New Power Management Design Guides for Smart Buildings and Smart Factories

May 9, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Smart Building

Today’s sophisticated buildings can do a lot for themselves if they’re designed with building automation technologies. Heating and cooling, lighting, access control, and security are just a few of the functions that can now be automated. With modern control and automation techniques, building operators can manage their sites remotely using software, networked automation equipment, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the cloud.

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How Will the Industrial IoT Architecture Evolve?

May 7, 2019

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


Smart Building Control

Today, thanks to industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies, companies are already reaping benefits related to production optimization and reduced maintenance costs. As mundane as these benefits may sound, they are driving investments into the IIoT infrastructure. As we look ahead, it’s time to assess what shape the IIoT will take as manufacturing becomes increasingly digitized.

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Channel Your Engineering Ingenuity for Star Wars Day

May 2, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


DIY Lightsaber

This Saturday, May 4, is Star Wars Day. What better way to celebrate than by channeling your engineering force to create something that pays homage to this enduring sci-fi classic? The clever community on Hackster.io has shared a treasure trove of hardware-based, “Star Wars” movie-themed projects that you, or any maker at heart, can tackle. Chances are, you won’t need to play any Jedi mind tricks to bring these electronic gadgets to life.

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Digital Instrument Clusters: Why Functional Safety is Important

April 30, 2019

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


Center Information Display

Today’s advanced vehicles have fewer knobs and buttons, relying instead on taps and swipes on a touchscreen to control a variety of functions. You can adjust mirrors and lights, turn on windshield wipers, set up your route, and much more from displays are getting larger and increasing in resolution. Modern vehicles can have as many as 10 displays inside providing safety-critical information. The digital instrument cluster, center information display (CID), smart back mirrors, side mirror replacements, and heads-up displays are a few examples. That’s why it’s critical for these displays to comply with functional safety standards.

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Tips for Choosing Precise, Power-Efficient GNSS Receivers for Location-Based Applications

April 23, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Power-Efficient GNSS Receivers for Location-Based Applications

Personal navigation is just one of many applications that rely on the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), which provides geolocation and time information to GPS receivers. From mapping forests and the ocean floor to helping farmers harvest their fields, these technologies are benefiting a wide range of industries. Given that location-based products can be as small as jewelry or as a large as, say, an aerospace navigation system, choosing a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) RF receiver IC with the right characteristics calls for careful consideration.

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On-Demand Webinar: Your FPGA Design Starts with the Right Power Supply

April 18, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Video game console

Since they’re programmable and reconfigurable, FPGAs can pave the path to a faster design process because you can easily make adjustments as design requirements change. However, developing the power supply to support the FPGAs can be quite challenging. In his recent webinar, “Your FPGA Design Starts with the Right Power Supply,” Maxim’s Eric Rule discussed what’s needed to address these challenges in order to create a state-of-the-art FPGA design.

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How Security Supervisors Safeguard IoT Devices

April 16, 2019

Stella Or  By: Stella Or
 Executive Business Manager, Embedded Security, Maxim Integrated 


Smart Security Camera

For consumers to trust your smart, connected products, they must be able to be confident that their data—sensitive or otherwise—will remain safe from cybercriminals. As the internet of things (IoT) becomes increasingly prevalent in modern life, it is more critical than ever to ensure that your IoT devices are protected against cybercrime. In this blog post, I’ll examine how security supervisors that provide tamper detection, cryptographic functions, and secure data storage can address the challenges of IoT design security.

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What’s Needed to Implement Today’s Industrial IoT Architecture

April 11, 2019

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


Automated factories

Manufacturing and other industrial environments are starting to reap the productivity benefits of industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies. Industries are using these adaptive solutions to optimize resource utilization, reduce unplanned downtime, and adapt their manufacturing flow to changing market requirements. Many organizations are now asking not whether to implement an IIoT framework, but how to best implement one. This blog post provides some direction.

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How Ceramic Voltage References Enhance Long-Term Drift Performance

April 9, 2019

Andrew Escamilla  By: Andrew Escamilla
 Associate Business Manager, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated 


Control panel for automated equipment

Voltage references serve an important role in ensuring that measured values from an electronic system that measures voltage are correct. In a measurement system, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) compares input voltages against a reference voltage. The ADC then generates a code representing the relationship between an input signal and that reference voltage. If there’s an error in the reference voltage, this results in an error in the measured data.

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Tiny, Power-Efficient IO-Link Transceiver for IIoT Designs

April 4, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Automated factory

Inside Ford’s German manufacturing plant, 3-foot-tall cobots team up with human colleagues to fit shock absorbers onto cars. Their accuracy, dexterity, and strength complement the skills that the people bring to the factory floor. In the U.K., Ocado, the region’s largest online grocery delivery company, relies on robot arms to pick produce and on other robots to handle packing the boxes for delivery. Nike and Adidas are investing substantially in automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) to increase manufacturing efficiencies while streamlining costs.

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Designing for USB-C Just Got Easier

April 2, 2019

Perry Tsao  By: Perry Tsao
 Executive Director, Mobile Solutions Business Unit 


USB-C connector

An increasing number of compact, lithium-ion battery-powered electronics—think wearables, headsets, building automation systems, and medical devices—are getting on the USB-C train. Indeed, the growing usage of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in various consumer devices is contributing to USB-C adoption, as every Li-ion battery-powered device requires power conversions. While the larger, aforementioned electronic devices are leading the charge, smaller portable devices are expected to contribute to USB-C adoption rates of 8.5% per year through 2020, according to ID TechEx. At some point sooner rather than later, USB-C will be the standard for charging and communications, replacing what was once a tangle of different cables to support charging, content streaming, and data transferring.

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Maxim Is Going to the Dogs in 2020

April 1, 2019

nanoMan  By: nanoMan
 Guest Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Maxim Is Going to the Dogs in 2020

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and you have to adapt swiftly to survive and thrive. That’s why I was very excited to hear about Maxim’s new business focus for 2020.

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