Maxim Integrated's subsystem reference designs accelerate and simplify factory automation



Three low-power reference designs from Maxim Integrated provide end-to-end integration of the signal chain, simplifying factory automation. The Carmel, Monterey, and Fremont industrial reference designs are fully tested subsystems, complete with schematics, layout files and firmware, and are available for immediate use and customization. Each reference design integrates multiple functions to provide a highly accurate solution for an automated factory task. Available for purchase, each board ensures rapid prototyping, early software development, and speed of design. Carmel The Carmel (MAXREFDES18#) subsystem provides a high-accuracy, low-noise analog output. Carmel is ideal for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and distributed control systems (DCS). -High performance: accurate output from high voltages down to true zero -Integrated error reporting: detection of short circuit, open circuit, brown-out, and overtemperature conditions -Flexibility: provides both current and voltage outputs, including bipolar signals of -20mA to 20mA and -10V to 10V Monterey The Monterey (MAXREFDES15#) subsystem is a high-accuracy, industrial loop-powered sensor transmitter that converts a standard temperature sensor input (RTD PT1000) to a 4-20mA signal that is immune to noise and is constant over long distances. It is ideal for distributed industrial sensor systems. -Ultra-low power: system current consumption is less than 2.1mA (a 40% improvement compared to the industry standard) -High accuracy: supports 0.1% system accuracy over a full process variable-input range -Ease of design: all design files are included for rapid prototyping Fremont The Fremont (MAXREFDES6#) subsystem is a low-power analog front-end (AFE) that accepts inputs of 0mV to 100mV. It is ideal for low-voltage output sensors, and process control and medical applications. -Low power: less than 300mW typical power consumption -Reduced time to market: fast prototyping with all necessary design files included -Simplicity: single-ended system eliminates the need to convert to differential signals "Analog integration is accelerating factory automation," said David Andeen, Reference Design Manager at Maxim Integrated. "With these reference designs, engineers can get to market faster with the latest analog technology in designs that make factories more efficient." "We continue to see strong demand for reference systems and subsystems that feature high- performance analog," said Jim Beneke, Vice President of Global Technical Marketing at Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of global technology distributor Avnet. "Maxim's innovative designs, coupled with systems like the ZedBoardTM, make a perfect match for today's engineering challenges." Maxim