LED Bulb Inspires Creation of Maintenance-Free Cybernetic House

June 19, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

40-Year House

Over the next couple of years, a house like no other will rise in the Central Savannah River Area of South Carolina. This proof-of-concept home is a dream house of sorts, as it promises to be stingy with energy usage, require no maintenance for 40 years, and anticipate and meet the needs of its occupants and itself. Read More ›

Optical Sensing Opens New Opportunities in Healthcare

June 14, 2018

Ian Chen By: Ian Chen
Executive Director, Sensors, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit; Maxim Integrated 


Biosensors inside smartwatches, fitness trackers, and similar wearables are becoming increasingly accurate in monitoring various health parameters. At the same time, they're also consuming less power, which is perfect for the small form factors of these applications. Read More ›

Keep Tabs on Essential Electronic Loads with Supervisory ICs

June 12, 2018

Dragan S. Maric, PhD Reno Rossetti, PhD EE Ole Dreessen By: Dragan S. Maric, PhD; Reno Rossetti, PhD EE; and Ole Dreesen;
Maxim Integrated

remote camera module

In the work world, supervisors tend to be those who are highly organized and proactive. When a complex project comes up, this type of go-getter is on the case, ensuring that progress milestones are met and making important decisions when it counts. Read More ›

Don't Worry – Isolate All Those Digital Signals

June 7, 2018

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

MAX14434, MAX14435, and MAX14436 functional diagrams

Design engineers need peace of mind. You need to feel secure that your design is rock solid. This will enhance creativity (and can make you a much nicer person to be around). Read More ›

Get High-Speed USB Port Protection for Industrial Voltages

June 5, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Automatic braking

Because it provides fast communications, USB is being quickly adopted for industrial applications such as real-time diagnostics of factory equipment, programming and service ports on programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and camera vision systems. Compared to legacy RS-232 connectors, USB provides a faster solution that is also 5x smaller, ideal for automated factory environments where speed and increasingly smaller footprints are desirable. Read More ›

Keeping an Eye on Battery SOC in Wearables and Hearables

May 31, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Automatic braking

Do you have a wearable or a hearable? According to industry analysis cited by Forbes, global sales of wearables are projected to grow by an average of 20% each year over the next five years. At this rate, by 2022, wearables will be a $29 billion market. Read More ›

High-Bandwidth Serial Links for Safer Cars

May 30, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Automatic braking

While it was a little startling when it activated (and even unnecessary in that particular moment), I do appreciate my car’s automatic braking function. I can see why this and other features of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are helping to make driving a little safer. Read More ›

Designing Secure, Scalable Contactless Payment Systems

May 24, 2018

Gregory Guez By: Gregory Guez
Executive Director, Secure Micros, Maxim Integrated 

Automotive factory

While contactless payments might seem like a modern-day concept, the process has actually been around since the late 1990s. In 1997, Mobil (now part of Exxon) launched its Speedpass contactless payment system at its participating gas stations. Fast-forward to now and, with the prevalence of smartphones and wearable devices, completing payment transactions via radio-frequency identification (RFID) or near-field communication (NFC) are a regular part of the point-of-sales (POS) landscape. Read More ›

Increase Motion Control System Accuracy with Higher Performance RS-485 Transceivers

May 22, 2018

Timothy Leung By: Timothy Leung
Executive Business Manager, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated 

Automotive factory

Motion control systems are requiring more accuracy over longer distances, so a key design challenge is enabling robust communications with faster data rates and longer cables. The RS-485 standard has been used for motion control because it’s a fairly high-speed interface. However, the trend is moving toward faster data rates over longer cables. For example, to increase the accuracy and efficiency of a production site, you can transfer more accurate information faster due to the higher data rate. Longer cables are  good because you have motor encoders that go up and down a system, so you need a means to communicate over long distance. Read More ›

Why Your Audio DAC or Digital Amp Should Spec Dynamic Range Instead of SNR

May 17, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Tablet computer

One of the most commonly used specifications to compare signal quality in an audio analog-to-digital converter (ADC), digital-to-analog converter (DAC), or digital-input amplifier is the standardized AES17 dynamic range measurement. This test checks the noise floor in the presence of a -60dBFS level signal.   A similar, alternative measurement is the signal-to-noise (SNR) measurement that compares the full-scale signal to the idle or zero-input noise floor. At first glance, these two specifications might seem to provide a similar measurement, but in fact the SNR measurement can be quite misleading. Read More ›

How iButton Can Enhance Food Quality

May 15, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

K-8 inventors

Headquartered in Switzerland, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, examines advanced materials and technologies. Read More ›

Kid Inventors Showcase STEM Skills at California Invention Convention

May 11, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

K-8 inventors

On a sunny Saturday morning in April, Julio Gonzalez and Arthur Murray talked about their remedy for rug burns. You know, that friction-caused abrasion you can get on your skin after an afternoon spent reading or playing video games on a carpeted floor. Whether you’re in the fourth grade, like Julio and Arthur, or not even close, you might benefit from their Rug Burn Protector. In fact, the two were quite pleased that their cotton-covered pads for elbows and knees could help people all over the world. Read More ›


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