Temperature Sensing

Description

There is a very wide range of temperature sensing and control applications in the world today and hence many design alternatives. This solution offers in-depth design information and circuits for building thermal sensing signal chains using the most popular thermal sensors.

Usually the first step in designing a thermal sensing and control system is to determine the temperature range that must be sensed as well as the operating environment. The next step is selecting a thermal sensor. There are four main type of thermal sensors: silicon, thermistor, RTD, and thermocouple. Maxim provides either complete signal chain solutions or integrated ICs that can take the thermal transducer signal, process it, and provide either an analog or digital communication path back to the control device.

Click the design considerations tab to gain an understanding of the key parameters and circuitry needed to build a temperature sensing function. Click the "circuits" or "block diagrams" tab to view reference designs and products suggested for use in various temperature sensing applications.


The first step in designing a temperature sensor circuit is to select the temperature transducer that you are going to use. To do this, you need to know the medium you are measuring (air, water, liquid, solid) and the temperature range that you are measuring. Then you need to know the accuracy of the measurements that you need to make over the measurement range.

Popular thermal transducers include:

  • Thermocouple (range of -180°C to +1300°C)
  • RTD (range -200°C to +900°C)
  • Thermistor (range: -50°C to +150°C)
  • Silicon Sensor (range -20°C to +100°C)

While the range of the sensor that you select must meet that of your application, additional selection criteria generally includes mounting options and cost of both the sensor and the supporting signal chain.

After the transducer is selected, the next step is determining how to extract a usable signal from the transducer and deliver that signal to a controller. The signal extraction circuitry is called the signal chain. For each transducer there are signal chain alternatives, including single chip solutions. Factors in selecting which signal chain to use include accuracy, flexibility, ease of design, and cost.

This page presents some essential design considerations for different popular temperature transducer types.

Thermocouples


Thermocouples are made by joining two wires of dissimilar metals. The point of contact between the wires generates a voltage that is approximately proportional to temperature. Characteristics include wide temperature range (up to +1800°C), low-cost (depending on package), very low output voltage (about 40µV per °C for a K type), reasonable linearity, and moderately complex signal conditioning. Thermocouples require a 2nd temperature sensor (cold-junction compensation) that serves as a temperature reference and signal conditioning requires a look-up table or algorithm correction.

This table shows the output voltage vs. temperature for popular thermocouple types:

Type Temperature Range (°C) Nominal Sensitivity ( µV/°C)
K −180 to +1300 41
J −180 to +800 55
N −270 to +1300 39

The curve below (Figure 1) shows voltage output over temperature range. The curve is reasonably linear, although it clearly has significant deviations from absolute linearity.

Figure 1. Type K thermocouple output voltage vs. temperature.
Figure 1. Type K thermocouple output voltage vs. temperature.

The diagram below shows the deviation from a straight-line approximation, assuming a linear output from 0°C to +1000°C for an average sensitivity of 41.28µV/°C. To improve accuracy, linearity correction can be done by calculating the actual value or by using a lookup table.

Figure 2. Type K thermocouple deviation from a straight-line approximation.
Figure 2. Type K thermocouple deviation from a straight-line approximation.

Measuring temperature with a thermocouple can be challenging if the temperature range is narrow because the output of the thermocouple is so low. It is also complicated because additional thermocouples are created at the point where the thermocouple wires make contact with the copper wires (or traces) that connect to the signal conditioning circuitry. This point is called the cold junction (see Figure 3).

Figure 3. Simple thermocouple circuit.
Figure 3. Simple thermocouple circuit.

A complete thermocouple-to-digital circuit is shown in Figure 4. A precision op amp and precision resistors provide gain to the thermocouple output signal. A temperature sensor at the cold junction location is monitored to correct for cold junction temperature, and an ADC provides output data at the resolution required. In general, calibration is necessary to correct for amplifier offset voltage, as well as resistor, temperature sensor, and voltage reference errors, and linearization must be performed to correct for the effect of the thermocouple's nonlinear temperature-voltage relationship.

Figure 4. Example of a thermocouple signal-conditioning circuit.
Figure 4. Example of a thermocouple signal-conditioning circuit.

Maxim manufactures a dedicated single chip thermocouple interface that performs the signal conditioning functions for a variety of thermocouple types, thus simplifying the design task and significantly reducing the number of components required to amplify, cold-junction compensate, and digitize the thermocouple's output. The IC is listed under the circuits tab.

Maxim Thermocouple Solutions

Maxim offers both single chip and discrete signal chain alternatives for use with thermocouple sensors. Maxim's single chip Thermocouple-to-Digital interface IC is the MAX31855.

Click on the circuits library tab to view IC solutions and the block diagrams tab for further circuit examples. Additional design information is available in the application notes listed under "Tech Docs."

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Resistance temperature detectors - RTDs


RTDs are essentially resistors whose resistance varies with temperature. Characteristics include a wide temperature range (up to 800°C), excellent accuracy and repeatability, reasonable linearity, and the need for signal conditioning. Signal conditioning for an RTD usually consists of a precision current source and a high-resolution ADC. While RTD are fairly standardized their cost can be high depending on the base material. Platinum is the most common RTD material and Platinum RTDs, referred to as PT-RTDs are the most accurate, other RTD materials include Nickel, Copper, and Tungsten (rare). RTDs are available in probes, in surface-mount packages, and with bare leads.

One factor in determining the useful range of the RTD is the RTD package. The RTD can be made by depositing platinum onto a ceramic substrate or using a platinum wire element housed in a package. The difference in expansion rate of the substrate or package versus the platinum element can cause additional error.

For PT-RTDs, the most common values for nominal resistance at 0°C are 100Ω (PT100), 500Ω(PT500) and 1kΩ (PT1000), although other values are available. The average slope between 0°C and +100°C is called alpha (α). This value depends on the impurities and their concentrations in the platinum. The two most widely used values for alpha are 0.00385 and 0.00392, corresponding to the IEC 751 (PT100) and SAMA standards.

The resistance vs. temperature curve is reasonably linear, but has some curvature, as described by the Callendar-Van Dusen equation:

R(T) = R0(1 + aT + bT2 + c(T - 100)T3)

More information about this equation can be found in the Maxim Thermal Handbook.

The diagram below, Figure 5, shows the curve of resistance vs. temperature for a PT100 RTD along with a straight-line approximation using α. Note that the straight-line approximation is accurate to better than ±0.4°C from -20°C to +120°C.


Figure 5. PT100 RTD resistance vs. temperature. Also shown is the straight-line approximation for 0°C to +100°C.

Figure 6, below, shows the error (in degrees) between the actual resistance and the value calculated from the straight-line approximation:


Figure 6. PT100 nonlinearity compared to linear approximation based on the slope from 0°C to +100°C.

Signal conditioning for a simple 2-wire RTD usually consists of a precision resistor (reference resistor) connected in series with the RTD. A current source that forces current through the RTD and the precision reference resistor, and across the inputs of a high-resolution ADC. The voltage across the reference resistor is the reference voltage for the ADC. The ADC's conversion result is simply the ratio of the RTD's resistance to the reference resistance. An example of a simple RTD signal-conditioning circuit is shown in Figure 7.

Several variations are common. The current source may be integrated into the ADC, or the current source may be eliminated and a voltage source may be used to provide bias to the RTD-RREF divider. This approach is not as common as providing a current supply because the voltage supply provides accurate results only when the wires connecting the RTD to circuit have very low resistance.

Figure 7. Simplified RTD signal-conditioning circuit.
Figure 7. Simplified RTD signal-conditioning circuit.

3-Wire or 4-Wire RTD Interface

When the RTD's cable resistance is significant (greater than a few mΩ for a PT100), a 3-wire or 4-wire RTD will generally be used. Four wires allow force and sense connections to the RTD to eliminate the effect of wire resistance. Three wires provide a compromise solution that partially cancels the effect of cable resistance. Linearization is generally done using a lookup table, although external linear circuits can provide good linearization over a limited temperature range.

To measure the resistance of an RTD, a small electric current (about 1 mA) must flow through the sensor to create the necessary voltage drop. The current causes the platinum element in the RTD to heat up above the temperature of the RTD's environment (also called Joule heating). The heating is proportional to the electric power (P=I2R) in the RTD and the heat transfer between the RTD sensing element and the RTD environment.

The most common standards for RTD tolerances are the American standard (ASTM E1137) Grades A and B and European standard IEC 751 Class A or B.

ASTM E1137 IEC 60751 (2008)
Grade Tolerance Class Tolerance
A ±(0.13 + 0.0017 |t|)  A (Class F0.15) ±(0.15 + 0.002 |t|) 
B ±(0.25 + 0.0042 |t|)  B (Class F0.3) ±(0.3 + 0.005 |t|)

Where |t| is the absolute value of temperature in °C

Maxim RTD Solutions

Maxim offers both single chip and discrete signal chain alternatives for use with RTD sensors. Maxim's single chip RTC-to-Digital interface is the MAX31865.

Click on the circuits library tab to view IC solutions and the block diagrams tab for circuit examples. Additional design information is available in the application notes listed under "Tech Docs."

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Thermistor


Thermistors are temperature-dependent resistors, usually made from conductive materials such as metal-oxide ceramics or polymers. The most common thermistors used for temperature sensing have a negative temperature coefficient (NTC) of resistance. Thermistors are available in probes, in surface-mount packages, with bare leads, and in a variety of specialized packages.

Characteristics include moderate temperature range (generally up to +150°C, though some are capable of much higher temperatures), low-to-moderate cost (depending on accuracy), poor but repeatable linearity. The linearity of a thermistor varies significantly over temperature. Over a range of 0° to 70°C thermistor non-linearity can be ±2°C to ±2.5°C while over a range 10° to 40°C typical non-linearity can be ±0.2°C.

A simple, common approach to using a thermistor is to use a voltage divider as shown in Figure 8, where a thermistor and fixed-value resistor form a voltage divider whose output is digitized by an analog-to-digital converter (ADC).

Figure 8. This basic circuit shows how a thermistor can interface to an ADC. Resistor R1 and the thermistor form a voltage divider with a temperature-dependent output voltage.
Figure 8. This basic circuit shows how a thermistor can interface to an ADC. Resistor R1 and the thermistor form a voltage divider with a temperature-dependent output voltage.

NTC thermistors have a large negative temperature coefficient over wide temperature ranges. The relationship between resistance and temperature for a common NTC is shown in Figure 9. This is an issue for both linear and logarithmic correction over wide temperature ranges.


Figure 9. Resistance vs. temperature curves for a standard NTC. Nominal resistance is 10kΩ at +25°C. Note the nonlinearity and large relative temperature coefficient of curve (a). Curve (b) is based on a logarithmic scale and also exhibits significant nonlinearity.

An NTC's nonlinearity over a wide temperature range can affect the choice of the ADC selected to digitize the temperature signal. Since the slope of the curves in Figure 9 decreases significantly at temperature extremes, the effective temperature resolution of any ADC used with the NTC thermistor is limited at those extremes and this often requires the use of a higher resolution ADC.

Combining an NTC with a fixed resistor in a voltage-divider circuit like the one in Figure 8 provides some linearization, as shown in Figure 10. By selecting an appropriate value for the fixed resistor, the temperature range for which the curve is most linear can be shifted to meet the needs of the application.


Figure 10. Making an NTC voltage-divider, as in Figure 9, helps to linearize the NTC's resistance curve over a limited temperature range. The voltages on the NTC and the external resistor, R1, are shown as a function of temperature. Note that the voltage is roughly linear from 0°C to +70°C.

For wide temperature range applications a common approach is to use the Steinhart–Hart equation. This provides a third order approximation. The error in the Steinhart–Hart equation is generally less than 0.02⁰C over a measurement range of 200°C range.

More information about Steinhart-Hart equation can be found in the Maxim Thermal Handbook.

Maxim Thermistor Solutions

Maxim manufactures a few different single chip thermistor based digital output ICs. While the MAX31865 was designed for use with RTDs, it is also a very good choice for use with a thermistor.

Click on the circuits library tab to view IC solutions and the block diagrams tab for circuit examples. Additional design information is available in the application notes listed under "Tech Docs."

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Silicon


Silicon temperature sensors are available with analog or digital outputs. While the range of a silicon sensor is limited, they are easy to use and many have additional features like thermostat functions.

Analog Temp Sensors

An analog temperature sensor is useful in applications where the output needs to be sent through a current loop to a monitoring device. Digital outputs can also be converted in this case, but then the signal goes through two extra conversion steps.

Analog temperature sensor ICs use the thermal characteristics of bipolar transistors to develop an output voltage or, in some cases, current, that is proportional to temperature.

The simplest analog temperature sensors have just three active connections: ground; power supply voltage input; and output. Other analog sensors with enhanced features may have additional inputs or outputs such as a comparator or voltage reference output.

Figure 11 shows a curve of output voltage vs. temperature for a typical analog temperature sensor, the MAX6605. Figure 12 shows the deviation from a straight line for this sensor. From 0°C to +85°C, the linearity is within about ±0.2°C, which is quite good compared to thermistors, RTDs, and thermocouples.

Figure 11. Output voltage vs. temperature for the MAX6605 analog temperature-sensor IC.
Figure 11. Output voltage vs. temperature for the MAX6605 analog temperature-sensor IC.


Figure12. The MAX6605 output voltage deviation from a straight line. Linearity from 0°C to +85°C is approximately ±0.2°C.

Analog temperature sensors can have excellent accuracy. For example, the DS600 has a guaranteed accuracy of ±0.5°C from -20°C to +100°C. Other analog sensors are available with larger error tolerances, but many of these have very low operating current (on the order of 15µA, max) and are available in small packages (e.g., SC70).

Digital Temperature Sensors

Integrating an analog temperature sensor with an ADC is an easy way to create a temperature sensor with a direct digital interface. Such a device is normally called a digital temperature sensor, or a local digital temperature sensor. "Local" refers to the fact that the sensor measures its own temperature, as opposed to a remote sensor that measures the temperature of an external IC or discrete transistor.

Figure 13 shows block diagrams for two digital temperature sensors. Figure 13a illustrates a sensor that simply measures temperature and clocks the resulting data out through a 3-wire digital interface. Figure 13b shows a sensor that includes several additional features, such as over-/under temperature outputs, registers to set trip thresholds for these outputs, and EEPROM.


Figure 13. Block diagrams of local digital temperature sensors. (a) Simple sensor with serial digital output. (b) Sensor with additional functions, such as over-/under temperature alarm outputs and user EEPROM.

One advantage of using a digital temperature sensor is that all of the errors involved in digitizing the temperature value are included within the sensor's accuracy specifications. In contrast, an analog temperature sensor's specified error must be added to that of any ADC, amplifier, voltage reference, or other component that is used with the sensor. A good example of a very high-performance digital temperature sensor is the MAX31725, which achieves ±0.5°C accuracy across a temperature range of -40°C to +105°C. The MAX31725 can be used over a range of -55°C to +125°C temperature range and provides a maximum temperature error of just ±0.7°C with a 16-bit (0.00390625°C) resolution.

Most digital temperature sensors include one or more outputs that indicate that the measured temperature has gone beyond a preset (usually software-programmable) limit. The output may behave like a comparator output, with one state when temperature is above the threshold and the other state when temperature is below the threshold. Another common implementation is for the output to behave as an interrupt that is reset only in response to an action by the master.

Digital temperature sensors are available with a wide variety of digital interfaces including I2C, SMBus™, SPI™, 1-Wire®, and PWM.

Maxim Analog and Digital Silicon-Based Temperature Solutions

Maxim offers a variety of silicon-based temperature sensors with analog or digital output.

Click on the circuits library tab to view IC solutions and the block diagrams tab for circuit examples. Additional design information is available in the application notes listed under "Tech Docs."

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Opening/closing a smart lock using the DS28C36

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Remotely opening a smart lock.

Smart Lock

Embedded electronic authentication can help ensure that smart locks do their job.

MAX77801 block diagram

The MAX77801 high-efficiency buck-boost regulator is ideal for mobile applications that use Li-ion or similar batteries.

SIMO buck-boost regulator

SIMO buck-boost regulators deliver high efficiency for portable designs.

SEPIC converter

The SEPIC topology provides a non-inverting output and requires two inductors.

SIMO converter diagram

SIMO power converters keep efficiency high for portable and wearable devices.

Battery-powered portable devices

Power converters for portables must be small and efficient.

Introduction to the MAX40025A 280ps High-Speed Comparator, Ultra-Low Dispersion with LVDS Outputs

This video provides an introduction to Maxim’s 280ps High-Speed Comparator, Ultra-Low Dispersion with LVDS Outputs – the MAX40025C and MAX40026.

Introduction to the MAX17613A MAX17613B MAX17613C 4.5V to 60V, 3A Current Limiter with OV, UV, and Reverse Protection

This video provides an introduction to the MAX17613A MAX17613B MAX17613C, a 4.5V to 60V, 3A Current Limiter with OV, UV, and reverse protection.

Introduction to the MAX98390 Digital Boosted Class D DSM Smart Amplifier

This video provides an introduction to the MAX98390 Digital Boosted Class D DSM Smart Amplifier.

Introduction to the MAX16152* MAX16153* MAX16154* and MAX16155 nanoPower Supervisor and Watchdog Timer

This video provides an introduction to Maxim’s nanoPower Supervisor and Watchdog Timer family– the MAX16152 – MAX16155.

Camera batteries

Keep portable device batteries safe during operation with battery monitors, protectors, and fuel gauge ICs.

Hiker with smartphone

Battery management ICs with the right capabilities can help extend battery life of portable devices.

Introduction to the MAX17687 4.5V to 60V Input, Ultra-Small, High-Efficiency, Iso-Buck DC-DC Converter

This video provides an introduction to the MAX17687; a 4.5V to 60V, high efficiency, isolated DC-DC converter.

Introduction to the MAX77827 5.5V 1.5A Ultra Low IQ High Efficiency Buck-Boost Converter

This video provides an introduction to the MAX77827, a 1A capable high-efficiency buck-boost converter with input voltage range from 1.8V to 5.5V. You will also learn how this device packs the highest performance with the industry’s lowest IQ in its class of buck-boost converters.

Introduction to the MAX20334 Overvoltage and Surge-Protected Dual SPDT Data Line Switch

This video will provide an introduction to Maxim’s new Overvoltage and Surge-Protected Dual SPDT Data Line Switch – MAX20334.

Introduction to the MAX40025C/MAX40026 280ps High-Speed Comparator, Ultra-Low Dispersion with LVDS Outputs

This video provides an introduction to the MAX40025C and MAX40026, which are 280ps High-Speed Comparator, Ultra-Low Dispersion with LVDS Outputs

MAXREFDES168 Diagram

SECURE AUTHENTICATION WITH ARM PROCESSORS

Get to Know Arm Cortex-M4 Microcontroller Tutorial: Part 3

In the third part of this series, learn why the Arm® Cortex-M4® architecture’s power, memory and security provide the best option for ultra-low-power microcontrollers.

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Get to Know Arm Cortex-M4 Microcontroller Tutorial: Part 2

In the second part of this series, learn why Arm® Cortex®-M4 was selected as the core architecture for Maxim’s ultra-low-power microcontrollers. See how its memory and bus interface play an important role in low-power microcontrollers.

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Get to Know Arm Cortex-M4 Microcontroller Tutorial: Part 1

In the first part of this series, discover the history of the Arm® Cortex®-M4 core architecture and see how it is used in Maxim’s ultra-low-power microcontrollers.

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Health Sensor Platform 2.0

MAXREFDES101

Rapid prototyping, evaluation, and development solution for wrist-worn applications.

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Introduction to the MAX14915 Compact Industrial Octal High-Side Switch with Diagnostics

This video provides an introduction to the MAX14915, which has eight high-side switches specified to deliver up to 700mA continuous current.

Introduction to the MAX25615 7A Sink, 3A Source, 12ns, SOT23 MOSFET Drivers

This video provides an introduction to the MAX25615, high-speed MOSFET drivers capable of sinking 7A and sourcing 3A peak currents.

MAX30003 Biopotential AFE Block Diagram

The MAX30003 biopotential AFE makes it faster and easier to integrate ECG functionality into wearables.

Input Analog Bandpass Filter Network

Using the MAX30003, the single pole highpass corner frequency can be set by connecting an external capacitor, CHPF, to the CAPP and CAPN pins.

Analog Bandpass Filter Bode Plot

Analog Bandpass Filter Bode Plot for Chest Strap

Linear Regulator Power Scheme

Linear regulators provide one option for powering wearables.

Power management IC diagram

A power management IC provides an efficient way to power wearables.

Introduction to the MAX20463 Automotive USB Type-A to Type-C Port Converter with Protection

This presentation provides an introduction to the MAX20463 an automotive USD Type-A to Type-C port converter with protection.

High-Frequency Noise Rejection in Voltage Supervisory IC

Ahmad shows how a supervisory IC, such as the MAX16140 nanoPower voltage supervisor, provides better protection from high-frequency noise for safe and reliable system operation.

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Introduction to the MAX21610 Automotive 16-Channel 100mA Local Dimming Backlight Driver with SPI Interface

This video provides an introduction to the Automotive 16-Channel 100mA Local Dimming Backlight Driver with SPI Interface for Automotive Display applications – the MAX21610.

Introduction to the MAX17823H 12-Channel, High-Voltage Sensor with Integrated 650mA Cell Balancing and Differential UART for Daisy-Chain Communication

This video provides an introduction to the MAX17823H, which is Maxim's fourth-generation, high-voltage battery-management solution.

Introduction to the MAX25611A MAX25611B Automotive High-Voltage HB LED Controller

This video provides an introduction to the MAX25611, a single channel HBLED drivers for automotive front light applications such as high beam, low beam, daytime running light (DRL), turn indicator, fog light and other LED lights.

Introduction to the MAX5871 16-Bit, 5.9Gsps Interpolating and Modulating RF DAC with JESD204B Interface

This video provides an introduction to the MAX5871, a 16-Bit, 5.9Gsps interpolating and modulating RF DAC with JESD204B Interface

Serializer Enables Use of Coax Cables, Reducing Weight and Cost of Cabling in Automotive Infotainment

MAX9291 Functional Diagram

3.12Gbps GMSL Serializer for Coax or STP Output and HDMI Input. The MAX9291 converts an HDMI input to a Gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) output for transmission of video, audio, and control signals over 15m or more of 50Ω coax or 100Ω shielded twisted-pair (STP) cable. The serializer pairs with any GMSL deserializer capable of coax input. When programmed for STP output the serializer is backward compatible with any GMSL deserializer. The output amplitude is programmable 100mV to 500mV single-ended (coax) or 100mV to 400mV differential (STP).

Startup team brainstorm session

Startups working to get their products off the ground can take advantage of Maxim’s free design pack for fast prototyping.

How to Debug PMBus and SMBus Issues - Part 1: Communication

Dwight shows how to solve communication problems in SMBus or PMBus protocols. He uses Maxim’s PowerTool GUI with the MAXPOWERTOOL002 dongle and a standard oscilloscope to illustrate a simple way to examine real-time I2C, SDA, and SCL data signals.

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Sensors Expo: See Wearable Healthcare Technologies in Action

Jogger with Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers are among the many health and fitness wearables for which designers need reliable, power-efficient, and tiny sensors and ICs.

How to Debug PMBus and SMBus Issues- Part 2: Oscilloscope Triggering

Dwight reviews how to capture SMBus or PMBus transactions on a Tektronix oscilloscope. This handy technique helps in examining a single transaction more effectively, making sure the proper command goes to the target device on the board.

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Delivering Louder, Richer Sound from Micro Speakers

 

"Having the MAX98390 in my toolbox to increase the ability of our micro speakers makes my job easier and our customers much happier—which is the ultimate goal.”
 -Michael Van Den Broek, Senior Applications Engineer, PUI Audio


Featured product: MAX98390

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MAX14850 Demo

Keep important digital signals clean and true, even around magnetic fields and other “noise.” This six-channel, 600V digital isolator is adaptable to RS-232/422/485, SPI, and I2C serial bus transceivers. Watch as we put it through its paces...

Why Are DSM Smart Amplifiers Valuable?

Greg provides an overview of the Dynamic Speaker Management (DSM) Smart Amplifier technology and explains why it is better than that used by conventional amplifiers. He introduces the DSM Sound Studio GUI, which empowers you to quickly and easily characterize and tune your speaker designs. Michael then shows how to use the DSM Sound Studio’s Quick Demo feature to hear the difference from using DSM-enabled smart amplifiers.

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Silicon wafer probe testing

Silicon wafer probe testing

To reduce semiconductor testing costs, increase throughput with dual-channel pin electronics like the MAX9979.

What is Speaker Laser Characterization and Why Do I Need It?

Greg walks through the DSM Laser Characterization process step-by-step including how to submit speakers and enclosures for laser characterization.

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Is DSM a Fit for My System?

Greg presents an overview of the speakers best suited for DSM. In this video, he explains how DSM works with the three most common types of micro speaker configurations: a speaker driver in a sealed enclosure, a bare driver, and a ported speaker.

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Micro Speaker 101

Michael explains the similarities between a micro speaker and a standard speaker, and describes its three main components - the diaphragm, coil, and magnet. He then tears down a micro speaker to show the various parts of the device including its speaker driver.

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Introduction to the MAX33250E/51E 600V Isolated 2Tx/2Rx and 1Tx/1Rx RS-232 Transceivers with ±15kV ESD and Integrated Capacitors

This video provides an introduction to the MAX33250E and MAX33251E, which are isolated 2Tx/2Rx and 1Tx/1Rx RS-232 transceivers respectively, with agalvanic isolation of 600VRMS (60sec) between the logic UART side and field side.

Introduction to the MAX5855 16-Bit, 4.9Gsps Wideband Interpolating and Modulating RF DAC with JESD204B Interface

This video provides an introduction to the MAX5855 and MAX5857, 16-Bit, 4.9Gsps Wideband Interpolating and Modulating RF DACs with JESD204B Interface.

How ChipDNA PUF Technology Protects Your Secrets

How ChipDNA PUF Technology Protects Your Secrets

Learn how ChipDNA physically unclonable function (PUF) technology keeps your secrets safe.

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Introduction to the DS28E50 DeepCover Secure SHA-3 Authenticator with ChipDNA PUF Protection

Introduction to the DS28E50 DeepCover Secure SHA-3 Authenticator with ChipDNA PUF Protection

Learn about the DS28E50, the first DeepCover® secure authenticator with the SHA-3 algorithm. Watch firsthand what SHA-3 authentication, combined with the ChipDNA physically unclonable function (PUF), can do for your next project.

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Using the MAXQ1061 – Part 3: Building and Compiling

In the third video of this series, we show how to build the SDK. At the end, you’ll learn how to modify the source code, compile it, and see the effect on the MAXQ1061-KIT.

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Using the MAXQ1061 – Part 2: Software Installation

In the second video of this series, we show how to connect to the SFTP site to download the software development kit (SDK) for the MAXQ1061-KIT. We review the basic configuration for the Raspberry Pi and run a simple command for checking for a proper hardware connection. In the next video, “Using the MAXQ1061 – Part 3: Building and Compiling,” you’ll learn how to modify the source code.

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Using the MAXQ1061 – Part 1: Unboxing and Hardware Setup

In the first video of this series, we unbox the evaluation kit for the MAXQ1061 DeepCover® Cryptographic Controller for Embedded Devices, demonstrate proper handling and make the necessary connections. In the next video, “Using the MAXQ1061 – Part 2: Software Installation,” you’ll learn how to configure the software.

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How to Add LED Indicators to Your Battery Fuel Gauge with the MAX17263

Travis explains how to use the MAX17263 for both fuel gauging and driving an LED battery indicator. He explains the concept of Charlieplexing LED circuits and demonstrates the flexible features and simple GUI of the MAX17263GEVKIT.

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How to Stay Cool with the MAX30205 as a Stand-Alone Thermostat

Darragh demonstrates how to test the overtemperature and hysteresis functions of the MAX30205 human body temperature sensor by using the MAX30205EVSYS to signal the MAX32630FTHR microcontroller board to switch a fan on and off.

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How to Talk to Peripheral Devices through a SerDes Link in Bypass Mode

Darragh explains how to operate a serializer-deserializer link in I2C bypass mode to control remote peripherals, and demonstrates remote light sensing with the MAX9281 and MAX9276A.

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How to Amp Up Your Sound with the MAX98400A 40W Class D Amplifier

Katie demonstrates the operation of the MAX98400A stereo, high-power, Class D amplifier using the MAX98400AEVKIT and a boom box setup. Stereo audio (20W per speaker) and mono audio (40W) capabilities are both used to demonstrate direct speaker driving and filtered output driving.

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How to Set Up the MAX32631-EVKIT Using Eclipse on a Mac

Venkatesh shows how to set up Maxim's Arm® Microcontroller Toolchain in Eclipse on a Mac. He runs a demo program using the MAX32631-EVKIT, which evaluates the MAX32630/MAX32631/MAX32632 DARWIN ultra-low-power Arm Cortex®-M4 with FPU-based microcontrollers.

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How to Program the MAX7360 Key Switch Controller using Mbed®

Venkatesh shows how to interface a microcontroller with the MAX7360 using the Mbed environment. He then demonstrates how to use the MAX32625PICO to monitor key switches connected to the MAX7360.

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Battery Charging with the MAX20094/MAX20095 Backup Battery Charger and Boost Controllers

Chikira shows how to charge a lithium-ion battery with the MAX20094/MAX20095 integrated backup battery charger and boost controllers using the MAX20094EVKIT and associated GUI.

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Linear Regulators

Fundamentals of Linear Regulators: LDO to SEPIC

Learn the basics of linear regulators such as low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators and single-ended primary inductor converter (SEPIC) switch mode ICs, including their features, benefits, and topologies.

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Introduction to the MAX3522B/MAX3523 DOCSIS 3.1 Programmable Gain Amplifiers

This video provides an introduction to the MAX3522B and MAX3523 which are part of a family of pin for pin compatible high performance CATV upstream amplifier IC's.

IO-Link Solutions Demo – electronica 2018

Konrad shows how Maxim's IO-Link® solutions overcome today's challenges when designing for minimum power dissipation in the smallest solution size.

® solutions overcome today's challenges when designing for minimum power dissipation in the smallest solution size.

Overview of Temperature Sensors

In this video, learn the basic concepts of temperature sensors and using temperature sensing devices such as temperature switches, resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), and thermocouples.

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Overview of Thermal Management and Fan Controllers

Learn about thermal management, examine fan controllers in detail, and see how signal conditioner products are used for non-IC temperature sensors.

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Introduction to the MAX38888 Super Cap Regulator

This video provides an introduction to the MAX38888, a super cap back-up regulator designed to efficiently transfer power between the cap and supply rail.

Fundamentals of Pulse Oximeter Circuits

Fundamentals of Pulse Oximeter Circuits

Learn the fundamentals of pulse oximetry and photoplethysmography (PPG) for measuring heart rate and SpO2. We walk through the operation and critical design considerations for a fully integrated heart rate and SpO2 monitor, including ambient light cancellation and motion compensation algorithms. Common applications and solutions are presented.

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Introduction to the MAX20326 Dual Precision Bus Accelerator

This video provides an introduction to the MAX20326, a dual-channel, precision, open-drain, communication-line accelerator.

FPGA Data Converters

In this interview with Avnet, Xilinx and Maxim, we discuss the Xilinx demonstration platform and evaluation boards to expand the capability, and add on more functionality and features with Xilinx’s FMC connector. Maxim has created an FMC card to easily add signal chain to your Xilinx design.

FPGA 1-Wire Security

In this interview with Avnet, Xilinx and Maxim, we discuss how to protect your FPGA IP with SHA-1 authentication and 1k bit memory solution for less than $1.00 for 1000 unit volume.

MAX98355/MAX98356 Product Features

These easy digital input amps can lower both power consumption and costs. They’re immune to the noise that plagues analog amps, so you can place them far from the hub; but unlike other digital amps, they need no master clock source.

MAX98090 Fully Integrated Audio CODEC

Achieve better audio quality and longer battery life, all in a smaller form factor. Six input pins let you accept up to three microphone signals; FlexSound™ DSP gives you a 7-band parametric equalizer, gain control, dynamic range control and more.

ModelGauge Fuel Gauges

Give batteries a longer life—and end users a great reason to be satisfied. Let a Maxim expert guide you through the latest battery “fuel gauge” developments, and learn why a great fuel gauge can be key to any battery-powered product’s success.

Learn more: ModelGauge Battery Fuel Gauge Technology ›

DS28E35 DeepCover® Secure Authenticator

“Hacking” traditionally means software, but malicious counterfeit hardware can wreak even more damage. Now see how the DeepCover platform powers rock-solid hardware integrity authentication that’s also ingeniously simple to design in.

Integrated Healthcare Depends on Integrated Analog

Healthcare costs can be reduced through quality outpatient care. The key is prevention: Securely monitoring vital signs, but in a lifestyle-appropriate way. Enter analog integration, which dramatically reduces equipment cost and size.

PIXI PMOD Demo

Introducing PIXI, the first programmable mixed-signal I/O technology. First, get a peek at the PIXI PMOD’s easy drag-and-drop software GUI. Then see how versatile its 20 ports really are, helping to cut BOM costs and speed time to market.

Add Counterfeit Protection with Maxim's DeepCover® Secure Authenticators

Explore new breakthroughs in hardware-based counterfeit and IP authentication, courtesy of Maxim’s proprietary platform. Includes a deep dive into both traditional authentication methods and DeepCover’s much more comprehensive SHA-256-based approach.

MAX98091 Ultra-Low Power Stereo Audio Codec

The MAX98091 is a fully integrated ultra-low power stereo audio codec with 4 milliwatt playback power consumption.

MAX98090 Evaluation Board Quick Setup

Training on how to quickly set up the MAX98090 Evaluation board and GUI. The MAX98090 evaluation system let you quickly stream music through headsets and speakers and allows you to change gain, filters, and equalization graphically through an easy to use tool.

Make it Easy - Lite Waveform Generator

Sometimes you just need a portable, simple waveform generator for debugging or demos. This USB-powered generator plugs into your PC, with no wall power needed, and includes a GUI. It’s remarkably accurate, too—just watch the oscilloscope.

Maxim Power Solutions for Xilinx FPGAs

Here’s evidence that Maxim and Xilinx have been working closely together, to help you power up Xilinx FPGAs without a lot of time, budget, or power supply expertise. Minimize power dissipation and board space, and get to market sooner.

Learn more:  Xilinx Power Partnership ›

1-Wire® Contact Packages

Add functionality like memory or authentication to a peripheral, without bulky PCB-mounted pads. These tiny contact packages mount right on the peripheral at just 3.5mm x 6.5mm—no PCB needed. They’re more durable, simpler, and cheaper too.

The 4th Industrial Revolution Has Arrived

For years, Moore’s Law drove down the size and cost of processors; now, it’s reaching its limits. What’s next? Industry 4.0: Sensor and analog innovations that let PLCs sit closer to the machines they control. Learn how you can join the revolution.

Maxim's Micro PLC Demo Platform Meets Industry 4.0 Challenges

The Big Question: how to make a PLC 10X smaller. We did it, and we’ll show you how. See how analog takes up to 85% of the space on a typical board, and how new integration developments cut power use in half—while increasing throughput 70X.

Synchronous Power Conversion Technology

Synchronous Power Conversion Technology

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In The Lab: Himalaya Buck Converters

Introducing something new: Synchronous DC-DC converters that replace traditional asynchronous converters’ external diode with an integrated MOSFET. The result is a cooler, smaller, simpler solution that lowers your total system cost.

Learn more:  Himalaya Step-Down Switching Regulators ›

In The Lab: High-Efficiency Power Supply Reference Designs

Let's face it: with tighter schedules and the complexity of today's board designs, you're being asked to do a lot in a short amount of time.

Learn how we can help you meet these challenges with power supply reference designs that will get you to market sooner while saving cost, space and power. Features of these complete designs include industrial level input voltages, high efficiency operation, very small board size and programmable settings.

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EE Web Tech Lab – Secure Drug Delivery Solution

Some medications can cost thousands of dollars—inviting counterfeiting, which puts health care institutions, insurance companies, and of course patients at risk. This clever proposed in-vial security solution is based on Maxim’s Deep Cover platform.

Ultrasonic Flow Meter SoC: 10x More Accurate

Utilities today waste fully 30 percent of the water they pump. But with this new solid state flow meter SoC, you can easily design in more accurate water measurement, to give customers the accuracy mechanical meters have been missing.

Detecting and Diagnosing Grid Faults with Fewer False Triggers

Utilities lose $79 billion annually to power outages. Our high speed, high accuracy, high sampling rate ADCs can help utilities detect, diagnose, and locate faults and restore power quickly. This simulation of an intelligent distribution automation system demonstrates how our data converters can help characterize the nature of the faults, reduce the average interruption time by a third, and reduce power restoration time from 45 minutes to less than 3 minutes.

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Analog Measurement for Low Power, Low Noise Sensors

Measure temperature and weight more precisely, with lower power, in a smaller form factor. Detect wider ranges, too. These reference designs demonstrate why Maxim keeps on setting the bar for advanced, integrated industrial controls.

Fit Two Shirt: A Wearable Wellness Platform Example

Wearable electronics have the potential to improve lifestyles, from the active fitness enthusiast to those with chronic illnesses who need round-the-clock vital signs monitoring. The latest Fit Shirt demonstrates our wellness platform of products designed specifically for wearable electronics. Sensors built into the shirt gather data on heart rate, oxygen saturation, ECG, motion, respiration and body temperature. The on- board microcontroller delivers results to a tablet via Bluetooth, and advanced power management allows the battery to run for weeks at a time.

Smaller, Cooler, High-Voltage DC-DC Converters

Get heat dissipation 50% lower than any competing product! Keep designs smaller and cooler with these regulators that include integrated MOSFETS and compensation. This board features seven tiny regulators, from 100 milliamps to 3.5 amps.

Learn more: High-Voltage, High-Efficiency Buck Converters ›

Body Temperature Measurement: Send and Receive With Wearable NFC

Now your team can design devices that spot-measure the body’s core temperature with underarm tags, then “beam” it to a tablet. It’s an in-demand alternative to old-fashioned oral thermometers. Help customers beat hospital-borne infection.

Smallest 4-Channel I/O-Link Master and RGB Sensor

Like USB on an industrial scale, this “Quad Master” connects multiple sensor types to a central processing unit such as a Micro PLC—allowing the processing unit to provide valuable feedback to the sensors, and ultimately boosting productivity.

70x Faster Digital I/O Modules

Cut your digital I/O costs! Serialized input reduces design complexity, so you’re dealing with fewer components. Meanwhile, output processes data 70X faster than anything on the market, with 8 channels to drive legacy relays and switches.

Pulse Oximetry Measurement: Wearable Oxygen Monitor for Active Lifestyles

This pulse ox patch alerts COPD, allergy, and other patients to issues before they become life-threatening. It measures heart rate, heart valve operation, and oxygen level via optical signal and motion sensors.

Micro PLC: Cooler, Smaller, Faster

See how we cut PLC footprints by 10X and power consumption in half, with 70% faster throughput. The Micro PLC brings Industry 4.0 to life, putting controllers closer to the floor while slashing the annual $800 billion spent on maintenance.

Mobile POS: An Advanced Cryptographic and Physical Security Solution

Discover how to turn phones and tablets into POS acceptance devices. Based on our secure Deep Cover platform with a Cortex M3 core, this highly-integrated reference design can accept both smart (chip-based) and magnetic stripe cards.

Wellness Watch: A Wearable Wellness Platform Example

Built around Maxim’s family of medical microcontrollers, the Wellness Watch monitors heart rate, oxygen level, movement, position, temperature, and mood response. In addition to measuring body vital signs, the Wellness Watch has built-in security.

Beer Mug Factory: Maxim Integrated Industrial Products in Action

It’s Industry 4.0 in action. Watch as this fully-automated assembly line automatically creates a customized mug, complete with a token insert and individual signature, all controlled via handheld tablet. Analog integration makes it possible.

In the Lab: Analog Output Design Accelerator Kit

The components of an analog output must work seamlessly together. A purchased one can be complicated and incomplete; but building your own is a huge headache. Now there’s a third choice, with a power supply, diagnostics, schematics and a custom GUI.

In the Lab: Eliminate Flicker for MR16 LED Lighting

Designing circuits for MR16 LED lighting has two big challenges: dimming the lamp without flicker, and compatibility with electronic low-voltage transformers (ELVT). This video demonstrates how the MAX16840 LED Driver's current control scheme eliminates MR16 flicker at all dimming levels, even when used with a variety of electronic transformers.

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In the Lab: Bluetooth Control of Power-over-Ethernet Lighting

See how simple it is to develop Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) based lighting. This video demonstrates an easy way to provide on/off and dimming control for an LED bulb using a smartphone with bluetooth connection. The simple design is made possible by the MAX5969 powered device controller and the MAX16832 high-voltage LED Driver IC.

Learn more:  Smart Lighting ›

In the Lab: IO-Link Smart Sensor System Demo

See how easy it is to get an IO-Link smart sensor system up and running with live data monitoring. Our 4-port IO-Link Master reference design (MAXREFDES79) leverages plug-and-play capability and the easy to use software GUI to monitor data from each of our four IO-link device modules: ambient light sensor (MAXREFDES23), proximity sensor (MAXREFDES27), RTD-to-digital sensor (MAXREFDES42), and 16-channel digital input (DI) hub (MAXREFDES36).

What is IO-Link?

Discover the benefits of the IO-Link smart sensor and actuator interface protocol. IO-Link is the new standard developed by an international consortium of hardware and software providers. IO-Link's remote programming capabilities and backwards compatibility enable direct factory upgrade from binary sensors to smart sensor functionality.

IO-Link Transceivers and Binary Drivers

How to Order Parts

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We Hear You

Maxim executives speak frankly about how we’ve re-energized our customer commitment, by rebuilding our systems, processes, supply chain, and organizational structure to deliver satisfaction every time. We’re listening. You’ll know it.

The Future of PoE LED Lighting

See examples of what the future holds for power over ethernet (PoE) LED lighting in the internet of things (IoT).

Learn more:  Smart Lighting ›

How to Find a Reliability Report

Solar Cell Optimizers Offer Huge Gains in Energy Harvesting

Solar Cell Optimizers provide huge gains in solar energy harvesting while simplifying installation and reducing overall cost. Our breakthrough technology embeds the MPPT function deep within each solar module, allowing more panels in the same space.

Surround View: From Fisheye to Birdseye

Surround View: From Fisheye to Birdseye

How to Submit a Sample Request Online

Solar Cell Optimizers Significantly Improve Module Performance

Learn how our solar cell optimizers improve solar cell performance by up to 20%. Unprecedented tolerance for inter-row shading allows the tightest row spacing. Our innovative technology prevents object shading hot-spots, extending the life of your modules. No special tools, hardware or wiring are required for installation.

Brushed DC Quad Motor Controller mbed Shield

What could you build with a brushed DC motor controller Arduino® shield? Our Arduino-compatible brushed DC motor driver reference design drives up to four motors, and easily interfaces to an mbed® platform. Featuring MAX14871, 4.5V to 36V full-bridge DC motor driver, MAXREFDES89 can be used with a wide range of motors, from mid-voltage down to battery powered. Watch this short video to see MAXREFDES89 in action.

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Micro PLC Universal Analog Input Card

The universal analog input is extremely popular in industrial systems. It accepts voltage, current, RTD and thermocouple inputs which provides flexibility for use in control and automation applications. Learn how our 24-bit universal analog input board makes use of the latest technologies and an innovative system architecture to simplify configuration and improve performance while reducing cost. All in an ultra-small Micro PLC form factor.

EE-Sim Design Requirements

How to set the Design Requirement specifications and create a schematic.

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MAX38902EVKIT Board Photo

Evaluation Kit for the MAX38902A/MAX38902B/MAX38902C/MAX38902D (12μVRMS Low Noise 500mA LDO Linear Regulator)

EE-Sim Design Tradeoffs

Prioritize the design size, efficiency, or BOM cost based on your design needs. Learn how this selection is implemented in your schematic.

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Digital Input Class D Amplifiers Eliminate GSM Buzz

Our next generation digital input, Class D audio amplifiers provide the highest performance with superior noise immunity while simplifying design. These plug and play speaker amplifiers significantly reduce the number of components required compared to typical analog amplifier designs. Learn how we eliminate GSM buzz, simplify board design and reduce EMI while providing high 3.2W output power.

EE-Sim DC-DC Tool Overview

See a demonstration of the most commonly used functionality in EE-Sim. Includes opening a new DC-DC design, changing design requirements, creating a schematic, running simulations, comparing designs, and generating a report.

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MAXREFDES73

Wearable Galvanic Skin Response System

Are you developing a wearable device? Galvanic skin response (GSR), or skin impedance, adds another dimension to health monitoring that is not captured by accelerometers and heart rate monitors. See how our GSR reference design captures non-aerobic effort for activities such as yoga.

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Smart Force Sensor Human Machine Interface Demo

Watch a demo of our new concept for human-machine interfaces. Traditional touchscreens are fragile and don’t work well with gloves. Our smart force sensor reference design measures mass and center of mass to provide location and downward force of the touch input. MAXREFDES82 is a rugged, low power design that works in harsh environments where gloves may be required and glass is not allowed.

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From the Meter Bar to the Band Gap Voltage Reference

Almost every electronic system incorporates a voltage reference. This tutorial will familiarize you with voltage references, their construction and performance. Zener and Band Gap technologies are discussed in detail, along with important performance parameters and recommended solutions for common circuit requirements.

Choose the Right Step-Up/Step-Down Voltage Regulator for Portable Applications

Portable devices are frequently powered by a single cell Lithium-Ion battery. The voltage swing from high to low after a full day's use presents a challenge for the loads powered by the battery, especially when the load requires a stable input voltage in the middle of the Lithium-Ion range of operation. This tutorial discusses this challenge and provides an optimum solution.

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Taking PC Security to a New Level

Learn how Design Shift, our design house partner, developed ORWL, a personal computer with physical security that utilizes the latest encryption methods to immediately detect tampering. The MAX32550 Cortex-M3 microcontroller with secure boot-loader is integrated into the motherboard to control power, interface with the display, communicate with the key fob and monitor the unit for tampering.

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Buck Converter: The Power Train and LC Filter

The buck converter is considered by many to be the king of switching voltage regulators. Modern electronic designs frequently need to step a voltage source down to a value suitable to power a load while sustaining minimal losses. The buck converter is the simplest, most effective and most efficient way to achieve this goal. This technical tutorial reviews the theory and operation of the heart of the buck converter: the power train and LC filter.

Heart Rate Monitor Demo

Watch a live demo of a simple but accurate heart rate monitor design (MAXREFDES117) developed around our tiny, low-power heart rate sensor (MAX30102). Step-by-step instructions show you how to quickly set up and start receiving data using two popular development platforms–mbed® and Arduino®. Don't miss the bonus heart rate demo with the Adafruit Flora® wearable electronic platform!

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Cosmetic Sensor Demo

Cosmetic sensor demo with testimonials

Storefront Overview

Overview of the ecommerce storefront.

How to Submit a Formal Quote

Walkthrough of the quote request process in the ecommerce storefront.

How to Place an Order with an Approved Quote

Walkthrough of placing an order with an approved quote through the ecommerce storefront.

How to Place an Order

Walkthrough of the ordering process in the ecommerce storefront.

Cell-String Optimizers Enable Flexible PV System Design

Produce more energy and simplify the design of complex rooftops by using cell-string optimizers in place of traditional bypass diodes. All while continuing to use preferred inverter and BOM components with no change to your existing installation and commissioning process.

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Demo: Enable Trusted Sensors and Notification for IoT Applications

Watch as a web server authenticates or rejects a water filter sensor node and wifi enabled controller. This unique demonstration of MAXREFDES143 shows how authentication and data integrity can easily be added to an IoT ecosystem.

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Pocket IO: The New Pathway to Industry 4.0

Get a close-up look at the functions and innovative devices that enable the Pocket IO to put the power of Industry 4.0 in your pocket.

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Sneak Preview: Soccer Ball Factory

Get a glimpse of the Pocket IO in action in our Soccer Ball Testing and Personalization Factory, to be unveiled at electronica 2016.

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Pocket IO PLC Development Platform Setup and Demo

Follow step by step instructions to get up and running with your Pocket IO. Review kit contents, make connections, download the Arduino IDE, and install the libraries. Walk through an example sketch and see how to run examples for each of the Pocket IO blocks. By the end of the video, you'll be ready to start programming your own custom applications.

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VR Engagement Sensor Demo

Our engagement sensors use heart monitoring technology to gauge excitement, stress, and engagement.

The Pocket IO Controls a Fischertechnik Robot

Using a tablet as the control pad, watch the MAXREFDES150 Pocket IO work with the MAX14870 motor drivers and the MAX14890 encoder receivers to control a Fischertechnik robot as it selects and stacks a series of colored blocks in a precise pattern.

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Heat Map Comparison of IO-Link Device Transceivers

See how the efficiency of our new generation MAX14827 IO-Link device transceiver compares to its predecessor and to a competitive device as shown on a FLIR heatmap display.

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Meet the Health Sensor Platform

Learn about the MAXREFDES100 hSensor platform, a full reference design, development and demo platform for wearable applications. The extremely small form factor, including multiple sensors, power management, microcontroller and mbed support, allows you to rapidly prototype and demonstrate new wearable use cases.

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Pocket IO Redefines the PLC for Industry 4.0

Learn how the MAXREFDES150 Pocket IO is 30% more efficient and 2½ times smaller than previous PLC platforms. The Pocket IO is a complete industrial platform equipped with 30 IOs featuring three different sensor inputs and motor controls for manufacturing or process automation applications.

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Meet the Health Sensor Platform

See a Glimpse of the Future at electronica 2016

Watch the highlights from electronica 2016 where we demonstrated the factory of the future using the Pocket IO PLC Development Platform. Featured segments include a soccer ball testing and personalization factory, precision control of robots, and detection of goal throws with light curtains.

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Take a Virtual Tour of the electronica 2016 Booth

Catch a virtual look at this year's dynamic trade show booth at electronic 2016. We showcased new products for Industry 4.0, Wearables, and Automotive applications, highlighting innovative solutions of the future.

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Isolated Power-Supply Reference Designs Accelerate Prototyping

See how the MAXREFDES111-MAXREFDES116 24V isolated, industrial power-supply reference designs simplify design of isolated power supplies. These tested designs with pre-qualified Wurth transformers enable immediate board placement and prototyping. Each comes with tailored specifications including various output voltages, currents, and topologies to allow easy measurement with probes or design-in for prototypes. Each reference design has been tested for load and line regulation, efficiency, and transient performance.

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Remote Tuner Technology for Automotive Radio

Overcome the challenges of automotive radio design. Learn how our remote tuner solution, based on the MAX2175 RF-to-Bits tuner and GMSL SerDes technology, reduces cost, improves performance and simplifies head unit design.

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Blood Pressure Trending Demo

MAX8971EVKIT Board Photo

Evaluation System for the MAX8971 (Industry's Smallest 1.55A 1-Cell Li+ DC-DC Charger)

EE-Sim Webscope Waveform Viewer

Customize the display of EE-Sim simulation waveforms for optimal analysis. Configurable parameters include signal color, order, and grouping; axis scaling, placement, and synchronization; marker quantity and labels; auto and manual zoom; and formats for saving data.

EZ Setup of MAX17201/MAX17211 ModelGauge m5 Stand-Alone Fuel Gauges

See how to maximize run-time of your battery powered device without the need for battery characterization. In this video, the inventor of the ModelGauge™ algorithm walks you through the m5 EZ configuration wizard using the MAX17201/MAX17211 evaluation kit. Get up and running quickly and easily while maintaining high accuracy fuel gauge performance.

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Get Started with the MAX32630FTHR Board

Find out how easy it is to configure the MAX32630FTHR board to build new projects. Learn how to import a project, compile a program, download code and execute a program with the MAX32630FTHR board. This video shows how to use the compiler and editor software feature of the ARM® mbed™ developer site with the development platform.

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Using the MAXREFDES155 – Protecting the Internet of Things

Is your IoT system designed with the highest levels of security in place? Watch this video to learn how to protect your system from hackers by designing security in from the start with Maxim’s DeepCover® embedded security reference design.

The Heart of the System – DS2476 and DS28C36 (01:47)
Getting to know the MAXREFDES155 (02:30)
Authenticated Messages (04:34)
Authenticated Commands (05:32)
Bulk Data Transfer (06:24)

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nanoPower Boost Converter Demo

Watch a demonstration of the extremely low quiescent current and true shutdown capabilities of our nanoPower boost converter using the MAX17222 evaluation kit. nanoPower regulators are ideal for wearable and hearable applications that require ultra-small size and high efficiency.

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Sometimes it’s Smart to Have a Low IQ

How do you stretch battery life? It doesn’t take a genius.

EZ Setup of MAX17055 ModelGauge m5 Low IQ Stand-Alone Fuel Gauge

See how to maximize run-time of your battery powered device without the need for battery characterization. In this video, the inventor of the ModelGauge algorithm walks you through the m5 EZ configuration wizard using the MAX17055 evaluation kit.

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Tour of New Search Features

Take a brief tour of the new features of Maxim's site search tool, designed to get you to the content you need, faster and easier. Let's get started!

Self Balancing Robot

Dallas Hackathon 2016

Safeguard Your Connected Products with Turnkey Security

Learn how to easily add a robust layer of security to new or existing designs with the MAXQ1061 DeepCover® Cryptographic Controller for Embedded Devices. As cyberattacks become more prevalent, designers are increasingly faced with the challenge of protecting their embedded devices against malicious attackers. See how the MAXQ1061 not only protects new embedded devices but can also be added to existing designs, while providing secure key and certificate storage, secure firmware, and secure communication.

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SC2200 and SC1894 RF Power Amplifier Linearizers

Learn the key differences between the SC2200 and SC1894 RF Power Amplifier Linearizer (RFPAL) devices. They are ideal for cellular infrastructure applications including small cell, remote radio head (RRH), antenna array systems (AAS), MIMO, broadcast transmitters, and microwave backhaul.

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Introduction to the MAX11192/95/98 12 Bit, 2Msps, Dual Simultaneous Sampling SAR ADC with Integrated Reference

This video provides an introduction to the MAX11192, MAX11195, and MAX11198, dual simultaneous sampling, 12-Bit, 2Msps ADCs with rntegrated reference.

Dual IO-Link Master Transceiver: MAX14819 Demo

Learn how the MAX14819 IO-Link master transceiver addresses key trends for industrial communications with over 50% lower power dissipation, robust communications in harsh environments, and a scalable, flexible architecture. See how easy it is to evaluate the MAX14819 using the MAXREFDES145 8-channel IO-Link master reference design as it communicates with an IO-Link proximity sensor.

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MAX77714EVKIT Board Photo

Evaluation Kit for the MAX77714 (Complete System PMIC, Featuring 13 Regulators, 8 GPIOs, RTC, and Flexible Power Sequencing for Multicore Applications)

MAX32625MBED Board Photo

MAX32625MBED ARM mbed Enabled Development Platform for the MAX32625 (Ultra-Low-Power Arm Cortex-M4 with FPU-Based Microcontroller (MCU) with 512KB Flash and 160KB SRAM)

Understanding 4-20mA Data Transmission

Learn the core concepts behind 4-20mA data transmission, which is fundamental to the operation of loop-powered sensor transmitter devices.

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Automotive Gesture Demo

Automotive Lighting Demo

Overcome the Challenges of Automotive Radio Design

Watch as we demonstrate our Automotive Remote Tuner technology designed to simplify automotive radio head unit design. Our remote tuner architecture reduces the amount of cabling required and places remote tuners in close proximity to antennas while reducing noise and lowering power consumption. The demo walks through a sample system setup and operation utilizing the unique radio architecture.

Increase Battery Life and Efficiency with PMICs at Less Than Half the Size

Take a closer look at the MAX77650 and MAX77651 ultra-low power PMICs. Their extremely low standby power supports longer battery life—ideal for wearables, hearables, and IoT devices. We demonstrate the devices' low quiescent current and show a 9% increase in overall system efficiency gained using the MAX77650 evaluation kit.

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Introduction to the MAXM17532 4V to 42V, 100mA High Efficiency, DC-DC Step-Down Power Module with Integrated Inductor

This video provides an introduction to the MAXM17532, a 4V to 42V, 100mA High Efficiency, DC-DC Step-Down Power Module with Integrated Inductor.

Power Seminar: 24V+ Power Solutions--Power Design Doesn’t Get Any Cooler, Smaller, or Simpler

Introduction and agenda for the Power System Design Seminar series.

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Power Seminar Module 1: Introduction to Switching Regulators

Discussion of the concept and theory behind switching regulators and how they are used to build nonisolated power supplies.

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Power Seminar Module 2:  Introduction to Control Algorithms in Switching Regulators

An overview of how switching is controlled in switching regulators. Focuses on three popular control algorithms: constant on-time, voltage mode control and current-mode control.

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Power Seminar Module 3: Synchronous Switching Regulators

In-depth discussion of the operation of synchronous switching regulators, increasingly used to obtain higher power conversion efficiency.

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Power Seminar Module 4: Design of Filter Components

Highlights of some of the other components that make up a switch-mode power supply. Focuses on passive components such as inductors and capacitors.

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Power Seminar Module 5: Layout Considerations

PCB layout considerations:  layout differences can make a big impact on the performance of a power system design.

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Power Seminar Module 6: Example Design: Synchronous DC-DC Regulator Using the EE-Sim Design and Simulation Environment

Viral Vaidya, executive business manager for our industrial power solutions, walks through how to design a 24V+ power system using some of Maxim's latest synchronous switching regulators. Includes a demonstration of how to simulate the power system design using the online EE-Sim design and simulation environment.

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High Speed Serial Links for Automotive Applications

In automotive applications, Maxim’s GMSL SerDes technology provides a compression-free alternative to Ethernet, delivering 10x faster data rates, 50% lower cabling costs, and better EMC compared to Ethernet. Maxim's GMSL chipsets drive 15 meters of coax or STP cabling thereby providing the margin required for robust and versatile designs. The links enable applications such as ADAS, Surround View, Digital Displays, Adaptive Cruise Control and more. This training gives an overview on the applications, introduces relevant Maxim GMSL chip sets and gives practical guidelines for successful design-in and measurements.

Power Seminar Module 7: Theory Behind Isolated DC-DC Solutions

Introduction to isolated DC-DC power supply design and the theory behind isolation.

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Power Seminar Module 8: Eliminating Optocouplers for Isolated DC-DC Designs

Introduction to the design of isolated power supplies without using optocouplers to bring secondary signals back to the primary enabling regulation.

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Power Seminar Module 9: Practical Design Considerations for an Iso-Buck Converter

How to design an iso-buck that implements an isolated power system without using an optocoupler.

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Power Seminar Module 10: Practical Design Considerations for a No-Opto Flyback Converter

How to design a no-opto flyback that implements an isolated power system without using an optocoupler.

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Power Seminar Module 11: Understanding System Protection

Overview of system protection and why the need for it is increasing.

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Power Seminar Module 12: Understanding Specifications of Protection ICs

A detailed look at some of the specifications that are important for a modern integrated protection IC.

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DC-DC Converter Design Made Easy

Learn how to complete a power supply design for wide input-voltage DC-DC converters using the EE-Sim Design and Simulation tool. Watch as we walk through how voltage regulators work, their key design considerations, and the procedures to follow in quickly designing, simulating, and comparing power designs. We also show the unique qualities of our Himalaya power module family, providing information on their system requirements and performance.

Monitor System Loads with Current-Sense Amps

Watch a demonstration of high-accuracy power monitoring using the MAX44298 evaluation kit. Learn how to add that extra bit of "analog hardware insurance" to your next design using current-sense amplifiers with very low offset error and very low gain error, for more robust and higher quality end products.

Introduction to the MAX30110-12 Optimized Pulse-Oximeters and Heart Rate AFE for Wearable Health

This video provides an introduction to the MAX30110-12, a Best-in-Class Optical Pulse Oximeter and Heart-Rate Sensor for Wearable Health.

Maxim Website Tour: eBriefs

eBriefs are interactive pdf summaries of key product information and resources. Learn the benefits of the eBrief and how to quickly find and share the one you need.

Introduction to the MAX14748 USB Type-C Charger

This video provides an introduction to the MAX14748, a USB Type-C Charger.

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Introduction to the MAX86140 Optical Pulse Oximeter and Heart-Rate Sensor

This video provides an introduction to the MAX86140, a Best-in-Class Optical Pulse Oximeter and Heart-Rate Sensor for Wearable Health.

How to Use the MAX32630FTHR with an OLED Display - Part 3

In this last installment in the series, Greg shows how easy it is to configure the Mbed™ libraries for the MAX32630FTHR board and OLED display. You’ll learn how to modify and customize the software for your needs.

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How to Use the MAX32630FTHR with an OLED Display - Part 2

In this video, Greg shows how to load the software and Mbed™ libraries for the MAX32630FTHR board and guides you through each phase of the installation process. To learn more about how to configure the software for the MAX32630FTHR board, watch, "How to Use the MAX32630FTHR with an OLED Display - Part 3."

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How to Use the MAX32630FTHR with an OLED Display - Part 1

Watch as Greg demonstrates how to drive a commonly available OLED display using the MAX32630FTHR application platform. In this first installment, he shows how to select and configure hardware components including peripherals and Adafruit feather boards. To learn how to load the software for the MAX32630FTHR board, watch, "How to Use the MAX32630FTHR with an OLED Display - Part 2."

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Why Every Car Needs These High-Speed Serial Links

See why Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) SerDes technology provides the bandwidth needed to transport a burgeoning volume of multi-type data to enable sophisticated ADAS and infotainment capabilities in vehicles.

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How to Derive More System Efficiency from Battery-Powered Designs

Video game controller

Buck controllers can support the efficiency and battery life requirements of portable electronics.

Demonstrating Cryptographic Hash, Signatures, and Authentication

Almost every piece of technology we use today has some kind of embedded firmware. Rogue firmware, however, can leak data and cause device malfunctions. Watch this video to see how you can use the MAXAUTHDEMO1 kit, featuring the DS28C36 DeepCover® secure authenticator, to easily and securely authenticate your design.

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How to Extend I2C Lines Using the DS28E17 1-Wire-to-I2C Master

When trying to communicate with I2C over distances greater than two meters, several challenges may arise. Learn a method to extend I2C communication up to 100m using the 1-Wire® protocol and the DS28E17. For more information on this specific application, read: Extending I2C Communication Distance with the DS28E17.

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How to Measure Temperature in Portable Projects I - Using the MAX31875 Temperature Sensor

In this video, Mohamed discusses different ways to add temperature measurement to his wearable electronics project. He evaluates the MAX31875 silicon-based temperature sensor, which measures <1mm2 and only consumes a few microamps. To see other ways of measuring temperature, watch the follow-up video, "How to Measure Temperature in Portable Projects II - Using the MAX17055 Fuel Gauge."

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