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How to Use Rotary Encoders to Quickly Convert Mechanical Rotation into Digital Signals Publish Date: 2018-12-11

Applying rotary encoders to sense angular position or velocity of a shaft or axle for efficient and effective digital sensing or control.

Case Study: Characterizing a TI DC/DC Converter Publish Date: 2018-12-06

It is vital in IoT devices to have an efficient power management system to get as much energy as possible out from the battery.

Use Advanced Pressure Sensors to Boost Accuracy and Resolution in Compact IoT Designs Publish Date: 2018-12-04

Pressure sensors are critical to the IoT, with new versions emerging that feature smaller form factors, greater accuracy and resolution.

Get the Most Out of Exotic Processes for 5G LNAs Publish Date: 2018-11-29

Low noise amplifiers (LNAs) for 5G wireless require exotic processes like SiGe, SOI, and GaAs that require special attention for successful implementations.

Fundamentals of Distance Measurement and Gesture Recognition Using ToF Sensors Publish Date: 2018-11-28

Integrated time of flight (ToF) sensors provide a simple, fast, and inexpensive way to measure distance and to recognize simple gestures in embedded systems.

Get Started with USB-C Power Delivery Publish Date: 2018-11-27

Integrating USB Type-C connectors into designs requires developers pay careful attention to proper connector options and recommended layout guidelines.

Rotary Encoder Options: Absolute or Incremental? Publish Date: 2018-11-20

The main two types of rotary encoders are absolute and incremental. How do they work? What are the differences? What’s the right type for your application?

Controlling Startup and Shutdown Power Sequences Publish Date: 2018-11-14

Learn techniques to sequence the startup and shutdown of multi-rail power supplies used for FPGAs, DSP processors, and similar system on chip devices.

Quickly and Easily Apply FPGAs with the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 Publish Date: 2018-11-13

The Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 provides a simple and inexpensive way to make use of an FPGA’s real time abilities in embedded system designs.

Fundamentals of Current Measurement: Part 2 – Current Sense Amplifiers Publish Date: 2018-11-07

How to accurately and safely amplify the low-level voltage generated by current sense resistors into a relatively large voltage that’s more easily measured.

Improving Embedded Security with the Armv8-M Architecture and TrustZone Publish Date: 2018-11-06

Securing embedded systems using the Armv8-M architecture and TrustZone.

Simplify Portable, Low-Power Audio Circuit Design Using Advanced Class D Amplifiers Publish Date: 2018-10-31

Use advances in Class D or digital amplifiers to make compact, low-power audio circuits for portable and battery powered applications.

Build More-Effective Smart Devices: Part 3 – Processor Performance Publish Date: 2018-10-30

Using a family of 32-bit MCUs to build invisible intelligence into wearables and IoT devices while optimizing for low power.

How to Efficiently Detect Motion in Wearable Devices Publish Date: 2018-10-24

When sensing motion in battery powered wearables, developers can get the features and accuracy they need while meeting power consumption requirements.

Build More-Effective Smart Devices: Part 2 – Secure Design Publish Date: 2018-10-23

Developers can use secure MCUs and authentication ICs to meet users' expectations for privacy and protection in smart products.

Add High-Performance Speech Keyword Spotting to IoT Designs: Part 2 – Using MCUs Publish Date: 2018-10-17

Developers can implement efficient KWS on MCUs using DS-CNNs from hardware optimized neural network library for resource-constrained designs.

Build More Effective Smart Devices: Part 1 – Low-Power Design with MCUs and PMICs Publish Date: 2018-10-16

Advanced MCUs and PMICs provide the foundation needed to meet user expectations for next generation smart products.

Using Redrivers to Extend the Range of High Throughput USB 3.0 Cables Publish Date: 2018-10-10

Use redrivers to expand high-speed USB applications by enabling the use of longer cables.

Fundamentals of Current Measurement: Part 1 – Current Sense Resistors Publish Date: 2018-10-09

Current sense resistors are widely used to measure current flow to track system performance, but there are nuances to be aware of for successful implementation.

How to Use Analog Switches to Dynamically Switch Audio and Video Signals Publish Date: 2018-10-03

Developers can easily switch audio and video sources while minimizing noise and signal losses by using the right CMOS analog switches.

Use IMUs for Precise Location Data When GPS Won’t Suffice Publish Date: 2018-10-02

IMUs provide precise positioning information for embedded applications ranging from consumer to industrial, medical, and military.

Add High-Performance Speech Keyword Spotting to IoT Designs: Part 1 – Using FPGAs Publish Date: 2018-09-27

Developers can add voice-activated features to resource-constrained designs using a low-power FPGA running a BNN, a highly efficient machine learning algorithm.

2G and 3G are Sunsetting: Select the Right Protocol for an IoT Network Publish Date: 2018-09-26

After choosing between the various wireless cellular interfaces for IoT devices, designers can get LTE-M based designs to market quickly with modules and kits.

Understand How to Effectively Monitor Signal Voltage and Power with RMS-to-DC Converters Publish Date: 2018-09-25

Using RMS-to-DC converters to measure the power of complex waveforms.

Quickly Implement Efficient Real-Time Clock/Calendar Functionality in Embedded Designs Publish Date: 2018-09-20

Implement real-time clock/calendar (RTCC) functions in embedded systems with minimal design time, component count, and power consumption.

Implement Flexible Smart Lighting Quickly and Easily with Zigbee Light Link Publish Date: 2018-09-19

Zigbee Light Link eases development of wireless mesh connected, low-power smart lighting.

Overcoming Power System Design Challenges in 1500 VDC Photovoltaic Systems Publish Date: 2018-09-18

Using larger strings of cells to raise photovoltaic dc operating voltages can reduce I2R losses and save deployment costs.

Mechanical Buttons and Switches Address Critical Design Requirements Publish Date: 2018-09-12

Mechanical buttons and switches come in many forms to help designers meet various safety, security, ease of access, and power-up configuration requirements.

How to Use Photodiodes and Phototransistors Most Effectively Publish Date: 2018-09-11

Photodiodes and phototransistors are key to many applications, but they require special electrical, optical, and mechanical considerations.

Use FPGAs to Build High-Performance Embedded Vision Applications with Machine Learning Publish Date: 2018-09-06

Developers can use machine learning in embedded vision applications using off-the-shelf FPGAs now available on specialized platforms.

Connect to the Cloud in 10 Minutes Using the Renesas Synergy Platform Publish Date: 2018-09-05

Using stable hardware and software like the Renesas Synergy Platform, see how to get an IoT application connected to the cloud in 10 minutes.

Build a Machine Learning Application with a Raspberry Pi Publish Date: 2018-08-30

Using the Raspberry Pi 3 and compatible versions of machine learning software, developers can begin developing sophisticated machine learning applications.

Get Started with Machine Learning Using Readily Available Hardware and Software Publish Date: 2018-08-29

Machine learning development is going mainstream thanks to accessible software and methods that enable deployment on readily available processors and FPGAs.

Add Compensated Air Quality Sensors to the Internet of Things Publish Date: 2018-08-28

Development kits enable engineers to turn air quality sensors into Internet of Things connected devices.

Measure Small Signals Riding on High Voltages, and Avoid Sensor Ground Loops Publish Date: 2018-08-23

Use isolation amplifiers to measure signals with high voltage offsets and reduce ground loops when working with multiple sensors.

Select and Apply Current Sense Amplifiers Effectively to Better Manage Power Publish Date: 2018-08-21

Learn to apply current sense amplifiers across a series current shunt resistor for precise power management in battery and line powered applications.

Bi-Directional DC/DC Controllers for 48 V/12 V Dual Battery Automotive Systems Publish Date: 2018-08-16

The usable limit of the traditional 12-volt automotive electrical system has been reached. The solution, combine the existing system with a 48 V rail.

Using Google’s Vision API For Low-Cost, Cloud-Enabled Embedded Image Recognition Publish Date: 2018-08-15

With a low-cost microcontroller, developers can use Google Vision APIs for cloud-based image recognition.

Quickly Develop Custom, HP Test Instrumentation Using Off-the-Shelf Boards and Open Source Software Publish Date: 2018-08-14

Using the Red Pitaya Open Instrumentation Platform and an array of open development tools, developers can create their own test and measurement systems.

Issues with the I²C (Inter-IC) Bus and How to Solve Them Publish Date: 2018-08-09

How to avoid common issues when working with I2C.

How Industrial Strength Cables Improve Efficiency, Reliability, and Overall Cost of Ownership Publish Date: 2018-08-08

Choosing the right cables for industrial applications is critical for efficiency, reliability, system up-time, and overall cost of ownership.

Use the Right DC/DC Regulator to Meet Advanced ADAS Requirements Publish Date: 2018-08-07

ADAS functions require DC/DC regulators which can meet challenging environmental, vibration, performance, and space requirements.

Use HyperBus to Expand Memory in Tiny IoT and Wearable Designs to Save Space and Cost Publish Date: 2018-08-01

HyperBus is an ideal 8-bit, high-speed memory interface for memory expansion of small projects where board space is at a premium.

Build a Secure, Low-Power Bluetooth Hub and Sensor Network Publish Date: 2018-07-31

Using Bluetooth hardware kits and associated software, developers can rapidly deploy secure Bluetooth connectivity between a hub and multiple sensors.

Medical Power Solutions – Standards Deliver Safety Publish Date: 2018-07-26

An examination of some of the key principles of IEC 60601 as they relate to implementation of the power supply and the need for risk assessment.

Get Embedded Microprocessor/FPGA Combo Designs Up and Running Fast with SoMs Publish Date: 2018-07-25

SoMs based on SoCs that incorporate both processors and FPGAs form the foundation for a flexible design approach to embedded systems with reduced design risk.

Electromechanical Relays Versus Contactors: How to Match the Type to the Application Publish Date: 2018-07-24

Electromechanical relays and contactors both switch power loads, but contactors are designed to switch much higher voltages and currents.

How to Optimize Display Brightness for Low Power in Real Time Publish Date: 2018-07-19

Ambient light sensors are ideal 16-bit light-to-digital converters that are instrumental when saving LCD battery power.

Get to Know Low-Smoke Zero-Halogen (LSZH) Cables: They Can Save Lives Publish Date: 2018-07-18

Low-smoke, zero-halogen (LSZH) cables can save lives, but designers need to understand where, when, and how to use them.

Hardware Softwarization Publish Date: 2018-07-17

The trend toward more programmable hardware is accelerating. Embedded engineers are now being pushed to think like modern software developers.

How to Quickly Add a Facial Recognition Camera to an MCU Publish Date: 2018-07-12

Developers can quickly add facial recognition to an embedded system with an off-the-shelf microcontroller and camera combination.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Midrange Current DC/DC Regulator Modules Publish Date: 2018-07-11

Low voltage, medium current DC/DC regulator modules simplify providing DC rails, but there are some guidelines to follow to maximize their performance.

Use Off-the-Shelf ICs to Simplify Power Management in Multiport PoE+ Systems Publish Date: 2018-07-10

Power management chips make it easy to design, configure and supervise multiport PoE+ systems.

Creating a Custom Wireless Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Publish Date: 2018-06-27

A wireless PLC provides embedded developers with an alternative method to develop real-time applications using ladder logic.

Speed Development of Secure Cellular Connected IoT Applications Publish Date: 2018-06-26

Using an all-inclusive development kit and software environment, IoT developers can rapidly implement secure cellular connectivity.

A Simple Solution Simplifies Authentication to Ensure Device Security Publish Date: 2018-06-21

Dedicated ICs simplify implementation of authentication mechanisms needed to ensure security in systems ranging from complex IoT devices to simple peripherals.

How to Select, Use, and Maintain Coaxial Connectors for RF Applications Publish Date: 2018-06-20

RF coaxial connectors are deceptively simple, so choose carefully and take proper precautions to ensure RF system connection success and longevity.

Makers and Engineers: Get to Know Your Instrumentation Amplifier for Accurate IoT Data Capture Publish Date: 2018-06-19

Instrumentation amplifiers (INAs) accurately capture low-level differential signals from a sensor, but users need to choose and apply them carefully.

Design Location Tracking Systems Quickly Using GNSS Modules Publish Date: 2018-06-13

GNSS modules simplify and accelerate RTLS design, while lowering the cost and size of asset tracking and other location identification applications.

Develop the Right Power Over Ethernet System for Industrial LED Smart Lighting Publish Date: 2018-06-11

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is ideal for smart lighting in industrial applications, but designers need to ensure standards compatibility and optimum efficiency.

Use a Crypto Chip to Add Secure Boot to IoT Device Designs Publish Date: 2018-06-06

By connecting a secure IC and MCU through a serial interface, developers can dramatically enhance security and ensure secure boot in their IoT designs.

Hands On: Working with LED Ribbons Part 2 – Color Matching Microwave Oven Lighting Publish Date: 2018-06-05

LED ribbons are a simple way for Makers and DIY fans to add low-voltage LED illumination to a variety of in-home locations but watch for color matching.

Using RS-485 and Current Loop Interfaces for Robust Industrial Connectivity Publish Date: 2018-05-30

Aided by ICs providing the functions and features needed for today’s designs, the RS-485 and 20 mA interfaces for industrial transducers still have major roles.

How to Quickly Implement a Qi Standard Compliant Wireless Charging System Publish Date: 2018-05-30

Rapidly implement Qi compliant 15 Watt wireless power transmitters and receivers using an STWLC33 receiver and STWBC-EP controller.

4th Edition Medical Equipment Standards Impact Power Supply Selection and More Publish Date: 2018-05-24

The IEC 60601-1 technical standards for medical electrical equipment are about to change and CUI has power supplies available now to meet these new standards.

Choosing and Using the Right Flash Memory Technology for IoT Program Memory Applications Publish Date: 2018-05-23

How a microcontroller in an IoT node can reliably and repeatedly execute an embedded operating system like Linux from a flash microSDHC card.

Use a Raspberry Pi and Mozilla Open Framework to Rapidly Develop an IoT Gateway Publish Date: 2018-05-22

Developers can create an IoT gateway simply by loading free firmware from Mozilla into a Raspberry Pi.

Rapidly Implement a Real-Time Location System Accurate to 10 cm Publish Date: 2018-05-17

A module combines an ultra-wideband transceiver, Bluetooth MCU, and motion sensor to provide a low-power standards compliant real-time location system.

Hands On: Working with LED Ribbons Part 1 – Creating Residential Under Cabinet Lighting Publish Date: 2018-05-16

SMT LED strips and ribbons, combined with a power supply and RF remote controller, make for a fun, useful, and rewarding DIY low-voltage lighting project.

Analog Devices Enables Industrial Automation Transitions Publish Date: 2018-05-15

Industry 4.0 offers increased safety, reliability, and productivity. However, many challenges arise when edge devices are connected to TSN enabled networks.

Updating Firmware at the Edge Using Amazon FreeRTOS Publish Date: 2018-05-09

The Amazon FreeRTOS bootloader solution allows IoT developers to easily update their firmware over the air (OTA).

Welcome to the Wireless Menagerie: RF Bands and Protocol Choices for Embedded Developers, Part 2 Publish Date: 2018-05-08

Embedded developers needing wireless connectivity for their IoT designs have many options, but they need to choose and apply RF connectivity with great care.

Designing Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Applications with Bluetooth Mesh - Part 2 Publish Date: 2018-05-02

Bluetooth mesh is complex, but using IC vendor solutions and development tools, designers can build smart Bluetooth mesh networked applications quickly.

How to Optimize Energy Use in IoT Edge Devices Publish Date: 2018-05-01

The Otii Arc from Qoitech AB makes it easy to analyze an embedded IoT device’s energy profile so it can be better optimized for longer battery life.

Welcome to the Wireless Menagerie: RF Bands and Protocol Choices for Embedded Developers, Part 1 Publish Date: 2018-04-25

To embed wireless connectivity for the IoT, designers need to understand how to evaluate the various interfaces to best meet their application requirements.

How to Isolate High Voltages in Single-Supply Industrial Robotic Systems Publish Date: 2018-04-24

High voltage differentials in industrial automation systems can create havoc without the proper application of galvanic isolation techniques.

Take the Fast Track to Bluetooth 5 Mesh Networking Publish Date: 2018-04-18

A hardware module and software package provide developers with a complete low-power solution to quickly implement Bluetooth mesh networking.

How to Apply PSI5 for Reliable Sensor Intensive Automotive Safety Publish Date: 2018-04-17

When adding sensors to automobiles, use the simple PSI5 bus for safe, reliable, low-cost, and secure sensor to ECU communications.

Connectors – The Basics Publish Date: 2018-04-12

Understanding the available connectors and associated specification requirements that need to be considered is important throughout any design process.

Rapidly Build Mesh Connected Lighting Applications with Zigbee and Thread Publish Date: 2018-04-11

A connected lighting kit and associated software environment provide a comprehensive platform for developing mesh network automation applications.

How to Combine High and Low Voltages in a Single Design Publish Date: 2018-04-10

Low voltage and high voltage circuits can be combined effectively and safely with good design approaches, solid power solutions, and adherence to standards.

Texas Instruments’ Industry 4.0 Portfolio Publish Date: 2018-04-05

Texas Instruments has put together a portfolio of products which can help make a manufacturer’s jump into Industry 4.0 a reality.

Combine Arduino with Open-Source RISC-V Architecture for Low-Cost, High-Performance Embedded Design Publish Date: 2018-04-04

Embedded developers that need more performance from a board with the Arduino Uno form factor can now use the open-source RISC-V based HiFive1 dev kit.

Match the Right ADC to the Application Publish Date: 2018-04-03

Matching ADCs to the right application requires an understanding of the various topologies and the problems they are designed to overcome.

How to Monitor Soil pH and Moisture Level Publish Date: 2018-03-29

Use an Arduino compatible shield and baseboard as a complete soil monitoring solution, as well as a development platform for custom designs.

How to Rapidly Add NFC Capability to Any Application Publish Date: 2018-03-28

Developers can use an MCU with built-in NFC to simplify custom designs or use its associated development board and software as a complete NFC solution.

LTE Cat M1 Modules Provide an Alternative to Broadband and Smartphones for Assisted Living Systems Publish Date: 2018-03-27

LTE Cat M1 cellular modules provide a link for connected healthcare solutions in the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).

Use Readily Available Components to Generate Pseudo-Random Binary Sequences and White Noise Publish Date: 2018-03-22

Here is a quick and inexpensive circuit that can be used to generate pseudo-random binary sequences and white noise.

Designing Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Applications with Bluetooth Mesh - Part 1 Publish Date: 2018-03-21

Bluetooth mesh allows developers to build networked smart home applications based on Bluetooth low energy for the first time.

The Next Evolutionary Step in Drone Design Publish Date: 2018-03-20

Field-oriented motor control and global navigation satellite systems sustain drone evolution.

Take Advantage of IC Load Switches’ Features to Safely Minimize Power Consumption Publish Date: 2018-03-15

Using load switches instead of standalone MOSFETs can provide greater flexibility, control, and protection for low-power circuits and system power management.

Designing Accurate Gas Monitoring Systems with Chemiresistive Devices Publish Date: 2018-03-14

Chemiresistive sensors offer a cost-effective solution for measuring a wide range of gases but require careful consideration of analog support circuitry.

Sensing the World of Industrial Automation with MEMS Sensors Publish Date: 2018-03-13

Low-power, high reliability MEMS sensors play a vital role in industrial automation applications.

omniCOOL: Introducing a Unique Approach to Fan Design Publish Date: 2018-03-08

CUI has taken a new approach to bearing design that bridges the gap between ball and sleeve bearings with its omniCOOL fans.

Connect Designs Quickly and Securely to the Cloud Using Amazon FreeRTOS Publish Date: 2018-03-07

Embedded developers can quickly connect their embedded systems securely to Amazon Web Services (AWS) using Amazon FreeRTOS.

Bringing EVs into the Smart Grid for Stability and Security Publish Date: 2018-03-06

Standardizing the charging interface for electric vehicles promotes safety and power grid management.

Safely Test Line-Powered Switched Mode Power Supplies Publish Date: 2018-03-01

Testing line-powered switched mode power devices can be risky without the proper techniques, precautions, and accessories.

Comparison of Proprietary RF and Bluetooth Publish Date: 2018-02-28

Proprietary RF and standard Bluetooth radios have their advantages, but a semi-custom solution can greatly lower cost, while allowing differentiation.

Get High-Accuracy, Multi-Channel Temperature Measurements Regardless of Environment Publish Date: 2018-02-27

With built-in support for standard temperature sensors, a single device provides a simpler, accurate solution to multi-sensor temperature measurement design.

Pick the Right ADC to Minimize Display Flicker Publish Date: 2018-02-22

Eliminate medical or instrumentation display flicker by applying formulas to help select an ADC with the right number of bits for the task.

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