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Full-Power WiFi at Half the Power

In IoTland, communication is king. It puts the Internet in the IoT. But how to communicate? LTE? BlueTooth? WiFi? It partly depends on the application and the location, but it also depends on how far you are from a wall plug.

Because many IoT devices are small, portable, and – this is key – battery-powered, they will forever be infinitely far away from the wall plug. While WiFi has … Read More → "Full-Power WiFi at Half the Power"

It’s Getting Hot in Here

We know that energy is all around us, but how exactly do we harness it? To start things off this week, we take a closer look at an interesting new energy harvesting technology developed at MIT called a “thermal resonator.” By utilizing the gradual ambient temperature changes that occur over the course of a day, this technology can literally pull electricity out of the … Read More → "It’s Getting Hot in Here"

Vampire Power and the Curious Case of the MuxCapacitor

There’s an elephant in the room. You know it and I know it too. Whether we start with the trunk or the tail, the truth is clear. Our power grids are overtaxed, transformer technology has hit its limit, and “vampire power” (stand-by power wasted) is becoming a bigger problem than ever before. What can we do about our aging, overtaxed, and under-loved power grid? In this week’s … Read More → "Vampire Power and the Curious Case of the MuxCapacitor"

The Great Shark Cafe

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…”- Peter Benchley, Jaws

What do 3D printing and great white sharks have in common? This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Shark Fry of course! My guest Rich Stump (FATHOM) and I chat about how FATHOM is working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to create 3D printed video … Read More → "The Great Shark Cafe"

What Is a Smart City?

What do you think of when you hear the term “Smart Cities”? Parking apps? Lighting with sensors? Both of those are certainly part of the picture, but, in Europe, the entire picture could go far beyond those applications.

Through a presentation at an Imec event adjacent to their recent ITF event in Antwerp, and bolstered by a conversation with Imec’s John Baekelmans, I saw a far … Read More → "What Is a Smart City?"

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featured blogs
Sep 24, 2018
One of the biggest events in the FPGA/SoC ecosystem is the annual Xilinx Developers Forum (XDF). XDF connects software developers and system designers to the deep expertise of Xilinx engineers, partners, and industry leaders. XDF takes place in three locations this year.  Sa...
Sep 24, 2018
For the second year, the Electronic Design Process Symposium (EDPS) took place in Milpitas, having been at Monterey for many years. This was apparently the 25th year EDPS has run. I find EDPS to be a fascinating conference, and I think it is a shame that more people don'...
Sep 21, 2018
  FPGA luminary David Laws has just published a well-researched blog on the Computer History Museum'€™s Web site titled '€œWho invented the Microprocessor?'€ If you'€™re wildly waving your raised hand right now, going '€œOoo, Ooo, Ooo, Call on me!'€ to get ...
Sep 20, 2018
Last week, NVIDIA announced the release of the Jetson Xavier developer kit. The Jetson Xavier, which was developed in OrCAD, is designed to help developers prototype with robots, drones, and other......
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Energy Infrastructure – Mouser and ON Semiconductor For efficient, high-performance power conversion applications, we need to look at solutions like IGBTs and wide-bandgap materials. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steven Shackell from ON Semiconductor about advantages and strategies for designing with high-voltage, high-temperature, high-frequency components. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor Solutions for Energy … Read More → "Energy Infrastructure – Mouser and ON Semiconductor"
Passive Infrared Sensors – Mouser and Panasonic Passive infrared sensors are great solutions for IoT design. With high reliability, low cost, and low power consumption, they are perfect for IoT edge devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jeffrey Katz from Panasonic about the latest in passive infrared sensors for your next design. Click here for more … Read More → "Passive Infrared Sensors – Mouser and Panasonic"
Simplify Your 10W Isolated Supply – Mouser and Maxim IntegratedIn designing space-constrained power supplies for your design, opto couplers present a number of problems. But, it’s possible to do flyback feedback without using an opto coupler at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward and Anthony Huynh from Maxim Integrated about new no-opto flyback feedback solutions. Click here … Read More → "Simplify Your 10W Isolated Supply – Mouser and Maxim Integrated"
Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology – Mouser and Texas InstrumentsEver want your own pocket-sized spectroscope? Of course you have! Unfortunately, spectroscopes have always been high-budget devices that only the best-funded organizations could buy. Well, that’s all changed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Trevor Dowd of Texas Instruments about an exciting new pocket-sized spectroscope, based on TI DLP technology, that … Read More → "Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology – Mouser and Texas Instruments"
Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the PuzzleThe switch to LED lighting creates huge opportunities for IoT in addition to the obvious power and cost benefits. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Bolan and Bob Householder of Avnet about the fascinating and exciting engineering innovations following in the wake of LED technology.
IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICsConvergence in today’s electronics is a double-edged sword. On one hand, the fact that devices like smart phones have replaced a bunch of other gadgets is a fantastic development in areas like consumer electronics.  On the other hand, getting all of those power-hungry applications to work together without consuming too much power can be a tough … Read More → "IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICs"