How Analog Devices Are Enhancing LUXROBO’s IoT and Robotics Development Platforms
April 02, 2020
| By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated
From a bot that can paint to a smart trash can, a candy machine, and a music box, the creations that LUXROBO's MODI community have come up with are nothing short of inspiring. They demonstrate the promise of the company's MODI "robotics of things" platform.
Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, LUXROBO develops educational robots, an internet of things (IoT) platform, and modular robotics kits. "Our main objective is to provide the best technologies, tools, and services to make ideas a reality for anyone who wants to incorporate robotics into their ideas," noted Hanjun Kim, a hardware technical lead at the company.
The MODI platform provides a modular system for coding education, as well as the development of DIY robotics and IoT applications. With this interactive smart block, which brings together different electronic device functions in a modular format, users can connect different MODI modules to create something new. The accompanying MODI Studio provides a block coding system with a drag-and-drop process for coding. "Anyone can easily learn coding or create a solution using MODI, or through a coding program called MODI Studio. This proprietary technology is hard to find in other coding module companies," said Kim.
LUXROBO provides a modular development platform that makes it easier to learn how to code and to pursue IoT and robotics projects, like smart switches.
To enhance the performance of its products, LUXROBO wanted to replace some of the legacy ICs. Conventional sensors and ICs, for example, have high leakage current that reduces battery efficiency and requires heat control. The company sought semiconductor devices that could help it reduce its bill of materials (BOM), improve power efficiency, and reduce solution size. The company also needed transceivers with low leakage current and low error rates.
After an evaluation of various ICs, the LUXROBO team decided on Maxim Integrated analog devices, including:
- MAX3051 low-supply-current CAN transceiver ›
- MAX38902C low-noise 500mA LDO linear regulator ›
- MAX8969 step-up converter ›
- MAX40200 1A ideal diode with ultra-low voltage drop ›
- MAX8808 linear Li+ battery charger ›
"In the case of the MAX3051, low data error rate and a competitive price were factors in our choice. And the MAX38902C was regarded for its low leakage current, efficiency, and price," said Hanjun.
Since swapping out some of their legacy ICs and replacing them with Maxim Integrated analog ICs, LUXROBO has experienced a reduced design cycle and achieved smaller solution footprints for its products. Learn more about the company's accomplishments by reading the LUXROBO testimonial.