Building a Self-Balancing Robot with Feature-Rich Featherboard

May 18, 2017

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Justin Jordan, a member of the technical staff in Maxim's Embedded Security Business Unit, has always enjoyed tinkering with robotics. While in school, he was on an underwater robot team and has also built line-following robots. Over the years, he has admired self-balancing robots that others have created, especially since these involve control system theory, an area of interest. So when the opportunity arose for Jordan to write some example code for the Bosch Sensortec BMI160 inertial measurement unit (IMU) on Maxim’s MAX32630FTHR board, he jumped at the chance to build his own self-balancing robot. Read More ›


Why Sensors Are The Next Big Thing

May 16, 2017

Sui Shieh  By: Sui Shieh
Vice President and General Manager, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit,  Maxim Integrated


The overall sensor market is poised to grow toward an anticipated $2.5 billion by 2021. Sensors are, clearly, the next big thing in our industry. As sensor technologies continue to become more sophisticated, it’s a good time to look ahead and examine what tomorrow’s sensor-based applications will be able to do. Read More ›


Keeping Hackers Away from Your POS Terminals

May 11, 2017

Greg Guez  By: Greg Guez
Executive Director, Embedded Security, Maxim Integrated

 

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A few years ago, big-box retailers including Target and Home Depot made headlines when their point-of-sales (POS) systems were breached. Personal data from millions of consumers was leaked. Despite incidents like these, spoofing, skimming, and hacking aren’t very difficult and are still happening. In fact, a researcher with security data and analytics solution provider Rapid7 devised a small, $6 tool that can open hotel room doors and break into POS systems and cash registers. Read More ›


Webinar: Learn Why It’s Smart to Have a Low IQ

May 9, 2017

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

 

nanoMan says, Don’t miss this webinar!


If you want to truly delight customers with your small, battery-powered products, then you probably have long battery life on your list of design requirements. Extending battery life isn’t an easy task, especially since your product’s small form factor will only allow a small battery.

A common factor for many small, smart, and connected devices is that they spend a fair amount of their time in shutdown mode. For example, consider medical patches. These patches could be sitting on storeroom shelves for many months before they’re used by patients. Read More ›


Surprising Facts About the Cost to Operate Your Electric Car

May 4, 2017

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


Electric vehicle

Tesla marketing says “the electricity will only be a fraction of the cost of gasoline.” But is that really the case?

Electric vehicles are efficient, but operating costs can vary greatly. The new Chevy Bolt battery electric car with a 238-mile range per charge is making many engineers (or maybe all engineers) consider making the move to clean transportation. Electric vehicles (EVs) (the all-electric ones, not hybrid) convert about 59% to 62% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels, while the plain old gasoline vehicle only converts about 17% to 21% of the energy in a gallon of petrol. But, the cost to fill up the EV can vary greatly. Read More ›


Safeguard IoT Designs with Holistic Approach to Security

May 2, 2017

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


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We know that consumer trust takes time to build. This is all the more reason why we can’t afford to leave internet of things (IoT) devices vulnerable to attack.  

“We have seen so many different news (items) recently…we see devices like cars (and things) in the home and in industrial getting hacked,” said Majid Bemanian, director of segment marketing at Imagination Technologies and a board member of the IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF). “The challenge that exists is, trust takes time to build. We can’t afford to have IoT devices out there being compromised and lose the trust of the consumer.” Read More ›


We Love Startups! Let Us Help You Prototype Quickly

April 27, 2017

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


We Love Startups

Recently, I attended a startup event and saw a bunch of really cool companies with solutions to a variety of things. Some were cool IoT-based products, others were apps, and still others were interesting AI types of applications. At the end of the day, this event demonstrated that there are a lot of really smart people with lots of energy working on some really innovative technologies. Read More ›


 

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