Controlling Startup and Shutdown Power Sequences

Learn techniques to sequence the startup and shutdown of multi-rail power supplies used for FPGAs, DSP processors, and similar system on chip devices.

Publish Date: 2018-11-14
Quickly and Easily Apply FPGAs with the Arduino MKR Vidor 4000

The Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 provides a simple and inexpensive way to make use of an FPGA’s real time abilities in embedded system designs.

Publish Date: 2018-11-13
Fundamentals of Current Measurement: Part 2 – Current Sense Amplifiers

How to accurately and safely amplify the low-level voltage generated by current sense resistors into a relatively large voltage that’s more easily measured.

Publish Date: 2018-11-07
Improving Embedded Security with the Armv8-M Architecture and TrustZone

Securing embedded systems using the Armv8-M architecture and TrustZone.

Publish Date: 2018-11-06
Simplify Portable, Low-Power Audio Circuit Design Using Advanced Class D Amplifiers

Use advances in Class D or digital amplifiers to make compact, low-power audio circuits for portable and battery powered applications.

Publish Date: 2018-10-31
Build More-Effective Smart Devices: Part 3 – Processor Performance

Using a family of 32-bit MCUs to build invisible intelligence into wearables and IoT devices while optimizing for low power.

Publish Date: 2018-10-30
How to Efficiently Detect Motion in Wearable Devices

When sensing motion in battery powered wearables, developers can get the features and accuracy they need while meeting power consumption requirements.

Publish Date: 2018-10-24
Build More-Effective Smart Devices: Part 2 – Secure Design

Developers can use secure MCUs and authentication ICs to meet users' expectations for privacy and protection in smart products.

Publish Date: 2018-10-23
Add High-Performance Speech Keyword Spotting to IoT Designs: Part 2 – Using MCUs

Developers can implement efficient KWS on MCUs using DS-CNNs from hardware optimized neural network library for resource-constrained designs.

Publish Date: 2018-10-17
Build More Effective Smart Devices: Part 1 – Low-Power Design with MCUs and PMICs

Advanced MCUs and PMICs provide the foundation needed to meet user expectations for next generation smart products.

Publish Date: 2018-10-16
Using Redrivers to Extend the Range of High Throughput USB 3.0 Cables

Use redrivers to expand high-speed USB applications by enabling the use of longer cables.

Publish Date: 2018-10-10
Fundamentals of Current Measurement: Part 1 – Current Sense Resistors

Current sense resistors are widely used to measure current flow to track system performance, but there are nuances to be aware of for successful implementation.

Publish Date: 2018-10-09
How to Use Analog Switches to Dynamically Switch Audio and Video Signals

Developers can easily switch audio and video sources while minimizing noise and signal losses by using the right CMOS analog switches.

Publish Date: 2018-10-03
Use IMUs for Precise Location Data When GPS Won’t Suffice

IMUs provide precise positioning information for embedded applications ranging from consumer to industrial, medical, and military.

Publish Date: 2018-10-02
Add High-Performance Speech Keyword Spotting to IoT Designs: Part 1 – Using FPGAs

Developers can add voice-activated features to resource-constrained designs using a low-power FPGA running a BNN, a highly efficient machine learning algorithm.

Publish Date: 2018-09-27
2G and 3G are Sunsetting: Select the Right Protocol for an IoT Network

After choosing between the various wireless cellular interfaces for IoT devices, designers can get LTE-M based designs to market quickly with modules and kits.

Publish Date: 2018-09-26
Understand How to Effectively Monitor Signal Voltage and Power with RMS-to-DC Converters

Using RMS-to-DC converters to measure the power of complex waveforms.

Publish Date: 2018-09-25
Quickly Implement Efficient Real-Time Clock/Calendar Functionality in Embedded Designs

Implement real-time clock/calendar (RTCC) functions in embedded systems with minimal design time, component count, and power consumption.

Publish Date: 2018-09-20
Implement Flexible Smart Lighting Quickly and Easily with Zigbee Light Link

Zigbee Light Link eases development of wireless mesh connected, low-power smart lighting.

Publish Date: 2018-09-19
Overcoming Power System Design Challenges in 1500 VDC Photovoltaic Systems

Using larger strings of cells to raise photovoltaic dc operating voltages can reduce I2R losses and save deployment costs.

Publish Date: 2018-09-18
Mechanical Buttons and Switches Address Critical Design Requirements

Mechanical buttons and switches come in many forms to help designers meet various safety, security, ease of access, and power-up configuration requirements.

Publish Date: 2018-09-12
How to Use Photodiodes and Phototransistors Most Effectively

Photodiodes and phototransistors are key to many applications, but they require special electrical, optical, and mechanical considerations.

Publish Date: 2018-09-11
Use FPGAs to Build High-Performance Embedded Vision Applications with Machine Learning

Developers can use machine learning in embedded vision applications using off-the-shelf FPGAs now available on specialized platforms.

Publish Date: 2018-09-06
Connect to the Cloud in 10 Minutes Using the Renesas Synergy Platform

Using stable hardware and software like the Renesas Synergy Platform, see how to get an IoT application connected to the cloud in 10 minutes.

Publish Date: 2018-09-05
Build a Machine Learning Application with a Raspberry Pi

Using the Raspberry Pi 3 and compatible versions of machine learning software, developers can begin developing sophisticated machine learning applications.

Publish Date: 2018-08-30
Get Started with Machine Learning Using Readily Available Hardware and Software

Machine learning development is going mainstream thanks to accessible software and methods that enable deployment on readily available processors and FPGAs.

Publish Date: 2018-08-29
Add Compensated Air Quality Sensors to the Internet of Things

Development kits enable engineers to turn air quality sensors into Internet of Things connected devices.

Publish Date: 2018-08-28
Measure Small Signals Riding on High Voltages, and Avoid Sensor Ground Loops

Use isolation amplifiers to measure signals with high voltage offsets and reduce ground loops when working with multiple sensors.

Publish Date: 2018-08-23
Select and Apply Current Sense Amplifiers Effectively to Better Manage Power

Learn to apply current sense amplifiers across a series current shunt resistor for precise power management in battery and line powered applications.

Publish Date: 2018-08-21
Bi-Directional DC/DC Controllers for 48 V/12 V Dual Battery Automotive Systems

The usable limit of the traditional 12-volt automotive electrical system has been reached. The solution, combine the existing system with a 48 V rail.

Publish Date: 2018-08-16
Using Google’s Vision API For Low-Cost, Cloud-Enabled Embedded Image Recognition

With a low-cost microcontroller, developers can use Google Vision APIs for cloud-based image recognition.

Publish Date: 2018-08-15
Quickly Develop Custom, HP Test Instrumentation Using Off-the-Shelf Boards and Open Source Software

Using the Red Pitaya Open Instrumentation Platform and an array of open development tools, developers can create their own test and measurement systems.

Publish Date: 2018-08-14
Issues with the I²C (Inter-IC) Bus and How to Solve Them

How to avoid common issues when working with I2C.

Publish Date: 2018-08-09
How Industrial Strength Cables Improve Efficiency, Reliability, and Overall Cost of Ownership

Choosing the right cables for industrial applications is critical for efficiency, reliability, system up-time, and overall cost of ownership.

Publish Date: 2018-08-08
Use the Right DC/DC Regulator to Meet Advanced ADAS Requirements

ADAS functions require DC/DC regulators which can meet challenging environmental, vibration, performance, and space requirements.

Publish Date: 2018-08-07
Use HyperBus to Expand Memory in Tiny IoT and Wearable Designs to Save Space and Cost

HyperBus is an ideal 8-bit, high-speed memory interface for memory expansion of small projects where board space is at a premium.

Publish Date: 2018-08-01
Build a Secure, Low-Power Bluetooth Hub and Sensor Network

Using Bluetooth hardware kits and associated software, developers can rapidly deploy secure Bluetooth connectivity between a hub and multiple sensors.

Publish Date: 2018-07-31
Medical Power Solutions – Standards Deliver Safety

An examination of some of the key principles of IEC 60601 as they relate to implementation of the power supply and the need for risk assessment.

Publish Date: 2018-07-26
Get Embedded Microprocessor/FPGA Combo Designs Up and Running Fast with SoMs

SoMs based on SoCs that incorporate both processors and FPGAs form the foundation for a flexible design approach to embedded systems with reduced design risk.

Publish Date: 2018-07-25
Electromechanical Relays Versus Contactors: How to Match the Type to the Application

Electromechanical relays and contactors both switch power loads, but contactors are designed to switch much higher voltages and currents.

Publish Date: 2018-07-24
How to Optimize Display Brightness for Low Power in Real Time

Ambient light sensors are ideal 16-bit light-to-digital converters that are instrumental when saving LCD battery power.

Publish Date: 2018-07-19
Get to Know Low-Smoke Zero-Halogen (LSZH) Cables: They Can Save Lives

Low-smoke, zero-halogen (LSZH) cables can save lives, but designers need to understand where, when, and how to use them.

Publish Date: 2018-07-18
Hardware Softwarization

The trend toward more programmable hardware is accelerating. Embedded engineers are now being pushed to think like modern software developers.

Publish Date: 2018-07-17
How to Quickly Add a Facial Recognition Camera to an MCU

Developers can quickly add facial recognition to an embedded system with an off-the-shelf microcontroller and camera combination.

Publish Date: 2018-07-12
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Midrange Current DC/DC Regulator Modules

Low voltage, medium current DC/DC regulator modules simplify providing DC rails, but there are some guidelines to follow to maximize their performance.

Publish Date: 2018-07-11
Use Off-the-Shelf ICs to Simplify Power Management in Multiport PoE+ Systems

Power management chips make it easy to design, configure and supervise multiport PoE+ systems.

Publish Date: 2018-07-10
Creating a Custom Wireless Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

A wireless PLC provides embedded developers with an alternative method to develop real-time applications using ladder logic.

Publish Date: 2018-06-27
Speed Development of Secure Cellular Connected IoT Applications

Using an all-inclusive development kit and software environment, IoT developers can rapidly implement secure cellular connectivity.

Publish Date: 2018-06-26
A Simple Solution Simplifies Authentication to Ensure Device Security

Dedicated ICs simplify implementation of authentication mechanisms needed to ensure security in systems ranging from complex IoT devices to simple peripherals.

Publish Date: 2018-06-21
How to Select, Use, and Maintain Coaxial Connectors for RF Applications

RF coaxial connectors are deceptively simple, so choose carefully and take proper precautions to ensure RF system connection success and longevity.

Publish Date: 2018-06-20
Makers and Engineers: Get to Know Your Instrumentation Amplifier for Accurate IoT Data Capture

Instrumentation amplifiers (INAs) accurately capture low-level differential signals from a sensor, but users need to choose and apply them carefully.

Publish Date: 2018-06-19
Design Location Tracking Systems Quickly Using GNSS Modules

GNSS modules simplify and accelerate RTLS design, while lowering the cost and size of asset tracking and other location identification applications.

Publish Date: 2018-06-13
Develop the Right Power Over Ethernet System for Industrial LED Smart Lighting

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is ideal for smart lighting in industrial applications, but designers need to ensure standards compatibility and optimum efficiency.

Publish Date: 2018-06-11
Use a Crypto Chip to Add Secure Boot to IoT Device Designs

By connecting a secure IC and MCU through a serial interface, developers can dramatically enhance security and ensure secure boot in their IoT designs.

Publish Date: 2018-06-06
Hands On: Working with LED Ribbons Part 2 – Color Matching Microwave Oven Lighting

LED ribbons are a simple way for Makers and DIY fans to add low-voltage LED illumination to a variety of in-home locations but watch for color matching.

Publish Date: 2018-06-05
Using RS-485 and Current Loop Interfaces for Robust Industrial Connectivity

Aided by ICs providing the functions and features needed for today’s designs, the RS-485 and 20 mA interfaces for industrial transducers still have major roles.

Publish Date: 2018-05-30
How to Quickly Implement a Qi Standard Compliant Wireless Charging System

Rapidly implement Qi compliant 15 Watt wireless power transmitters and receivers using an STWLC33 receiver and STWBC-EP controller.

Publish Date: 2018-05-30
4th Edition Medical Equipment Standards Impact Power Supply Selection and More

The IEC 60601-1 technical standards for medical electrical equipment are about to change and CUI has power supplies available now to meet these new standards.

Publish Date: 2018-05-24
Choosing and Using the Right Flash Memory Technology for IoT Program Memory Applications

How a microcontroller in an IoT node can reliably and repeatedly execute an embedded operating system like Linux from a flash microSDHC card.

Publish Date: 2018-05-23
Use a Raspberry Pi and Mozilla Open Framework to Rapidly Develop an IoT Gateway

Developers can create an IoT gateway simply by loading free firmware from Mozilla into a Raspberry Pi.

Publish Date: 2018-05-22
Rapidly Implement a Real-Time Location System Accurate to 10 cm

A module combines an ultra-wideband transceiver, Bluetooth MCU, and motion sensor to provide a low-power standards compliant real-time location system.

Publish Date: 2018-05-17
Hands On: Working with LED Ribbons Part 1 – Creating Residential Under Cabinet Lighting

SMT LED strips and ribbons, combined with a power supply and RF remote controller, make for a fun, useful, and rewarding DIY low-voltage lighting project.

Publish Date: 2018-05-16
Analog Devices Enables Industrial Automation Transitions

Industry 4.0 offers increased safety, reliability, and productivity. However, many challenges arise when edge devices are connected to TSN enabled networks.

Publish Date: 2018-05-15
Updating Firmware at the Edge Using Amazon FreeRTOS

The Amazon FreeRTOS bootloader solution allows IoT developers to easily update their firmware over the air (OTA).

Publish Date: 2018-05-09
Welcome to the Wireless Menagerie: RF Bands and Protocol Choices for Embedded Developers, Part 2

Embedded developers needing wireless connectivity for their IoT designs have many options, but they need to choose and apply RF connectivity with great care.

Publish Date: 2018-05-08
Designing Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Applications with Bluetooth Mesh - Part 2

Bluetooth mesh is complex, but using IC vendor solutions and development tools, designers can build smart Bluetooth mesh networked applications quickly.

Publish Date: 2018-05-02
How to Optimize Energy Use in IoT Edge Devices

The Otii Arc from Qoitech AB makes it easy to analyze an embedded IoT device’s energy profile so it can be better optimized for longer battery life.

Publish Date: 2018-05-01
Welcome to the Wireless Menagerie: RF Bands and Protocol Choices for Embedded Developers, Part 1

To embed wireless connectivity for the IoT, designers need to understand how to evaluate the various interfaces to best meet their application requirements.

Publish Date: 2018-04-25
How to Isolate High Voltages in Single-Supply Industrial Robotic Systems

High voltage differentials in industrial automation systems can create havoc without the proper application of galvanic isolation techniques.

Publish Date: 2018-04-24
Take the Fast Track to Bluetooth 5 Mesh Networking

A hardware module and software package provide developers with a complete low-power solution to quickly implement Bluetooth mesh networking.

Publish Date: 2018-04-18
How to Apply PSI5 for Reliable Sensor Intensive Automotive Safety

When adding sensors to automobiles, use the simple PSI5 bus for safe, reliable, low-cost, and secure sensor to ECU communications.

Publish Date: 2018-04-17
Connectors – The Basics

Understanding the available connectors and associated specification requirements that need to be considered is important throughout any design process.

Publish Date: 2018-04-12
Rapidly Build Mesh Connected Lighting Applications with Zigbee and Thread

A connected lighting kit and associated software environment provide a comprehensive platform for developing mesh network automation applications.

Publish Date: 2018-04-11
How to Combine High and Low Voltages in a Single Design

Low voltage and high voltage circuits can be combined effectively and safely with good design approaches, solid power solutions, and adherence to standards.

Publish Date: 2018-04-10
Texas Instruments’ Industry 4.0 Portfolio

Texas Instruments has put together a portfolio of products which can help make a manufacturer’s jump into Industry 4.0 a reality.

Publish Date: 2018-04-05
Combine Arduino with Open-Source RISC-V Architecture for Low-Cost, High-Performance Embedded Design

Embedded developers that need more performance from a board with the Arduino Uno form factor can now use the open-source RISC-V based HiFive1 dev kit.

Publish Date: 2018-04-04
Match the Right ADC to the Application

Matching ADCs to the right application requires an understanding of the various topologies and the problems they are designed to overcome.

Publish Date: 2018-04-03
How to Monitor Soil pH and Moisture Level

Use an Arduino compatible shield and baseboard as a complete soil monitoring solution, as well as a development platform for custom designs.

Publish Date: 2018-03-29
How to Rapidly Add NFC Capability to Any Application

Developers can use an MCU with built-in NFC to simplify custom designs or use its associated development board and software as a complete NFC solution.

Publish Date: 2018-03-28
LTE Cat M1 Modules Provide an Alternative to Broadband and Smartphones for Assisted Living Systems

LTE Cat M1 cellular modules provide a link for connected healthcare solutions in the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).

Publish Date: 2018-03-27
Use Readily Available Components to Generate Pseudo-Random Binary Sequences and White Noise

Here is a quick and inexpensive circuit that can be used to generate pseudo-random binary sequences and white noise.

Publish Date: 2018-03-22
Designing Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Applications with Bluetooth Mesh - Part 1

Bluetooth mesh allows developers to build networked smart home applications based on Bluetooth low energy for the first time.

Publish Date: 2018-03-21
The Next Evolutionary Step in Drone Design

Field-oriented motor control and global navigation satellite systems sustain drone evolution.

Publish Date: 2018-03-20
Take Advantage of IC Load Switches’ Features to Safely Minimize Power Consumption

Using load switches instead of standalone MOSFETs can provide greater flexibility, control, and protection for low-power circuits and system power management.

Publish Date: 2018-03-15
Designing Accurate Gas Monitoring Systems with Chemiresistive Devices

Chemiresistive sensors offer a cost-effective solution for measuring a wide range of gases but require careful consideration of analog support circuitry.

Publish Date: 2018-03-14
Sensing the World of Industrial Automation with MEMS Sensors

Low-power, high reliability MEMS sensors play a vital role in industrial automation applications.

Publish Date: 2018-03-13
omniCOOL: Introducing a Unique Approach to Fan Design

CUI has taken a new approach to bearing design that bridges the gap between ball and sleeve bearings with its omniCOOL fans.

Publish Date: 2018-03-08
Connect Designs Quickly and Securely to the Cloud Using Amazon FreeRTOS

Embedded developers can quickly connect their embedded systems securely to Amazon Web Services (AWS) using Amazon FreeRTOS.

Publish Date: 2018-03-07
Bringing EVs into the Smart Grid for Stability and Security

Standardizing the charging interface for electric vehicles promotes safety and power grid management.

Publish Date: 2018-03-06
Safely Test Line-Powered Switched Mode Power Supplies

Testing line-powered switched mode power devices can be risky without the proper techniques, precautions, and accessories.

Publish Date: 2018-03-01
Comparison of Proprietary RF and Bluetooth

Proprietary RF and standard Bluetooth radios have their advantages, but a semi-custom solution can greatly lower cost, while allowing differentiation.

Publish Date: 2018-02-28
Get High-Accuracy, Multi-Channel Temperature Measurements Regardless of Environment

With built-in support for standard temperature sensors, a single device provides a simpler, accurate solution to multi-sensor temperature measurement design.

Publish Date: 2018-02-27
Pick the Right ADC to Minimize Display Flicker

Eliminate medical or instrumentation display flicker by applying formulas to help select an ADC with the right number of bits for the task.

Publish Date: 2018-02-22
Take a Simpler Route to Low-Power, 9-Axis Motion Tracking

Designers can add low-power, 9-axis motion sensing to their MCU-based designs with minimal effort using a 3mm x 3mm TDK InvenSense module.

Publish Date: 2018-02-21
IoT Prototype Development Using Readily Available Single Board Designs

Single board computers provide a platform for IoT prototype development.

Publish Date: 2018-02-20
Use Gateways to Overcome Low-Power Wireless LAN-to-IoT Bridging Challenges

IoT gateways provide a drop-in solution to the problem of bridging low-power wireless networks to the Internet of Things.

Publish Date: 2018-02-15
Quickly Build a Clinical-Grade Cardio Fitness Wearable with Minimal Parts Count

Drop-in solutions enable designers to deliver a wealth of clinical-grade measurements for sophisticated health and fitness applications.

Publish Date: 2018-02-14
LED Lighting Provides Environmental Benefits with Added Bonuses

Solid-state lighting drivers simplify design challenges and provide additional functionality.

Publish Date: 2018-02-13
How to Design for Reliable and Accurate Presence Sensing

Reliable and accurate presence sensing can be done efficiently using optical, ultrasonic, or magnetic sensor technologies, depending on the application.

Publish Date: 2018-02-08
Field Control Leads to Better AC Motor Efficiency

Field-oriented control optimizes AC motor usage by providing greater precision and energy savings.

Publish Date: 2018-02-07
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