Internet of Things

June 2019
PSDcast - Building out the 5G Infrastructure

Paul Hart, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Radio Frequency, at NXP Semiconductors

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing 5G and what it'll take to build out the infrastructure. It's no exaggeration to say that 5G will transform telecommunications as we know it and further enable the Internet of Things, but a lot of work remains ...
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06/28/2019

Birth of a Discipline: Low-Energy Visible Light IoT Systems
New ENLIGHT'EM project, coordinated by IMDEA Networks Institute, is set to use Visible Light Communications (VLC) technology to bring connectivity and sustainable ubiquitous communication networks to every LED bulb. IMDEA Networks Institute launched this month in Madrid (Spain) a new Marie Curie European Training N
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06/28/2019
3W Ultra-thin Isolated Regulated Output DC/DC Converters
The new series URB/VRB-J(M)D/T-3W provides 4:1 and 2:1 ultra wide input range, features 1500VDC isolation voltage, and delivers efficiencies up to 83%. Packages are available in SMD and DIP. In addition to meeting EN62368 standards, protections for input under-voltage, over voltage, over-current, output short cir
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06/17/2019
Sub-Miniature Tact Switches for Home Automation and IoT
WALTHAM, Mass. – C&K introduces two new sub-miniature tact switches aimed at design engineers developing home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) electronic devices: the PTS636 and PTS526. With printed circuit board (PCB) space at a premium within consumer electronics devices, these ultra-compact C&K sw
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06/17/2019
Fuji Electric 7th Generation IGBT Technology Powers Today’s High Efficiency Energy Conversion Systems

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Figure 1: IGBT cross sectional structure

Today’s Power Electronic market is driving development of compact, low-loss, and, high-reliability IGBT modules to optimize power conversion systems. In response, Fuji Electric has developed our 7th generation X-Series IGBT technology combining enhanced semiconductor chip characteristics and improved packaging str
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06/16/2019
Expanded Patent Portfolio for Smart Lighting IoT Solutions
BEDFORD, Mass. -- CIMCON announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company patent No. 10,238,001 for the NearSky smart city platform. The newly issued patent for a configurable data center platform covers CIMCON's design of an edge data processor that affixes to streetlight poles and contains processing systems to communicate with smart city devices and sensors. This innovative design makes it easy to deploy and cost-effectively manage smart city IoT solutions. This new patent extends a string of industry firsts and innovations from CIMCON lighting as the company continues to invest in an aggressive product roadmap that is continually bringing new smart city IoT technologies to market. There is a portfolio of nine patents now protecting CIMCON's smart city and intelligent lighting product lines. The extensive portfolio includes protections for the following essential components of smart city and intelligent streetlight systems: A web-based, wireless streetlight management system, which allows users to configure and control streetlights using a map-based graphical interface Streetlight controllers that can communicate with the streetlight and transmit status and identificat
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06/12/2019
Smart Grid and the IoT
It seems that all too quickly, the half of 2019 is now behind us. So far, it’s been a very mixed year. On the one hand, innovation is rapidly incoming, especially with the penetration of wide bandgap materials onto the market. If you were at PCIM like me, you’d have seen that the exhibition was completely do
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06/10/2019
Connecting the World with Everyday Objects
Virtually any ‘thing’ that can provide useful data can become part of the IoT. And that about sums up the Internet of Things, which promises to connect every phone, appliance, watch, auto, and anything else that shares information. Hence the IoT’s nom de plume, the Internet of Everything. The June 2019 issue de
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06/10/2019
Antennas of Flexible Nanotube Films for Electronics

Metal-free antennas made of thin, strong, flexible carbon nanotube films are as efficient as common copper antennas, according to a new study by Rice University researchers.

Antennas made of carbon nanotube films are just as efficient as copper for wireless applications, according to researchers at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering. They're also tougher, more flexible and can essentially be painted onto devices. The Rice lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Matteo Pasq
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06/10/2019
Powering the IoT – Open Standards are Catalysing the Market

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Figure 1. The Cat m1 vs. NB-IoT

IDC forecasts that this year, spending on the IoT will reach $754 billion, an increase of more than 15 per cent over 2018 – and the forecasters also expect that double-digit growth will continue, passing $1 trillion in 2022 [1] as interest proliferates in ways to leverage the benefits of IoT applications on
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06/07/2019
The Challenge of Powering Industrial IoT Applications

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Figure 1: Power supplies for IoT application should be designed for ultra-low power consumption in stand-by mode

The hype around IoT devices nowadays is not surprising, as IoT engineering kits and the appropriate technologies are widely available. Consequently, there are no limits for enabling ideas and possible business models based on these technologies. In the industrial environment, there has been rapidly increasin
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06/07/2019
Ensuring IoT Infrastructure Integrity via Smarter Nodes

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Figure 1: The Texas Instruments MSP430 MCU

IoT infrastructure can potentially be compromised in a number of ways. Firstly, there is the possibility that IoT nodes could be damaged during shipment or transport, prior to their installation. Then they might be exposed to harsh conditions, due to the application environment in which they are located - with extreme heat, high humidity or vibrational forces al
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06/07/2019
IoT – IioT, IoE and oh da do dah day
Our industry loves acronyms in a big way. I think this is so finance people can sound like technologists and speak in industry jargon that makes them sound like experts in things other than financial analysis of organizations. In this case, IoT (or Internet of things), IIOT (the industrial Internet of things), an
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06/07/2019
Battery Solutions for IoT Devices

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Figure 1: The extended temperature cells remain largely unaffected by long-term storage at elevated temperatures

There is no question that the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing very rapidly, with estimates of nodes deployed in the billions. Many estimates suggest that there are now up to six IoT nodes for every person on the planet – and the growth rate is accelerating. On the other hand, there are those who sugge
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06/07/2019
HARTING and HIROSE push infrastructure for Single Pair Ethernet
To make the new connection technology for Single Pair Ethernet a success, the technology partnership is pursuing the systematic expansion of SPE to achieve an end-to-end, complete infrastructure. This infrastructure consists of a portfolio of connectors, sockets, cables and cable sets on the component side. In
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06/06/2019
Rad-Hard 16-Channel Current Driver with Integrated Decoder
The ISL72814SEH integrates the decoder, input level shifter, and 16 current driver arrays in a single monolithic IC. The device allows satellite manufacturers to significantly increase system capacity and cut solution footprint by 50 percent for their medium Earth orbit (MEO), geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), h
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06/06/2019
Encapsulated sixteenth-brick DC-DC converters
The modules are housed in the industry-standard sixteenth-brick form factor (35.3 x 25 x 10.4mm / 1.39 x 0.984 x 0.41 in), with sealed and encapsulated packaging. This ensures their reliability when exposed to dust, moisture, severe vibration and other harsh environmental conditions. There are two variants: the PKU35
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06/06/2019
Powerbox announces 105 models of DC/DC converters featuring 2xMOPP medical approvals
The PMM15, PMM20 and PMM30 are certified to the 3rd Edition of the IEC/EN/ANSI/AAMI ES 60601-1 medical safety standard and rated for the highest levels of patient protection - 2xMOPP. With a clearance and creepage distance of 8mm, a typical leakage current of 2µA and a 5,000VAC isolation voltage, the modules ensur
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06/06/2019
New angled locking cable for IEC C14 Power Connectors
The newest connector in the IL13 family sets a benchmark in space limited locking situations. Due to its angled construction the connector can be beneficially used with devices standing next to a wall or in table-top applications. The connector comes in four different orientations to cater for any assem
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06/06/2019
Now at Mouser: Maxim’s MAX77860 Switch-Mode Buck Charger
The MAX77860 is ideal for USB Type-C charging for single-cell (1S) lithium-ion or lithium-polymer applications, portable medical equipment, portable industrial equipment, and mobile point-of-sale devices, as well as smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The Maxim MAX77860 step-down charger, available from
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06/06/2019
10W reed relay suits high-PCB-density applications
Series 122 relays measure 12.5mm in height and are rated with a switching current of 0.5A at 10W. 3V and 5V coils are available.   Fast operate and release times, typically 150 μs or less, make Series 122 relays ideal for high speed test systems such as A.T.E. switching matrices or multiplexers.
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06/06/2019
Biobattery Could Help Everything Connect to the Internet

This solid phase bacteria-powered biobattery could be a low-cost power source for the Internet of Disposable Things.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - In the future, small paper and plastic devices will be able to connect to the internet for a short duration, providing information on everything from healthcare to consumer products, before they are thrown away. Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a
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06/04/2019
PSDcast - Wireless Power with Infrared Light

Wi-Charge Chief Marketing Officer Yuval Boger

In this episode of the PSDcast, we're discussing a unique approach to wireless power - Israeli start-up Wi-Charge uses infrared light to transmit usable energy ...
Date:
06/04/2019