10 Things to Know Before Starting Your Arduino Project

10 tips for Arduino project designers that will save you time, money, and frustration. Arduino boards and accessories are available at Digi-Key!

Fecha de publicación: 2017-01-12
Module or Discrete Power?

A brief analysis of the benefits of using modular power supplies over having to design discrete solutions.

Fecha de publicación: 2017-01-12
Using AMP DC/DC Converters to Achieve True Digital Power Interoperability

By using interoperable digital power converters based on rapidly developing AMP Group standards, designers can ensure design longevity and supply-chain continuity.

Fecha de publicación: 2017-01-11
Smart Lighting – Automatic Dimming for Human Preference

Learn about Ambient Light Sensors (ALS) and the options available for selecting the optimal device for your application including products from Vishay.

Fecha de publicación: 2017-01-10
Hardware Offload Increases Energy Efficiency of Flow Sensors

How hardware offloading of flow sensors increases CPU core sleep time and increases overall system energy efficiency.

Fecha de publicación: 2017-01-05
Simplifying Time-of-Flight Distance Measurements

See how time of flight (ToF) works and how devices such as TI’s TDC7201 and the Intersil ISL29501 are helping to meet ToF’s evolving needs.

Fecha de publicación: 2017-01-05
Rapid Development of a Bluetooth-Enabled, Wireless-Charging Wearable

The WDK1.0 wearable development kit from ON Semiconductor is a system-level, hardware/software kit helping developers to quickly create wearable products.

Fecha de publicación: 2017-01-04
Energy Harvesting Power Management for Wireless Sensor Networks in the Smart City

Review components that improve energy harvesting power management in wireless sensor networks in smart city applications.

Fecha de publicación: 2017-01-04
How to Design an Intelligent LED Lighting System Using Bluetooth Smart

An overview of Texas Instrument’s BLE Light Reference Design.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-30
Understanding the Real Benefits of Flexibility and Configurability in Power Systems Design

Learn the benefits configurable power supplies offer program designers and users which arguably makes them a first choice rather than last option.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-30
Improving IoT System Robustness Using Watchdog Timers

Learn about internal and external watchdog timers (WDT) and how these WDTs help designers increase system robustness.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-29
Can Proprietary Protocols Cut the Cost of Simple Sensor Networking?

Texas Instruments' SimpliciTI is an easy-to-us protocol that helps designers save costs and creates efficiencies in home automation and smart living applications.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-29
How and Why to Use PIN Diodes for RF Switching

Maxim’s versatile, compact, low-power, and cost friendly IO controller platforms meet the needs of a variety of industrial sensing designs.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-28
Utilizing a Compact IO Platform for Industrial Automation

A guide to using PIN diodes in RF switching designs including when and how to use PIN Diodes as well as the benefits of their use.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-28
Using Proximity Detection and Ambient Light Sensing to Save IoT Device Power

Proper application of VCNL4100 ambient light and long-range proximity sensor can lower power consumption and provide better user experience for IoT designs.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-22
Use a Quick-Start Platform to Accelerate Your Sensor-to-Cloud Connection

Connecting sensors to the cloud can be simplified with kits like STMicroelectronics’ STM32-based Nucleo boards and the available FP-CLD-BLUEMIX1 software package.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-21
AC Input Electronically Commutated (EC) Fans

Electronically commutated fans offer designers many benefits including energy efficiency, longer design lifetime, less system maintenance, and quieter system operation.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-21
Get On the Fast Path to Sensor Fusion Design

Learn how integrated sensors and associated software packages dramatically simplify the implementation of sensor fusion for orientation-aware designs.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-20
Daylight-Sensitive Efficient Lighting

Examining the use of wireless MCUs and sensors to create efficient lighting solutions.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-20
Simplifying Capacitive Touch Sensor Design Using the Cypress CY8CKIT

Using the Cypress CY8CKIT prototyping kit and reference design accelerates the design and implementation of reliable capacitive touch-sensing interfaces.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-15
Silicon Carbide (SiC): History and Applications

Learn the history of Silicon Carbide (SiC) including the variety of uses, pros and cons, and products produced using SiC.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-14
Choosing Lenses to Make the Most of LED Lumens

An overview of the key parameters in selecting LED lenses including light distribution and lens size and positioning.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-13
Wireless Network Options for Smart LED Lighting Systems

A comparison of Bluetooth, ZigBee, and other wireless connectivity and network protocols that can be used in smart LED lighting systems.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-08
How to Power and Control Brushless DC Motors

A quick and simple designer’s guide to explaining the benefits of brushless DC motors as well as how to power and control brushless DC motors.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-07
Developing Efficient LED Lighting Control Systems

LED lighting control techniques expand as the market continues to grow including dimmable LEDs and networked lighting.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-06
Radio Links for Driverless Cars

Different vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure link technologies for in autonomous vehicles around the world include 5.9GHz DSRC and LTE.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-12-01
Utilizing the Latest Integrated Modules for Reliable Digital Power

Discover the benefits of using digital power in complex applications and learn how to integrate digital control methods in your designs.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-30
Ensuring Safety When Autonomous Vehicle RF Links Fail

Autonomous vehicles rely on real-time RF-based position data. Good design incorporates backup sensor systems that enhance accuracy and take over if RF is lost.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-29
How to Use Digi-Key Part Search More Efficiently

Digi-Key Electronics takes great pride in having one of the industry’s largest varieties of parts in-stock and ready for shipment on the day an order is placed.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-23
LoRaWAN Part 2: How to Use Microchip’s Modules to Speed IoT Design

A comprehensive overview of Microchip’s RN2903 LoRa module along with instructions explaining how to use hardware and software to create an IoT design.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-23
LoRaWAN Part 1: How to Get 15 km Wireless and 10-Year Battery Life for IoT

Discuss the advantages of using sub-GHz communication, the importance of modulation schemes, and learn about Microchip’s RB2903 LoRaWAN module.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-22
Drone Docking with “Park Assist” for Recharging in The Field

As the usage of autonomous vehicles and drones rise, designers must consider charging dock component and designs that are both functional and accurate.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-22
Get Your Motor Running With the NXP Kinetis Motor Suite

The software needed to drive brushless DC and permanent-magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs) is complex, but NXP’s Kinetis Motor Suite greatly simplifies matters.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-17
Designing in the Negative Space Applied: Digital Control Techniques for PC Board Power Design

Techniques and solutions for designers needing to decrease a module’s footprint or recover lost PC board space.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-17
Adding Heart-Rate Monitoring Functionality to Fitness Gear

A Maxim Integrated biosensor module and open software lets you implement a heart rate monitor with minimal additional hardware and programming.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-16
Build a Redundant Power Bus for Reliable UAV Operation

Using a redundant power bus such as N+1 architecture for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) applications helps to increase reliability and cost-effectiveness.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-15
How to Deploy a Complete Bluetooth-Based IoT Design for Under $40

Learn how to program and code an off-the-shelf Bluetooth sensor board for home or personal use for under $40 total cost!

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-10
Heterogeneous Multicore Processors Provide the Perfect Platform for Autonomous Devices

Designers rely on Heterogeneous multicore devices from TI and NXP to add precision and adaptive control autonomous device applications.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-09
Mesh Networking, the Critical Open Sesame for Smart Lighting Success

Learn about the features of MeshConnect and CSRmesh, how they are used, their impact on smart lighting, and the likely effects of the Bluetooth SIG’s move.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-08
Communication Considerations for Distributed Control Applications

When building a distributed smart system, designers must choose the communication architecture to minimize maintenance overhead and deliver superior capability.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-03
Radar Sensing for Driverless Vehicles

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor systems are changing the way that radar systems are integrated into driverless, autonomous vehicles.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-02
Reduce Design Complexity Using Integrated Isolated Flyback Converters

Use this design to learn how to decrease design complexities and increase stability, safety, and simplicity when integrating isolated flyback converters into your power supply design.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-02
Prevención de la temperatura excesiva de la unión del LED

Cómo calcular las temperaturas de las uniones y evitar las temperaturas altas de la unión del LED con diseños COB y otras alternativas de empaquetado de LED de resistencia térmica.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-11-01
How Digital Power Management Improves the Performance of Bluetooth Wireless Transceivers in the IoT

Using digital power management techniques helps increase the battery life and performance of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-27
Isolated Current Sensors Solve Circuit, Safety Problems

Using isolated current sensors in power-related applications helps designers to easily monitor current, increases safety, and eliminates the need for extra isolation circuitry.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-27
How to Make a BeagleBone-Based Appliance Notification Texter

A step-by-step guide and reference design explaining how a BeagleBone Green or BeagleBone Black can be programmed to send text notifications to a mobile phone.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-26
Simplify Design and Scalability of Automotive Digital Instrument Clusters

Multicore SoCs and power management devices provide an efficient hardware foundation for scalable, high-performance automotive graphics systems.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-25
Adding Wireless for IoT: Build, Buy, or Hybrid?

Adding wireless can be a designer’s nightmare. While Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee modules make it easier, a designer must choose and integrate the right module.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-20
Machine Vision Applications Draw Intelligence from Deep Learning Neural Networks

Learn about deep learning neural networks and how they are being used in industrial, automotive, and commercial applications.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-20
Ever-Tighter Energy Efficiency Standards Mean External Power Supply Manufacturers Can Never Rest

Why we energy efficiency standards for external power supplies and how these standards are becoming more strict over the next two years.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-20
Make CAN Beyond Automotive into Industrial

CAN has moved from automotive to industrial networking. New transceivers now offer longer bus lengths, more nodes, higher data throughput and voltage isolation.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-19
MAXREFDES117#: Heart-Rate and Pulse-Oximetry Monitor

Maxim details its pulse oximeter (PO or SpO2) sensor eval board which can be used with virtually any microcontroller that has an I2C interface.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-19
Meeting the Certification Challenge of Evolving Standards in the Internet of Things

As the IoT expands, new certifications and approvals standards such as ETSI EN ensure components are safe and do not compromise the surrounding systems.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-18
Manteniendo las luces encendidas, pero disminuyendo el consumo

Un breve repaso de los estándares de seguridad, como IEC 61000-4-5 y IEC 60231 y un análisis sobre la capacidad de límite de potencia de TPS92210 y TPS92560.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-18
Tecnología para cumplir con la promesa de la IoT

Los nuevos componentes y tecnologías permiten que las comunicaciones cercanas al campo (NFC) se integren rápida y fácilmente con las aplicaciones basadas en SO.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-13
Cómo acelerar la integración de NFC en las aplicaciones iOS

La IoT ha cambiado la manera de comunicarse entre humanos y computadoras, al crear eficiencia, seguridad y conveniencia en aplicaciones industriales y de consumo.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-13
How to use the Latest Microcontrollers to Simplify Embedded Security

New MCUs are helping IoT developers secure their connected devices, but the new features are only as good as the developer’s ability to use them wisely.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-12
PMBus: The Nervous System Bringing Digital Power to Life

By introducing support for adaptive voltage scaling, the latest PMBus specification version 1.3, further extends the capability of this versatile open standard.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-12
Giving Vehicles the Power of Sight with the Latest Camera Technologies

Learn about the latest camera technologies including infra-red, Time of Flight 3D, facial recognition and dual dashboard cameras for use in vehicles.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-11
Cómo atenuar un LED sin comprometer la calidad de luz

Una guía sobre cómo atenuar LED sin disminuir la calidad de luz, así como sobre las ventajas y desventajas de atenuar LED y las consideraciones del diseño del LED.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-11
How to Select and Apply Smart Current Sensing and Monitoring Technologies (Instead of Fuses)

Learn when and how to implement current sensing and monitoring technologies into your design, and learn how they can help prevent damages from overcurrent.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-06
Use The Right ICs to Extend Wearable Device Battery Life

Choosing the right battery charge solutions and management system can help increase the battery life of wearable devices.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-05
How to Use Digital Power Management for Energy Harvesting

A designer's guide explaining how to optimize and implement digital management techniques for energy harvesting charging sub-systems.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-10-04
Maxim’s Smart Force Sensor Reference Design: MAXREFDES82#

Maxim’s MAXREFDE82# Smart Force sensor reference design captures analog signals in weigh scale and touch applications with high precision.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-29
Properly Configure Parallel Power Supplies to Share Load Current or Risk System Failure

How to correctly configure parallel power supplies in order to achieve redundancy and increase efficiency, reliability, and power supply lifetime.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-28
Moving to the Digital Domain for Power Conversion

Transitioning to a digital domain for power conversion is a complex process but has many benefits including adding efficiency and flexibility to your design.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-27
The Significance of the Intrinsic Body Diodes Inside MOSFETs

A basic overview of why and how intrinsic body diodes are used inside of MOSFETs along with design considerations.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-22
The Future of Wireless Modules

New hardware, software, and standards like NB-IoT are playing a key role in overcoming future challenges of wireless modules.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-22
NFC Standard Versus ISO 15693

DigiKey briefly explains NCF standards and ISO 15693 and also explains the differences between them.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-21
Los bucles de control digital mejorarán la eficiencia.

Un resumen sobre cómo los bucles de control digital están ayudando a apoyar y mejorar la eficiencia en diseños de conversión de potencia.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-21
Easy Build: How to Implement a Linear Stage With Raspberry Pi Project

Using a Raspberry Pi Model B, a linear stage can be built and programmed quickly and efficiently to perform repetitive tasks. This Easy Build shows you how.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-20
Buck Converter Design for Minimum EMI

Design suggestions to minimize electromagnetic interference in buck converters.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-20
Develop IoT Applications Fast with Open-Source Hardware and Amazon Web Services Combo

The open-source BeagleBone Green Wireless, with its custom port of the AWS IoT SDK, offers a platform for rapid development of sophisticated IoT applications.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-15
Simple Explanation of Capacitor ESR – Why Is It Important and How Is It Specified?

What equivalent series resistance (ESR) is, its importance, and how it is specified.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-15
Agile Smart-Sensor Design with Scalable Wireless MCUs

Wireless MCU platforms are being utilized in wireless designs in order to help simplify development, gain flexibility, and save battery life.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-14
A 3-Phase Bridge Rectifier Module for a 3-Phase Input at 130 Vrms and 3700 Hz (Max. Load of 10 ADC)

Review specifications and other features that should be taken into consideration when choosing a 3-phase bridge rectifier module.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-14
Learn IoT Functional Requirements From Smart Plug Reference Design

Internet of Things (IoT) reference designs help designers to quickly and easily understand the details and functions of IoT, decreasing the time to market.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-13
Accelerometer Measurements using an ADXL326 and a 12-bit ADC

The ADXL326 accelerometers from Analog Devices are highly sensitive and responsive and are available at Digi-Key Electronics today!

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-13
Careful Sensor Selection Ensures Desirable – and Avoids Undesirable – Outcomes

Control-system designers must ensure a system operates correctly, accurately, precisely, and predictably, while also ensuring against faults and failures.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-08
Use Specialized MCUs to Simplify Motion-Control Design

With their integrated error-detection capabilities, DSPs and MCUs offer designers a solid foundation for safety in collaborative robotic systems.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-07
“Schmitt Trigger” Versus “Schmitt Trigger Action”

Comparing “Schmitt Trigger” and “Schmitt Trigger Action” Transitions.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-07
Any Color, As Long As It’s White – Could TM-30 Be the Unambiguous Color-Quality Metric We Need?

The new TM-30 test method could change the way manufacturers of all types of LED lighting describe products to their target markets.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-06
Using Planar Transformers in DC-DC Converter Designs

Evaluating planar transformers for DC-DC converter designs.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-06
How to Debounce a Button Input Using Programmable Logic

Switch debouncing utilizing the programmable logic of FPGAs and CPLDs.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-02
A Designer's Guide to Lithium (Li-ion) Battery Charging

This designer's guide helps you discover how you can safely and rapidly charge lithium (LI-ion) batteries to 20%-70% capacity in about 20-30 minutes.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-09-01
How to Tackle Real-Time Video Processing

Processors from NXP and hardware-based algorithms from Digilent help develop the capabilities for real-time video processing applications.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-31
Integrating Energy Harvesting and Future Wireless Modules

Energy harvesting in wireless modules can eliminate battery use which decreases component size and increases the availability of wireless sensor modules.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-30
Using a Thread-Based Kit to Speed Development of Smart Home IoT Devices

Using a Thread-based kit such as Silicon Labs’ SLWSTK6000, developers can get a secure, reliable, low-power IoT networking application off the ground quickly.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-25
Voltage Control Boosts Sensor Node Efficiency

MCUs ability to support sleep modes and dynamic control of voltage and current support energy-efficient designs that allow for long battery lifetimes.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-24
New Applications Driving 13.6% CAGR for e-paper Displays Between Now and 2022

Changes in technology and the always increasing need for power and energy efficiency are driving the demand for e-paper displays in applications.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-23
New Stepper Motor ICs Simplify Security Camera Positioning Design

New bipolar stepper motor ICs from ON Semiconductor and Allegro Microsystems provide smooth, precise movements of surveillance camera position systems.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-18
Consideraciones del módulo de punto de carga

Control de la eficiencia, la salida, la refrigeración y más características de rendimiento clave de los convertidores de CC/CC de punto de carga (POL) y cómo pueden afectar el diseño del sistema específico.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-17
Cómo una nueva generación de MCU y módulos inalámbricos posibilita aplicaciones de IoT conectadas

Los MCU y los módulos inalámbricos independientes de Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments y Seeed ahorran presupuesto y recursos de diseño mediante la reducción de costos de BOM y tiempo de comercialización.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-16
The Right DAC Can Simplify Your Next 5G or LTE MIMO Design

As MIMO moves from Wi-Fi to LTE and 5G, designers should pay particular attention to digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with special MIMO-enabling timing hooks.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-11
Rise of the Cobots Inspires Safety Innovation

Cobots help reduce operating costs while ensuring quality in industrial applications where environments may be too harsh for humans to safely work.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-10
Smart Developers Leverage Built-In Processor Support for Safety-Critical Applications

Find out how integrated features of specialized DSPs and MCUs can help increase safety and efficiency by detecting and identifying machine and human errors.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-09
Don't Touch! Designing Capacitive Proximity Sensing Into IoT, Industrial, & Automotive Applications

Capacitive proximity sensing is a contactless technology with multiple IoT applications, but designers must avoid certain pitfalls to achieve optimum performance.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-04
Robotics Is Moving Off the Maker’s Bench and into the Mainstream

Discuss how the maker movement of robotics is now evolving into integration in everyday consumer applications and products, where robotics help enable technology.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-03
Conceptos básicos de los LED de chip en placa (COB)

Una descripción general básica de los LED de chip en placa (cob) que incluye las ventajas y desventajas de su uso, así como las aplicaciones comunes que usan LED COB.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-03
Inductive Versus Resonant Wireless Charging: A Truce May Be a Designer’s Best Choice

Compare the benefits and downfalls of inductive and resonant wireless charging methods, and find which charging method is the best fit for your application.

Fecha de publicación: 2016-08-02
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