Communications Technology

Connectivity is a key feature of modern embedded products. There’s a wide range of communications modes that can be used, but which is the best for your design? Should you use a wireless technology such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and, if so, which one should that be? Or would wired communication, such as Ethernet, be the best way forward?

In this section, New Electronics reviews the latest communications technologies and brings visitors to the website information on how these technologies are being applied.

Cypress’ PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit now available

Cypress Semiconductor has released the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit and PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE) software version 4.2 supporting designers to use the company’s PSoC 6 microcontroller (MCU) when developing IoT applications.

Arduino unveils two new boards to support IoT project development

Arduino has unveiled the Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa) and the Arduino MKR GSM 1400, two boards that are designed to provide both a practical and cost-effective solution for developers, makers and enterprises, looking to add connectivity to their projects and ease the development of battery-powered IoT edge applications.

Module to speed connected smart object development

Looking to help designers to streamline the prototyping and development of connected smart objects, STMicroelectronics has created the SPBTLE-1S, said to be a ready-to-use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module that integrates all the components needed to complete the radio subsystem. The module integrates ST’s BlueNRG-1 application-processor SoC and balun, high-frequency oscillators and a chip antenna.

Large pitch board to board connectors

GCT has extended its range of board to board connectors with two families: the BH, with a 3.96mm pitch, and the BK, with a 5.08mm pitch. According to the company, the additions feature the largest pitch sizes available for standard products.

Flexible displays can be read in daylight

Flexible displays manufactured by Plastic Logic are now available from Review Display Systems (RDS). The glass-free electrophoretic active matrix displays are shatterproof, bendable and readable in daylight.

Direct connector with push-in spring connection

Contact SKEDD PCB connectors from Phoenix are said to feature an innovative plug-in technology and can be mounted directly onto PCBs in any position without using tools. The SDC 2.5 series and SDDC 1.5 series are now available in Europe from TTI.

PCIe switch provides fabric connectivity

The Switchtec PAX advanced fabric Gen3 PCIe switch from Microsemi is said to provide fabric connectivity for scalable, multi-host systems as well as ‘just a bunch of flash’ supporting single root I/O virtualisation (SR-IOV), NVMe and multi-function endpoints.

Expanded beam fibre optic connector for tough environments

An expanded beam fibre optic connector from HARTING is said to provide high bandwidth transmission in harsh environments, such as in tunnel drilling and mining applications – where according to HARTING industrial Ethernet over fibre optic cable is becoming the transmission medium of choice.

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