The antenna can contribute enormously to a system’s performance, but only if it is given due consideration early in the design process.
This article introduces popular antenna configurations such as the monopole and dipole, and discusses their performance characteristics and how to work with them in the real world. It also discusses newer antenna designs such as patch and chip antennas, and how they can help designers meet more demanding application requirements. http://bit.ly/2qwIMzJ
Mouser Electronics Inc. and Grant Imahara today released official footage of the winning design of the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Design Challenge being 3D-printed in space.
The latest video episode of Mouser Electronics’ Empowering Innovation Together™ program highlights the official 3D-printing of engineer Andy Filo’s winning design and explains how astronauts may use the device in space. Femtosatellites are tiny satellites (about the size of a postage stamp) that weigh less than 100 grams. Scientists can use femtosatellites in many different missions and applications, including monitoring disasters, cosmic rays and coronal events. http://bit.ly/2qwXmHf
Digi-Key Feature Editor Murray Slovick describes HCL and introduces Infineon Technologies’ Arduino-compatible XMC1202 RGB LED Lighting Shield
As LED lighting systems mature, it is no longer sufficient to simply provide adequate brightness without glare. With research showing clearly that ambient light affects human biology, attention has now shifted to controlling the light source to affect human circadian rhythm, visual acuity, and even productivity. http://bit.ly/2pFy4nL
Digi-Key Editors Explain How To Take the Zero-Touch Approach to Securely Lock Down an IoT Device
The demonstrated ability of hackers to penetrate IoT devices says more about the level of security of these devices than the skill of the hackers: in most cases, the affected products lack the most basic security provisions. That said, basic security is simple conceptually, but its implementation requires careful attention at every node in a system to avoid vulnerabilities.
A pre-built security solution from Microchip Technology allows developers to implement zero-touch device provisioning in IoT applications built around the Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT service. http://bit.ly/2pFnAVj
The architecture for an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) application uses a large number of networked sensors and actuators to monitor and control industrial processes. In the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture this collection of smart connected elements is called the Edge Tier, and a typical Edge Tier node is located on or close to the machine it serves. http://bit.ly/2qsA8Ch
Part of TI’s SimpleLink microcontroller platform, the CC3120 Wi-Fi Internet-on-a chip™ device is comprised of a wireless network processor and power management subsystems, featuring a dedicated ARM® Cortex®-M3 microcontroller. http://bit.ly/2piOkun
Mouser Electronics Inc., announced today that it has received the NorthFace ScoreBoard AwardSM from Omega Management Group Corp. for the fifth straight year in recognition of achieving excellence in customer service and support in 2016. Mouser received a 99 percent satisfaction score. http://bit.ly/2plXxVT
The Internet of Things (IoT) holds the promise of high-resolution data which can be analyzed for energy monitoring
Where energy metrology was once largely confined to the interface between the power utility and the customer facility, organizations are looking for more detailed information from individual machines and pieces of equipment. http://bit.ly/2plSqov
IoT hardware and software need not be difficult
Bluetooth-enabled IoT devices provide ready access to data through smartphones and other gateway devices. Still, the design of low-power, battery-operated IoT solutions remains challenging in terms of both wireless sensing as well as optimization of power-draining communications subsystems. For designers with ever tightening time-to-market windows, the design task needs to be simplified.http://bit.ly/2pZ8QQ5
Significant upgrades to Bluetooth low energy introduced through versions 4.1, 4.2 and 5 were designed to make the short-range wireless standard a better choice for Internet of things (IoT) wireless applications. Part 1 of this two-part series describes those upgrades and outlines their advantages. Part 2, here, introduces Bluetooth low energy SoCs, modules and kits, and discusses their relative tradeoffs as a design approach. By the end of the series, a competent designer should be comfortable starting a Bluetooth low energy design. http://bit.ly/2plKmnI