Get Better Performance from Your ADAS Camera Systems

May 16, 2019

Chintan Parikh By: Chintan Parikh
Executive Business Manager, Automotive, Maxim Integrated 


Blind-spot monitoring camera

When cameras are expected to be the eyes on the road in today’s vehicles, they must perform reliably and efficiently. They are, after all, critical components in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Blind-spot monitoring, parking assistance, driver monitoring, and front-view cameras are just some of the applications and systems that rely on high-resolution automotive cameras. According to Strategy Analytics, automotive cameras are anticipated to experience brisk growth in the coming years, with side-mounted cameras projected to have a CAGR of 16% through 2025.

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How Fast and Safe Will 5G Wireless Networks Be?

May 14, 2019

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


Antennas galore

Will 5G wireless technology revolutionize everyone’s lives like “1G” did? Think of the changes cellphone usage has begotten us in just 20 years. Incredible. But, a number of people are convinced that 5G cellular will cause huge health problems.

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New Power Management Design Guides for Smart Buildings and Smart Factories

May 9, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Smart Building

Today’s sophisticated buildings can do a lot for themselves if they’re designed with building automation technologies. Heating and cooling, lighting, access control, and security are just a few of the functions that can now be automated. With modern control and automation techniques, building operators can manage their sites remotely using software, networked automation equipment, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the cloud.

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How Will the Industrial IoT Architecture Evolve?

May 7, 2019

Suhel Dhanani  By: Suhel Dhanani
 Director of Business Development, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


Smart Building Control

Today, thanks to industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies, companies are already reaping benefits related to production optimization and reduced maintenance costs. As mundane as these benefits may sound, they are driving investments into the IIoT infrastructure. As we look ahead, it’s time to assess what shape the IIoT will take as manufacturing becomes increasingly digitized.

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Channel Your Engineering Ingenuity for Star Wars Day

May 2, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


DIY Lightsaber

This Saturday, May 4, is Star Wars Day. What better way to celebrate than by channeling your engineering force to create something that pays homage to this enduring sci-fi classic? The clever community on Hackster.io has shared a treasure trove of hardware-based, “Star Wars” movie-themed projects that you, or any maker at heart, can tackle. Chances are, you won’t need to play any Jedi mind tricks to bring these electronic gadgets to life.

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Digital Instrument Clusters: Why Functional Safety is Important

April 30, 2019

Szu-Kang Hsien  By: Szu-Kang Hsien
 Executive Business Manager, Automotive Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


Center Information Display

Today’s advanced vehicles have fewer knobs and buttons, relying instead on taps and swipes on a touchscreen to control a variety of functions. You can adjust mirrors and lights, turn on windshield wipers, set up your route, and much more from displays are getting larger and increasing in resolution. Modern vehicles can have as many as 10 displays inside providing safety-critical information. The digital instrument cluster, center information display (CID), smart back mirrors, side mirror replacements, and heads-up displays are a few examples. That’s why it’s critical for these displays to comply with functional safety standards.

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Tips for Choosing Precise, Power-Efficient GNSS Receivers for Location-Based Applications

April 23, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Power-Efficient GNSS Receivers for Location-Based Applications

Personal navigation is just one of many applications that rely on the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), which provides geolocation and time information to GPS receivers. From mapping forests and the ocean floor to helping farmers harvest their fields, these technologies are benefiting a wide range of industries. Given that location-based products can be as small as jewelry or as a large as, say, an aerospace navigation system, choosing a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) RF receiver IC with the right characteristics calls for careful consideration.

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On-Demand Webinar: Your FPGA Design Starts with the Right Power Supply

April 18, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Video game console

Since they’re programmable and reconfigurable, FPGAs can pave the path to a faster design process because you can easily make adjustments as design requirements change. However, developing the power supply to support the FPGAs can be quite challenging. In his recent webinar, “Your FPGA Design Starts with the Right Power Supply,” Maxim’s Eric Rule discussed what’s needed to address these challenges in order to create a state-of-the-art FPGA design.

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How Security Supervisors Safeguard IoT Devices

April 16, 2019

Stella Or  By: Stella Or
 Executive Business Manager, Embedded Security, Maxim Integrated 


Smart Security Camera

For consumers to trust your smart, connected products, they must be able to be confident that their data—sensitive or otherwise—will remain safe from cybercriminals. As the internet of things (IoT) becomes increasingly prevalent in modern life, it is more critical than ever to ensure that your IoT devices are protected against cybercrime. In this blog post, I’ll examine how security supervisors that provide tamper detection, cryptographic functions, and secure data storage can address the challenges of IoT design security.

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What’s Needed to Implement Today’s Industrial IoT Architecture

April 11, 2019

Suhel Dhanani  By: Suhel Dhanani
 Director of Business Development, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 
Jeff DeAngelis  Jeff DeAngelis
 Managing Director, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


Automated factories

Manufacturing and other industrial environments are starting to reap the productivity benefits of industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies. Industries are using these adaptive solutions to optimize resource utilization, reduce unplanned downtime, and adapt their manufacturing flow to changing market requirements. Many organizations are now asking not whether to implement an IIoT framework, but how to best implement one. This blog post provides some direction.

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How Ceramic Voltage References Enhance Long-Term Drift Performance

April 9, 2019

Andrew Escamilla  By: Andrew Escamilla
 Associate Business Manager, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated 


Control panel for automated equipment

Voltage references serve an important role in ensuring that measured values from an electronic system that measures voltage are correct. In a measurement system, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) compares input voltages against a reference voltage. The ADC then generates a code representing the relationship between an input signal and that reference voltage. If there’s an error in the reference voltage, this results in an error in the measured data.

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Tiny, Power-Efficient IO-Link Transceiver for IIoT Designs

April 4, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Automated factory

Inside Ford’s German manufacturing plant, 3-foot-tall cobots team up with human colleagues to fit shock absorbers onto cars. Their accuracy, dexterity, and strength complement the skills that the people bring to the factory floor. In the U.K., Ocado, the region’s largest online grocery delivery company, relies on robot arms to pick produce and on other robots to handle packing the boxes for delivery. Nike and Adidas are investing substantially in automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) to increase manufacturing efficiencies while streamlining costs.

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Designing for USB-C Just Got Easier

April 2, 2019

Perry Tsao  By: Perry Tsao
 Executive Director, Mobile Solutions Business Unit 


USB-C connector

An increasing number of compact, lithium-ion battery-powered electronics—think wearables, headsets, building automation systems, and medical devices—are getting on the USB-C train. Indeed, the growing usage of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in various consumer devices is contributing to USB-C adoption, as every Li-ion battery-powered device requires power conversions. While the larger, aforementioned electronic devices are leading the charge, smaller portable devices are expected to contribute to USB-C adoption rates of 8.5% per year through 2020, according to ID TechEx. At some point sooner rather than later, USB-C will be the standard for charging and communications, replacing what was once a tangle of different cables to support charging, content streaming, and data transferring.

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Maxim Is Going to the Dogs in 2020

April 1, 2019

nanoMan  By: nanoMan
 Guest Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Maxim Is Going to the Dogs in 2020

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and you have to adapt swiftly to survive and thrive. That’s why I was very excited to hear about Maxim’s new business focus for 2020.

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You Be the Judge of Creative Student Inventors

March 28, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


2018 California Invention Convention

What happens when your younger sibling, who has diabetes, leaves blood-glucose test strips all over the house? You invent a belt-worn kit that holds new and used test strips. Or, how do you handle a Christmas tree that is too big to reach all the way around to decorate? You create a box that spins the tree so you can adorn its entire circumference. These are just a few of the inventions created by students participating in the upcoming California Invention Convention.

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Using Optical Sensors to Detect Particles

March 26, 2019

Ian Chen By: Ian Chen
Executive Director, Industrial and IoT Sensors, Maxim Integrated  


Optical sensing can bring intelligence to smoke detectors by tapping into PPG sensors

Optical sensing techniques underlie many precision instruments and monitors because they are non-destructive and non-intrusive. With the prevalence of integrated optical sensors and analog front-end devices for photoplethysmogram (PPG), these optical sensors can also be made more compact, with fewer components and consuming less power.

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Happy Birthday, James Kirk

March 21, 2019

Rajeev Krishnamoorthy By: Rajeev Krishnamoorthy
Managing Director, Core Product Group, Maxim Integrated  


Captain James T. Kirk

A few weeks ago, I saw the item “Happy Birthday, James Kirk” in our quarterly marketing calendar. Curiosity piqued, I made inquiries and learned that this was the work of our intrepid marketing manager and devoted Trekkie, Shields Grant. Not only is March 22 the birthday of the fictional James Tiberius Kirk, but also of real-life actor (and Priceline.com huckster) William Shatner.

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These Industrial Communications ICs are Oldies but Goodies for Good Reason

March 19, 2019

Andrew Smith  By: Andrew Smith
 Product Manager, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated 


Inventory management

Innovation is often associated with the latest and greatest, but this isn’t always the case. There’s a reason for the (old) saying, “oldies but goodies.” Sometimes, a product that was considered ahead of its time remains so for many years. Being innovative isn’t only about creating something new and unique for a particular moment; it’s also about creating something lasting by anticipating and addressing future requirements. Let’s take a look at a few interface and signal routing ICs that can help you simplify designs, cut costs, and miniaturize end products. These ICs have been around for a while, but are still helping users working on a variety of end applications meet their design targets.

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Cook Up Something Yummy for Pi Day

March 14, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Gingerbread robot

According to the folks at PiDay.org, you only need 39 digits past the decimal to accurately calculate the spherical volume of our entire universe. But when Pi Day rolls around on March 14, some math enthusiasts get their kicks by going beyond 39 and reciting the infinite digits that mark the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In March 2015, Rajveer Meena at VIT University in Vellore, India, set a record for reciting the most number of decimal places of Pi. At 70,000 decimal places, Meena’s feat took 10 hours…and he did it blindfolded.

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Squeeze More Out of Your Portable Electronics

March 12, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Electronic gadgets that fit in the palm of your hand—with plenty of room to spare—perform an array of fairly complex functions. From wrist-worn fitness bands that continuously monitor vital signs to hearables that conduct on-the-spot language translation, these sophisticated devices come with some tough design considerations around.

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Committed to a Smarter, More Sustainable Future

March 7, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Race to End Hunger

In our digital age, a brand’s standing among consumers can change as swiftly as the new ad campaign hits the streets, or the company’s commitment to a particular cause becomes known. You have a lot of choices in who you conduct business with, or even consider as a prospective employer. Chances are, if you’re like most consumers, you’ll be influenced by a company’s commitment to social and environmental issues.

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How Manufacturing Systems Can Evolve to Enable the Industrial IoT

March 5, 2019

Suhel Dhanani  By: Suhel Dhanani
 Director of Business Development, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


Manufacturing is undergoing a transformative revolution as we recognize that the data inherent in the manufacturing flows can be analyzed to benefit overall efficiency and productivity. This will require changes to the automation systems being deployed in the factories—these range from small, connected, and intelligent sensing systems to distributed control at the edge to embedded hardware security and even adaptive manufacturing systems. This post examines different industrial internet of things (IIoT) use cases and explores how systems must evolve to enable this phenomenon.

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Fish Tanks Don’t Need Security—Unless They’re Part of the IoT

February 28, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Industrial sensors

Normally, you wouldn’t expect that a fish tank would need to be secured from hackers. But what if that fish tank is a smart one, with its temperature and lighting controlled by an internet of things (IoT) system? In this case, a hacked fish tank presents an avenue into the larger network…and troves of sensitive data. This is what happened to a Las Vegas casino, whose smart fish tank was not protected by a firewall, giving the bad guys access to its database of high-roller clients.

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How IoT Sensors Help Ensure Freshness and Quality of Perishables

February 25, 2019

Jim-Anderson  By: Jim Anderson
 Sr. Business Manager, Micros, Security & Software 


Freshness and quality of perishable goods during transport

When you’re handling long-haul transport of perishable goods, such as produce or medications, you want assurance that the products will arrive at their destination safe to consume. Even though the insides of shipping containers are temperature-controlled, there are enough unknowns during a lengthy ride to cause some uncertainties. The internet of things (IoT), however, is transforming a wide range of industries, and cold-chain logistics is no exception. By enabling continuous monitoring and data logging of key environmental factors, IoT solutions are helping companies identify and address issues affecting their supply chain.

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How LED Backlight Drivers Enable Bigger, Higher Resolution Automotive Displays

February 21, 2019

Szu-Kang Hsien  By: Szu-Kang Hsien
 Executive Business Manager, Automotive Business Unit 


Automotive display

Step inside a new car today and you’ll be greeted with sharp screens that help you navigate, provide entertainment, and keep you up-to-date on your vehicle’s performance. Like the TV screens inside our homes and offices, automotive displays are getting bigger and delivering higher resolution, thanks to the infotainment and instrument cluster systems driving this trend.

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Get Inspired to Think Big and Design Small

February 19, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Embedded World 2019

Today’s embedded systems are expected to deliver rich functionality while sipping miniscule amounts of power from their compact form factors. Underlying technologies to help you achieve these hallmarks will take center stage at this year’s embedded world conference in Nuremberg, Germany, from February 26 to February 28.

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DIY Engineering Projects for Your Valentine

February 14, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Some people enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day with flowers, candy, and a romantic night out. But if you’re a maker at heart who gets more excited about voltage regulators, LED displays, and sound boards, you’ve come to the right place. The inventive engineers on Hackster.io have created a variety of projects that you can tackle—and maybe even share with that special Valentine.

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Makers Make the Most of Analog ICs

February 12, 2019

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Fish tank lighting controller

Do you think, talk, live, and breathe analog integration? There’s a community of nearly 1,500 makers on Hackster.io who feel the same way. The creations that these engineers come up with using Maxim analog ICs and solutions from Raspberry Pi and Adafruit are inspiring—and fun. Let’s take a look at some of their projects.

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