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Tons of LEDs – One at a Time

It just seemed so wasteful to him! All he needed was a thin coating of flour on the chicken, but the only way to do that was to dredge the piece in a pile of flour. Like, about 100 times more flour than he really needed. He could reuse the flour for any other pieces, but, once you were done for the night, he’d be throwing away more … Read More → "Tons of LEDs – One at a Time"

AI Meets AC/DC

“For those about to rock, we salute you.” – Brian Johnson

Let’s play a game! First, we’ll divide the players into two teams. The first team includes fluffy kittens, nuns and orphans, baby ducks, and Delta blues guitarists. The second team includes patent trolls, the Ebola virus, personal-liability lawyers, and Brussels sprouts.

Which team does … Read More → "AI Meets AC/DC"

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"

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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"