IoT Expert Jacob Beningo Explains:
“Energy consumption is critical for IoT devices. While many factors contribute to the overall energy profile of the system, the major contributor that developers also have the greatest control over is the microcontroller.
This article describes how to go about selecting a low-power microcontroller for the IoT and what to look for with regard to on-board peripherals. It also shows how to use power-monitoring tools, and provides tips and tricks for optimum power and performance.”
Read the article here
By Danny Boesing, Samtec:
“I am asked frequently why Samtec, a connector company, has a tiger for a mascot? Isn’t it obvious? When I think of tigers, I think of connectors. Just like every time I see a praying mantis I think of a thermostat.
Seriously, there is a story behind how Samtec selected a tiger for its mascot. So I’ll take a break from writing about connectors and applications and share the story as it was passed down to me by the tribal elders years ago …” Read the rest of the story: http://bit.ly/2lcvgg0
Coilcraft’s new 0805HP Series ceramic wirewound chip inductors offer the industry’s highest Q factors in an 0805 size at frequencies up to 3 GHz.
The 0805HP Series features a wirewound construction for highest possible self resonance – up to 9.5 GHz. It also offers significantly lower DCR (as low as 15 mΩ) than the previous generation products, making it appropriate for high current applications. It is available with 23 inductance values ranging from 2.6 to 820 nH, with 2% tolerance available for most values. http://bit.ly/2x7uuJk
Accurate temperature measurement is an essential feature in mobile applications ranging from health wearables to industrial, medical, and pharmaceutical cold chain monitoring.
For these applications, developers are challenged to design solutions that provide high accuracy and reliability with minimal power consumption, the smallest possible footprint and the lowest possible cost.
Designing with typical temperature transducers, developers are hard pressed to build signal chains capable of delivering on all these design requirements. However, a single-chip sensor from ams provides an integrated solution that is capable of delivering high accuracy at low power with a minimal footprint.
The new MP600 series of mechanical sensors is designed to detect two positions within one single product.
The distance between the two positions can be customized to the user’s application between 0.3mm and 1.5mm. The fixed NC and NO contacts activate with no measurable hysteresis. Repeatability is better than 5 µm and depending on cable selection, the operational temperature can go from -40°C up to 130°C. The cable termination can be supplied with a M12 connector. http://bit.ly/2x74TAa
Kits Provide Easy Connection Between FPGAs and Fiber Optics
The 14 Gbps FireFly™ FMC Module provides up to 140 Gbps full-duplex bandwidth over 10 channels from an FPGA to an industry-standard multi-mode fiber optic cable. Samtec’s 14 Gbps FireFly™ FMC Development Kit supports Data Center, High Performance Computing and FPGA-to-FPGA protocols including Ethernet, InfiniBand™, Fibre Channel and Aurora. http://bit.ly/2vCZkcx
Art Pini Explains……….
Passive probes offer a good way of connecting an oscilloscope to the device or circuit under test. They are low cost, reliable, and offer reasonable signal integrity when used knowledgably. http://bit.ly/2vDjB1M
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, has been named 2016 e-Commerce Distributor of the Year for Europe by Vishay Intertechnology. This is the fifth consecutive year that Mouser has received this prestigious award. http://bit.ly/2vDhSth
Author/Expert John Mayer Explains –
High-performance motion tracking technologies have migrated from esoteric military, avionics, marine, and industrial applications into an expanding range of consumer applications. Still, bringing high-performance motion tracking to the consumer market often forces designers to reconcile conflicting goals, particularly with respect to cost, power consumption, and computational resources. http://bit.ly/2s7rN5e