to challenge the 100-year-old assumption that AC alone is the single best means of distributing electricity.

    Instead, a combination of AC for the main grid and DC for micro and nano grids is shaping up to be a more energy-efficient path, if industries and engineers come together to define the necessary standards and implement them effectively.