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Enabling Industry 4.0 with Low Power, Secure & Reliable Microcontrollers

Oct 13, 2021

Carlos Rodriguez By: Carlos Rodriguez
Business Manager, Maxim Integrated  


With the manufacturing and industrial markets becoming smarter and marching towards Industry 4.0, our newest Ultra Low Power & Secure Microcontrollers become an essential part of achieving the fastest, most secure, and highest reliability designs for these markets.

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Keep the Lights On When Someone is Home

Aug 13, 2021

David Andeen  By: David Andeen
 Executive Director, Business Management, Maxim Integrated 


Keep the Lights On When Someone is Home

Have you ever wished for your power to go out? That's not a likely scenario, but kids doing chores like vacuuming that require power, have probably long wished for this exact situation. Ultimately, no one truly wants the power to go out because we need to work or keep working, relax and watch TV, or ensure the kids finish all their chores.

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Smart Wake-up for Security and Home Monitoring Cameras

May 19, 2021

Brian Rush  By: Brian Rush
 SPMTS Applications, Maxim Integrated 


Smart Wake-up with Aizip and Maxim Integrated

False triggering of camera systems that need to wake-up when a person is present is more than a nuisance, it unnecessarily consumes energy, digital storage space and communications bandwidth. Plus, capturing photos or video of things you don't care about and sending cell phone alerts for no reason not only wastes resources, it also wastes your time. A smart wake-up solution from Maxim Integrated and Aizip can drastically reduce false positives to ensure the system stays off until really needed.

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No-Opto Isolated DC-DC Flybacks for Smart Factories and Building Automation

May 6, 2021

Raghu Nathadi  By: Raghu Nathadi
 Senior Business Manager, Industrial Power, Maxim Integrated 


Factory Automation

Factories are getting smarter with the adoption of Industry 4.0 and with the advancement in robotics. Modern factories have multitude of sensors deployed throughout the factory for monitoring and collecting data. This data gets processed through Programmable Logic Controllers which are used for automation, asset management, maintenance, and repairs. Similarly, buildings are also getting smarter, not only to save energy, but also to increase the life of the facilities and to improve the comfort of the occupants. Modern buildings have several electronics deployed to manage assets such as elevators, water pumps, air conditioners and IT infrastructure.

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The Smallest Arm Cortex-M4 Microcontroller in the World!

April 22, 2021

By: Carlos A. Rodriguez
Blogger, Maxim Integrated


MAX32660 Arm Cortex M4 Microcontroller with Embedded Algorithms

Since 2017, I've had the pleasure to work with one of Maxim Integrated's most unique microcontrollers, the MAX32660. With 256kB of Flash, 96kB of SRAM, a high-speed Arm-Cortex M4 with FPU, ultra-low power consumption at 50µA/MHZ in active power and optional bootloaders, this MCU packs a ton of capability into a ridiculously small form factor. Its most popular packages are a 3mm x 3mm TQFN and an incredible 1.6mm x 1.6mm WLP…crazy, I know. This makes it the world's smallest cortex-M4F powered microcontroller able to go into applications that are pushing the envelope and bringing complex algorithms into space constrained environments like never before.

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More nanoPower technology tools for your toolkit

March 17, 2021

By: David Andeen
Director, Reference Designs, Maxim Integrated


Image representing the importance of having the right tools

Thinking about tools reminds me of when Maxim first announced a nanoPower device back in 2017, the MAX1722x family of nanoPower boost converters, which consume just nanoamps of quiescent current. These nanoPower devices are unique tools, optimized to consume as little power as possible and limit overall system power consumption. These tools power amazing new devices and applications that run longer from smaller power sources.

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Assistant Excellence Conference - It Takes Two

March 11, 2021

Maxim Integrated  By:  Maxim Integrated


Global Assistant Synergy Program awardees for 2020

Featured speakers were Vickram Vathulya and Ana Cunanan (pictured at right) from the Core Products Group. The main takeaways from their "It Takes Two" presentation were to find ways to teach / learn the business, leverage passions, and assign/tackle stretch assignments aligned to​​ professional goals.

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Two Tools to Ease Inductor Selection

March 05, 2021

Brooks Leman  By: Brooks Leman
 Senior Principal MTS, Applications, Maxim Integrated 


REDEXPERT selection tools

The EE-Sim Design Tool starts with your custom requirements and provides a complete converter design including basic inductor selection in under a minute. However, if you want to go deeper or be more involved in the inductor selection process, then consider the new REDEXPERT tool from Würth. It guides accurate power inductor selection, along with many other types of Würth magnetic and non-magnetic components.

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Slash Power Dissipation with Maxim’s Industrial Protected Low-Side Digital Output Solution

Feb 23, 2021

Josh Fankhauser  By: Josh Fankhauser
 Business Manager, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated 


Shrink and enhance of variety of industrial systems with a robust integrated solution

Industrial systems around the world face the ever-present pressure to evolve and innovate to keep pace with competition and satiate growing customer demands. As factory floors become more intelligent and production flows are optimized, size and reliability become critical issues in every system.

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Can We Find Common Ground on Common Mode Range?

January 21, 2021

Robert Gee  By: Robert Gee
 Executive Business Manager, Core Products Group, Maxim Integrated 
Alec Makdessian  and Alec Makdessian
 Executive Director, Core Products Group, Maxim Integrated 


Common mode voltage—it can be a scourge for serial communication systems such as RS-485 or even CAN communications in noisy industrial systems. High common mode voltage can be due to an electrically noisy environment or nearby equipment, such as an AC motor, transformers, or power cables. Or, it could stem from the voltage differences in ground planes; for example, two nodes or systems that operate from different transformers or ground levels. These voltage differences occur because cabling can be hundreds of feet long, especially in RS-485. For example, a 1000ft long 24 AWG cable (25.67 Ohms per 1000ft) carrying 450mA of current can cause a difference in ground potential of 11.6V. It's easy to see that in a large factory or building, such voltage differences can be quite common. So whether the high common mode voltage is due to noise or ground level voltage differences, it can hamper reliable communications. In an application area like an automated factory, such errors can mean lost uptime and productivity.

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On the Go Vital Monitoring and Gaming Platform

January 12, 2021

Astha Adhikari  By: Astha Adhikari
 Intern, Multi-Function Power, Battery Power Solutions BU; Maxim Integrated 


Reference design showing SIMO PMIC powering multiple noise sensitive sensors, micro-controller, and display

The word "classic", in terms of games, resonates to everyone. To Bob Willson, it was spending his paper-route money to buy MicroVision's Blockbuster. To me, it is the fond memories associated with fighting with my elder sister over who gets to play the next round of Jardinanins! in our Windows 98 PC. What Bob and I have in common is that we were both hooked on games derived from Atari breakout, where the objective is to hit the bricks using a ball that bounces off a paddle. I incorporated these memories when designing my summer project as an intern at Maxim Integrated. My project is a demo that is "on the go" gaming platform featuring Maxim's low power SIMO PMIC, an m5 FG and sensors. It is a platform where you can track your vitals or play a classic brick breaker game.

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The Dawn of the Self-Aware Machine

October 27, 2020

Jeff DeAngelis  By: Jeff DeAngelis
 Vice President, Industrial Communications; Maxim Integrated 


The Dawn of the Self-Aware Machine

As Factories and Buildings strive to become smarter, they will benefit by achieving a boost in productivity, a reduction in operational expenses, achieving a smaller carbon footprint, and provide better real-time decision making. To achieve these benefits, it will require a new way of thinking by semiconductor companies to enable intelligent sensors & actuators, provide software configurable analog & digital IOs, and improved on chip diagnostics. Maxim Integrated's new portfolio of IO solutions, IO-Link® reference designs, Go-IO demonstration platforms, and intelligent actuators are bringing these benefits to the automation industry by empowering intelligence at the edge. This new intelligence, coupled with embedded AI capabilities like the recent announcement of the MAX78000 low-power neural network accelerated microcontroller, will form the foundation that will drive the next chapter in the Industrial Evolution 5.0+; "The Dawn of the Self-Aware Machine".

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How Being Bold Brings Smart Automation Solutions

October 27, 2020

Jeff DeAngelis  By: Jeff DeAngelis
 Vice President, Industrial Communications; Maxim Integrated 


In the Spring of 2019, Maxim Integrated's CEO, Tunc Doluca, took a bold step and released his first book called Maximum Impact: Maxim's Quiet Rise as Silicon Valley's Most Prolific Analog Chip Maker. This book chronicles Maxim's founders along with the company's growth over the past 37 years. While I am still considered a short-timer at Maxim Integrated with 16 years of service, the Maxim story parallels the passion, inspiration, and innovation that is woven into the very fabric of Silicon Valley.

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What Makes Cryptography Easier? Secure Authenticators and Coprocessors

Sep 17, 2020

Zia A. Sardar  By: Zia A. Sardar
 Principal Member of Technical Staff, Maxim Integrated 


A secure system architecture uses a symmetric key secure authenticator and coprocessor

Cryptography offers robust protection against security threats, yet not every embedded designer is a cryptography expert. To provide product development engineers a quick path toward an understanding of the basics on the topic, we've created a Cryptography Handbook consisting of a series of tutorials that take an engineering rather than theoretical approach. In this blog post, I'll share highlights from each chapter and also show how secure authenticators and coprocessors can help simplify the process of integrating cryptography into your embedded design.

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Extend the battery life of your vehicle tracker/asset tracker/IoT device 10-fold with Maxim’s ultra-low power GPS solution

Sep 15, 2020

Alec M Makdessian  By: Alec M Makdessian
 Executive Director, Maxim Integrated 


Snapshot GPS Receiver

One of the biggest challenges in adding GPS capability to battery powered devices such as vehicle trackers, asset trackers or IoT sensors is the shortened battery life. Increasing the size of the battery for longer runtime is, in almost all cases, not an option as this would increase, the size, the weight, and the cost of the wearable.

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