Today’s fanless programmable logic controller (PLC) and IO-Link® gateway systems must dissipate large amounts of power depending on the I/O configuration (IO-Link, digital input/output, analog input/outputs). As these PLCs evolve into new Industry 4.0 smart factories, special attention must be considered to achieve smarter, faster, and lower power solutions. At the heart of this revolution is an exciting new technology called IO-Link, which enables flexible manufacturing to improve factory throughput and operational efficiency. This exciting new technology enables traditional sensors to become intelligent sensors. At Maxim, we provide a portfolio of advanced factory automation solutions that create pathways toward achieving Industry 4.0, enhanced by our IO-Link technology portfolio.