Why Embedded Systems Designers Should Care About OpenSSL

February 7, 2019

Christophe Tremlet  By: Christophe Tremlet
 Executive Business Manager, Maxim Integrated
Stephane di Vito  Stephane di Vito
 Sr. Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Embedded Security, Maxim Integrated


embedded systems

You might be designing a component for a piece of industrial automation equipment, a digital thermostat, or some other connected embedded system. You’ve thought about features to include to make it stand apart from other devices on the market. But have you thought carefully about its security?

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Want Your Battery-Powered Devices to Run Longer? Here’s How.

February 5, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Smart watch

Lithium-ion batteries are being asked to do a lot these days. With capacities limited by their small sizes, these batteries power the compact electronics that keep us entertained and informed, give us insights into our vital signs, control the lights and security systems in buildings, and much more. The challenge is, as the electronics become more sophisticated while shrinking in size, their advanced features will require more power. So, how can a designer provide the maximum run-time that consumers expect?

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Want Traffic Updates from Your Toilet?

January 31, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Smart mirror

Looking at how the incorporation of sensors and intelligence has transformed electronic devices over the years, it’s hard not to think about how strange our world has become. You can now get a response after asking, “Mirror, mirror on the wall?” If you’re so inclined, you can enjoy a fully immersive experience from…your toilet. Got a cat who tips the scales? Maybe your corpulent kitty would benefit from a smart treadmill.

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University Students Gain Industry 4.0 Experience with Smart Factory Demo

January 29, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Soccer ball factory demo

One of Maxim’s most popular demos, showcased at the last two electronica tradeshows in Germany, has been its soccer ball factory. Designed with industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies, the smart factory now has a new home: University College Dublin.

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Balancing Power Demands of High-Voltage Automotive Power Applications

January 24, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


High-voltage automotive power

The smartphone-like experience inside today’s vehicles comes at a computing power price. From always-on digital instrument clusters to infotainment hubs and fusion electronic control units (ECUs), these applications rely on sophisticated algorithms and computations that need high levels of compute power from the processors. In the recent past, a typical automotive system-on-chip (SoC) consumed 20W of power. Now, you’ll need to be prepared to support hundreds of watts of power from multiple chips. This means that managing their power supplies requires a delicate balance that addresses demands such as low power consumption, high efficiency, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) mitigation.

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Secure Provisioning Platform Makes it Easier to Protect IoT Designs

January 22, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


IoT-applications

As the things around us get smarter and connected, they can also become more vulnerable to security breaches. While a hacked thermostat might not sound like too big of a deal, this type of breach can open up a path into the larger network. And that’s where hackers can potentially access more valuable data and also more critical functions. In one of the more unique incidents of the recent past, hackers broke into an Internet-connected fish tank at a North American casino and, through this channel, were able to access other areas of the casino’s network, including its database of high-roller clients. Unfortunately, with pressure to deliver differentiated products to the market quickly, design security isn’t always given the attention it deserves. Or, less secure routes are taken because they’re perceived to be faster and easier to implement.

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Simpler, More Efficient Secure Companion ICs For The IoT

January 17, 2019

Christophe Tremlet  By: Christophe Tremlet
 Executive Business Manager, Maxim Integrated
Stephane di Vito  Stephane di Vito
 Sr. Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Embedded Security, Maxim Integrated


Security Keys

Safeguarding internet of things (IoT) applications from security threats involves device and server authentication, protection of sensitive data and intellectual property, and preservation of confidentiality and device and communications integrity. For example, consider an IoT node device. Such a device needs to have a secure bootloader and up-to-date secure firmware in order to safely send sensor data to a server over a TLS connection and to store sensitive data in flash memory. A key component in this equation is a security IC, used as a companion IC to application processors to ensure secure data exchange and to protect the data.

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A Simple Way to Increase Factory Uptime

January 15, 2019

Anthony T. Huynh  By: Anthony T. Huynh
 Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Applications, Industrial Power, Maxim Integrated


A Simple Way to Increase Factory Uptime

In states that experience a lot of lightning strikes—like Florida and Oklahoma—extra care must be taken to prevent this electrical activity from damaging and even shutting down critical industrial equipment. Fortunately, modern protection circuits, which are robust, highly integrated, and easy to implement compared to their predecessors, can help you protect against such faults.

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How Secure Authenticators Ensure Patient Safety

January 9, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Protect medical devices with secure authenticators

The things around us—including medical devices—are getting smarter. There’s good and bad to this. On one hand, it’s hard to argue with the advantages of being able to be more proactive about healthcare. A patient with a smart, WiFi-enabled implanted pacemaker can, for example, send the wealth of useful data that the device continually collects directly to his or her doctor via a smartphone. Armed with this information, the doctor can more quickly (and remotely) evaluate the patient and potentially detect issues of concern. At the same time, however, connected pacemakers are vulnerable to hackers, who, with remote control over the devices, could create dangerous situations for the patients.

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