Monthly Archives: April 2022

Illuminating Automotive Displays

In recent years, there has been a substantial improvement in automotive displays. Automotive manufacturers now integrate these displays in various applications within the automobile, such as in mirror replacements, central information displays or CIDs, instrument clusters, entertainment displays for the rear seats, and many more. Sometimes, such displays can total up to twelve per vehicle. Most of these displays use thin-film transistor or TFT driving liquid crystal displays or LCD for enhanced Read more [...]

Retail Energy Management through IoT

Most people prefer to visit big stores like Walmart and Costco for buying almost everything from iPhones to ice-creams. But running huge stores is not an easy task, and the superstores are always on the lookout for ways to cut costs by streamlining their operations. With superstores the size of a city block, streamlining operations is not simple. Substantial resources—time and staff—are necessary to keep store lighting, food court ovens, HVAC systems, and digital displays running at maximum Read more [...]

Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring

Public bridges and roads require their structural health to be monitored, and engineers use sensors for continuous measurement. To power these embedded sensors, they exploit several sources of ambient energy. This can include vibrational energy obtained from vehicular traffic, which can generate adequate power for sensor nodes that engineers have built into the infrastructure. Off-the-shelf devices make it easier for engineers to design structural monitoring devices. Many manufacturers now provide Read more [...]

 Important Sensors

Engineers use two important types of sensors—superstar sensors and workhorse sensors. The superstar sensors usually provide information in high-profile applications such as advanced driver assistance systems, and engineers update them regularly for improving their performance. On the other hand, the workhorse sensors are more reliable, providing consistent information on more common applications. These workhorse sensors are simple to use, and meet the necessary performance specifications at reasonable Read more [...]

SensorTile Wireless Industrial Node

For testing advanced industrial IoT applications, ST Microelectronics offers a wireless industrial node, which they call the STWIN SensorTile. This development kit from ST amplifies prototyping of applications like predictive maintenance and condition monitoring. The STWIN SensorTile kit has a core system board, using a microcontroller operating at ultra-low power. The microcontroller can analyze vibrations from motion-sensing data across 9 degrees of freedom. The vibrational data may cover a Read more [...]

3-Axis Digital Output Gyroscope

The I3G4250D is a 3-axis gyroscope with a digital output that STMicroelectronics is offering. This low-power, angular rate sensor provides unprecedented stability over time and temperature and unmatched sensitivity at zero-rate levels. Included in the I3G4250D is a sensing element along with a serial digital interface that transfers the measured angular rate to the application. This data transfer happens over a high-speed digital serial peripheral interface. In addition, the gyroscope comes with Read more [...]