High-speed Signals Processing in a Robust Configuration

The advent of demanding applications in terms of data synchronization requires new and fast data conversion solutions to offer a robust and reliable configuration. Nowadays, there is an increase in the number of hardware platforms available on the market thanks to the higher availability of advanced high-efficiency processors. The growing interest in Test & Measurements…

A Cuffless Blood Pressure Monitor

Devices such as blood pressure monitors, electrocardiographs, and oxygen sensors have now become part of the consumer market, and with the mainstreaming of these applications, the interest in patient monitoring is growing. Maxim Integrated is making it even easier to jump into this market with a reference design for a cuffless blood pressure monitor. The…

Model Continuity: From Offline Simulation to Real-Time Testing

Simulations help developers in many ways during the entire development process for a new power electronics application. The development process typically comprises the functional concept, the component selection, the mechanical design, the controller implementation, and, finally, the test and verification under normal and faulty conditions. Figure 1: V-model for the development process of a power…

Ultra-Small Bluetooth Low Energy SoC

Bluetooth Low Energy has played a pivotal role in the IoT revolution — particularly for short-range wireless communication in devices in which battery life is critical. The advent of fitness trackers and smartwatches has further driven the Bluetooth market. A Bluetooth device (Fig. 1) consists of a host and controller. The Bluetooth stack and the…

Dealing with the Big Data Deluge

We are awash in data. We know it, but it’s like the weather — we can’t manage it. We are struggling to get a grip on it, understand it, use it, and exploit it, but it is being generated faster than we can harness it. Data has always been available to us; the difference now…

Data Center UPS Requirements Drive Shift to SiC

The uninterruptible-power–supply (UPS) market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, driven by data-center infrastructure requirements for high-efficiency, reliable electricity at the lowest possible cost. As the global economy moves toward greater digitization, companies are investing in new data centers to meet the growing demand for cloud-based services. The UPS is a critical…

3D-Printed Rockets May Be the Ticket Home from Mars

A startup wants to send its manufacturing ecosystem to the Red Planet so that astronauts could build their return vessel using raw materials gathered on the Martian surface. Among the most audacious aspirational goals put forth by a new generation of commercial space companies is sending to another planet the means to return to Earth.…

Performing a Personal ECG at Home

A startup has managed to miniaturize an ECG monitor to such an extent that you can now perform the scan yourself from your own home. Living with an ailment is hard enough, having time off work to get regular scans just makes things worse. But what if it’s not you that’s sick but your new-born…