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.

Fast connection to the cloud

STMicroelectronics has configured two STM32 Discovery Packs in order to provide fast connection of IoT devices to Cloud services over 2G/3G or LTE Cat M1/NB1 networks.

Female power contacts for 2mm pitch connectors

Looking to increase power delivery levels, Harwin has launched a female contact for its Datamate connectors. Using a proprietary six finger design machined from a single piece of beryllium copper, the T-Contact is said to raise the current capacity on 2mm pitch interconnection systems to 8.5A per contact.

Industrial network development kit

Renesas has unveiled the RZ/N1 MPU Solution Kit, which has been designed to support industrial networking applications such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), intelligent network switches, gateways, operator terminals and remote I/O solutions.

Connectors suit wide range of applications

Designed to be serious alternatives to more expensive off-the-shelf commodity products, RS Pro connection devices are suited to general electronics, industrial, instrumentation, consumer and medical applications, as well as being suitable for use in harsh environments.

Three colour display modules

Four high resolution three colour TFT active matrix Electronic Paper Display modules have been launched by Pervasive Displays. The devices, which feature internal timing controllers, measure 1.54, 2.13, 2.66 and 2.71in and are said to be suitable for use in sectors such as retail, public displays and healthcare.

Medical connector range added

RS Components has added MediSpec MPC – medical plastic circular – cable and panel mount plug connectors to its range. The connectors are suited to medical applications ranging from dental and disposable devices to surgical equipment and telehealth systems. The connectors can also be used in other applications, including instrumentation test and measurement and data acquisition.

Bluetooth 4.0 module for lighting control apps

A Class 2 embedded Bluetooth 4.0 module from Casambi has been designed for use in LED lighting control, light fixtures and LED bulbs. Called the CBM-002A/B, the device integrates a 32bit ARM Cortex-M4 processor, along with a 2.4GHz Bluetooth Low Energy transceiver and two antenna options. The module is available in two variants: the CBM-002A has a chip antenna; while the CBM-002B comes with a pin antenna.

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