You Be the Judge of Creative Student Inventors

March 28, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


2018 California Invention Convention

What happens when your younger sibling, who has diabetes, leaves blood-glucose test strips all over the house? You invent a belt-worn kit that holds new and used test strips. Or, how do you handle a Christmas tree that is too big to reach all the way around to decorate? You create a box that spins the tree so you can adorn its entire circumference. These are just a few of the inventions created by students participating in the upcoming California Invention Convention.

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Using Optical Sensors to Detect Particles

March 26, 2019

Ian Chen By: Ian Chen
Executive Director, Industrial and IoT Sensors, Maxim Integrated  


Optical sensing can bring intelligence to smoke detectors by tapping into PPG sensors

Optical sensing techniques underlie many precision instruments and monitors because they are non-destructive and non-intrusive. With the prevalence of integrated optical sensors and analog front-end devices for photoplethysmogram (PPG), these optical sensors can also be made more compact, with fewer components and consuming less power.

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Happy Birthday, James Kirk

March 21, 2019

Rajeev Krishnamoorthy By: Rajeev Krishnamoorthy
Managing Director, Core Product Group, Maxim Integrated  


Captain James T. Kirk

A few weeks ago, I saw the item “Happy Birthday, James Kirk” in our quarterly marketing calendar. Curiosity piqued, I made inquiries and learned that this was the work of our intrepid marketing manager and devoted Trekkie, Shields Grant. Not only is March 22 the birthday of the fictional James Tiberius Kirk, but also of real-life actor (and Priceline.com huckster) William Shatner.

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These Industrial Communications ICs are Oldies but Goodies for Good Reason

March 19, 2019

Andrew Smith  By: Andrew Smith
 Product Manager, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated 


Inventory management

Innovation is often associated with the latest and greatest, but this isn’t always the case. There’s a reason for the (old) saying, “oldies but goodies.” Sometimes, a product that was considered ahead of its time remains so for many years. Being innovative isn’t only about creating something new and unique for a particular moment; it’s also about creating something lasting by anticipating and addressing future requirements. Let’s take a look at a few interface and signal routing ICs that can help you simplify designs, cut costs, and miniaturize end products. These ICs have been around for a while, but are still helping users working on a variety of end applications meet their design targets.

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Cook Up Something Yummy for Pi Day

March 14, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Gingerbread robot

According to the folks at PiDay.org, you only need 39 digits past the decimal to accurately calculate the spherical volume of our entire universe. But when Pi Day rolls around on March 14, some math enthusiasts get their kicks by going beyond 39 and reciting the infinite digits that mark the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In March 2015, Rajveer Meena at VIT University in Vellore, India, set a record for reciting the most number of decimal places of Pi. At 70,000 decimal places, Meena’s feat took 10 hours…and he did it blindfolded.

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Squeeze More Out of Your Portable Electronics

March 12, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Electronic gadgets that fit in the palm of your hand—with plenty of room to spare—perform an array of fairly complex functions. From wrist-worn fitness bands that continuously monitor vital signs to hearables that conduct on-the-spot language translation, these sophisticated devices come with some tough design considerations around.

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Committed to a Smarter, More Sustainable Future

March 7, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Race to End Hunger

In our digital age, a brand’s standing among consumers can change as swiftly as the new ad campaign hits the streets, or the company’s commitment to a particular cause becomes known. You have a lot of choices in who you conduct business with, or even consider as a prospective employer. Chances are, if you’re like most consumers, you’ll be influenced by a company’s commitment to social and environmental issues.

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How Manufacturing Systems Can Evolve to Enable the Industrial IoT

March 5, 2019

Suhel Dhanani  By: Suhel Dhanani
 Director of Business Development, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


Manufacturing is undergoing a transformative revolution as we recognize that the data inherent in the manufacturing flows can be analyzed to benefit overall efficiency and productivity. This will require changes to the automation systems being deployed in the factories—these range from small, connected, and intelligent sensing systems to distributed control at the edge to embedded hardware security and even adaptive manufacturing systems. This post examines different industrial internet of things (IIoT) use cases and explores how systems must evolve to enable this phenomenon.

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Fish Tanks Don’t Need Security—Unless They’re Part of the IoT

February 28, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Industrial sensors

Normally, you wouldn’t expect that a fish tank would need to be secured from hackers. But what if that fish tank is a smart one, with its temperature and lighting controlled by an internet of things (IoT) system? In this case, a hacked fish tank presents an avenue into the larger network…and troves of sensitive data. This is what happened to a Las Vegas casino, whose smart fish tank was not protected by a firewall, giving the bad guys access to its database of high-roller clients.

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How IoT Sensors Help Ensure Freshness and Quality of Perishables

February 25, 2019

Jim-Anderson  By: Jim Anderson
 Sr. Business Manager, Micros, Security & Software 


Freshness and quality of perishable goods during transport

When you’re handling long-haul transport of perishable goods, such as produce or medications, you want assurance that the products will arrive at their destination safe to consume. Even though the insides of shipping containers are temperature-controlled, there are enough unknowns during a lengthy ride to cause some uncertainties. The internet of things (IoT), however, is transforming a wide range of industries, and cold-chain logistics is no exception. By enabling continuous monitoring and data logging of key environmental factors, IoT solutions are helping companies identify and address issues affecting their supply chain.

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How LED Backlight Drivers Enable Bigger, Higher Resolution Automotive Displays

February 21, 2019

Szu-Kang Hsien  By: Szu-Kang Hsien
 Executive Business Manager, Automotive Business Unit 


Automotive display

Step inside a new car today and you’ll be greeted with sharp screens that help you navigate, provide entertainment, and keep you up-to-date on your vehicle’s performance. Like the TV screens inside our homes and offices, automotive displays are getting bigger and delivering higher resolution, thanks to the infotainment and instrument cluster systems driving this trend.

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Get Inspired to Think Big and Design Small

February 19, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Embedded World 2019

Today’s embedded systems are expected to deliver rich functionality while sipping miniscule amounts of power from their compact form factors. Underlying technologies to help you achieve these hallmarks will take center stage at this year’s embedded world conference in Nuremberg, Germany, from February 26 to February 28.

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DIY Engineering Projects for Your Valentine

February 14, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Some people enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day with flowers, candy, and a romantic night out. But if you’re a maker at heart who gets more excited about voltage regulators, LED displays, and sound boards, you’ve come to the right place. The inventive engineers on Hackster.io have created a variety of projects that you can tackle—and maybe even share with that special Valentine.

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Makers Make the Most of Analog ICs

February 12, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Fish tank lighting controller

Do you think, talk, live, and breathe analog integration? There’s a community of nearly 1,500 makers on Hackster.io who feel the same way. The creations that these engineers come up with using Maxim analog ICs and solutions from Raspberry Pi and Adafruit are inspiring—and fun. Let’s take a look at some of their projects.

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