Recent technical articles
  • Industrial
    • Aug 3, 2020

    Selecting the right processor for your data concentrator design

    A trend in the rapid growth of smart grids is enabling more intelligent functions in residential equipment, such as smart electricity meters and data concentrators. A smart grid requires a multi - communication approach to analyze grid status, detect problems and report issues. A data concentrator acts as an aggregator of endpoint consumption data...
  • Embedded processing
    • Aug 3, 2020

    Exploring advancements in industrial and automotive markets with 60-GHz radar

    In just a few decades, the world has seen the replacement of human-operated machinery and vehicles with intelligent versions now operated autonomously or with less human intervention. With such rapid growth, the industrial and automotive markets have a tremendous need for innovative sensing technologies to help buildings, cities and automobiles sense...
  • Analog
    • Jul 31, 2020

    Six key questions when designing for USB protocol interfaces

    Designing a system that uses high-speed signals for data transmission can be difficult, especially when there are so many available communication protocols. While many are ideal for high-speed signals, one in particular continues to grow in popularit...
  • Industrial
    • Jul 29, 2020

    Enabling IIoT to reach beyond the factory floor

    Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have become synonymous with connected factories and making traditional factories smarter in order to reap the benefits of greater efficiency. Today, it’s becoming more common for factory equipment to monitor and control collocated equipment such as chemical storage tanks, pumping...
  • Industrial
    • Jul 27, 2020

    Overcoming common design challenges in an UV sterilization box system

    An ultraviolet (UV) sterilization box is designed to use UV rays to kill bacteria. UV LEDs can produce UV rays of 260 nm to 280 nm, which can break the bacteria DNA/RNA strand and kill bacteria completely, with a sterilization rate as high as 99%. LED ultraviolet sterilization technology, first used by astronauts to disinfect water on space missions...
  • Automotive
    • Jul 27, 2020

    Using DC/DCs buck converters to power modern safety features in commercial vehicles

    This article was co-authored by Zach Imm. Driver and pedestrian safety is a top priority for engineers working on vehicles today and in the future, both partially and fully autonomous. According to recent statistics, more than 73% of traffic accidents, especially for commercial vehicles, are caused by visual blind spots, cellphone use, driver fatigue...
  • Industrial
    • Jul 21, 2020

    Building high-performance flow transmitters using the PWM technique

    Sensors measure the processes in factory environments to control the conditions in the overall system through the programmable logic controller (PLC). Typical measurements are temperature, pressure, flow and level. There are different techniques that can be used when designing with flow transmitters but here we look at the PWM technique. In this application...
  • Power management
    • Jul 21, 2020

    Meet airline restrictions with power-path control for dual batteries

    With the Federal Aviation Administration restricting the size of batteries allowed on airplanes, it can be challenging to design applications with batteries down to 100 Wh. Some companies design applications using two small batteries instead of one t...
  • Analog
    • Jul 17, 2020

    3 common questions when designing with high-speed amplifiers

    Not all amplifier designs are created equal, and it’s important to be familiar with common specifications and understand certain concepts when designing with high-speed amplifiers. In the context of this article, high-speed amplifiers refer to ...
  • Power management
    • Jul 16, 2020

    Overcoming challenges for backlight LED drivers in automotive display solutions

    High resolution and seamless operation are important for larger automotive display screens, shown in Figure 1, as consumers want a clear picture with smooth functionality. Given the harsh environments in vehicles, system reliability and safety are al...
  • Industrial
    • Jul 15, 2020

    A history of industrial Ethernet protocols and their benefits

    Every industrial Ethernet protocol has a unique history and differing benefits for industrial applications. In this article, I’ll provide a brief overview and key benefits for three key protocols: EtherCAT, Profinet and multiprotocols. Industrial Ethernet Industrial Ethernet is used for factory automation, building automation and many other...
  • Automotive
    • Jul 14, 2020

    Automotive exterior lighting gets a major upgrade

    Exterior lighting, primarily used to illuminate ground areas near the door, can now be transformed into a projection system used for both vehicle communication and unique styling features. A small lighting module utilizing the automotive grade DLP30...
  • Power management
    • Jul 14, 2020

    Simplifying radiation-hardened power-supply design with eFuses

    Today’s satellites use complex, high-power field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and processors, challenging power-supply design engineers to create robust power supplies. Many designers end up with complicated designs meant to achieve redundancy (the duplication of critical components to increase reliability), involving dozens of discrete components...
  • Automotive
    • Jul 13, 2020

    4 audio trends transforming the automotive industry

    By Krunal Maniar The automotive industry is focused on creating a comfortable driving experience – but without compromising fuel efficiency or manufacturing costs. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are refreshing their audio system archit...
  • Power management
    • Jul 9, 2020

    Ease power-supply design for USB PD applications with buck-boost converters

    USB technology has evolved – from a data interface capable of supplying limited power to a primary power source with an interactive data interface. Today, many devices charge or get their power from USB ports contained in laptops, cars, aircraf...