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
This article by contributing editor Paul Pickering, details how the development of wearable health and fitness devices can be shortened using the Maxim Integrated MAXREFDES100#, a production-ready reference design.
The wearable health, wellness, and fitness market is extremely fast-moving, with new products appearing almost weekly. The availability of low-cost, low-power microcontrollers and widespread wireless connectivity have helped spur a drive towards portability and the growth of a new market in personal fitness monitors. http://bit.ly/2puM82B
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This article by contributing editor Bill Schweber, introduces designers to antenna theory, specifications, trends in antenna design, and real-world antenna examples.
The antenna is probably the most overlooked part of an RF design, yet the range, performance, and legality of an RF link are critically dependent upon it. Regardless, antenna selection is often left until the end of the design, at which point optimal antenna performance may not be achievable within the space provided….. http://bit.ly/2puoUtz
D3 Semiconductor, a company bringing together affiliated semiconductor companies and top-talent experts, announces its inaugural entry into the power semiconductor market with the launch of its +FET™ line of 650V-rated superjunction MOSFETs. +FET MOSFETs enable high-efficiency solutions for a range of hard-switched applications, including PFC boost and inverters used in telecom, enterprise computing, UPS and solar. http://bit.ly/2mPATUM