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Use Flashless Microcontrollers to Lower System Costs and Increase Performance Publish Date: 2019-08-22

Designers of microcontroller applications can improve performance and lower cost by using flashless microcontrollers and external octal SPI XiP flash memory.

Understanding Encoder Output Signals to Aid Optimum Device Selection Publish Date: 2019-08-21

Electronic motor controllers require an encoder to detect rotor position and/or speed. Does the encoder need to be incremental, absolute or commutation?

Evolving Challenges of Powering Industrial IoT Applications Publish Date: 2019-08-20

Safety-relevant industrial IoT applications are subject to strict regulatory guidelines, posing great challenges for developers of industrial IoT applications.

Use MEMS RF Switches to Solve Advanced Wireless Design and Integration Issues Publish Date: 2019-08-15

Apply MEMS based RF switches to better address the space, flexibility, and switching speed of advanced wireless applications.

Use Bluetooth 5.1-Enabled Platforms for Precise Asset Tracking and Indoor Positioning - Part 2 Publish Date: 2019-08-14

Commercial Bluetooth 5.1 protocol stacks and hardware are available for use as the basis of precise RF direction finding for location service applications.

Quickly Design Your Own Low-Cost 3D Gesture Controller Publish Date: 2019-08-13

Create a low-cost gesture controller using the Broadcom APDS-9960 IR optical sensor module.

Protection is Paramount for Industrial Automation Cabinets and Enclosures Publish Date: 2019-08-08

Louvered filter fan kits are specifically designed to filter and prevent foreign objects such as dust, dirt and moisture from entering cabinets and enclosures.

Effective Implementation of SiC Power Devices for Longer-Range Electric Vehicles Publish Date: 2019-08-07

MOSFETs using silicon carbide (SiC) technology, supported by appropriate drivers, offer the performance to meet the challenging needs of EVs.

Use a Single Ultra-Low-Power HMP Processor for Both Real-Time and Applications Processing Workloads Publish Date: 2019-08-06

Use a single HMP processor to meet ultra-low-power requirements in demanding applications that require both real-time and applications processing capabilities.

Use a Low-Cost Module and MicroPython to Quickly Build AI-Based Vision and Hearing Devices Publish Date: 2019-08-01

Developers can rapidly implement machine learning based speech and object recognition designs using MicroPython and a neural network processing module.

Get a BLDC Motor Up and Running in Under an Hour with a Hardware-Software Combo Publish Date: 2019-07-31

Quickly get a BLDC motor up and running with a one-stop microcontroller, development kit and software combination package.

How to Choose and Use Precision Op Amps Effectively Publish Date: 2019-07-30

Discrete op amps solve front-end signal conditioning requirements for precision applications but must be selected and applied with care.

Use Bluetooth 5.1-Enabled Platforms for Precise Asset Tracking and Indoor Positioning - Part 1 Publish Date: 2019-07-25

Use commercial Bluetooth 5.1 protocol stacks and hardware for precise RF direction finding for location service applications.

Take Advantage of a 16-bit Microcontroller’s Performance and Low Power Publish Date: 2019-07-24

16-bit microcontrollers offer a power, performance, and addressable memory sweet spot between 8-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers.

Board-Mount DC/DC Converters in Medical Applications Publish Date: 2019-07-23

AC/DC or board-mount DC/DC converters provide power for medical devices. This article explains why isolation might be needed and which safety standards apply.

How to Assess and Use Zero Delay Clock Buffers to Protect Timing in Synchronous Digital Systems Publish Date: 2019-07-18

How to use zero delay clock buffers to eliminate clock skew and guarantee minimum system clock timing errors in high-performance digital systems.

Why and How to Use Current DACs for Actuator Drive and Closed-Loop Control Publish Date: 2019-07-17

Used correctly, current-output DACs provide precise, reliable control of low current levels for many transducer and control applications.

How to Integrate a Peltier Module into a Thermal Management System Publish Date: 2019-07-16

A thermoelectric module, also known as a Peltier module, can enable a compact, lightweight, and power-efficient thermal management solution.

How to Implement a High Sensitivity Spectrophotometric Sensing Circuit Publish Date: 2019-07-11

Design an ultra-high-precision TIA front-end to accurately and reliably capture small photodetector currents in spectrophotometric instrumentation.

Save Space, Cost, and Power by Using Analog Multiplexers and Switches to Share Resources Publish Date: 2019-07-10

Use analog switches and multiplexers to route multiple sensors to a common ADC or processor to reduce power, BOM cost, and space.

Leveraging the Market’s First Arm® Cortex®-M33-Based MCU – Part 2: Lifecycle Security Management Publish Date: 2019-07-09

Use a microcontroller that combines a general-purpose processor core with specialized hardware designed to support the extended security lifecycle in embedded designs.

Use Ferroelectric Memory to Enhance Reliability of Automotive Applications Publish Date: 2019-06-28

Build more reliable systems by using F-RAM devices that offer the bus speed of random access memory and data retention endurance beyond EEPROM or flash memory.

Quickly Implement a Miniature Low-Power Bluetooth Accessory Using an Integrated RF Microcontroller Publish Date: 2019-06-27

Build small, low-cost, low-power Bluetooth accessories faster using a single-chip Bluetooth microcontroller.

Quickly Create an Accurate Thermistor-Based Temperature Sensing Circuit Publish Date: 2019-06-26

Achieve accurate temperature readings with a thermistor using a resistor and a precision analog microcontroller.

Join the Maker World with an Easy-to-Use Arduino Starter Kit Publish Date: 2019-06-25

The Arduino Starter Kit has everything engineers and non-engineers need to become a “maker” and join a world of electronics-based creativity and innovation.

How to Use a Voltage Reference to Ensure Accurate, Stable Data Conversion Publish Date: 2019-06-20

Proper use of a carefully selected voltage reference ensures analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion accuracy and optimum system performance.

Leveraging Market’s First Arm® Cortex®-M33-Based MCU – Part 1: Manage Power and Performance Publish Date: 2019-06-19

Use a microcontroller that extends a general-purpose processor core with specialized hardware for secure, low-power designs able to handle complex workloads.

Z-Wave in Near Zero Time: Two Pre-Certified Solutions for Smart Home Networks Publish Date: 2019-06-18

Use a Zen Gecko Z-Wave 700 series module with a dev kit to simplify design and reduce compliance testing for this popular but complex mesh network protocol.

Broadcom 15 mm Wide ACNT Optocouplers for High Voltage Applications Publish Date: 2019-06-13

The Broadcom ACNT optocouplers family offers 15 mm creepage and 14.2 mm clearance for high voltage isolation applications.

How to Select the Right RTOS and Microcontroller Platform for the IoT Publish Date: 2019-06-12

Developers can get started with real-time operating systems (RTOSs) for the IoT using readily available microcontroller platforms.

Use a Smart Sensor’s Built-In Machine Learning Core to Optimize “Always-On” Motion Tracking Publish Date: 2019-06-11

Use a smart sensor with an integrated machine learning core to detect complex movement sequences for low-power, always-on motion tracking.

How to Secure Microcontroller-Based IoT Devices with Fingerprint Authentication Publish Date: 2019-06-06

A fingerprint identification sensor combined with a microcontroller board with an LCD lets developers quickly and easily add access security to IoT networks.

An Introduction to Beamforming with MEMS Microphones Publish Date: 2019-06-05

A beamforming array containing multiple MEMS microphones can eliminate ambient noise by boosting sounds coming from a certain direction and attenuating others.

Assemble, Launch, Explore, and Develop Mini Drones Using an All-Inclusive Kit Publish Date: 2019-06-04

A mini drone kit and associated open-source software offer a comprehensive introduction to drone flight dynamics and control algorithms.

Apply the Latest CAN Bus Enhancements for Secure Reliable High-Speed Automotive Communications Publish Date: 2019-05-30

Use the latest CAN bus transceiver features to ramp automotive data rates, enhance reliability, and greatly improve security, while reducing cost and weight.

Design In TVS Diode Protection to Enhance CAN Bus Reliability Publish Date: 2019-05-29

Use IEC 61000-4-5 surge immunity tested TVS diodes for an inexpensive and simple to design in circuit protection solution for CAN bus applications.

How to Precisely Determine Motor Angular Position and Velocity With a Resolver Publish Date: 2019-05-23

Accurately and reliably capture a motor control resolver’s angular position and velocity with a high-resolution resolver-to-digital converter.

UARTs Ensure Reliable Long-Haul Industrial Communications Over RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 Interfaces Publish Date: 2019-05-22

Apply UARTs for reliable long distance serial communications for industrial applications using RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485.

External Flash Memory has Advantages When Using Lookup Tables in High Performance IoT Endpoints Publish Date: 2019-05-21

Use external serial flash memory for a lookup table in a microcontroller instead of internal flash to simplify system upgrades and increase performance.

Use SiC and GaN Power Components to Address EV Design Requirements Publish Date: 2019-05-15

Make the most of the higher operating temperatures and switching frequencies of SiC and GaN wide bandgap components for electric vehicle (EV) power systems.

Use a PCR Module to Rapidly Develop Accurate, Low-Power Radar-Based Sensors Publish Date: 2019-05-14

Use Acconeer’s advanced radar sensing technology and dev kit to simplify implementation of millimeter resolution distance and motion sensing in smart products.

Design In High-Power Power Over Ethernet Using Off-the-Shelf IEEE 802.3bt Solutions Publish Date: 2019-05-09

Use IEEE 802.3bt High-Power PoE Controllers and Interfaces to Extend Power-over-Ethernet to New Applications.

Why and How to Expand Microcontroller Program Memory with SPI XiP Flash Publish Date: 2019-05-08

The simpler and more efficient way to expand microcontroller program memory space is to use external SPI XiP flash memory, and here’s how to do it.

A Deep Dive into Audio Jack Switches and Configurations Publish Date: 2019-05-07

The audio jack is an industry-standard connector that has many potential uses in addition to providing basic audio connectivity.

Design a High Precision Industrial Sensing System Front-End Publish Date: 2019-05-02

Design a precise, accurate, low noise analog front-end for multiple sensors in a factory automation environment.

FPGAs in the Arduino World: Use Alorium’s Snō Module for Both Preconfigured and Custom IP Publish Date: 2019-05-01

Alorium’s XLR8 and Snō dev boards provide yet another simple and inexpensive way to make use of an FPGA’s real-time abilities in embedded system designs.

Control and Amplify High Voltages Effectively and Safely with the Right High Voltage Op Amp Publish Date: 2019-04-30

High voltage op amps are essential in many applications but choosing and using them effectively requires attention to functional details.

How to Quickly and Securely Connect IoT Applications to Google Cloud Publish Date: 2019-04-24

Developers need only power up an IoT development board to explore an end-to-end application securely connected from the IoT device to Google Cloud.

Build a Reliable Battery-Powered Clinical-Grade Wireless Thermometer for Continuous Monitoring Publish Date: 2019-04-23

How to build a low-power Bluetooth wireless clinical-grade digital thermometer to transmit body temperature to a mobile application over extended periods.

IMUs: Let Your Host Sleep with On-Board Machine Learning Publish Date: 2019-04-18

Integrating machine learning and decision tree processing into IMUs can offload real-time position and movement processing from the host application processor.

Bringing New Dimensions to HMI Implementation Without Needing Heavy Use of Resources Publish Date: 2019-04-17

Using Bridgetek’s BT81x series chips can take a huge processing burden off of the system MCU.

Build High Energy Density Power Supplies with Integrated eGaN Power Stages Publish Date: 2019-04-16

Use integrated driver and eGaN power stages to simplify the design of high frequency, high energy density switch-mode power supplies.

IEC 62368-1 Is on Its Way: The New Safety Standard for ICT and AV Equipment Publish Date: 2019-04-11

The new IEC 62368-1 safety standard goes into effect December 20, 2020. Take a look at the main principles behind it and how to best manage the transition.

How to Isolate Development Tools from Faulty Hardware Publish Date: 2019-04-10

Developers can protect their development tools from errant hardware by following some isolation best practices.

Quickly Create a Mesh Network Device Compatible with Multiple Protocols Publish Date: 2019-04-09

Quickly design a wireless device that is compatible and interoperable with multiple competing mesh network standards.

Build and Program FPGA-Based Designs Quickly with Python and Jupyter Notebooks Publish Date: 2019-04-03

A development board provides a comprehensive environment for rapidly creating FPGA-based designs without conventional FPGA programming steps.

5G is a Long Way Off: Use Ready-Made LTE 4G Modules for Remote IoT Sensing and Control Publish Date: 2019-04-02

Don’t wait for 5G: Ready-made 4G LTE modules and associated development kits simplify remote IoT product development and shorten time to market, now.

Ensure Sensor Data Integrity by Applying Self-Interrogation and Diagnostics Publish Date: 2019-03-29

Use ADI’s self-interrogating AD7124 to ensure sensor data integrity for critical industrial, commercial, and consumer applications.

Design a Fast and Accurate Water Source Turbidity Sensor Publish Date: 2019-03-27

Secure water resources by quickly acquiring accurate turbidity measurements with the right analog front-end photo-sensing system.

Use a Multicore Processor to Build Low-Power Media-Rich Smart Products Publish Date: 2019-03-26

Use the NXP i.MX 8M Mini family with its 14 nm FinFET process for high performance applications and real-time embedded processing for smart products.

The Fundamentals of Logarithmic Amplifiers and How They Handle Wide Dynamic Range Signals Publish Date: 2019-03-21

How to use log amplifiers to compress wide dynamic range signals to make them compatible with linear processing elements like digitizers.

The Basics of Direct Digital Synthesizers (DDSs) and How to Select and Use Them Publish Date: 2019-03-20

Use the right direct digital synthesizer (DDS) for accurate and stable analog waveforms with both phase and frequency agility.

Use a PPG/ECG Combo Wearable Biosensor Module for FDA-Certifiable Cardio Measurements Publish Date: 2019-03-19

A tiny module offers a drop-in solution for adding both one-lead ECG and pulse oximetry to low-power mobile devices.

Tomorrow’s Vehicles Will Have Even More Technology Publish Date: 2019-03-15

The automotive industry development of a secondary 48 V electrical system requires extensive isolations for safety and insulation control.

The Basics of CircuitPython for Rapid Microcontroller-Based Prototyping and Development Publish Date: 2019-03-14

Adafruit’s CircuitPython brings the increasingly popular Python programming language to inexpensive, embedded microcontroller dev boards.

How to Quickly Connect and Send IoT Data Straight to the Cloud and Access it Remotely Publish Date: 2019-03-13

Use the Microchip Technology AC164160 Google Cloud Evaluation Board and sensor IoT endpoint solution to quickly and securely connect to Cloud IoT storage.

How to Drive Multicolor LEDs Publish Date: 2019-03-12

With multicolor LEDs, designers can replace multiple LEDs with just one to save space, power, and cost, while quickly adding value to an embedded system.

Robotics, the Next Generation Publish Date: 2019-03-11

To develop intelligent and sophisticated robot systems requires innovative analog and embedded technologies and Texas Instruments offers some helpful products.

Work Smarter, Not Harder Publish Date: 2019-03-08

A look at a selection of Texas Instruments products that can assist in designing products to fill the needs and demands of tomorrow’s smart solutions.

An Architecture to Improve X-Ray Security System Throughput Publish Date: 2019-03-07

Use a high-speed 16-bit, SAR ADC to accelerate digital x-ray system throughput while maintaining accuracy and resolution.

Know When and How to Choose and Apply an External DAC for a Microcontroller Publish Date: 2019-03-06

Designers can add an external DAC to a microcontroller that enhances system functionality while conserving board space.

Build a Battery-Free Bluetooth-Enabled Wireless Switch for Smart Products Publish Date: 2019-03-05

Developers can easily create a battery-free wireless switch using an ultra-low-power Bluetooth 5.0 module and pushbutton energy harvester.

The Right Cable for an Industrial Application: How to Choose and Use for Design Success Publish Date: 2019-02-28

Cable choices for the Industrial IoT demand careful attention to physical and electrical considerations such as conductor types, shielding, and flexibility.

Accelerate Long-Range Wireless Connectivity Design with a LoRaWAN System-in-Package Publish Date: 2019-02-27

A 6 x 6 mm module and software provide a drop-in solution for low-power, low-cost, long-range IoT connectivity using LoRaWAN technology.

How to Safely and Efficiently Switch Current or Voltage Using SSRs Publish Date: 2019-02-26

The solid state relay (SSR) is a safe, versatile, rugged on/off switch between a low level control signal and an AC/DC load, but needs to be applied carefully.

MEMS versus ECM: Comparing Microphone Technologies Publish Date: 2019-02-21

Increasing numbers of devices utilize microphones to capture sound. Two of the most commonly used microphone technologies are MEMS and ECM.

Solve Microcontroller I/O Expansion Problems by Applying External Devices Publish Date: 2019-02-20

Developers can avoid tearing up their designs by expanding their microcontroller’s I/O using readily available, discrete expansion ICs.

Use Millimeter Wave Radar Kits for Fast Development of Precision Object Detection Designs Publish Date: 2019-02-19

Developers can add the range and accuracy of mmWave radar-based detection to their systems using a single device and accompanying software.

Why and How to Use the Serial Peripheral Interface to Simplify Connections Between Multiple Devices Publish Date: 2019-02-14

The Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) is popular as a simple, low-cost interface between multiple devices such as microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators.

How to Implement LoRa Firmware Over the Air (FOTA) with Minimal Power Consumption Publish Date: 2019-02-13

By using a FRAM-based microcontroller instead of flash-based, designers can reduce the power required to update firmware over a LoRaWAN wireless network.

How to Select and Effectively Apply an Oscillator Publish Date: 2019-02-12

A core understanding of oscillators and their function and differences is needed to select and apply them correctly to meet design requirements.

Use a Comprehensive PLC Reference Design to Accelerate Development of Industrial IoT Applications Publish Date: 2019-02-07

A modular system design provides a compact solution to emerging requirements for next generation PLCs.

Improve Pulse Oximetry Measurements Using Dark Current Compensation Publish Date: 2019-02-06

Use a second photodiode to increase a pulse oximeter’s dynamic range to 16 bits.

Use a Microcontroller’s Functionality to Quickly Implement Analog Signal Chains in Compact Designs Publish Date: 2019-02-05

Developers can implement the basic analog interfaces required in many wearable and IoT designs using only an MCU and a few passive components.

Use a Kit to Rapidly Develop an Industrial Predictive Maintenance Application Publish Date: 2019-01-31

Developers can rapidly deploy sensor hardware and software needed to build sophisticated solutions for industrial predictive maintenance.

Use Advanced LDOs to Meet IoT Wireless Sensor Power Supply Design Challenges Publish Date: 2019-01-30

Use advanced LDOs to maximize IoT sensor battery life while easing complexity and lowering cost.

Effectively Sense Temperature in IoT Applications Using Solid State Technology Publish Date: 2019-01-29

Solid state temperature sensors are well suited for IoT applications due their small size, accuracy, linearity, low power, and ease of interfacing.

IMUs for Precise Location: Part 2 – How to Use IMU Software for Greater Precision Publish Date: 2019-01-24

IMU software determines precise position from IMU sensor data and is used in embedded applications ranging from consumer to industrial, medical, and military.

Fundamentals of Current Measurement: Part 3 – Funnel Amplifiers Publish Date: 2019-01-23

Funnel amplifiers allow high side current measurements in systems where the load’s power supply operates at a higher voltage than the measurement circuitry.

Use an External Encrypted EEPROM to Secure Data in Embedded Systems Publish Date: 2019-01-17

Designers can add an external secure EEPROM to a microcontroller that provides an efficient way to protect sensitive data from hackers.

Reduce LED Noise and Distortion for Accurate Pulse Oximetry Publish Date: 2019-01-16

Pulse oximeters require special attention to their LED drive electronics to ensure low noise and low distortion for accurate measurements.

An Easier Solution for Securely Connecting IoT Devices to the Cloud Publish Date: 2019-01-15

Using a security IC and a software library, developers can employ a more efficient approach to mutual authentication required for IoT security.

Heat Sinks: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Heat Out of Your Design Publish Date: 2019-01-10

A heat sink's role is in creating a larger surface area on a heat-producing device, allowing for more efficient transfer of heat out and into its surroundings.

Quickly and Efficiently Implement Machine Learning at the Network Edge Publish Date: 2019-01-09

Developers should consider these low-power processor and board solutions to implement efficient machine learning on IoT devices at the network edge.

Use Add-On Boards to Quickly Build a Powerful IoT-Based Greenhouse LED Lighting and Sensor System Publish Date: 2019-01-08

Developers can use low-cost boards and specialized LEDs to build a complete greenhouse control system.

When More is Less: Save Valuable Space Using More Regulators Publish Date: 2018-12-20

Using multiple tiny DC-DC regulators in a design rather than fewer larger regulators can save board space and provide improved system performance.

Add Rapid Acquisition and High Accuracy to Tracking Applications Using Cost-Effective GNSS Modules Publish Date: 2018-12-19

Second generation GNSS modules offer faster satellite acquisition and better positional accuracy while becoming easier to design in.

USB Type-C, USB PD, and USB 3.1 Gen 2: New Standards in Speed and Power Publish Date: 2018-12-18

USB-C™ cables and connectors can cope with the power required for a device such as a laptop, negating the need to carry numerous cables for different uses.

Understand How to Use Switched Capacitor Filters to Save Space and Improve Filter Performance Publish Date: 2018-12-13

Use switched capacitor filters to lower parts count and get greater accuracy, temperature stability, and reliability compared to passive or active RC filters.

Save Space in Motor Control Designs with Highly Integrated Gate Drivers Publish Date: 2018-12-12

Use highly integrated modular gate drives to save BLDC motor control circuit space and make it easier to control MOSFET switching for optimum performance.

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