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.

Plessey extends beam-forming LED module family

Plessey has added to its range of ultra-slim Orion LED modules based on its Stellar beam forming technology, with new beam angles opening the technology up to a wider range of applications in both industrial and architectural lighting design.

Long range receiver for the IoT

The latest radio chip for the IoT from STMicroelectronics is said to deliver high energy efficiency allowing smart connected objects to operate for up to 10 years without replacing batteries. With receiver sensitivity of -130dBm, the chip can operate over distances up to several hundred kilometres.

Gateway to simplify IoT solution development

The FX30 from Sierra Wireless is said to be the smallest, most flexible and rugged programmable cellular gateway. It provides a pre-certified, integrated embedded platform to connect any machine to any IoT application or cloud – enabling fast, scalable and global deployment of IoT solutions.

Colour E-paper displays to improve recognition

The first two E-paper products in Densitron’s Spectra family of three-pigment, black, white and red E-paper displays (EPDs) have been launched. The products are said to be suited to industrial, smart card, signage and identification badge applications, using colour as a mean of drawing attention to specific messages.

Photorelays come in DIP8 packages

Three compact DIP8 packaged photorelays from Toshiba Electronics Europe are intended to replace mechanical relays in industrial applications. The devices, which support a 5A drive current – are targeted at applications ranging from heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to inverters, PLCs and automated test equipment.

Intersil unveils programmable gamma buffer for ADAS displays

Intersil has developed, what it says, is the lowest power 14-channel programmable gamma buffer for automotive TFT-LCD displays. The automotive-grade ISL76534 is capable of delivering accurate gamma calibration in order to ensure consistent brightness and colour matching of every LCD panel inside a vehicle.

Artesyn announces 550 Watt CRPS server power supply

Artesyn Embedded Technologies has launched a 550 watt server power supply following the Intel Common Redundant Power Supply (CRPS) specification, which is designed for hyper-converged compute, networking and storage infrastructure in enterprise IT and cloud environments.

True measurement of RF signal power

A high frequency, wideband RMS power detector from Linear Technology has a high dynamic range. According to the company, the LTC5596 provides accurate, true power measurement of RF and microwave signals independent of modulation and waveforms.

IoT Wi-Fi module for Ethernet devices

What is said to be the first embedded enterprise-grade 5G (802.11ac) Wi-Fi IoT module for Ethernet devices, the Lantronix PremierWave 2050, has been unveiled by Alpha Micro. According to the company, the series of modules is suitable for mission critical enterprise applications that demand uninterrupted 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.

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