Reinforced Digital Isolator Ensures Safety in Industrial Environments

September 20, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Robotic machinery

In industrial environments such as automated factories, high voltages are part of the landscape. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs), motor drives, certain power supplies, and even medical equipment and electric vehicles (EVs) all have circuits that must be protected from these voltages. Even more critically, people working in these environments must be guarded from electric shock. Digital isolation provides the means to do both, providing signal isolation and level-shifting to help ensure correct circuit operation and insulate users from electric shock. Read More ›

Why on Earth Don't You Include a Clock in Your Design?

September 18, 2018

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

The few external components needed for a DS1338 RTC design

I don't get it! After we have a power failure at home I have to go to both the stove and the microwave and reset the clocks. Why on earth don’t they have a simple battery-backed, real-time clock (RTC) in them? There are great ones available, they don’t cost much, and they are pretty easy to design in. Read More ›

Consider Your WLAN Power-Supply Temperature and PCB Size Carefully

September 13, 2018

Bonnie Baker By: Bonnie Baker
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Background computing

Wireless local area networks (WLAN) or Wi-Fi networks are systems in the home that manage information and data transfer, both locally and to the internet. We are now at the point where we expect our home security system, refrigerator, oven, HVAC, laptop, cell phone, and other household electronic equipment to not only talk to each other but converse with us. The trend today is to create smaller and lower power WLAN devices to handle all these entities. The WLANs are expanding by leaps and bounds in the household with a great deal of attention on tackling the distributed WLAN system’s footprint and thermal problems. So, what does a WLAN thermal problem look like? Read More ›

nanoMan Meets DARWIN—and Powerful Things Happen

September 11, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

VR Headset

McCartney and Lennon. Tesla and Edison. nanoMan and DARWIN. The world has certainly been graced with many prominent pairs. Wait, nanoMan and DARWIN, you ask? Well, where have you been? nanoMan and DARWIN are only two of the sharpest minds to emerge in the world of low-power technology. Read More ›

Can You Create an Energy-Efficient VR Headset?

August 23, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

VR Headset

Virtual reality (VR) can take you to faraway places from the comfort of your living room, while augmented reality (AR) can make gaming more interactive (Did you get caught up in the Pokemon GO craze?). One of the tradeoffs for these rich, immersive experiences, however, is limited battery life for the devices. Popular headsets on the market promise a couple of hours of runtime between charges. That’s barely enough time to get through a movie. And if the headset is shared with the rest of the household, well, hopefully the next user has patience to wait a few hours while the device is recharged. Read More ›

Do You Trust Your Smart Medical Device?

August 21, 2018

Scott Jones Nathan Sharp By: Scott Jones, Managing Director and Nathan Sharp, Senior Business Manager, Embedded Security; Maxim Integrated

Ablation tools

When you’re undergoing a medical procedure, the last thing you want to have to worry about is whether the medical instrument being used has been compromised. As with any smart, connected device, however, medical tools can also be vulnerable to attack, from cloning and counterfeiting to unauthorized reuse. Read More ›

Summertime Fun Outside the Classroom

August 16, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Summertime and the living’s easy…And productive, especially for Maxim’s interns. From validating new ICs and reference designs to performing operating system upgrades and doing market analysis, students got a glimpse of life after college through the company’s internship program. The interns worked alongside the company’s employees on projects that complemented what they’ve been learning about in lecture halls and labs. Last week, about 40 of them showcased their work at Maxim’s San Jose headquarters. Read More ›

How to Stop Physical Tampering of Mobile POS Systems

August 14, 2018

Dany Nativel By: Dany Nativel
Sr. Business Manager, Embedded Security, Maxim Integrated

Mobile payment terminal

It sounded like a scene from a movie: hackers gained access to a database filled with personal information about a casino’s high-roller patrons…from the casino’s lobby aquarium. The cybercriminals found their way in via the aquarium’s smart thermometer. Read More ›

Choosing the Best Type of Temperature Sensor

August 9, 2018

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

The basic GNSS system

Determining temperature is one of the most common things an engineer needs to design for. And maybe we don’t do that as much as we should. In an embedded design, we have (almost always) a microcontroller that can easily gather temperature data. Read More ›

Stop Straining Your Portables—Refine Your Power Strategies

August 7, 2018

Bonnie Baker By: Bonnie Baker
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Background computing

Most portable fitness devices, tablets, and medical equipment require a microcontroller to run through their various functions during operation. Usually you can accomplish this with your favorite controller, but as equipment computing power requirements are getting more intense, is it time to revisit your controller toolbox? Read More ›

Open-Source Framework Detects Memory Corruptions in Embedded Software

July 26, 2018

Nassim Corteggiani By: Nassim Corteggiani
Associate Member of the Technical Staff;
Micros, Security & Software Business Unit, Maxim Integrated


Connected embedded systems are becoming more prevalent in our everyday lives—and more vulnerable to attack. Existing techniques for security testing of embedded software depend on source code or on binaries. Testing binary code, however, is a difficult way to detect vulnerabilities because source code semantics are lost. This makes it difficult to identify memory safety violations and corruptions. In embedded systems, high-level source code tends to be mixed with handwritten assembly code, which can’t be directly handled by current source-based tools. Read More ›

Regulate Car Battery Voltages for ADAS Applications

July 31, 2018

Warren Tsai Jangho Jeon Chintan Parikh George Chen By: Warren Tsai, Jangho Jeon, Chintan Parikh, and George Chen;
Automotive Business Unit, Maxim Integrated

ADAS applications

Cameras, sensors, sophisticated algorithms, and microprocessors are teaming up to be a second pair of eyes for drivers, alerting them to roadway obstructions and blind spots, braking for them when necessary, and even helping them park their vehicles. These components are essential in enabling advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to help make our roadways safer. In order for ADAS applications to operate properly, they need power supplies that meet certain voltage accuracy, load transient, and fault protection requirements. Read More ›

Idea to IoT Product in Just Days? Talk to zGlue

July 26, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


What if you could turn your internet of things (IoT) idea into a working product in just days? That’s the vision of zGlue, a Mountain View, California-based startup that has developed a 2.5D stacked chip integrating the processing, sensing, memory, and communication components required by smart, connected devices. The company’s mission is to democratize innovation, enabling anyone—even if you don’t have an engineering degree—to be able to quickly and easily build a personalized hardware product. Read More ›

Keeping the IoT Safe from Hackers

July 24, 2018

Kristopher Ardis By: Kristopher Ardis
Executive Director, Micros & Security Business Unit, Maxim Integrated


Mobile devices

For the internet of things (IoT) to really begin to thrive, we need to design devices that we trust enough to manufacture and that people feel comfortable enough to buy, install, and use. Read More ›


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