Electronics & Beyond (January 2001)

Written by: Pete Luckhurst



Time to read 1 min

The January 2001 issue of "Electronics and Beyond" dives into the future of rail transport, exploring innovative solutions like tilting trains, intercommunicating trains, and in-wheel electric motors to enhance safety and efficiency in railway networks. It also features projects and research on topics such as analogue wireless links, e-mail systems that don't require a computer, and the latest in digital signal processing. The magazine continues its "Excursions into Excel" series, catering to engineers looking to leverage Microsoft Excel in their work. Additionally, it covers developments in fuel cells, potentially revolutionizing mobile power sources, and delves into the realm of silicon nanowires and quantum dots, signaling a shift towards atomic-level electronics.

Table of Contents

Projects and Features

  1. Rail Transport of the Future: Examining futuristic railway technologies for a faster, safer network.
  2. Analogue Wireless Link: A guide to streaming analogue data from remote areas directly to your PC.
  3. Research News - The E-M@Iler: A look at an innovative way to send and receive emails without a computer.
  4. Excursions into Excel: Continuing the series focused on using Excel for engineering applications.
  5. Disco Light Controller: DIY project using an ST7 microcontroller to animate party lights.
  6. Fuel Cell Developments: Insights into Motorola's fuel cell technology and its impact on mobile power.
  7. DSP Basics Part 1: An introduction to Digital Signal Processing and its widespread applications.
  8. Information Explosion: Analyzing the rapid growth and impact of information in the digital age.
  9. Silicon Nanowires: Investigating the potential of silicon nanowires in quantum level conduction.
  10. Home Networking: Discussing the rise of home networking systems and their future implications.
  11. Personal Video Recorders: Exploring how this technology might alter television viewing habits.
  12. Technology Watch Extra: Reviewing the latest MP3 players and their performance.
  13. Quantum Dots - The Future of Electronics: Delving into the advancements towards atomic-scale electronics.


  • News Report: The latest updates and news from the world of electronics.
  • Excursions into Excel: Further exploration of Excel's utility for engineers.
  • The Internet: Commentary and insights on recent internet trends and technologies.
  • What's On & Diary Dates: Upcoming events, conferences, and important dates in the electronics industry.
  • Comment: Editorial opinions and comments on current issues in the electronics field​

About the author

Pete Luckhurst is a Website Manager at Maplin.

After getting an early start in the world of computing with C64 & Amiga computers, Pete now spends much of his spare time in PC VR and dabbling in game development. He also has a strong interest in film, photography and music.

Among other endeavours, he previously worked in a Maplin store, so it was a no-brainer when the opportunity arose to work on the modern incarnation of Maplin online. Besides writing for the blog, Pete works alongside the Maplin team to help keep the online store running smoothly.