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The Internet of Many Things

The Internet of Things takes center stage in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. First up, we investigate a new sensor platform developed at Stanford University called BodyNet and how this new device can track both the pulse and rate of respiration by detecting the expansion and contraction of skin. Also this week, Mark Milligan and I discuss the future of the internet of things and how the … Read More → "The Internet of Many Things"

Sensor for Shipping-Container Forensics

Industrial internet-of-things (IoT) applications have a better track record of providing solutions to real problems than consumer IoT applications have. So, today, as part of our occasional series on IoT applications, we talk about one such industrial implementation. To help nail down its relevance, let’s start with the problem.

Enormous quantities of goods are moving across the ocean at … Read More → "Sensor for Shipping-Container Forensics"

“The Future is Now” – Embedded Tech Trends 2019

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

I just flew in from San Diego and boy is my VPX tired! Coming to you from the Embedded Tech Trends Conference in Southern California, this week’s episode of Fish Fry is all about how open system architectures can drive innovation in the world of embedded design. First up, Mark Littlefield ( … Read More → "“The Future is Now” – Embedded Tech Trends 2019"

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"

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Sep 20, 2019
The optical communications world will be centered in Dublin next week for ECOC Exhibition 2019. This is one of “the” events in the fiber optics world. ECOC features over 6,000 attendees and 330 exhibitor from around the globe. The industry will focus on networking...
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Meeting the Power Challenges of Today’s Modern Rail — Vicor and Mouser Electronics   Designing for modern rail systems demands modern power supply technology. In today’s market, power density, efficiency, and reliability are paramount engineering considerations, and that starts with the way you power your components. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Michael Schipani of Vicor about choosing the right power strategy for … Read More → "Meeting the Power Challenges of Today’s Modern Rail — Vicor and Mouser Electronics"
High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics  Many applications require industrial-grade, high-accuracy temperature sensors. But, choosing the correct sensor for your industrial design can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Punya Prakesh of Texas Instruments about the challenges of high-accuracy sensors, the factors to consider when designing with them, and how to choose the … Read More → "High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics"
Introduction to ESD Protection for High-Speed Data Line Interfaces — Mouser Electronics and Toshiba   ESD protection for circuits with high-speed data line interfaces can be tricky. Fine-pitch connectors like USB Type-C provide a vulnerability to the system that demands lower-capacitance ESD protection diodes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hensen Teong from Toshiba about the latest strategies and technologies for ESD protection of … Read More → "Introduction to ESD Protection for High-Speed Data Line Interfaces — Mouser Electronics and Toshiba"
Industrial Communication Protection for RS-485 and Ethernet — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics  Industry 4.0 brings speed, automation, efficiency… and circuit protection problems. In order to protect the RS485 and industrial Ethernet in our Industry 4.0 designs against environmental hazards such as ESD, we need industrial-grade circuit protection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Craig Morrow of Littelfuse about heavy-duty protection for Industry … Read More → "Industrial Communication Protection for RS-485 and Ethernet — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics"
Wireless Connectivity – Panasonic and Mouser Electronics  Selecting the right wireless connection for the edge of the IoT can be tricky business. Depending on your design requirements, there can be a number of different technologies that are worth considering for your project. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Rose of Panasonic about wireless technologies for bridging … Read More → "Wireless Connectivity – Panasonic and Mouser Electronics"
Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   Choosing the right capacitor for your design can be a daunting undertaking. With so many options on the market – from film to ceramic to electrolytic, it’s easy to get lost in a maze of datasheets and specifications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET about … Read More → "Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"