Category Archives: Guides

Why ADC Grounding is Important

We commonly use analog to digital converters in electronic devices. For instance, we connect the output of a sensor to an ADC input and use the digital readings for our purpose. Digital signals offer good noise rejection, there is firm switching between levels, and the built-in margin available is also good. However, the analog side can be susceptible to noise. If the analog input is noisy, it affects the digital output. Most noise levels on the analog side come from a single source—a lack Read more [...]

Using RTDs for Measuring Temperature

Much industrial automation, medical equipment, instrumentation, and other applications require temperature measurement for monitoring environmental conditions, correcting system drift, or achieving high precision and accuracy. Many temperature sensors are available for use like electronic bandgap sensors, thermistors, thermocouples, and resistance temperature detectors or RTDs. The selection of the temperature sensor depends on the temperature range to be measured and the accuracy desired. The Read more [...]

Advanced Materials for Magnetic Silence

High-performing advanced magnetic materials are now available that help to handle challenges in hybrid/electrical vehicles. These are challenges related to conducted and radiated electromagnetic interference. Automotive engineers are encountering newer challenges with fully electric vehicles or EVs and hybrid electric vehicles or HEVs become more popular. The above challenges are so intriguing, engineers now have a fundamental discipline for it, noise vibration and harshness or NVH engineering. Read more [...]

New Battery Technology for UPS

Most people know of the Lithium-ion battery technology in use mainly due to their overwhelming presence in mobile sets. Those who use uninterruptible power supplies for backing up their systems are familiar with the lead-acid cells and the newer lithium-ion cells. Another alternative technology is also coming up mainly for mission-critical facilities such as for data centers. This is the Nickel-Zinc technology, and it has better trade-offs to offer. But the Nickel-Zinc battery technology is not Read more [...]

Power Transmission Through Lasers

Wireless power transfer has considerable advantages. The absence of transmission towers, overhead cables, and underground cables is the foremost among them, not to exclude the expenses saved in their installation, upkeep, and maintenance. However, one of the major hurdles to wireless power transmission is the range it can cover. But now, Ericsson and PowerLight Technologies have provided a new proof of concept project that uses a laser beam to transmit power optically to a portable 5G base station. Wireless Read more [...]

Improving Computer Vision with Two AI Processors

Computer vision is becoming a necessity in IoT and automotive applications. Engineers are trying for the next level in computer vision with two AI processors. They hope that two AI processors will help to make computer vision not only more efficient but also more functional. One of the fastest-growing applications of artificial intelligence, computer vision is jostling for attention between prestigious fields like robotics and autonomous vehicles. In comparison to other artificial intelligence Read more [...]

Low-Power Circuit Timing using SPXOs

A wide range of electronic devices relies on circuit timing as a critical function. These include microcontrollers, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB, and other interfaces. In addition, circuit timing is essential for consumer electronics, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial control and automation, test and measuring equipment, medical devices, computing devices and peripherals, and more. Although designing crystal-controlled oscillators seems an easy process for providing system timing, Read more [...]

Hybrid Plug-in Connectors for Motor Control Systems

Motor control systems are increasingly becoming more compact while their use is growing with applications in Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In fact, motor control systems are prevalent in varied industries like food and beverages, material handling, and robotics. However, as the size of the controller shrinks, designers are facing a new challenge—routing power and signal easily and cost-effectively—while ensuring operator safety and electromagnetic compatibility. One Read more [...]

What is Industrial Connectivity?

Engineers include any component involved in the path of delivering control signals or power for doing useful work as part of industrial connectivity. Typically, components such as terminal blocks, connectors, motor starters, and relays are part of industrial connectivity. Engineers divide industrial connectors into four categories depending on the environments in which they operate—commercial, industrial, military, and hermetic. Commercial applications do not consider temperature and atmosphere Read more [...]

Wireless Charging for Drones

Drones face a significant operating challenge—their limited battery capacity places a constraint on their flight time. More flexible and efficient recharging solutions can address this issue. A 4-year old startup, WiBotic, now has funding to explore this avenue. WiBotic designs and manufactures solutions to charge robot and drone batteries. WiBotic offers power optimization and wireless charging solutions for mobile, aerial, marine, and industrial robots. Their Adaptive Matching technology Read more [...]