Like a Good Wine, These Industrial Communications ICs Get Better Over Time

September 19, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Factory Robotics

Earlier this year, Andrew Smith, a product manager on Maxim’s industrial communications team, blogged that “These Industrial Communications ICs Are Oldies but Goodies for Good Reason.” His point was that innovation isn’t only about the latest and greatest products, but it is also exemplified by creating something that is lasting and continues to address emerging requirements for years. In his post, Smith highlighted several interface and signal routing ICs that continue to help engineers simplify their designs, reduce costs, and miniaturize their end products.

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Deliver Accurate Battery SOC Data from Your Wireless Android Headphones

September 18, 2019

Bakul Damle  By: Bakul Damle
 Director, Maxim Integrated 
Sagar Khare  and Sagar Khare
 Executive Business Manager; Battery Management, Maxim Integrated  


Wireless earbuds

Settling into your seat for a five-hour flight, you pop in your Bluetooth earbuds to listen to some podcasts. Will the device’s batteries and charging case have enough juice to deliver lasting run-time? Before long, the answer to this question will be much clearer. That’s because Android has announced plans to make it easier to manage battery life on wireless Android headphones.

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Smartphone for Seniors Gets Smarter with Health Monitoring

September 17, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Smartphone

Smartphones are typically designed to be somewhat intuitive and easy to use. But is this truly the scenario for everyone? In many cases, the settings of popular phones on the market need to be adjusted to accommodate users of different capabilities. Then there are models like the Raku-Raku Smartphone F-01L. Developed by Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, the Raku-Raku Smartphone is designed from the ground up to be easy to use, particularly for those who are new to touchscreen operations. So it’s no surprise that it is considered ideal for first-time smartphone users and popular with seniors. In fact, “raku-raku” translates to “easy to use” in English.

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nanoPower Technology Translates into Happy Users

September 12, 2019

Carlos Alberto Rodriguez  By: Carlos Alberto Rodriguez
 Business Manager, Micros, Security & Software Business Unit; Maxim Integrated 


Whether you look at the IoT, industrial, consumer, or medical markets, there are always applications where less power consumption is needed. This is especially of more importance when the end product is a portable device which requires a battery to power up the system. Users don’t want to go through the hassle of charging their devices every few hours. Ideally, they would like to not charge their devices at all! But, of course, this is not realistic. Instead, companies and their designers must try to get as close as possible to this ideal scenario by creating long-lasting digital systems. And while it’s easy to say, it’s certainly not easy to do. There are different points which need to be taken in consideration to achieve the minimum battery life requirements.

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Drive HB LEDs to Brighter Heights for Automotive Applications and More

September 11, 2019

Yin Wu  By: Yin Wu
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


LED headlights

Walking through New York City’s Times Square is an illuminating experience, to say the least. Adorning buildings on every block are walls of LED displays promoting products, entertainment options, financial services, and more. Compared to conventional lighting, LED lighting is much more energy efficient, robust, and longer lasting, and it enables the bright, vivid colors that make commercial and industrial applications shine.

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How Analog ICs Fuel Wireless IoT Sensors

September 10, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Radio Bridge

Radio Bridge

Buildings are becoming smarter than many people give them credit for. Maybe we’ve come to take for granted all of the things that these structures which house our workplaces and homes can now do without our intervention. From lighting and heating/cooling to security systems, many of the functions that keep us comfortable and safe now operate autonomously thanks to internet of things (IoT) technology.

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How Power Management ICs Support Smart Buildings

September 05, 2019

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


Building automation technology

Thanks to modern control and automation techniques and technologies, smart buildings can yield significant energy savings, protect the environment, improve the health and safety of their occupants, and enhance quality of life.

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See If You Can Steal These Keys

September 03, 2019

Ben Smith By: Ben Smith
Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Applications, Maxim Integrated 

 


When Maxim’s Embedded Security group asked me to create a 30-second video explaining their new ChipDNA physically unclonable function (PUF) technology, I have to admit, I was caught on my back foot just a little. Not because ChipDNA isn’t important – it is, and will become increasingly important as security becomes more critical in the coming years.

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The Ins and Outs of Voltage Supervisor ICs

Aug 29, 2019

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


I was asked recently, what kind of applications need a voltage supervisor? A silly question. All apps need a supervisor. Certainly, any design with a processor—which is almost every design. That processor can start acting very strangely when its power supply falls below spec. All engineers abhor the thought of the catastrophic design failure this can cause, and in some cases, it can be a serious safety issue.

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Why Shrinking Sizes of RTCs Is Good News for Your Portable Designs

Aug 27, 2019

Tawni Lisseth Henderson  By: Tawni Lisseth Henderson
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Smartwatch clock

A common thought comes to mind every time a new version of a phone is released: it is even SMALLER? The same goes for new medical devices, smart watches, wearables. They’re really all getting smaller? How can technology that must perform so many functions, with new capabilities being added in almost every new update or version, keep getting SMALLER? It seems like a contradiction: shouldn’t a device get bigger with every new function that is added to it?

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RS-485 Just Got a Major Stamina Boost!

August 22, 2019

Michael Jackson  By: Michael Jackson
 Principal Writer, Maxim Integrated 


Industrial Control System


Hey Michael,

I’ve been asked to design the RS-485 interface for our latest industrial controller. I’ve not been given exact specs yet, but I’m told it needs to be “as fast as possible” over the “longest possible distance.” I’m a graduate just out of college, so I’m not overly familiar with the interface. Any chance you could answer a few questions for me, so I can tie down what these things really mean? Anon

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Breakout Boards Give You a Head Start on Your Design

August 20, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


ProtoCentral MAX30003 breakout board

So you’ve got a cool idea for a design. There isn’t anything else like this on the market. Maybe this could be the start of something big, a product that launches your side hustle into a thriving new business.

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What’s Driving Industry 4.0?

August 15, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Industrial IoT application

Industry 4.0 is no longer a concept; it’s been happening, and it probably has been happening for longer than you realize. According to Suhel Dhanani, the questions now are, how can we best implement the infrastructure for Industry 4.0 and what are the technology drivers?

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Maxim Summer Interns Showcase Their Technical Talents

August 14, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Maxim Summer 2019 Interns

Every summer, the vibe at Maxim’s San Jose headquarters gets a fresh injection of energy as summer interns fill the campus with their enthusiasm, ideas, and perspectives. In August, 39 interns showcased their work during the annual Intern Symposium. Here’s a look at how a handful of them contributed to the company and also to their own portfolios.

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Are Sensor Clones Stealing Away Your Customers?

August 13, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Cyber security

Walkways toward many of America’s baseball stadiums are lined with merchants hawking team caps, T-shirts, and other “branded” gear. They’re available for a fraction of the cost that you’d pay for similar merchandise inside the gates. And, at least at quick glance, you can’t really tell they’re not authentic. Counterfeit products are everywhere and, in cases like sports apparel, they’re not particularly harmful to the buyers. But when the cloned product is something like a medical or industrial sensor, then there are dangerous risks to patient safety or factory operations.

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How to Minimize Power in Clocking Applications

August 8, 2019

Kyle Johnson  By: Kyle Johnson
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Laptop clock

Time is the driver of all actions in the technology industry. Technology today relies on extremely accurate measurements of time by real-time clocks (RTCs) to perform certain actions, whether this action is something as complicated as sending communication signals or as simple as telling the date and time on a phone or computer.

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How Secure Authenticators Prevent Counterfeiting of Medical Disposables

August 6, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Pulse oximeter

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 10 medical products in developing countries is either substandard in quality or falsified and up to 8% of medical products in the supply chain is counterfeit. In 2017, the World Customs Organization, Interpol, and law enforcement from more than 123 countries seized more than $50 million in counterfeit medicines and medical devices. These are scary statistics for patients and should be just as sobering for manufacturers of medical disposables.

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3 Reasons to Use a Discrete Real-Time Clock in Your Wearable Design

August 1, 2019

Binay Bajaj  By: Binay Bajaj
 Director; Core Products Group; Maxim Integrated 


Clock

Sure, a real-time clock (RTC) is considered a commodity product. But not all RTCs are made the same. In fact, you don’t even have to use a discrete RTC in your design. After all, microcontrollers have the function built in. But I’d like to argue that using a discrete RTC can actually be more beneficial in terms of your overall solution size and power management efficiency, especially if you are developing space-constrained applications like wearables.

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When Is a Digital Output Not Just a Digital Output? When It’s Also a Digital Input!

July 30, 2019

Michael Jackson  By: Michael Jackson
 Principal Writer, Maxim Integrated 


Automated factory

When you hear about Industry 4.0, do you envision robots busy at work inside factories, picking and packing products in a warehouse or manufacturing cars? Indeed, Industry 4.0 defines the modern factory environment. It consists of dozens of networked controllers continuously monitoring inputs from hundreds or even thousands of sensors such as switches and level detectors. Simultaneously, signals are sent to a similar number of output devices such as valves, solenoids, or motor drives. Electronic marshalling has simplified the process of connecting this expanding set of field wiring back to the controller. However, problems can still occur. Let’s have a look at how these can happen and show you a quick and easy way to resolve the issues if they occur.

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How to Get Louder, Richer Sound from Micro Speakers

July 25, 2019

Greg Mow  By: Greg Mow
 Business Manager, Maxim Integrated 
Michael Tuason  and Michael Tuason
 Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Mobile Solutions Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


Smartphone playing music

As you’re getting ready for work, you start streaming your favorite tunes from your smartphone. You brush your teeth, get dressed, and let the music transport you to the concert venue where you last saw this band play. The sound is so rich, so loud that you almost forget it’s coming from your phone.

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