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Rapidly Implement a Real-Time Location System Accurate to 10 cm

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

Publish Date: 2018-05-17
Hands On: Working with LED Ribbons Part 1 – Creating Residential Under Cabinet Lighting

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.

Publish Date: 2018-05-16
Analog Devices Enables Industrial Automation Transitions

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

Publish Date: 2018-05-15
Updating Firmware at the Edge Using Amazon FreeRTOS

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

Publish Date: 2018-05-09
Welcome to the Wireless Menagerie: RF Bands and Protocol Choices for Embedded Developers, Part 2

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

Publish Date: 2018-05-08
Designing Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Applications with Bluetooth Mesh - Part 2

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

Publish Date: 2018-05-02
How to Optimize Energy Use in IoT Edge Devices

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.

Publish Date: 2018-05-01
Welcome to the Wireless Menagerie: RF Bands and Protocol Choices for Embedded Developers, Part 1

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

Publish Date: 2018-04-25
How to Isolate High Voltages in Single-Supply Industrial Robotic Systems

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

Publish Date: 2018-04-24
Take the Fast Track to Bluetooth 5 Mesh Networking

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

Publish Date: 2018-04-18
How to Apply PSI5 for Reliable Sensor Intensive Automotive Safety

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

Publish Date: 2018-04-17
Connectors – The Basics

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

Publish Date: 2018-04-12
Rapidly Build Mesh Connected Lighting Applications with Zigbee and Thread

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

Publish Date: 2018-04-11
How to Combine High and Low Voltages in a Single Design

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

Publish Date: 2018-04-10
Texas Instruments’ Industry 4.0 Portfolio

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

Publish Date: 2018-04-05
Combine Arduino with Open-Source RISC-V Architecture for Low-Cost, High-Performance Embedded Design

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.

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

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

Publish Date: 2018-04-03
How to Monitor Soil pH and Moisture Level

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-29
How to Rapidly Add NFC Capability to Any Application

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.

Publish Date: 2018-03-28
LTE Cat M1 Modules Provide an Alternative to Broadband and Smartphones for Assisted Living Systems

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-27
Use Readily Available Components to Generate Pseudo-Random Binary Sequences and White Noise

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-22
Designing Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Applications with Bluetooth Mesh - Part 1

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-21
The Next Evolutionary Step in Drone Design

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-20
Take Advantage of IC Load Switches’ Features to Safely Minimize Power Consumption

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-15
Designing Accurate Gas Monitoring Systems with Chemiresistive Devices

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-14
Sensing the World of Industrial Automation with MEMS Sensors

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-13
omniCOOL: Introducing a Unique Approach to Fan Design

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-08
Connect Designs Quickly and Securely to the Cloud Using Amazon FreeRTOS

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-07
Bringing EVs into the Smart Grid for Stability and Security

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-06
Safely Test Line-Powered Switched Mode Power Supplies

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

Publish Date: 2018-03-01
Comparison of Proprietary RF and Bluetooth

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

Publish Date: 2018-02-28
Get High-Accuracy, Multi-Channel Temperature Measurements Regardless of Environment

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

Publish Date: 2018-02-27
Pick the Right ADC to Minimize Display Flicker

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

Publish Date: 2018-02-22
Take a Simpler Route to Low-Power, 9-Axis Motion Tracking

Designers can add low-power, 9-axis motion sensing to their MCU-based designs with minimal effort using a 3mm x 3mm TDK InvenSense module.

Publish Date: 2018-02-21
IoT Prototype Development Using Readily Available Single Board Designs

Single board computers provide a platform for IoT prototype development.

Publish Date: 2018-02-20
Use Gateways to Overcome Low-Power Wireless LAN-to-IoT Bridging Challenges

IoT gateways provide a drop-in solution to the problem of bridging low-power wireless networks to the Internet of Things.

Publish Date: 2018-02-15
Quickly Build a Clinical-Grade Cardio Fitness Wearable with Minimal Parts Count

Drop-in solutions enable designers to deliver a wealth of clinical-grade measurements for sophisticated health and fitness applications.

Publish Date: 2018-02-14
LED Lighting Provides Environmental Benefits with Added Bonuses

Solid-state lighting drivers simplify design challenges and provide additional functionality.

Publish Date: 2018-02-13
How to Design for Reliable and Accurate Presence Sensing

Reliable and accurate presence sensing can be done efficiently using optical, ultrasonic, or magnetic sensor technologies, depending on the application.

Publish Date: 2018-02-08
Field Control Leads to Better AC Motor Efficiency

Field-oriented control optimizes AC motor usage by providing greater precision and energy savings.

Publish Date: 2018-02-07
Choosing and Using Advanced Peltier Modules for Thermoelectric Cooling

Thermoelectric cooling has quickly become a practical proposition for many types of electronic equipment. Devices on the market today are compact and efficient.

Publish Date: 2018-02-06
Rapid Prototyping of Smart Voice Assistant Applications with Raspberry Pi

Developers can pair a Raspberry Pi 3 with development kits that provide quick access to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant capabilities.

Publish Date: 2018-02-01
Build a Low-Cost Industrial Controller with the Raspberry Pi 3

Using the Raspberry Pi 3 and add-on boards, developers can rapidly create industrial automation systems able to meet small shop requirements.

Publish Date: 2018-01-31
Apply Sensor Fusion to Accelerometers and Gyroscopes

For higher navigational and motion accuracy, use a Kalman filter to combine the best attributes of 3D accelerometer and 3D gyroscope sensors.

Publish Date: 2018-01-30
Design Robust Systems for the Industrial IoT

The Industrial IoT requires designers to pay particular attention to architecture, device reliability and robustness, and connectivity.

Publish Date: 2018-01-25
Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs)

This article provides a discussion of multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) basics, proper testing procedures, and what the aging/de-aging process is.

Publish Date: 2018-01-25
How to Make an Industrial Strength IoT Touchscreen

Touchscreen interface designs for the IIoT demand ruggedness and compliance with a host of regulatory requirements, but readily available kits make it easier.

Publish Date: 2018-01-24
Update Firmware in the Field Using a Microcontroller’s DFU Mode

Embedded developers can greatly simplify the process of updating firmware in the field using a microcontroller’s DFU mode, but there are some tricks to doing it.

Publish Date: 2018-01-24
Bringing the IoT to Life

Programmable touchscreen LCD modules with Wi-Fi connectivity provide flexibility and ease of integration.

Publish Date: 2018-01-23
Reducing Robot Risk: How to Design a Safe Industrial Environment

Light curtains, laser scanners, and pressure mats are three options to prevent potentially dangerous human-machine interactions in an automated industrial environment.

Publish Date: 2018-01-18
A Basic Guide to USB

A brief discussion on USB connectors including available versions and types.

Publish Date: 2018-01-17
Design a Switch Mode Power Supply Using an Isolated Flyback Topology

Switch mode power supplies offer high efficiency and small volume so it’s worthwhile learning how to design or select the best one for the application.

Publish Date: 2018-01-17
Ultra-Low Power Management for IoT Devices

Energy harvesting PMICs allow remote wireless sensor node implementation.

Publish Date: 2018-01-16
Selecting the Appropriate Heat Shrink Tubing

Heat shrink tubing is a specially designed casing that is widely used for the insulation and corrosion protection of various wiring harnesses, solder joints.

Publish Date: 2018-01-15
802.11x Modules, Dev Kits Can Help Simplify IoT Wireless Design Efforts

Wi-Fi’s high throughput makes it useful for IoT connectivity, but it is also complex, so developers are turning to modules to shorten their design cycle.

Publish Date: 2018-01-11
Creating the Ultimate Embedded Software Workbench

With the right tools on their bench, embedded developers can greatly accelerate the design and development process, and have far fewer bugs.

Publish Date: 2018-01-10
Generating a High DC Output Voltage from a Low Input Supply

To get higher voltages from low voltage inputs, designers need to understand and implement a boost regulator following important guidelines and trade-offs.

Publish Date: 2018-01-10
Taking the IIoT’s Head Out of the Cloud

Edge computing provides a layer of intelligence between process control logic and the Cloud.

Publish Date: 2018-01-09
How to Easily Add Multiple Wireless Technologies to an IoT Design

IoT developers can build in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE, LoRaWAN, and Sigfox wireless connectivity using a tiny board and a powerful programming approach.

Publish Date: 2018-01-05
Solid-State Lighting and the Growth of LEDs for Horticultural Applications

Advancements in LED technology allow targeting horticultural applications.

Publish Date: 2018-01-04
Extending the Life of Sensor Nodes through Power-Efficient Design

Energy harvesting and low-power MCUs maximize sensor node battery life.

Publish Date: 2018-01-04
Add Firmware Security to an IoT Design with a Single Chip

Using a single device, IoT developers can implement secure boot and firmware updates on an established root-of-trust for applications.

Publish Date: 2018-01-03
Transistor Basics: NPN & PNP Using 2N3904, 2N3906, 2N2222, and 2N2907

A brief discussion of transistors ranging from their history, what they are, how they work, how to choose an appropriate one, and application examples.

Publish Date: 2017-12-21
How to Quickly Add Environmental Sensing to Industrial and IoT Designs

A multi-sensor device and a sensor fusion library dramatically simplify development of environmental monitoring systems for health and wellness.

Publish Date: 2017-12-20
Comparing Low Power Wireless Technologies (Part 3)

Low power wireless technologies are adapting to the Internet of Things by including IP connectivity and mesh networking.

Publish Date: 2017-12-20
Efficient Smart Lighting with PWM Control

Utilizing digital controllers for lighting applications provides system flexibility.

Publish Date: 2017-12-19
Comparing Low Power Wireless Technologies (Part 2)

Each of the many short-range wireless technologies has unique benefits, requiring careful attention to product complexity, power consumption, and cost.

Publish Date: 2017-12-14
Select and Apply the Right Low-Power Microcontroller for the IoT

The selection and application of a low-power MCU for the IoT requires careful consideration of architectures and the wise use of power monitoring tools.

Publish Date: 2017-12-13
Taking the Shortcut to Developing Connected LED Lighting Systems

LED driver reference designs and IoT development kits offer proven solutions for connected lighting solutions.

Publish Date: 2017-12-12
How to Select the Right Galvanic Isolation Technology for IoT Sensors

Galvanic isolation of analog sensor signals is needed in IoT designs but designers need to choose between magnetic, optical, or capacitive barriers.

Publish Date: 2017-12-07
Effectively Use Analog Signal Conditioning to Match Sensors to Processors

Having an understanding of op amps, makers, DIYers, and professional designers can condition sensor signals to match their digital processor’s analog input range.

Publish Date: 2017-12-06
Ready for Smart Lighting 2.0?

Adding additional sensors to Smart Lighting enables greater functionality.

Publish Date: 2017-12-05
Wireless Modules Operating in the Sub-GHz Bands Offer a Simpler Route to Market for Sensor Networks

Pre-certified sub-GHz wireless modules provide low-power, long-range wide area network solutions.

Publish Date: 2017-11-30
Build an Effective Test Harness for Microcontroller Software

To test applications and systems, developers need to apply the latest test techniques and create an effective test harness that can detect system errors.

Publish Date: 2017-11-29
A Simple Design Approach for Adding Proximity Detection and Ambient Light Sensing to Product Designs

A light sensing module lets developers easily build products able to sense the presence of their users.

Publish Date: 2017-11-28
Selecting the Right FCC/CE Compliant Wireless Module

Compliant wireless modules save development costs and reduce time to market.

Publish Date: 2017-11-22
Make Fast, Accurate, and Complete Waveform Measurement on Your Oscilloscope

Examine the three measurement techniques available in modern digital oscilloscopes and learn how best to use each of them to yield fast, accurate, and complete measurement results.

Publish Date: 2017-11-22
Use a Ready-Made LTE Cat M1 Modem to Simplify Low-Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity

An LTE Cat M1 modem provides a rapid development solution for low-cost, low-power, wide area IoT wireless applications.

Publish Date: 2017-11-21
Leveraging Near Field Communication (NFC) to Connect with BLE Smart Sensors

Utilizing Near Field Communication for secure and simple Bluetooth Low Energy device pairing.

Publish Date: 2017-11-16
Sometimes the More Expensive ADC is the Most Cost Effective

A 12-bit sensing system seems cost effective, but as the number of sensing channels increases, 24-bit converters are the better choice, and here’s why.

Publish Date: 2017-11-15
Use Monolithic Universal Active Filter ICs to Speed IoT Analog Front-End Design

Universal active filters offer design flexibility for rapid development of custom filters for ADC front ends as well as for DAC output filtering.

Publish Date: 2017-11-15
Oscillator Tutorial

An examination of some of the main types of oscillators, some of the typical terms used in the industry, and how to find oscillators on the Digi-Key website.

Publish Date: 2017-11-09
Cellular Connectivity for Smart Metering

Utilizing cellular connectivity for ‘Smart’ metering applications provides numerous advantages.

Publish Date: 2017-11-08
Simplify ARM Cortex-M0+-Based IoT Embedded Design with CircuitPython Dev Boards

CircuitPython dev boards offer a simpler approach for building embedded applications with sophisticated 32-bit MCUs.

Publish Date: 2017-11-07
Use IO-Link Transceivers to Cut Power, Boost Performance, and Simplify Development

A pair of IO-Link transceivers meets emerging needs for industrial I/O with features optimized for both sides of an IO-Link connection.

Publish Date: 2017-11-02
Dual DC/DC Converter Power Driver Modules for SiC MOSFETs and IGBTs

Modern IGBTs play a major role in improving the efficiency of inverters. Their performance has recently been improved by using new semi-conductor materials.

Publish Date: 2017-11-01
Accelerate Test and Troubleshooting of I²C and Other Common Serial Data Streams

Develop an understanding of the principles of I2C and learn how to test both the physical and protocol layers of this common serial interface with specialized oscilloscope software.

Publish Date: 2017-10-31
Comparing Low-Power Wireless Technologies (Part 1)

The multitude of short-range wireless technologies provides engineers with optimized solutions for their applications, but makes careful selection paramount.

Publish Date: 2017-10-26
Use Application-Specific Battery PMICs to Get Designs Finished Quickly

Application-specific power-management ICs (PMICs) save designers’ time by targeting target well-defined niches and simplifying the design task.

Publish Date: 2017-10-26
Programmable SoCs Help Manufacturers Find the Right Balance Between Configurability and Performance

Programmable System-on-Chip devices allow software flexibility as well as hardware performance.

Publish Date: 2017-10-24
Software Choices for Embedded Development with Industrial SBCs

Various operating systems offer a choice for single board computer development.

Publish Date: 2017-10-19
Build the Devastator Robot and Learn About Sensors, MCUs, Software, and Motor Control While Having Fun

Assembling a Devastator Robot teaches designers and Makers a lot about microcontrollers, sensors, programming, wireless communication, and motor control.

Publish Date: 2017-10-18
Circuit Breakers

There are many circuit breaker options. This article provides guidance on the different types of breakers available, their differences, and mounting choices.

Publish Date: 2017-10-17
Hardware vs. Software Tradeoffs – Part 2: Peak Detectors

Many basic-function building blocks can be implemented using hardware or software; the decision is based on speed, accuracy, and flexibility requirements.

Publish Date: 2017-10-12
How to Secure IoT Device Communications with a Single Chip

Developers can use a single device to quickly harden IoT device security and network communications using the device’s built-in support for the TLS protocol.

Publish Date: 2017-10-11
Creating Colorful User Interfaces with Maker Touchscreens

Implementing graphical user interfaces with Maker-compatible displays and their associated development software.

Publish Date: 2017-10-10
Heterogeneous Processing Enables Machine Vision Applications

The Zynq-7000 all programmable SoCs aid in image processing and machine vision.

Publish Date: 2017-10-05
Use a Cellular Module to Connect a Maker Project to the IoT

Pairing a single board computer with a cellular modem eliminates smartphone or router gateways and dramatically extends the wireless range of maker projects.

Publish Date: 2017-10-04
Fuse Tutorial

A discussion of the different considerations for choosing a fuse, some of the industry vernacular, and applications for different kinds of fuses.

Publish Date: 2017-10-03
Use a Drop-In Solution for Low-Power, Long-Range IoT Designs

A system-in-package with MCU and RF transceiver simplifies long-range IoT wireless designs.

Publish Date: 2017-09-28
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