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0.6V, and Still the Memory Persisted

A big chunk of the vast, imagined IoT (Internet of Things) includes the industrial IoT (IIoT), which is responsible for controlling and monitoring energy-consuming processes based on large motors, pumps, fans, generators, heavy-duty actuators, heaters, and other high-power equipment. Such IIoT applications aren’t as concerned with low-power design compared to the medical and consumer side of the IoT—wearables and the like. Medical and consumer … Read More → "0.6V, and Still the Memory Persisted"

Certifying the Certifier

OK, people: it’s time to talk again about how not to hurt or kill people (or other living things) with electronic gadgetry. Or more-than-gadgetry, like cars that have the temerity to drive themselves. There are so many angles from which to approach how all those functions in such machines can be made safe; we take on yet another one today.

This discussion stems … Read More → "Certifying the Certifier"

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"

Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT

We are gathered here today to celebrate the matrimony of operational technology and information technology. During the years they have been together, their understanding of each other has grown and matured, and they have decided to live their lives together. But how exactly are they going to do that? With a little help from us, of course. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Lou Lutostanski … Read More → "Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT"

The Changing Face of Distribution

Once again, a news story has appeared in time to provide a topical twist to a story that was already underway. At the beginning of January, distribution giant Arrow Electronics announced that it had bought einfochips – a 1500-person “design and managed services” company. To quote the release, einfochips’ activities include, “developing custom hardware and software and new business models for the Internet of Things (IoT)”. And this announcement neatly … Read More → "The Changing Face of Distribution"

Like Fiber in the Sky

When you’re building out network infrastructure, it’s often that last hundred meters or so that causes the most headache. Sure, there are challenges getting all the huge pipes and big switches to handle the massive bandwidth reliably, but things sometimes get the trickiest when we make that final run to the subscriber. Ethernet cables, fiber, and other wired solutions are expensive, difficult to install, high maintenance, and … Read More → "Like Fiber in the Sky"

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Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse   With power capabilities of up to 100W, USB Type-C requires sophisticated protection for cables. These high performance cables and connectors create numerous challenges for protection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Todd Phillips from Littelfuse about the ins and outs of USB Type-C, and the best techniques for cable … Read More → "Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse"
Enabling Energy-efficient IoT Solutions — Mouser Electronics and ON Semiconductor   Choosing connectivity solutions for power-sensitive IoT applications can be a tricky process. There are numerous options available, and a host of trade offs to consider in finding a setup that meets your system design goals. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pavan Mulabagal of ON Semiconductor about energy-efficient IoT … Read More → "Enabling Energy-efficient IoT Solutions — Mouser Electronics and ON Semiconductor"
Moving to 48V — Mouser Electronics and Vicor   48V power supplies have numerous advantages over lower voltage systems. With 48V you can deliver more power more efficiently in a smaller form factor. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Robert Gendron and Ian Mazsa of Vicor about advantages and tips for designing higher-voltage power systems. Click here for … Read More → "Moving to 48V — Mouser Electronics and Vicor"
KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET"
Intelligent Power Modules – Mouser and Infineon  Intelligent power modules can speed up your project, improve your power consumption, and bring a host of other benefits to your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Divins from Infineon about using Infineon’s intelligent power modules in your next project. Click here for more information about Infineon Technologies … Read More → "Intelligent Power Modules – Mouser and Infineon"
Isolated Your Signals? How About Power? Mouser and Texas Instruments   You’ve isolated your signals, but what about power? Today’s designs require careful engineering of power isolation to keep things working in tough environments. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neel Seshan of Texas Instruments about new components that will help solve your power isolation woes. Click here for more … Read More → "Isolated Your Signals? How About Power? Mouser and Texas Instruments"