The smart grid needs smart, sophisticated, low-cost electronics for greater efficiency and localized, small-scale intermittent energy sourcing and storage.
A look at application specific microcontrollers from Zilog and Nuvoton Tech, which support integrated audio, motion detection, and low power applications.
How brick-and-mortar stores can harness the Internet of Things (IoT) to combine the benefits of online shopping with the advantages of physical presence.
Examining low-power sensor solutions and parameters including voltage, current and time parameters. A look at products from Honeywell, Freescale, and more.
This article discusses embedded security solutions, the reason they are required, and some of the applications where embedded security can be implemented.
The brushless DC (BLDC) motor is becoming increasingly popular because, as the name implies, it does away with the wear-prone brushes used in traditional motors, replacing them with an electronic controller that improves the reliability of the unit.
This article examines a range of mixed-signal chip microcontrollers of varying sizes and features that are readily available today to support new mixed-signal designs aimed at sensor interfacing.
This article discusses the use of application-specific development boards to simplify design tasks and help finalize designs in a timely manner.
This article discusses the adoption of LED lighting as a major step towards a greener economy, with significant energy savings possible.
While securing an embedded system requires a multi-layered approach, involving everything from the system's packaging to its software, the key ingredient is an MCU that can tie it all together.
The trend over the past 20 years in many industrial and automation systems has been to add increasing digital intelligence to individual nodes to make them more responsive.
Smart grid home energy management with microcontrollers from IXYS-Zilog
The commercial lighting sector is becoming more complex as new lighting sources are introduced and people's expectations of what they can do grow.
Wind power has been recognized as a viable source of "free" energy for hundreds of years. Since it pre-dates the petroleum economy or even the industrial revolution, it seems odd to refer to it as an "alternative" energy source.
This article discusses passive infrared (PIR) sensors from Zilog, Panasonic, and Parallax that are well-suited for passive infrared detector designs.
Motion detectors have been steadily watching us for more than a decade. These ubiquitous pyroelectric eyes can detect everything from thieves breaking into your house to when customers enter a supermarket.
At the heart of a smart lighting system is the sensor. Detecting changes in light and environment is a key part of developing a power-efficient lighting system for homes, offices and the outside environment.
Sensorless control of BLDC motors requires a microcontroller with fast interrupt response and the ability core motor control peripherals to operate autonomously.
Driving a multiplexed, 4-segment LCD is a straightforward matter using an 8-bit MCU, a small BOM, and the downloadable code provided in this article
Occupancy sensors work by dimming or completely extinguishing lights when there are no people in proximity of the controlled lights.