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.

Introduction to Bluetooth 5

The latest version of the Bluetooth standard introduces a number of improvements that will be of value to many applications but will perhaps be most important for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Precision 75Ohms Micro BNC connectors for broadcast equipment

Cambridge Electronic Industries, a specialist manufacturer of coaxial connectors and cable assemblies for the broadcast and machine vision markets, has launched a range of high speed Micro BNC connectors for smaller cameras and devices using the higher resolution formats: 12G-SDI, 4K, HDR and UHD, where higher density is required.

Event-based machine vision in Industry 4.0 applications

Prophesee SA (formerly Chronocam) has introduced its first commercial implementation of its event-based vision technology for machines. The Onboard reference system is aimed at developers of vision-enabled industrial automation systems such as robots, inspection equipment, and monitoring and surveillance devices. It features a Prophesee-enabled VGA-resolution camera combined with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and can be quickly integrated into a production camera system design.

KOE introduce 7.0-inch WXGA Rugged+ TFT display

Industrial display manufacturer, KOE, has announced its 7.0-inch Rugged+ TFT display. The TX18D212VM0BAA features WXGA (1280 x 768 pixels) resolution, a 5:3 wide aspect ratio, an extended operating temperature range and IPS (in-plane switching) wide viewing angle technology that KOE says ‘delivers exceptional optical performance’.

Midas Displays introduce Micro OLED displays range

Display manufacturer and supplier Midas Displays has introduced a new range of micro and round OLED displays. The OLED displays feature compact mechanical dimensions, exceptional brightness and contrast performance, and three different colour options.

Amazon Alexa technology brought to simple connected objects

The X-CUBE-AVS software package from STMicroelectronics enables Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to run on STM32 microcontrollers, allowing simple connected objects to support advanced conversational user interfaces with Cloud-based intelligence like automatic speech recognition and natural-language understanding.

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