Can Wearables Reduce Healthcare Costs?

July 23, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Smartwatch for healthcare

$9 trillion—that’s the price tag of healthcare costs worldwide, much of it stemming from the western world and most of it consumed in the U.S. And this figure continues to grow at 2x to 3x the rate of inflation. How can we better control these staggering costs?

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How Dynamic Voltage Scaling Saves Power in Wearables

July 17, 2019

Frank Dowling  By: Frank Dowling
 Director, Business Management, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


Wearables that provide continuous, real-time monitoring of vitals

Is your optical-sensing wearable saving as much power as it can as it provides continuous, real-time monitoring under varying measurement conditions? You’ve probably designed your device to accommodate different use cases. Chances are, you’ve also built into your wearable the ability to tune the current up and down to minimize current consumption as the device does its work. But imagine how much more power you could be saving if you had a method to also dynamically adjust the voltage level at the same time.

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Can Wearables Get People Off the Couch

July 16, 2019

Andrew Baker  By: Andrew Baker
 Managing Director, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


Andrew Baker talking to Firstbeat CEO Joni Kettunen

Globally, spending on healthcare is on track to top US$10 trillion by 2022—a huge economic impact. Being on the healthcare team of a technology company, my Maxim colleagues and I are always looking at ways to mitigate this cost. A lot of it starts by making advancements in wellness programs and getting people off the couch. This is where wearables can help.

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Why Authenticators SHOULD be THE Key to Your Smart Lock

July 11, 2019

Michael Jackson  By: Michael Jackson
 Principal Writer, Maxim Integrated 


Smart Lock

So, you’ve designed a smart lock that includes an authenticator. Great – that means an intruder cannot swap the lock for a fake one without the owner being aware of it and the lock can only be opened by the owner. Right? Hmmm…are you certain? Just to be on the safe side, let me answer some of your salient questions about this.

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Power Conversion Efficiency for Portable Designs

July 9, 2019

Jim Harrison  By: Jim Harrison
 Guest Blogger, Lincoln Technology Communications 


Battery-powered portable devices

Who needs to plug in? From smartphones to music players to health and fitness wearables, portable, battery-operated devices are everywhere. Cameras, tablet computers, earphones, hearing aids, smart watches, fitness monitors, hand tools and meters, and GPS trackers all demand an ingenious plan for power. More devices are joining this category every day.

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System Loads Are No Match for This Current-Sense Amplifier

July 3, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


When you’re striving to drive high efficiency from your motor control systems, you need very accurate and quick winding current measurement results from the current-sense amplifier. But not all of the measurement methods available are tightly in sync with this objective.

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What You Need to Know About Battery Management Challenges

July 2, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Camera batteries

Do you start getting twitchy at the 30% mark? 15%? Or do you squeeze as much use as you can from your smartphone, waiting until it has just 5% battery life before scrambling for a place to plug in? Like the range anxiety experienced by electric vehicle drivers, low-battery anxiety is a legit feeling among mobile device users. There’s actually a name for this affliction: nomophobia, the fear of being separated from your smartphone, perhaps because of a signal issue or a lack of battery power.

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Don’t Go Breaking Your Heart to Add ECG to Your Wearable

June 27, 2019

Michael Jackson  By: Michael Jackson
 Principal Writer, Maxim Integrated 


Power management IC diagram

Just as you were about to bring your latest chest-worn offering to the health and fitness wearables market, you realize that customers are increasingly seeking electrocardiogram (ECG) functionality on top of everything else. This is going to set you back months, while you go back and try to design in this feature, right? Wrong! Really? How can this be possible, you ask yourself? Well, let’s look at what you really need to make this happen and you might just be surprised that it can all be developed in a much more straightforward manner than you thought.

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How to Efficiently Power Tiny Industrial Sensors

June 25, 2019

Reno Rossetti  By: Reno Rossetti
 Principal Writer, Maxim Integrated 


Automotive Assembly Line

Inside today’s increasingly automated and electrically harsh industrial environments, you’ll find sensors everywhere. They’re getting more sophisticated, but also smaller. Their complexity requires on-board switching regulators to deliver power more efficiently for minimal heat generation. Yet, there lies the challenge: how do you deliver low-voltage power to these tiny sensors safely while they operate in high-voltage industrial environments? And how do you do so while keeping the solution size small and maximizing efficiency?

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4 Reasons to Register for a Free Design Startup Pack

June 20, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Startup team brainstorm session

When your business is just getting off the ground, its success depends on you and your team getting your cool, new product to market quickly. You don’t want to spend too many cycles iterating or getting bogged down trying to find answers to technical questions.

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Sensors Expo: See Wearable Healthcare Technologies in Action

June 18, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Jogger with Fitness Tracker

Wearable healthcare technologies are giving us real-time insights into our well-being, from heart rate and blood-oxygen levels to body temperature, sleep patterns, and much more. With this data, we can more closely monitor chronic conditions, be more proactive about preventive care, and perhaps even detect issues of concern. For design engineers, the push is on to utilize sensors, power-management ICs, and other technologies to uncover new use cases and create new types of devices. It’s all about delivering continuous monitoring of various health parameters to enable a healthier world.

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Want to Protect Your USB Port Without Slowing It Down?

June 13, 2019

Michael Jackson  By: Michael Jackson
 Principal Writer, Maxim Integrated 


Block diagram of a USB interface

USB is a four-wire interface used to connect an upstream host/charger to a downstream device. VBUS (+5 VDC) and GND (0V) are the power pins, while D+ and D- are used for either differential or single-ended data transfer. The data is organized into data frames or packets. Each frame can contain bits for clock synchronization, data type identifier, device address, data payload, and an end-of-packet sequence. Data transfer takes place at speeds of either 1.5Mbps (low speed), 12Mbps (full speed), or 480Mbps (high speed) using a range of connectors with different form factors. Types A, B, mini-B, and micro-B are the most common connector types.

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Higher Throughput at Lower Cost for Semiconductor Testing

June 11, 2019

Robert Gee  By: Robert Gee
 Executive Business Manager, Core Product Group, Maxim Integrated 


Silicon wafer probe testing

In the semiconductor testing world, managing cost remains one of the toughest challenges, since automated test equipment (ATE) represents a major capital expenditure. One way to reduce the cost per wafer—and, therefore, gain a competitive advantage? Increase throughput.

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How to Derive More System Efficiency from Battery-Powered Designs

June 06, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Video game controller

CPUs, field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), digital signal processors (DSPs), and other processors are now handling heavy computational loads in portable electronic devices. Consumers increasingly expect their small, battery-powered electronic devices to provide long run-times between charges. This blog post highlights how dynamic power management capabilities in buck, or step-down, converters—key components of power supplies—can generate greater energy efficiency for entire systems that are powered by 1-, 2-, and 3-cell lithium-ion batteries.

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Meet Vehicle Emissions Standards with Supervisory and Watchdog-Timer ICs

June 04, 2019

Bonnie Baker  By: Bonnie Baker
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Vehicle emissions

As vehicle emissions standards become more strict, automotive design engineers are striving to achieve the proper fuel-oxygen ratio in their designs. This ratio determines the performance and the exhaust toxicity of a vehicle, so it’s critical for engineers to not only strike the right balance but also to maintain it over time.

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Understand How Physically Unclonable Function Technology Can Benefit Your Design

May 30, 2019

Kristopher Ardis  By: Kristopher Ardis
 Executive Director, Micros, Software & Security Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


Cryptographic Keys

Reliable, cost-effective ICs with integrated physically unclonable function (PUF) technology have only recently become available. In this blog post, I’ll demystify PUF technology to help you better understand how and why it could benefit your design.

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Reference Designs: Designed, Built, and Tested—So You Won’t Have To

May 28, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

MAXREFDES1160 Isolated RS-485 Reference Design

You rely on datasheets for a good sense of how the IC will perform, but when it’s time for more of a “how to” lesson, that’s when reference designs come in handy. Maxim’s Reference Design Center features design implementations spanning single parts to subsystems and full system designs. Each of these designs was built and tested by our engineers.

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How to Save Time and Space with Power Supply Designs

May 21, 2019

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


Industry 4.0 manufacturing

From industrial internet of things (IIoT) to network infrastructure equipment, next-gen electronic systems are being infused with new intelligence that requires more power in ever-shrinking spaces without impacting the thermal budget. As a result, conventional solutions are not a good fit. Yet, given time-to-market pressures, designers don’t have loads of time to design the power supply, and they must wrestle with limited space to dissipate the heat while also meeting shock, vibration, and EMI requirements.

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Get Better Performance from Your ADAS Camera Systems

May 16, 2019

Chintan Parikh By: Chintan Parikh
Executive Business Manager, Automotive, Maxim Integrated 


Blind-spot monitoring camera

When cameras are expected to be the eyes on the road in today’s vehicles, they must perform reliably and efficiently. They are, after all, critical components in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Blind-spot monitoring, parking assistance, driver monitoring, and front-view cameras are just some of the applications and systems that rely on high-resolution automotive cameras. According to Strategy Analytics, automotive cameras are anticipated to experience brisk growth in the coming years, with side-mounted cameras projected to have a CAGR of 16% through 2025.

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How Fast and Safe Will 5G Wireless Networks Be?

May 14, 2019

Jim Harrison By: Jim Harrison
Guest Blogger, Lincoln Technology Communications 


Antennas galore

Will 5G wireless technology revolutionize everyone’s lives like “1G” did? Think of the changes cellphone usage has begotten us in just 20 years. Incredible. But, a number of people are convinced that 5G cellular will cause huge health problems.

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