7 Key Steps to Empowering Innovation

November 13, 2018

Jeff DeAngelis By: Jeff DeAngelis
Managing Director, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated   

The excitement of launching an innovative new product is similar to the emotions felt when riding a rollercoaster.

Over the years I have found that delivering new technology into the market is a mixture of emotions similar to the excitement and anxiety as you ride a new roller coaster to the top of its first drop. The anticipation builds as you make your way to the peak, and then there’s the thrill of acceleration as you fly through the rest of the curves to the sudden de-acceleration as you come to a full stop at the end of the ride. Introducing a new product into the market for the first time pretty much feels the same way. You just never know if your product will have that "wow factor," that technical magic which elevates the industry to a new capability and helps define a new level of performance never before imagined. The process of innovation comes in many shapes and forms, yet there are some pivotal moments in the process that seem to define a method to stimulate innovation. While I wanted to share my insights on these seven pivotal steps that lead to innovation, this article is dedicated to my team who put in the effort and timeless dedication to bring our new products to market. These individuals often go unseen and they are rarely acknowledged. This peak behind the curtain, so to speak, provides insight on the magic of empowering innovation. Read More ›

Engineers Had Better Be Careful with AI

November 8, 2018

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

Muhammad ibn Musa al-KhwarizmiMuhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi wrote of the 'calculus of resolution and Juxtaposition,' more briefly referred to as al-Jabr, or algebra.

Using algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI), anyone can produce a website which gathers news from other sites and then filters that information for any particular perspective. Or, if they have enough cash, they can buy an already famous website and then tune its content. Add a few vague references and a couple outright lies and you can have a powerful influencer—especially for people who prefer to read only brief bits of news and don't have the time to attempt to get the full story. Read More ›

Bring Intelligence to the Edge of the Digital Factory

November 6, 2018

Jeff DeAngelis By: Jeff DeAngelis
Managing Director, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated   

MAX40200 ideal diode current-switch

A Bay Area company, Iron Ox, is nurturing the first robotic farm in the U.S. Inside a San Carlos, California, warehouse, Angus is busy at work, lifting and moving 800-pound hydroponic boxes where greens and herbs are growing. Its closest colleague is a robotic arm, outfitted with cameras, that can perform tasks such as transferring seedlings between different containers. Eventually, Iron Ox’s founders want to scale and replicate this autonomous indoor farm in other locations. Read More ›

An Ideal Diode Can Be an Engineer's Best Friend

November 1, 2018

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

MAX40200 ideal diode current-switch

Ideal diode ICs are a bit like one of those children that can’t get any attention. These devices can really make a difference, but engineers kinda forget about them. Ideal diode ICs simply use a MOSFET to act like a diode, but with greatly reduced voltage drop and leakage. Read More ›

Managing Low and High LED Currents for Matrix and Pixel Lighting

October 30, 2018

Yin Wu By: Yin Wu
Senior Business Manager, Automotive Business Manager, Maxim Integrated 

Driving along a curvy path on a hilly terrain, you appreciate the better visibility that your vehicle’s LED lights provide. As a side benefit, the distinctive look of your front headlights is drawing rave reviews from your friends and family. The emergence of LED automotive lighting is contributing to a safer experience on the road and giving automotive OEMs another way to distinguish their vehicles. Read More ›

Smaller, Smarter, and More Powerful ICs—It’s All at electronica 2018

October 23, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Every two years, tens of thousands of electronics industry enthusiasts gather inside Messe Munchen in Germany for electronica. The 2016 trade fair and conference, billed as the world’s leading such event for electronics, drew 73,451 visitors and 2,912 exhibitors. Read More ›

LED Controllers Make Headlight System Design a Snap

October 18, 2018

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

BMW headlight assembly

The use of LED lighting technology in automotive headlamps has made for some very handsome styling treatments recently—and some not so pretty. The lamps give the styling departments an edge—and they can provide performance/safety improvements as well. Plus, LEDs are much more energy efficient—which in this case is the same as improving gas mileage or EV range. Read More ›


Getting a Finger on the Pulse of Well-Being

October 16, 2018

Neset Tamer Sudhir Mulpuru By: Neset Tamer, Executive Business Manager, Micros, Security & Software Business Unit and Sudhir Mulpuru, Executive Business Manager, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit; Maxim Integrated

Designing a device that measures heart rate and blood-oxygen saturation level (SpO2) from the finger can be challenging. Through a principle called photoplethysmography (PPG), an optical biosensor measures heart rate by shining an LED light into the capillary in the wearer’s tissue at a depth that is sufficient to measure light that has traversed or scattered from the tissue. This movement of light reflects blood volume changes between systolic (when the heart expels blood) and diastolic (when the heart draws blood) heart beats. Read More ›

Accurate, Wrist-Based Heart-Rate Monitoring—Six Months Faster

October 11, 2018

Andrew Burt By: Andrew Burt
Executive Business Manager, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 

Health Sensor Platform 2.0 supports development of wrist-based applications that accurately measure ECG

Concerned about a potential heart condition, the patient gets ready for her doctor's appointment. But instead of traveling to the healthcare facility and waiting for her name to be called, the patient logs onto her home computer and signs in to a video conferencing app. Her doctor, meanwhile, has reviewed her history plus the vitals that her wearable device has collected over the past few weeks and is ready to provide her with some guidance. Read More ›

How Are You Managing Thermal Requirements of Shrinking Industrial Sensors?

October 9, 2018

Thong Huynh By: Anthony Huynh
Principal MTS, Applications Engineering, Industrial Communications Business Unit, Maxim Integrated

Intelligence is moving to the edge in automated factory environments, and cyber-physical systems are becoming more autonomous. The connectivity of machines, devices, sensors, and people is good news for factory uptime and productivity. Smart sensors, courtesy of IO-Link technology, are at the heart of this manufacturing convergence. With the real-time data collected by these sensors, factory equipment can make decisions and adapt to changing needs on the fly. Read More ›

4 Ways to Extend Runtime of Small, Battery-Powered Electronics

October 3, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

What do gaming consoles, factory automation systems, smart home speakers, and portable tools have in common? They’re all examples of electronic devices that are powered by single-cell lithium-ion batteries. And as such, they present designers with a vexing challenge: lengthen battery lifetime without expanding battery capacity in these small form factor products. Read More ›

Reaching for the Golden Ring: 4 Key Elements for Industrial Convergence

October 2, 2018

Jeff DeAngelis By: Jeff DeAngelis
Managing Director, Industrial Communications, Maxim Integrated


If you live near a beach community with a boardwalk, then many of you remember the thrill of riding an iconic carousel as the organ pumped out upbeat carnival music. With each spin of the carousel, the thrill would build as you approached the ring dispensing station with an outreached hand straining to triumphantly snatch that coveted Golden Ring to win a prize or a repeat ride on the carousel. The thrill of obtaining that elusive Golden Ring represents the same excitement as companies today search to achieve the powerful benefits of industrial convergence. Read More ›

Who Had the Winning Project in Our MAX32620FTHR Design Contest?

September 27, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


This spring, we sent out a call for creative ideas for our “Unleashing Invisible Intelligence” design contest with Hackster.io. We challenged participants to come up with a novel way to infuse intelligence into a new application using the MAX32620FTHR rapid development platform. Read More ›

CAN Bus Continues Its Grand Popularity – in Automotive, IoT, and Automation

September 25, 2018

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

Automotive CAN bus

The Controller Area Network (CAN) bus originated with Robert Bosch GmbH and the protocol specification was officially released in 1986 at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) conference. The first CAN controller chips, produced by Intel and Philips, came on the market in 1987. In 1991 Mercedes-Benz released the first production vehicle with a CAN-based multiplex wiring system. It is the standard automotive network, allowing cars to greatly reduce wiring harness size and weight. Read More ›

Reinforced Digital Isolator Ensures Safety in Industrial Environments

September 20, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Robotic machinery

In industrial environments such as automated factories, high voltages are part of the landscape. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs), motor drives, certain power supplies, and even medical equipment and electric vehicles (EVs) all have circuits that must be protected from these voltages. Even more critically, people working in these environments must be guarded from electric shock. Digital isolation provides the means to do both, providing signal isolation and level-shifting to help ensure correct circuit operation and insulate users from electric shock. Read More ›

Why on Earth Don't You Include a Clock in Your Design?

September 18, 2018

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

The few external components needed for a DS1338 RTC design

I don't get it! After we have a power failure at home I have to go to both the stove and the microwave and reset the clocks. Why on earth don’t they have a simple battery-backed, real-time clock (RTC) in them? There are great ones available, they don’t cost much, and they are pretty easy to design in. Read More ›

Consider Your WLAN Power-Supply Temperature and PCB Size Carefully

September 13, 2018

Bonnie Baker By: Bonnie Baker
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

Background computing

Wireless local area networks (WLAN) or Wi-Fi networks are systems in the home that manage information and data transfer, both locally and to the internet. We are now at the point where we expect our home security system, refrigerator, oven, HVAC, laptop, cell phone, and other household electronic equipment to not only talk to each other but converse with us. The trend today is to create smaller and lower power WLAN devices to handle all these entities. The WLANs are expanding by leaps and bounds in the household with a great deal of attention on tackling the distributed WLAN system’s footprint and thermal problems. So, what does a WLAN thermal problem look like? Read More ›

nanoMan Meets DARWIN—and Powerful Things Happen

September 11, 2018

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 

VR Headset

McCartney and Lennon. Tesla and Edison. nanoMan and DARWIN. The world has certainly been graced with many prominent pairs. Wait, nanoMan and DARWIN, you ask? Well, where have you been? nanoMan and DARWIN are only two of the sharpest minds to emerge in the world of low-power technology. Read More ›


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