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Rapidly Deploy Sensors for IIoT-Based Predictive Maintenance Using MEMS Accelerometers Publish Date: 2020-05-28

Capacitive MEMS accelerometers ease design and lower cost of vibration monitoring for predictive maintenance in industrial applications.

KEMET’s New Thermorite® Temperature Sensor with Built-In ON/OFF Reed Switch Publish Date: 2020-05-27

The RTD temperature sensor can provide precise, accurate, and repeatable readings with appropriate current-drive and voltage-reading circuitry.

Maximize Gains Using Miniaturized PoL Converters Publish Date: 2020-05-26

With most design engineers having to meet market needs for smaller, more efficient systems, miniaturized point of load power supplies are in high demand.

Take Advantage of Ceramic Capacitors to Boost Power Density and Conversion Efficiency Publish Date: 2020-05-21

Highly miniaturized ceramic capacitors bolster power-handling capabilities in AC and DC power designs by lowering losses and managing high current ripples.

The Basics of Isolation Transformers and How to Select and Use Them Publish Date: 2020-05-20

Isolation transformers provide galvanic isolation between power sources and devices to reduce the chance of electric shock, noise, and isolate ground loops.

Important Factors for Improved Peltier Module Reliability Publish Date: 2020-05-19

Peltier modules or thermoelectric coolers have seen a rise in popularity due to their reliable solid-state construction and precise temperature control.

Machine to Machine Networks for Automated Machine Functions Publish Date: 2020-05-18

M2M networks include sensors, controls, and machines that communicate, in the same facility or a half a world apart, without human involvement.

Analog Basics—Part 2: Delta-Sigma (ΔƩ) ADCs and How to Exploit Their Digital Capabilities Publish Date: 2020-05-14

Accurately capture small signals with high-resolution ΔƩ ADCs while using pure digital signal processing to implement the complete signal processing chain.

An Introduction to Power-over-Ethernet Publish Date: 2020-05-13

Using a single cable to combine power and data enables efficient Ethernet network installations.

Enabling the NVMe SSD Interface on a Xilinx ZCU102 Evaluation Kit Publish Date: 2020-05-12

How to use multicore microcontrollers to better optimize performance, functionality, and power consumption for IoT devices.

EtherNet/IP versus PROFINET Publish Date: 2020-05-11

Internet of Things (IoT) functionality in automation and industrial control boosts data accessibility and usability. Top options: EtherNet/IP and PROFINET.

Fundamentals of FPGAs—Part 5: Getting Started with Intel (Altera) FPGAs Publish Date: 2020-05-07

Developers can depend on FPGAs and other programmable devices from Intel (Altera) in a tremendous range of applications.

Rapidly Deploy a Secure Cloud-Connected IoT Device Network Complete with Edge Computing Capabilities Publish Date: 2020-05-06

Developers can use pre-provisioned endpoint and edge computing solutions to rapidly implement an IoT network connected to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Safety, Performance, and Reliability in Physical Industrial Networks Publish Date: 2020-05-05

Plans need to be made for dynamic environment conditions for Ethernet cabling just like for other wire.

Custom Cable for Industrial Automation Publish Date: 2020-05-04

The reliability of industrial cable solutions is vital to minimizing unplanned maintenance and maintaining the dependability of automated operations.

Sensor Networking in Legacy Industrial Automation Facilities with a LoRaWAN Multiprotocol Gateway Publish Date: 2020-04-30

LoRaWAN-enabled gateways with support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are easy to install and configure, even in legacy industrial facilities.

Use Application-Specific ICs to Simplify Automotive Door Electronics Design Publish Date: 2020-04-29

ASSPs make it simpler for automotive electronics engineers to build decentralized or centralized door electronic systems.

Use Advanced, Long-Life IMUs with Extended Availability to Ensure Industrial Device Longevity Publish Date: 2020-04-28

Rugged industrial IMUs with guaranteed long-term availability meet growing requirements for robust performance, stability, and longevity in industrial devices.

Basic Understanding of Safety Circuits Publish Date: 2020-04-27

A review of the basics of safety circuits for automated machinery. The discussion will touch on standards that dictate required features.

How MEMS Microphones Aid Sound Detection and Keyword Recognition in Voice-Activated Designs Publish Date: 2020-04-23

Use MEMS microphones with low SNR, high sensitivity, and fast startup times to meet VUI design requirements for devices from smart speakers to earbuds.

Analog Fundamentals: How Sample and Hold Circuits Work and Ensure ADC Accuracy Publish Date: 2020-04-22

Sample and hold or track and hold circuits are needed to ensure the accuracy of ADCs by holding the input voltage fixed during analog-to-digital conversion.

How to Accurately Sense Temperature Using Thermistors Publish Date: 2020-04-21

The nonlinearity and tolerance shortcomings of the widely used NTC thermistor can be managed, or largely avoided with a new silicon-based PTC device.

What Is IO-Link 1.1 and How Is It Used? Publish Date: 2020-04-20

A discussion of the differences between IO-Link and IO-Link 1.1 and where IO-Link is appropriate in automated installations.

How to Perform Firmware Updates Without Halting Firmware Execution Publish Date: 2020-04-16

Designers of microcontroller applications can improve performance and lower costs by using devices with efficient context switching that can also live-update firmware.

Analog Basics – Part 1: SAR Analog-to-Digital Converters Publish Date: 2020-04-15

Accurately and reliably capture a snapshot of a signal with a high-resolution, ultra-fast SAR ADC.

Use Single-Board Computers to Create an IIoT Edge Computing Platform Publish Date: 2020-04-14

Single-board computers (SBCs) can provide formidable processing performance at the edge, but designers need to know how to select and apply the best solutions.

Use an Advanced Bluetooth 5.2 SoC to Build Secure Low-Power IoT Devices Publish Date: 2020-04-09

A low-cost SoC family optimizes performance and minimizes power consumption while delivering advanced Bluetooth features in battery-powered IoT devices.

Quickly Implement Motor Control Designs Using a Drive IC with Integrated Microcontroller Publish Date: 2020-04-08

Use the STSPIN32F060x with its integrated drive electronics and microcontroller to quickly and easily develop motor control applications.

Why the Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) Bus Makes Connecting ICs So Easy—And How to Use It Publish Date: 2020-04-07

The I2C bus is an almost universal two-wire serial data bus that greatly simplifies IC-to-IC communications on a pc board.

Rapidly Deploy Time-of-Flight Distance Sensing Using a Pre-Built Solution Publish Date: 2020-04-02

Quickly implement a ToF distance sensing solution using an expansion board supported by a system board and associated software.

Fundamentals of FPGAs – Part 4: Getting Started with Xilinx FPGAs Publish Date: 2020-04-01

Developers can use FPGAs and other programmable devices from Xilinx across a diverse range of applications from data centers and aerospace, to consumer.

Use Fine-Pitch Board-to-Board Connectors to Optimize System Packaging Publish Date: 2020-03-31

When two or more pc boards must be used in a product, board-to-board connectors offer high-performance solutions to the electrical and mechanical pairing.

Design Techniques to Increase a Piezo Transducer Buzzer Audio Output Publish Date: 2020-03-26

Because transducer buzzers require an external driving circuit to produce a tone or sound, several methods exist that can impact the piezo buzzer audio output.

Get Started Quickly With 3D Time-of-Flight Applications Publish Date: 2020-03-25

3D time-of-flight (ToF) development kits provide a pre-built platform for exploring use of high-resolution depth information in sophisticated applications.

The Basics of Anti-Aliasing Low-Pass Filters (and Why They Need to be Matched to the ADC) Publish Date: 2020-03-24

Filters for anti-aliasing applications need very specific specifications based on the characteristics of the ADC with which they are paired.

Design Power for Harsh Environments Using TDK-Lambda’s PFH500 Power Modules Publish Date: 2020-03-19

TDK-Lambda’s PFH500 power modules meet industrial design criteria for harsh environments.

Use Direct Plug-in Insulation Displacement Connectors to Streamline Assembly and Lower BOM Publish Date: 2020-03-18

By using direct plug-in insulation displacement connectors (IDCs) designers can streamline assembly and lower their bill of materials (BOM).

Implement Low-Power, High-Performance Edge Computing Using Efinix’s Quantum-Enabled FPGAs Publish Date: 2020-03-17

Use Efinix’s Quantum-enabled FPGAs to realize power, performance, and area gains in edge computing implementations of AI, ML, and image processing.

What Matters When Integrating Gas Sensors into Air Quality Monitoring Designs Publish Date: 2020-03-12

Advances in compact gas sensors include calibration software and cloud connectivity that allow faster development of accurate air quality monitoring designs.

Accelerate Industrial IoT Application Development—Part 2: Rapid IIoT Sensor Deployment Publish Date: 2020-03-11

Pre-configured industrial sensors units and gateways offer a simple solution for acquiring data needed to support IIoT application development.

How to Leverage the Benefits of Wire-to-Board Connectors in Ultra-Compact Designs Publish Date: 2020-03-10

Compact connectors bring simple and inexpensive wire-to-board connectivity to smaller automotive, industrial, lighting and telecommunication products.

Simplify Industrial Ethernet Networking with Smart PoE Switches Publish Date: 2020-03-05

Compact Ethernet smart switches that support PoE can be used in IIoT DIN rail applications to save space and improve power efficiency, while lowering costs.

Accelerate Industrial IoT Application Development—Part 1: Simulating IoT Device Data Publish Date: 2020-03-04

Using simulation methods supported in IoT cloud platforms, developers can begin IIoT application development well before hardware sensors and actuators are deployed.

What Kinds of Encoder Features Boost Ruggedness? Solid-State Electronics, Maybe? Publish Date: 2020-03-03

Rotary encoders are vital components in the motion-control feedback loop of industrial, robotic, aerospace, energy, and automation applications.

Suppressing Acoustic Noise in Switched-Mode Power Supplies Publish Date: 2020-03-02

Switched-mode power supply noises such as humming or whining can be disturbing. Find out how to reduce these noises in this article.

Torex HiSAT-COT™ Control Architecture Tutorial Publish Date: 2020-02-27

The HiSAT-COT™ from Torex is designed for applications that require ultra-fast transient response and operation at a fixed frequency.

Save Time and Cost in IIoT Facilities with Wireless Energy Harvesting Switches Publish Date: 2020-02-26

Energy harvesting switches obtain the energy needed for wireless transmission from the operator’s keypress to transmit control signals to equipment.

Use the OpenMV Cam to Quickly Start Applying Machine Learning to Object Detection Publish Date: 2020-02-25

Use the OpenMV H7 camera module to detect objects and process images using machine learning algorithms and datasets.

How to Accurately Control a BLDC Motor’s Torque and Speed in Industrial Applications Publish Date: 2020-02-20

Accurately and reliably capture a BLDC motor’s torque and speed with a current sense amplifier and a dual simultaneous sampling SAR-ADC.

Quickly Implement a Remote Industrial IoT Cellular Endpoint Using an LTE Microcontroller and Router Publish Date: 2020-02-19

Industrial control and facilities engineers can easily implement battery-powered IIoT nodes using microcontrollers and routers with built-in 4G cellular modems.

Fundamentals of 8-Bit Versus 12-Bit Oscilloscopes and How to Use Modern 12-Bit Scopes Publish Date: 2020-02-18

The Teledyne LeCroy WaveSurfer 4000HD family brings high definition, 12-Bit measurements to test and service departments.

Use an Efficient Multicore Processor to Build Smarter Voice-Enabled Products Publish Date: 2020-02-14

Use the i.MX 8M Nano with its specialized hardware features for efficient audio and processing in smart products while meeting future graphics requirements.

New Piezoelectric Actuators Bring Enhanced Haptic Feedback to Portable Touchscreen Designs Publish Date: 2020-02-13

Use advances in low-power piezoelectric haptic actuators to bring high definition haptic feedback to portable products.

How to Quickly and Safely Switch an Antenna or Transducer Between Transmit and Receive Modes Publish Date: 2020-02-12

How to implement transmit /receive switches to rapidly and safely connect transmitters and receivers to a common antenna or transducer.

Quickly Implement 'Alexa Built-In' IoT Designs Using a Microcontroller-Based Kit Publish Date: 2020-02-11

An NXP microcontroller-based hardware kit and accompanying software provide a drop-in solution for adding an Alexa voice assistant to IoT devices.

How to Safely Incorporate Cobots in Industrial Workplaces Publish Date: 2020-02-06

Safe robot-human collaboration requires application-specific risk assessment and system definition, and there are now technical specifications that provide guidance.

How to Choose and Use Angle Sensors for Power Steering, Motors and Robotics Publish Date: 2020-02-05

Use faster, more accurate position sensors to meet industrial and automotive motor safety, speed, and reliability requirements.

Use Low-EMI Switching Regulators to Optimize High-Efficiency Power Designs Publish Date: 2020-02-04

Switching regulators with EMI reduction capability allow engineers to reduce the size and cost of input and output filter circuits.

Locking Down the IoT with LoRaWAN Publish Date: 2020-02-03

IoT devices without adequate security introduce several network vulnerabilities. For protection, implement both hardware and software security.

Fundamentals of FPGAs – Part 3: Getting Started with Microchip Technology’s FPGAs Publish Date: 2020-01-30

Developers can depend upon Microchip Technology's FPGAs in applications that require low power, high security, and high reliability.

Rapidly Prototype and Debug a Wireless Sensing Node Using a Single Platform Publish Date: 2020-01-29

Use the SensorTag wireless microcontroller-based sensor kit to rapidly prototype and develop IoT applications.

An Overview of IP Ratings and Waterproof Connectors Publish Date: 2020-01-28

IP rated connectors are growing in popularity and understanding. What are the design considerations to consider when selecting an IP rated connector?

Workload Consolidation and Security Maximizes AI and ML Publish Date: 2020-01-27

There are some disadvantages to consolidating processing resources locally and bringing AI and ML functionality out to the edge. Security is chief among them.

Build a True Wireless Fitness Hearable—Part 3: Wireless Power Management Publish Date: 2020-01-23

Simplify design and extend battery life for true wireless fitness hearables using off-the-shelf ICs for power, battery, and wireless power management.

Increase Safety and Reliability of High Voltage Industrial Applications with Galvanic Isolators Publish Date: 2020-01-22

Using galvanic isolator ICs based on silicon dioxide (SiO2) can safely and reliably isolate high voltages even in high temperature conditions.

How to Select and Use the Right ESP32 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Module for an Industrial IoT Application Publish Date: 2020-01-21

Use the ESP32 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module to connect industrial automation equipment to the IoT.

What’s Good Enough When It Comes to Security? Publish Date: 2020-01-20

Good enough security really depends on what’s being safeguarded, the likelihood of attack, and the resources of the company attempting to protect its assets.

How to Correctly Apply the Right Power Devices to Meet Industrial Power Supply Requirements Publish Date: 2020-01-16

By correctly applying the right power components for industrial power supplies and converters, designers can ensure the necessary performance and reliability.

The Fundamentals of IO-Link and How to Use It to Enable the Industrial IoT Publish Date: 2020-01-15

Understand and apply IO-Link to efficiently and cost effectively deploy and communicate with intelligent sensors and actuators in an IIoT application.

Build a True Wireless Fitness Hearable—Part 2: Audio Processing Publish Date: 2020-01-14

Use an advanced audio codec that combines low power and extensive functionality to deliver high quality audio and long battery life in fitness hearables.

The Anatomy of Security Microcontrollers for IoT Applications Publish Date: 2020-01-13

At a time when implementing security in embedded designs seems an overwhelming task, microcontrollers specializing in security features are coming forward.

How to Get Started with RISC-V-Based Microcontrollers Publish Date: 2020-01-09

Use RISC-V to customize the instruction set and hardware for the optimum energy profile for an embedded system.

How to Synchronize Microcontroller PWM Outputs to Drive Loads More Efficiently Publish Date: 2020-01-08

Microcontroller PWMs must be precisely synchronized when driving multi-phased loads to prevent power and torque losses.

Boost Fitness Tracker Accuracy Using High-Accuracy Pressure Sensors Publish Date: 2020-01-07

Use a precision atmospheric pressure sensor to improve the accuracy of a wearable device in detecting vertical movement and calculation of its fitness impact.

Data Can be Stored Safely in the Cloud… Really Publish Date: 2020-01-06

Cloud data storage continues to gain traction with companies since it provides a cost-effective, available, scalable, and resilient platform.

Precisely Control LED Luminance Using a Current Output DAC and TIA Publish Date: 2020-01-02

Accurately drive and monitor LED strings with a current output DAC and a transimpedance amplifier.

Build a True Wireless Fitness Hearable—Part 1: Heart Rate and SpO2 Measurement Publish Date: 2019-12-31

A specialized biosensor from Maxim Integrated speeds development of in-ear fitness wearables while meeting the application’s tight size and power constraints.

Important Parameters for Optimizing DC Fan Operation Publish Date: 2019-12-30

Designed to remove heat from an application via efficient forced air cooling, DCc fans are a staple of any engineer’s thermal management solution.

Use Multi-Protocol, Multi-Band Wireless SoCs to Simplify Deployment of IIoT Networks Publish Date: 2019-12-19

Use multi-protocol wireless SoCs supporting multiple short-range wireless RF bands to simplify the implementation of Industrial IoT networks.

Fundamentals of FPGAs – Part 2: Getting Started with Lattice Semiconductor’s FPGAs Publish Date: 2019-12-18

Lattice Semiconductor's FPGAs span the low to mid-range, with a focus on low-power devices that address network issues from the edge to the cloud.

A Guide to Selecting and Using IoT and IIoT Power Sources Publish Date: 2019-12-17

Power supply makers are offering power sources specifically designed for IoT and IIoT applications, and designers need to know how to use these components.

Hardware Can Be Hacked Too Publish Date: 2019-12-16

A myriad of hardware-based attacks present challenging security issues.

Use Compact Industrial Robots to Make Any Shop More Productive Publish Date: 2019-12-12

Robotic arms are a flexible platform for building compact industrial robots suitable for small to mid-sized operations.

Use an F-RAM to Build Battery-Powered Devices with Ultra-Low-Power Long-Term Storage Publish Date: 2019-12-11

Ultra-low-power F-RAM with fast write cycles and extended endurance lets developers add reliable long-term storage to power-constrained battery-powered devices.

The Right Power Supply is Critical to Meet the New IEC/UL IEC-62368 Consumer Product Safety Mandate Publish Date: 2019-12-10

Designers take note: IEC-62368-1 for consumer products takes effect December 2020 and redefines the concept of potential hazards and their minimization.

Functional Safety Reinvigorates Security in 24/7/365 Industrial Designs Publish Date: 2019-12-09

Safety and reliability are paramount concerns in industrial environments where equipment typically runs 24/7/365.

The Difference Between IoT and M2M Communication and Design Publish Date: 2019-12-05

The line between M2M and IoT can be blurry, but they are distinct approaches to connectivity that do share some common hardware and design techniques.

Fundamentals: The IoT, IIoT, AIoT, and Why They’re the Future of Industrial Automation Publish Date: 2019-12-04

Connecting legacy industrial equipment to the Internet of Things (IoT) can result in tremendous advantages in terms of efficiency, productivity, and reliability.

Energy Harvesting Versus Batteries for Multidecade IoT Sensor Operation Publish Date: 2019-12-03

Energy harvesting, rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, and supercapacitors – singly or in combination – can power remote applications for decades.

Does Machine Learning Open Your Industrial System to Hackers? Publish Date: 2019-12-02

Machine learning applications require a well-defined strategy.

Use Sitara’s Specialized Subsystem for Industrial Automation Communications and Processing Publish Date: 2019-11-21

With general purpose and real-time processing, Texas Instruments Sitara processors provide a single-chip solution for industrial Ethernet applications.

Accelerate IoT Product Development Using Mbed Ecosystem Publish Date: 2019-11-20

Accelerate embedded development with proven solutions using a strong ecosystem that can be easily ported to multiple platforms like Mbed.

Understand Drone Design Trade-Offs Before Piling on the Sensors Publish Date: 2019-11-19

Adding sensors to drones requires a careful balance of power consumption, functionality, and cost, but here are some suitable options.

Fundamentals of FPGAs: What Are FPGAs and Why Are They Needed? Publish Date: 2019-11-14

Optimal design solutions are often provided by FPGAs, combinations of processors and FPGAs, or by FPGAs that boast internal processor cores.

Rapidly Deploy a Battery-Powered Bluetooth 5 Certified Multi-Sensor IoT Device Publish Date: 2019-11-13

Rapidly develop and deploy an ultra-low-power Bluetooth 5 multi-sensor application using flexible hardware supported by a drag-and-drop development environment.

The Fundamentals and Application of Zener, PIN, Schottky, and Varactor Diodes Publish Date: 2019-11-12

How to use the special characteristics of Zener, PIN, Schottky, and varactor diodes to replace costly, bulkier components.

Use Industrial Ethernet as a Rugged and Deterministic Alternative to Standard Ethernet Publish Date: 2019-11-07

Industrial Ethernet improves standard Ethernet by supporting deterministic protocols such as PROFINET IRT.

Use Adjustable Low Leakage LDOs to Extend Battery Life in Wearable Designs Publish Date: 2019-11-06

Use adjustable LDOs to reduce internal power consumption under low loads and extend battery life in wearables.

How to Efficiently Decode and Play Audio Files in Embedded Systems Publish Date: 2019-11-05

Learn how to decode and play audio files in hardware and software on microcontrollers.

Design a High-Resolution ECG with a Fully Differential Amplifier and High-Resolution ADC Publish Date: 2019-10-31

Accurately capture an ECG sensor recording and produce a high-resolution, low-noise solution with an ADC driver amplifier and a 24-bit sigma-delta ADC.

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