Increase Motion Control System Accuracy with Higher Performance RS-485 Transceivers

May 22, 2018

Timothy Leung By: Timothy Leung
Executive Business Manager, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated 

Automotive factory

Motion control systems are requiring more accuracy over longer distances, so a key design challenge is enabling robust communications with faster data rates and longer cables. The RS-485 standard has been used for motion control because it’s a fairly high-speed interface. However, the trend is moving toward faster data rates over longer cables. For example, to increase the accuracy and efficiency of a production site, you can transfer more accurate information faster due to the higher data rate. Longer cables are  good because you have motor encoders that go up and down a system, so you need a means to communicate over long distance. Read More ›

Why Your Audio DAC or Digital Amp Should Spec Dynamic Range Instead of SNR

May 17, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Tablet computer

One of the most commonly used specifications to compare signal quality in an audio analog-to-digital converter (ADC), digital-to-analog converter (DAC), or digital-input amplifier is the standardized AES17 dynamic range measurement. This test checks the noise floor in the presence of a -60dBFS level signal.   A similar, alternative measurement is the signal-to-noise (SNR) measurement that compares the full-scale signal to the idle or zero-input noise floor. At first glance, these two specifications might seem to provide a similar measurement, but in fact the SNR measurement can be quite misleading. Read More ›

How iButton Can Enhance Food Quality

May 15, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

K-8 inventors

Headquartered in Switzerland, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, examines advanced materials and technologies. Read More ›

Kid Inventors Showcase STEM Skills at California Invention Convention

May 11, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

K-8 inventors

On a sunny Saturday morning in April, Julio Gonzalez and Arthur Murray talked about their remedy for rug burns. You know, that friction-caused abrasion you can get on your skin after an afternoon spent reading or playing video games on a carpeted floor. Whether you’re in the fourth grade, like Julio and Arthur, or not even close, you might benefit from their Rug Burn Protector. In fact, the two were quite pleased that their cotton-covered pads for elbows and knees could help people all over the world. Read More ›

The Beauty of Precision Op Amps

May 8, 2018

Jim Harrison By: Jim Harrison
Guest Blogger, Lincoln Technology Communications 

MAX4208 and MAX4209 application circuit diagram

I love precision amplifiers. Most every engineer does. The sweetness of this nearly perfect analog centerpiece component will elicit passion in any good electronics designer.

What wonderful specs do we lust after in our instrumentation or precision amplifier? Offset voltage and bias current are the two big ones in my book. And, darn it, price may be the third most important specification. Read More ›

On-Demand Webinar: Hardware Security with PUF Technology

May 3, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

MAX32620FTHR rapid development platform

Security is often an afterthought in the design of internet of things (IoT) devices. Many designers believe that implementing security is expensive, time-consuming, and complicated. Not all of them are experts in techniques like cryptography, either. Yet, incidents like the Mirai botnet attack are clear reminders that smart, connected products can be quite vulnerable. Read More ›

Deminar: 3 Ways that Analog ICs Can Strengthen Your Design

May 1, 2018

By: nanoMan
Guest Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Analog ICs deminar

I take nothing for granted—not my ability to do downward dog, my expertise in nanoPower technology…or analog ICs. Yes, those reliable building blocks are pretty useful in a design, aren’t they? How else would you ensure that your power supplies are on spec, or that the network nodes in your design can communicate without taxing the system microcontroller? By choosing the right analog ICs, you can finish your design stronger…and be the hero on your team. Read More ›

How Security ICs Address New Medical Device Regulations

April 26, 2018

Thomas Le Roux Christophe Tremlet By: Thomas Le Roux and Christophe Tremlet
Micros, Security & Software Business Unit, Maxim Integrated

Implantable pacemaker

In the European Union (EU), new rules that strengthen data protection and individual privacy are about to become enforceable. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 addresses the export of personal data outside the EU, with the intent of providing citizens and residents control over their personal data. Adopted in April 2016, GDPR will be enforced starting May 25. Read More ›

Which Type of Analog Hero Are You?

April 25, 2018

By: nanoMan
Guest Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Supervisor ICs

Have you ever taken a personality quiz? You know, the kind that tells you which house you belong in at Hogwarts? (Ravenclaw for me.) Or which Game of Thrones character you are? (I can’t disclose that here.) I spend a lot of time traversing the globe to teach engineers about the marvels of nanoPower technology. And that means a lot of time in airports. Read More ›

Meet DARWIN, a New Breed of Microcontrollers for the IoT

April 24, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Our modern world hungers for greater intelligence, with new products launching at a fairly fast clip to unlock the value of data. From wearable health monitors to smart plant watering systems, the internet of things (IoT) is demanding more from its underlying technology—more power, more memory, and more security. Read More ›

Powering WiFi This and WiFi That

April 19, 2018

John Woodward By: Anil Telikepalli
Executive Director, Industrial Power, Maxim Integrated 

tablet in coffee house

Early Monday morning, while waiting for my coffee, I used Google over the WiFi at Starbucks to browse the day's news on my iPad. Later that afternoon, I met a few friends at Specialty’s Café in Santa Clara to discuss new business ideas, and used Microsoft 360 over WiFi to create a shared OneNote notebook. After ordering pet food for Tiger over WiFi using an Amazon Dash Button at home, my wife, kids, and I caught a simple dinner at Dish Dash in Silicon Valley. With my wife driving, our boys and I played DreamLeague soccer over WiFi—it was amazing to note the number of WiFi networks you can connect to over open WiFi routers in the neighborhood. This accessibility of WiFi networks has led to an explosion of numerous WiFi-connected devices in the last few years—hundreds of thousands are appearing every day! Read More ›

Got an IoT Design Idea? Enter Our Contest

April 17, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

MAX32620FTHR rapid development platform

The internet of things (IoT) shows its worth when a smart, connected device helps solve a problem in a new and better way, makes something easier and more convenient to do, or gives us greater insight. Do you have such an idea? Enter our contest on You could take home a Microsoft HoloLens—and have an opportunity to prototype your concept. Read More ›

High-Speed Serial Links for ADAS and Infotainment

April 12, 2018

Roland Dorn By: Roland Dorn
Director, Serial Links, Automotive Business Unit, Maxim Integrated

self driving car

The prevalence of infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) has put a spotlight on the importance of equipping vehicles with accurate, real-time data processing. High-speed serial links transport voluminous amounts of video, audio, and communications data enabling these applications. Choosing serial link technology with the right bandwidth, performance, and reliability specs will be critical in differentiating next-generation vehicles. Read More ›

Flow Battery Technologies for Utility-Scale Systems

April 10, 2018

Jim Harrison By: Jim Harrison
Guest Blogger, Lincoln Technology Communications 

Ambri battery

The use of grid-tied energy storage system (ESS) batteries is growing fast. Large high-power batteries are also being used for so-called micro-grid applications, supplying power for lighting and air conditioning in remote areas. If you want to live off-the-grid using solar panels, you’ll need energy storage. Read More ›


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