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    • May 28, 2020

    Benefits of using Sub-1 GHz connectivity for grid asset monitoring, protection and control

    Harsh Misra and Sreenivasa Kallikuppa co-authored this blog post. The evolution of the power grid necessitates the addition of wireless connectivity to existing wired connectivity for asset monitoring and control. The primary contributing factors for adding wireless connectivity include: Adoption of decentralized microgrid model with distributed...
    • May 26, 2020

    3 big benefits of small cells

    We’ve all experienced the inconvenience of a dead spot. Macro remote radio units (RRUs), also known as macro cells, are typically deployed in a centralized location to cover dense urban areas. As the number of people using RRUs grows beyond capacity, the system’s signal overloads and weakens. To increase the capacity of the network in high...
    • May 20, 2020

    Helping physicians achieve faster, more accurate patient diagnoses with molecular test technology

    Eduardo Bartolome co-authored this technical article. Growth in the point-of-care molecular diagnostics (PoC) market has been driven primarily by the high prevalence of infectious diseases; an increasing awareness and acceptance of personalized medicine; and advancements in molecular techniques, which have led to more accurate results and portability...
    • May 12, 2020

    How building and home automation designs are becoming more energy efficient

    The constant growth of Internet of Things-related applications has driven the need to improve efficiency with sensors that can monitor human well-being and comfort in building and home automation designs. There have been various advances towards making homes and buildings more energy efficient. Take nanopowered devices for example, they are increasing...
    • May 6, 2020

    How to use Hall-effect current sensors in telecom rectifiers and server PSUs

    Power-factor correction (PFC) and inverters in telecom rectifiers and server power-supply units (PSUs) need to be able to sense the current signal from the high-voltage side for the controller at the low-voltage side. To do so, they use an isolated current sensor. There are many choices for isolated current sensing like current transformers (CTs), isolated...
    • Apr 7, 2020

    How to design an infrared thermometer quickly

    Monitoring our body temperature is essential for us to stay healthy. An infrared thermometer can measure temperature without contact, which can help ease the spread of a contact infection. In this article, I’ll break down the various blocks in a system diagram of an infrared thermometer. The MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) is a 16-bit ultra...
    • Mar 30, 2020

    An engineer’s guide to autonomous and collaborative industrial robots

    Man’s best friend may soon be industrial robots. As robots are becoming more commonplace in factories, it is important that they become more intelligent, autonomous, safer and efficient. All of this is enabled with precise motor control, advanced sensing technologies and processing at the edge, all with robust real-time communication. These...
    • Mar 20, 2020

    How to scale real-time control resources and sustain platform development in power conversion applications

    In the space of real-time power conversion that continuously demands higher performance and efficiency, it is critical for designers to invest in scalable and sustainable industrial and automotive power conversion solutions. This demand, in turn, leads to real-time control system requirements like the number of million instructions per second (MIPS...
    • Jan 13, 2020

    Protect outdoor cameras from extreme weather with a temperature switch

    Because of their role in security applications, it’s important that outdoor cameras do not malfunction or fail, regardless of whether they’re placed in tropical or frigid climates, or climates that experience both extremes in a given day. Older generations of outdoor cameras can only operate reliably within a specific temperature range...
    • Jan 13, 2020

    Customizing on-chip peripherals defies conventional logic

    It is a familiar scene in labs across the globe: A design engineer is pushing the envelope, seeking to enhance functionality or improve performance. Unfortunately, while digging deep into low-level system timing, a design stalemate occurs. The potential solution demands the alteration of key control signals. These situations can impede creativity, leaving...