Who is nanoMan?

March 23, 2017

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

nanoMan at embedded world

Bigger batteries give you more capacity, but this approach isn’t practical if you’re designing a tiny device. So how do you extend battery life in small products? nanoPower technology—where current levels are measured in the nanoamps—offers an answer to this conundrum.

For details, let’s consult with the world’s foremost expert in nanoPower technology—nanoMan. Fresh from his whirlwind tour through embedded world in Germany, nanoMan had a few moments to rest his chin and explain why he wants to help you lower your IQRead More ›

Why Now Is the Time to Consider Wired Interface

March 21, 2017

David Andeen By: David Andeen
Applications Director, Core Products Group, Maxim Integrated

car interior

The other day, my 6-year-old son asked me if a car was wireless. I thought, “Wow, I suppose from a child’s perspective, a car really does look wireless!” The thought isn’t even outside the realm of adults.  People nowadays consider cars as the wireless devices of the future.  But, I would be crazy to tell my son that a car was actually wireless. I explained to him that a car doesn’t have wires to communicate to the outside world, but that there are tons of wires on the inside of a car, to deliver power to window motors and perform other functions. Read More ›

Why System Monitoring ICs Are Good Analog Insurance

March 15, 2017

Steve Logan
  Ani Fayezi By: Steve Logan, Executive Business Manager & Ani Fayezi, Business Director
Core Product Group, Maxim Integrated

MAX16056 125nA supervisory circuit - typical operating circuit

System monitoring circuits—think comparators, op amps, current sense amplifiers, supervisory ICs, and the like—can help ensure that voltage levels are where they should be in your design. Think of them as analog insurance.

Analog insurance can be a valuable—and cost-effective—investment even if you’re designing cost-sensitive wearable or portable devices. With these applications, you’re probably most concerned with extending battery life and shrinking the form factor of your designs. Read More ›


Eat Pie… Win a Dev Board

March 14, 2017

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

maxim blueberry pie

Happy Pi Day! And what better way to celebrate than to enjoy a slice of pie? We came up with a way to make today even sweeter: eat pie and get a chance to win a MAXREFDES130# building automation shield. Read More ›

Get Longer Battery Life By Lowering Quiescent Current

March 13, 2017

Meng He  By: Meng He
Executive Business Manager, Core Products Group, Maxim Integrated

MAX17222 boost converter

Medical devices in the form factor of a patch can measure body temperature, monitor heart rate, and deliver insulin. The key to their efficacy is long battery life. The same goes for a host of other internet of things (IoT) devices, from smartphones and earbuds to video game controllers, electricity meters, and building automation systems. Many of these devices sit in storerooms for extended stretches before they’re put to use, or often, they have long periods of inactivity. For such small, battery-operated systems, it’s time to consider the role of low quiescent current in extending battery life. Read More ›

Proximity Sensing Made Easier

March 9, 2017

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

panasonic grid-eye

Picture this: It’s almost Halloween and you want to create a frightfully fun experience for trick-or-treaters. Setting up jack-o-lanterns and tombstones on the lawn doesn’t seem to be enough in this digital age. You need movement, like animatronics that leap to life when someone walks by! Making creatures move based on some corresponding action can be accomplished by a variety of controller trigger technologies, including pressure sensing mats, manually operated buttons, and beam sensors. Read More ›

Ants Have Their Own Smart Cities—Why Can’t We?

March 7, 2017

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Aniruddha Doedhar, IoT Solutions Lead, ARM

The drivers for smart cities—efficient resource usage, sustainability, resiliency—are not new. They aren’t even unique to humans. Familiar with anternet? A Stanford ant biologist and a computer scientist discovered that when harvester ants forage for food, their behavior mirrors the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) algorithm that manages internet data traffic. What about the internet of fungi? Researchers have described fungal networks that link the plant kingdom, allowing them to share information and nutrients or even emit toxins to sabotage unwelcome plants. Read More ›

Interesting Inventions Inspire Ingenuity

March 2, 2017

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

museum of interesting things

Electronic design is complex, no doubt about that. But still, it’s refreshing to take a step back and break down how things work in terms that a kindergartner would understand. That’s the idea behind the Museum of Interesting Things, a traveling, interactive exhibit that stopped by this year’s DesignCon. The museum aims to inspire people to learn from the past in order to create an inventive future. Read More ›

See Maxim’s High-Performance Optical Networking Technologies at OFC 2017

February 28, 2017

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Transceiver IC for SFP28 modules

Hyperscale data centers run by the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Facebook require massive amounts of bandwidth that the latest optical networking technologies promise to bring. Today, networking advancements are on a far faster pace than the 10 years that used to span a generation. Data rates are now doubling every few years, so the 25Gbps per lane being rolled out now will grow to 50Gbps per lane next time around, explained Andrew Sharratt, executive director of the Cloud & Data Business Unit at Maxim. Read More ›


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