Overcoming The Challenges Of Capacitive Touch HMI Design

The capacitive touch human-machine interface (HMI) is a critical aspect of modern electronics. It is how we interact with our devices, making it an integral part of wearables, smart home products and IoT products. The primary goal of an HMI is to provide an intuitive and responsive interface that supports human interaction. However, designing a touch HMI system that meets the consumer's expecta... » read more

Understanding Memory Protection Units

Let’s talk about the various security measures we take to protect our homes. We use locks, install security cameras to detect any suspicious activities, etc., all to safeguard our loved ones and valuable possessions. In similar sense, the tiny microcontrollers inside our devices have protection units (PU) that safeguard the precious resource: memory. One of the most important types of prote... » read more

The Ultimate Guide To PCB Layout For GaN Transistors

In the ever-evolving landscape of power electronics, the emergence of gallium nitride (GaN) transistors has ignited a revolution by offering unparalleled benefits, including remarkable efficiency and power density enhancements. The art of PCB layout has been a crucial component in power electronic design for over four decades now, ever since the advent of switching power supplier. From the ea... » read more

BMS: The Guardian Of Battery Health And Security

In our increasingly digital and energy-dependent world, batteries have become a vital component in powering our devices and vehicles. From smartphones to electric cars, the performance and safety of batteries are paramount. To ensure their optimal operation and longevity, a key player comes into the spotlight: the Battery Management System (BMS). In this article, we will explore the essential... » read more

Empowering Greener Future: Role Of Energy Storage Systems

Recently, I came across a report that highlighted the energy price inflation rate by commodity in the European Union, which for January 2023 was measured at a staggering 20.6%. This figure was in stark contrast to the inflation rate recorded in January 2019, which was a mere 2.4%. It made me reflect on the challenges we've faced in the past year with the rising energy demand and subsequent su... » read more

Shaping Industry 4.0 By Empowering The Smart Factory

The goal of Industry 4.0 is to create autonomous production in which people, machines, systems, and products communicate with each other independently. The result are intelligent value chains and product life cycles that begin with development, continue through manufacturing, assembly, product delivery and maintenance, and finally end with recycling. In this way, not only production is contro... » read more

Securely Store Your Credentials And Cryptographic Keys In TPM 2.0

A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) can securely store cryptographic keys that are specific to the host system and provide restricted access to the stored keys and secrets. You can never read out private keys, or in other words retrieve them as is from the TPM. Let’s say you need to generate a signature: you can indicate the private key you wish to use from the TPM to sign the message. You can... » read more

The Power Of Sensors In Transmission Systems

I have always had a passion for cars. As a child, I used to spend hours playing with toy cars and imagining all sorts of incredible adventures. But as I got older, my love affair with cars only grew stronger. I became fascinated by the mechanics of these amazing machines and all the different parts that come together to make them run. And one of the parts that always intrigued me the most were ... » read more

When Less Can Be More With Smart Module Design: Part 1

Size and power often seem like opposite sides of a coin. When you reduce size – one of the ever-pressing goals in our industry – you inevitably reduce power. But does that have to be the case? By shifting our thinking from the chip to the module design, there’s no need to flip a coin. In IGBT modules, chip shrinkage leads to an increased thermal impedance, which then impacts performanc... » read more

Highly Reliable Solutions Unleashing The Benefits Of Predictive Maintenance

Time and again, malfunctions in devices inside a building like HVAC, elevator, refrigeration, and other building systems can lead to severe operational disruption, resulting in increasing maintenance costs and discomfort for its occupants. Predictive maintenance can be an effective way to avoid unplanned downtime. It monitors the condition of equipment in real time and schedules maintenance bef... » read more

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