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Customization comes with a competitive edge—and security challenge
By Guillaume Crinon   -   September 6, 2018
Whether you have an in-house team or are exporting the building of infrastructure to a trusted partner, make sure the team is asking the right questions when it comes to implementing and deploying IoT solutions.
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The rise of machine intelligence in the AI era
February 25, 2019
Whether you know it or not, this technology has a lot of potential to deal with business-specific challenges and the benefits of deep learning outnumber its drawbacks.
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IoT: More Than Just Cool Technology
By Alex Iuorio   -   April 25, 2017
I can’t remember the last time I read an article about the Internet of Things (IoT) that didn’t start with market projections about the phenomenal number of devices that will be enabled in the next five to 10 years.
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A decade of smart cities: What has changed and what has remained unchanged...
October 21, 2019
In the latest global smart city development report published by MarketsandMarkets, the global market size for smart cities is expected to grow from US$308 billion in 2018 to US$717.2 billion by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate of 18.4%. Since i
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Strange Bedfellows: Marketing and IT
April 14, 2020
The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a special alliance between two business departments that aren’t always a natural fit: Marketing and IT.
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Paving the way for IoT in your organisation
November 14, 2019
In order for businesses to accelerate innovation by harnessing IoT, they have to overcome three key challenges – getting stakeholder buy-in, implementation and lifecycle management.
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Why does Iq matter for USB Type-C?
November 11, 2019
This change is driving an increase in demand for Type-C AC/DC chargers and power banks because the Type-C connector has flip capability which gives convenience to users.
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ADAS: paving the way for autonomous vehicles
November 11, 2019
In order to realize fully automated driving without human intervention, three conditions must be met - the vehicle must be fully aware of the surrounding environment, be able to respond accordingly when the environment changes, and the security of th
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Would you believe it? The next five years will be the era of Smart Home 2.0
November 11, 2019
2014 was generally viewed as the beginning of smart homes, marked by Google’s symbolic acquisition of smart thermostat maker, Nest for US$3.2 billion. Since then, smart home companies have sprung up.
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It is time to say goodbye to Micro USB!
November 11, 2019
Type-C’s greatest advantage is its integration capability. In addition to not having a right or wrong side (a perennial problem for Micro USB users), Type-C is able to offer integrated power delivery (PD) during charging.
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Unreliable autonomous driving? Take a look at how difficult vehicle-mounted vision processing is
November 11, 2019
We all have high expectations for autonomous driving, a fact that’s exemplified by the display of autonomous driving technologies at every major tech expo. Development in this sector has however been accompanied by an increase in accidents related
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Data Defines Your Destiny in IoT
By Lou Lutostanski   -   November 11, 2019
Data can be daunting. It’s intangible, invisible and typically isolated in physical things like the trucks in your fleet, monitors in your hospitals, or machines in your factory.
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Who decides whether an IoT device is secure
November 11, 2019
Global IoT is continuously expanding. A source of concern is that, along with network scale, the challenges of IoT security are also increasing.
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Add security to your IoT devices
November 11, 2019
As the development of Internet of Things (IoT) gains momentum, its security issues have become increasingly important. Safety certification of IoT devices is critical to improve the security of IoT.
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What Types of Sensors Are Required by the Trillion-Dollar IIoT Market?
November 11, 2019
The trillion-dollar IIoT is the driving force behind a new surge of development for industrial sensor products. Keeping abreast of this exciting trend in the IIoT sector will help ensure that our new designs are both relevant and innovative.
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Where is FPGA in cloud computing today?
November 11, 2019
Our world is becoming increasing reliant on cloud computing and big data. While this may be a good thing for users, it puts more and more pressure on cloud developers.
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Providing one-stop service for IoT service development
November 11, 2019
To accelerate customers’ success in the Internet of Things market, Avnet has gained the capability to offer an end-to-end solution in IoT.
Using Programmable Logic to Build Power-Efficient Systems
October 29, 2019
The successful implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) requires new thinking about how to power connected devices.
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Engineering Considerations for the Substitution of Solid Tantalum and Tantalum Polymer Capacitors for Surface-Mount MLCCs
October 18, 2019
Due to current bottlenecks in the procurement of surface-mount ceramic capacitors, designers are looking for substitutes to keep their production lines running smoothly, and to find long term replacements for hard to find ratings.
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IP&E sourcing considerations for developers
August 8, 2019
Designing with IP&E components comes down to more than just simple part selection.
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Wired together: How automation systems power the Industrial Internet of Things
July 16, 2019
From process control and automotive assembly, to robotics and the food and beverage industry, the concept behind Industry 4.0 touches all industries.
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Getting started in enterprise IoT: Six tricks for solving the puzzle
July 9, 2019
IoT is like a technological Rubik’s Cube. Here are some of the best tips to solving the IoT puzzle.
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Alternative Solutions For Powering IoT Devices
June 26, 2019
In this article, we look at why edge devices need power, and the options for reducing this need to a level where energy harvesting becomes sustainable.
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Transportation Safety: 5 Protocols & Processes to Know
May 29, 2019
A dynamic range of protocols can help make our transportation technology safer.
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Transportation Trends in Commercial & Non-Passenger Vehicles
May 29, 2019
Some of the most exciting technology trends shaping transportation are for commercial vehicles.
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5G is here – and maybe it’s time to buy a new car!
May 27, 2019
The mission of 5G is to create the ‘Internet of Everything’, drastically expanding the scale of the Internet in the process. As one of our most valuable possessions, it is inevitable that cars will join the network.
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Don’t ignore analog—it’s the secret sauce of IoT
May 19, 2019
Most of the innovation in IoT is focused on digital technology. From power servers running software in the cloud, to increasingly more intelligent devices operating ever closer to the edge in our factories, homes and personal devices. What is often l
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Today's case for AI at the edge
May 17, 2019
AI might feel far away, but engineers are innovating everyday. Should you consider edge AI?
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Special Coverage | Chia-Yuan Chang at Avnet: One-stop solutions simplify and expedite the development of IoT
May 16, 2019
A hot new concept and enthusiasm are not enough to ensure a successful business. It requires steady research and development and lots of practice. And it needs more support from the upstream solution providers. Avnet is dedicating itself to providing
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Robots, reimagined.
May 16, 2019
The era of cobots has dawned. Having a robot like C-3PO from Star Wars to keep you company may not be possible in the foreseeable future. However, having a cobot prepare your daily bento box may soon become a part of the “new normal.”
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Decreasing Time to Design in the Industrial Internet of Things
April 23, 2019
The huge potential for innovation in industrial IoT (IIoT) offers the promise of significant productivity gains, operational efficiency and bottom line revenue increases, but only if it’s enabled by a supply chain based on reliability, stability an
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We’re All Part of the Automotive Evolution
April 23, 2019
ADAS (Advanced Drive Assist Systems) and its evolution into full autonomy could see the end of road-based fatalities, injuries and incidents. Technology is now providing the solutions that can help the automotive industry achieve Vision Zero within
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Designing for the IoT as Intelligence Moves to the Edge
April 23, 2019
The Internet of Everything will be all inclusive, from huge data centers to single-purpose sensors. While individual power requirements vary across the IoT, the need for energy efficiency will be present everywhere.
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Don’t get caught in proof of concept purgatory
April 9, 2019
Here are the 5 classic signs you are in PoC purgatory.
LEDs and Their Rapidly Changing Form Factor
March 31, 2019
From street lamps to industrial applications, LED use goes well beyond screwing an LED light into a desk lamp. Historically, retrofit LEDs have often emulated the form factor of the lamps they were replacing.
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Specialists vs. end-to-end partners: the pros and cons for developers
March 27, 2019
Getting a product to market requires more than just the right idea; it also needs the right partner.
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Wearable product plays a key role in IoT
March 27, 2019
Just as its name implies, Internet of Things (IoT), is a kind of Internet among connected things. This can be interpreted by breaking it down into two parts. The first is ‘Internet’. In other words, the Internet is still the core and foundation o
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Making sense out of sensors
March 26, 2019
If creators still don’t think that sensors are getting the attention they deserve now, then there really is no limit to where the IoT can go.
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Fueling Up On Smart Maps – Mapping Technology In Oil And Gas
March 22, 2019
It’s a political hot topic, a major export and even the reason wars have been fought. It touches almost every aspect of our lives.
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How to Turn IoT Insights into Action
By Bill Amelio   -   March 22, 2019
While an IoT platform can generate a lot of insight, you don’t improve your organization’s efficiency, increase customer satisfaction, or open a new business opportunity without applying it.
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Video Doorbells: Big Business in a Small “Cat’s Eye”
March 21, 2019
Home security has always been one of the primary focuses in a smart home. It is no surprise that home security cameras have become one of the hottest market trends over the past few years. But what will be the next up and coming product? From the loo
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Will Smart Homes Become the Next Fulcrum for the NFC Market after Mobile Payment?
March 21, 2019
Engendered in 2002, near-field communication (NFC) stands out from among other wireless connection technologies. With an operating frequency of 13.56 MHz, maximum speed of 848 kbps and typical communication distance of 10 cm, it is a safer and more c
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The Art of Creating IoT Insights
By Lou Lutostanski   -   March 13, 2019
One of the biggest opportunities created by the Internet of Things (IoT) is the ability to use data to generate surprising new insights that guide you to act.
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Avnet and Microsoft Azure Sphere: IoT security in hardware, software and at the edge
March 5, 2019
IoT has transformed various industries by automating them at large, but the security concerns associated are just as large as the market opportunity this technology presents. That’s where Azure Sphere comes in.
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Reimagining the ‘things’ of IoT
By Bill Amelio   -   February 28, 2019
While our collective vision for IoT’s impact on the future is grand in scale, it is still too easy for companies to get distracted by the minutiae of our present day IoT challenges.
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How AI-powered virtual assistants can transform healthcare
February 26, 2019
We have witnessed a paradigm shift in the way patients are being treated by the doctors with the help of AI and machine learning.
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4 ways AI connects retailers and customers
February 25, 2019
Technologies like machine learning and AI help retailers to process massive amounts of customer data. And with this data in hand, retailers can thoroughly understand their customers’ buying behavior.
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How leading manufacturing companies are reaping various benefits of AI
February 25, 2019
Manufacturing companies are applying AI-powered analytics for multiple use cases, such as, cutting unplanned downtime, better product designing, increasing product quality, ensuring employee safety, and many more.
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The Car: A Rolling Smart Device
February 5, 2019
Be it for streaming your favorite music, sending emails or getting real-time information on traffic jams: cars have long since played host to mobile internet—and will continue to via diagnostics, hotspots and ADAS.
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Will the smart speaker market cool off?
January 20, 2019
The news at the start of this year that Tencent had suspended its smart speaker project ‘Tingting’ sent chills down the spines of many. What’s more, statistics show that half of the 50 Chinese companies that had invested in smart speakers when
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Our Top Takeaways from CES 2019
January 15, 2019
More than 180,000 people flocked to Las Vegas for CES, where Avnet debuted IoT and AI products as well as showed the expertise within our global ecosystem.
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AGI, artificial general intelligence, the AI bubble and more: Q&A with Toby Walsh
January 11, 2019
We sat down with "rock start of AI" Toby Walsh to talk about the buzz around AI, how far true intelligence really is and how to operationalize AI today for benefits in your business tomorrow.
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5 of the best artificial intelligence use cases
January 3, 2019
AI’s upgraded algorithms make predictive analytics, parse data, and help businesses make smarter decisions from the boardroom to the factory floor.
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The Avnet ecosystem comes to life at Electronica 2018
December 28, 2018
As much as we learn from our established industry experts, emerging developers as well as creators in our online communities, element14 and Hackster, are forging new paths, too.
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Top 6 Trends: Get ready to meet the demand for IoT solutions
December 11, 2018
Gartner predicts that in less than two years, more than 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be deployed. Here are the top six technology trends to ensure your IoT strategies are successful.
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2018 Was IoT’s Breakout Year
December 11, 2018
From connected devices at home to security cameras and sensors in factories, the acceleration of IoT has ignited the imagination and pushed product development in new directions in 2018.
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AI From A-Z: The biggest buzzwords around artificial intelligence
November 28, 2018
Companies across markets from consumer electronics to factory floors are finding power in the introduction of two letters: AI. The world of artificial intelligence is vast...
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The Building Blocks of IoT: You Just Can't Stack Them Up
By Bill Amelio   -   November 14, 2018
I’ve spent my entire career in the business of technology, and I’ve watched many ideas go from “shiny new object” to “buzzword” to “table stakes.”
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Increasingly powerful chips driving artificial intelligence
November 13, 2018
AI-supported applications must keep pace with rapidly growing data volumes and often have to respond simultaneously in real time. The classic CPUs that you will find in every computer quickly reach their limits in this area because they process tasks
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How startups can integrate with design partners
November 9, 2018
While it might feel like the rubber truly meets the road at the manufacturing stage, the design process is truly where creators’ great ideas take shape. It’s also where you’ll make major decisions that impact your production and deployment.
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How the Deaf Experience Music—Then and Now
November 8, 2018
When you think of experiencing music, what comes to mind? The rhythm, cadence, beat, pitch—the sound.
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The 3 IoT Security Fundamentals Startups Need to Know
November 6, 2018
An enterprise healthcare business faces risk and privacy considerations every day. However, in a startup environment, when funding sources—or lack thereof—are looming every day, security might not be on the top of your mind.
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How to Turn Your IoT Solution into Recurring Revenue
By Lou Lutostanski   -   November 6, 2018
Companies in almost every industry are investing in Internet of Things (IoT) applications with high hopes of creating new revenue streams. Here's how you can ensure ROI from your deployment.
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IoT at the Edge: How AI Will Transform IoT Architecture
By Lou Lutostanski   -   October 26, 2018
Futurists say artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform business and society more profoundly than the industrial and digital revolutions combined, and we’re now starting to see how that world might shape up.
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Choosing A Pressure Sensor
October 12, 2018
Pressure sensors’ accuracy is an important performance attribute, which is typically given as a percentage of full-scale pressure over a certain temperature range. Some sensors also exhibit hysteresis, non-repeatability and non-linearity, which sho
More than 200 prototypes of the sophisticated full-body wearable Music: Not Impossible debuted at the 2018 Life is Beautiful festival
3 Lessons for Hardware Creators from a Desert Music Festival
September 25, 2018
When a creator has a big idea, they often need a big partner to help them make it happen. Music: Not Impossible was no exception.
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Does Your IoT strategy have a connection problem?
September 7, 2018
You’ve heard it everywhere: IoT is a game-changer, a disrupter and a gigantic business opportunity for everyone. That’s all well and good. However, the reality is that many companies have eyes bigger than their stomachs when it comes to the Inter
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Customization comes with a competitive edge—and security challenge
By Guillaume Crinon   -   September 6, 2018
We talked about this before: there’s no one-size-fits-all IoT solution because every industry, vertical and business is different. Whether you have an in-house team or are exporting the building of infrastructure to a trusted partner, make sure the
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In their words: Benefits of the world’s biggest engineering community
September 5, 2018
In the summer of 2018, Avnet celebrated a major milestone: 1 million community members across Hackster.io and element14. As a project-based site, Hackster enables anyone to jump feet first into hardware through knowledge sharing, as well as contests
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Hardware Studio Helped Spatial Gaming Get Funding
August 15, 2018
If gaming 1.0 is analog board games and gaming 2.0 is video games, then Spatial Gaming is solidly 3.0—merging face-to-face interaction with high quality graphics using augmented reality.
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6 reasons why startups choose Bluetooth for their projects
July 26, 2018
Bluetooth technology originated in the 1990s, but its primary function was device-to-device (or point-to-point) protocol for securely sharing data between devices in close proximity. Think less music streaming, more wireless printers.
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MEMs Revolutionizes Sensor Landscape
July 19, 2018
Until fairly recently—roughly 15 to 20 years ago—sensors for ubiquitous physical parameters such as pressure, motion and magnetic fields were relatively large, costly, power-hungry and electrically incompatible with standard circuitry.
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From hacker spaces to Hackster.io: Alex Glow owes her career in hardware to communities
July 17, 2018
Exposure to engineering as a kid helped Alex Glow fall in love with hardware. But it was communities that gave her confidence to turn her hobby into a career.
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Batteries are key to charging options
July 6, 2018
Wired power is a strong option for developers that need to get to market fast and require an inexpensive, proven solution. For products where convenience and future compatibility are paramount, you can move forward confidently with standards-based wi
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Model behavior with microcontrollers: Kitty Yeung’s intersectional engineering spans art, science
July 6, 2018
“Current established industries don't often leverage people's multiple talents and passions. But the forthcoming generations of the workforce are getting more interdisciplinary and they need opportunities to develop and grow.”
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Building PetaLinux for the UltraZed & PCIe Carrier Card
June 22, 2018
In this installment of our exploration of Avnet’s UltraZed SoM and the PCIe carrier card, we will develop an example application.
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Working with the UltraZed SoM & PCIe Carrier Card
June 22, 2018
I recently had the opportunity to evaluate the UltraZed™ System on Module (SoM) and accompanying PCIe Carrier Card from Avnet. The UltraZed SoM is the latest in a line of embedded computing technologies from Avnet, which includes a heterogeneous S
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Element14 allows Sneha Nidhi to continue a lifetime of learning
June 22, 2018
Sneha Nidhi always comes from a community of engineers. Her first was her family.
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How one engineer found both confidence and community in element14
June 22, 2018
Tracking Santa Claus changed the track of Frederick Vandenbosch’s life.
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How Secured Is Your IoT Business?
June 18, 2018
Think of reliability, safety and profit when considering security in the Internet of Things
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Learning to utilize the benefits of Artificial Intelligence
May 30, 2018
Learn about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the market opportunities it presents.
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Blending IT, OT among hot topics at IoT World 2018
May 17, 2018
Avnet Internet of Things experts harnessed the knowledge gained from working with more than 2 million customers around the world to present ideas at this year’s IoT World in Santa Clara, Calif.
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Xilinx SoCs and the reVISION Stack Accelerate Embedded Vision Integration
May 4, 2018
SoCs with programmable logic are an essential element of real-time embedded vision systems. Designers can capitalize on the power and efficiency of Xilinx's Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC devices to implement their designs using Avnet's Embedded Vision Kits
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How To Stand Out In Your Hardware Studio Application
April 30, 2018
We get it: hardware is hard. So we cooked up a way to make it a little bit easier on creators.
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As technology reshapes our world, ecosystems reshape our business models
By Bill Amelio   -   April 25, 2018
There’s an old saying, “You are only as good as the company you keep.” That has never been more true than today.
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Why Blockchain May Not Reach Beyond the IP Gateway in IoT Security
By Guillaume Crinon   -   April 19, 2018
Blockchain is a technology initially deployed at the heart of crypto-currency systems such as Bitcoin or Ethereum where the basic idea is to get rid of centralized banking systems ruling monetary transactions.
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Autonomous vehicles are the future
April 9, 2018
Self-driving cars, unmanned aircraft or driverless tractors—autonomous vehicles stopped being merely an idea on paper a long time ago.
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Survey Says: Creators See Progress Moving Technology from Development to Market, but Hurdles Still Remain
April 9, 2018
It’s become cliché, but nonetheless it still holds true: hardware is hard. There are dozens of reasons why your product may never see the light of day, but the good news is that creators and makers have an unprecedented access to technology.
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4 energy applications for smart home technologies
April 4, 2018
Many engineers struggle to find the right application to integrate into the overall connected home. But here are four energy and utilities applications that can transform a one-off technology into an integral part of the home of the future.
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Security and surveillance: two sides of the coin in smart homes
April 4, 2018
The new era of home security won’t just be an alarm that rings when a lock was picked or a window broken. With the rise of new technology comes the added need to protect a home’s hardware and its software.
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From enabled to proactive: the evolution of home automation
April 3, 2018
Just how smart can a smart home get? Tomorrow’s home is a true a brainiac, making decisions for you before you even think to tell it to.
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Meeting Next-Generation Automotive Design Challenges
April 2, 2018
Thanks to engineering ingenuity and the electronic components that have become pervasive inside vehicles of all types, cars are smarter and, in many ways, safer to drive. As the automotive industry advances toward Level 5 fully autonomous vehicles, a
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Key Design Considerations for Selecting the Right RF Antenna
March 16, 2018
Know when to choose standard, when to go custom.
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Buy or build your IoT infrastructure
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
To build or not to build? That’s the question many businesses face when starting to create plans for an IoT project.
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3 Steps to IoT Deployment
March 6, 2018
Learn how to set your IoT solution up for success.
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IoT for Enterprise: 4 Concerns to Consider Before Deployment
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
Interoperability, customization and convergence - some of the main concerns businesses tend to face when it comes to deploying IoT.
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IoT Technology 101
By Christian Curtis   -   March 6, 2018
Learn what’s in market today for IoT and what innovations are ahead.
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3 ways All Programmable SoCs create new opportunities for designers
March 2, 2018
Usually, two heads are better than one. Yet sometimes, they introduce conflicting perspectives and priorities.
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With the rising popularity of 7.5W wireless charging, Avnet helps companies obtain rapid product certification
February 25, 2018
The current wave of wireless charging technology, fueled by the new iPhone from Apple, is showing strong momentum growth. Semiconductor suppliers around the world have started making substantial investments in new IC solutions while a low barrier to
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Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT)
February 12, 2018
With its global LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) network, Sigfox has reinvented connectivity for the IoT.
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5 (nearly) universal IoT security problems
February 6, 2018
Can you solve your Internet of Things dilemma for a couple bucks? Just maybe.
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Spending on design up front can save you from long-term pain
February 6, 2018
Spending money in the early phase of development may be painful, but problems with quality, production runs and backers can be far more painful.
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Why does it take 10 partners to start an IoT project?
January 18, 2018
The Internet of Things is more than just a buzzword, it’s a multibillion dollar industry opportunity—at least, for those brave enough to take on the complexity.
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Hardware Is Hard, But It Doesn’t Have to Be
January 18, 2018
Hardware Studio Live took the expertise of independent hardware creators to the CES floor, sharing not just what cool new tech is out there, but the nuts and bolts of how it gets made. Here’s what four makers had to say...
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3 Hardware Takeaways from CES 2018
January 18, 2018
At times, it feels like software dominates the headlines in technology. But if this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is any indication, a huge hardware evolution is coming.
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The importance of end-to-end security schemes for IoT deployments
By Guillaume Crinon   -   January 18, 2018
IoT machine and device security relies on trusted identities.
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What’s A Lead Time – And Why Should You Care?
December 19, 2017
In the world of technology components, there is no Amazon to save the day, nor is there a place where you can walk in and pull an item off of a store shelf. Getting your crucial component depends on a lead time: the time it takes from when you place
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VGAs Manage, Optimize RF Signal-Chain Ranging
December 18, 2017
The variable-gain amplifier (VGA) is a critical part of the RF receiver signal chain. Its function is to solve the problem of received RF signals having more dynamic range than the analog-input circuitry can accommodate.
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Is the machine vision market set to undergo explosive growth?
December 14, 2017
The global machine vision market is still in a phase of steady, rapid growth. According to forecasts released by BBC Research, the global machine vision market was about US$16 billion in 2018, and is slated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of
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How all programmable technology revolutionizes embedded vision
December 14, 2017
Autonomous driving is just the start of EV solutions
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3 levels of Qi testing
November 24, 2017
You’ve designed, prototyped and built a revolutionary product with cutting edge Qi technology – congrats! Before you get to officially certifying your Qi product, you’ll need to do some testing to ensure its veracity.
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Watch for these two problems in your Qi wireless charging project
November 14, 2017
Here are two of the most common problems engineers face in integrating Qi wireless charging in their projects.
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How to get your Qi project certified by the Wireless Power Consortium
November 14, 2017
By aligning with the Wireless Power Consortium and Qi standard—the way big name brands like Apple, Samsung and Avnet have—you can help verify the quality of your product to new customers.
Bill Amelio, Avnet CEO
Qi standard is for more than just smartphones
By Bill Amelio   -   November 14, 2017
I’m not alone in my suspicion that the engineering world will soon follow a singular standard for wireless charging: the Qi standard. I think it would be the right move—and its impact would extend far beyond the charging of mobile phones.
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LEDs: The Eyes and Ears of the Internet of Things
November 8, 2017
It may seem to be a stretch to assert that LEDs play a truly important role in the future of the Internet of Things. After all, by themselves, they’re just lights. However, with sensors tucked neatly inside and a bit of intelligence...
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Alarm bells ring for unsecured connected devices
October 11, 2017
A hot topic at the annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas this summer was the increasing risk companies are facing with the Internet of Things (IoT).
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Four tech trends that improve the driver experience
September 13, 2017
Learn about ways to integrate some the most innovative features into cars, including haptic-feedback touch screens, knob replacement, smart glass and driver-notification applications.
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Worried about your elderly parent living alone at home?
September 10, 2017
New technologies can help the elderly to continue leading independent lives. Sensor-based systems using complex analytical methods are able to detect emergencies and call for help when necessary.
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Understanding the Power of Battery Management Systems
August 28, 2017
According to estimates, China's EV battery market will reach RMB 120 billion by 2010, at which time the EV BMS market is expected to be valued at RMB 17 billion. Although the cost of BMS relative to the entire EV is relatively low, developers should
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Sigfox enters market
August 28, 2017
The goal of Sigfox is to build a wireless wide area network that is completely independent from the existing wireless lattice network, to provide low speed connections for low power sensors. As of the end of 2017, it has covered a total area of 3.8 m
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Looking to develop NB-IoT technology?
August 28, 2017
Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) is a technology standard developed by 3GPP to work in licensed bands. It holds a key position in the evolution of cellular mobile communication technologies (between LTE and 5G), and has therefore been gaining followers among
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The Spring for the Industrial Internet of Things
August 28, 2017
If we combine traditional industries (including manufacture, exploitation of natural resources, construction, public utilities, etc.) with the transportation and health service sectors, about 46 percent of the global economy, or US$32.3 trillion in g
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Bluetooth 5.0 and Business: So, you think you've see the bigger picture?
August 28, 2017
Bluetooth 5.0 provides a solution to the issue by extending the data length to 255 bytes, thereby allowing more possibilities in commercial applications.
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Mastering the road ahead
August 28, 2017
The market demand for Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS) has increased by leaps and bounds. In fact, the global automotive electronics market is forecast to grow robustly over the next few years. In particular, the market value of entertainment
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What!? You'll need them to strike it rich in the USB Type-C market?
August 28, 2017
The USB 3.2 standard announced in July this year increases transmission rate from 10 Gbps to 20 Gbps, effectively doubling the data bandwidth while using the existing USB Type-C architecture. And as a power transmission interface for electronic devic
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How should we bet in the LPWAN market?
August 28, 2017
The application scenario of a fragmented IoT has spurred the development of new wireless communication technologies: LPWAN (Low-Power Wide-Area Network) was developed for low speed, low power, and long-distance IoT applications with large number of c
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Seriously: What you can see is far more than what you see!
August 28, 2017
In addition to our own eyes, there is a growing number of "mechanical eyes" that help us observe, document, and analyze our surroundings in the world today.
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Redefining HMI in the intelligent age
August 28, 2017
Looking at how common smart technologies have become, it is hard to imagine that they have only came into existence in recent times. Impressive as it may seem, what we are witnessing is only the tip of the iceberg. Technology giants around the world
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Can the “spare tire” of 3D facial recognition move into the mainstream?
August 21, 2017
The 3D facial recognition market is expanding rapidly. According to a forecast from Trend Force, the 3D sensing market will grow exponentially, reaching $10.89 billion in 2020 and $18 billion by 2023. The penetration rate of 3D facial recognition in
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How far exactly can an Electric Vehicle (EV) travel?
August 20, 2017
"How far can an EV travel" is no longer just a question of mileage range technology but also one of great concern to businesses within the field, or rather how much more the industry can achieve. From the technical perspective, two problems must be r
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What kind of “eyes” does smart manufacturing really need?
August 18, 2017
Market requirements have propelled the industrial vision market to rapid growth in recent years. According to estimations by Shenzhen Gaogong Industry Research Institute (GGII), the machine vision market, driven by China’s industrial sector, is exp
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Say goodbye to “reaching out for money” in the near future
August 15, 2017
In the past, we’ve always had to remember to bring the four things we should have on us when leaving the house: ID, cell phone, keys, and wallet. Nowadays, cell phones have become the only, absolute necessity, because the wallet has been replaced b
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Powering the future—the hidden heroes of electric vehicle technologies
August 14, 2017
The automobile industry in Mainland China has developed at an unimaginably rapid pace in recent years and a general trend can be observed in car sales figures. A little more than twenty years ago, automobile production in Mainland China numbered only
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How to create a touch screen you can “feel”
August 9, 2017
Haptics is an excellent “companion” for touch screens in that it gives users a “sense” of “touch”. Although the main sources of external information are visual and auditory, many users agree that the tactile stimulus enabled by haptics ac
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An overview of the top six commercialized biometric authentication technologies
August 8, 2017
“The best of times” refers to the accelerating development of the biometric authentication market. Research data indicates that the global biometrics market is slated to grow from US$15 billion in 2016 to US$30.5 billion in 2021, a compound annua
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What Can We Do About Waste Sorting?
August 1, 2017
With the aim of easing the pain and facilitating the process of waste sorting, intensive research and development is focused on smart rubbish bins. In the waste disposal process, from disposal, collection and transport to treatment, rubbish bins conn
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Zero Downtime Industrial IoT Using Programmable SoCs
July 10, 2017
Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems rely on robust communication networks.
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The Growth and Increasing Sophistication of ADAS in the World
July 5, 2017
As electronics in our cars continue to become more sophisticated, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) are taking center stage. These systems make many of the aspects of driving easier, and---most importantly—safer.
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Shark Tank Big Winner Saves Lives
June 26, 2017
Smart mobility changed everything, but it was advancements in wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® Smart that truly freed...
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Internet of Things: Using Wireless-Controlled Lighting to Reduce Energy Costs
June 26, 2017
Traditional mechanical wired lighting systems offer users few cost effective options in managing usage and controlling lighting expense.
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Top 5 Tech Trends in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
June 15, 2017
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) promise to enhance vehicle safety by helping to simplify the driving process, reducing sources of driver distraction and inattention that often lead to accidents. With ADAS support, drivers and their passenge
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Harnessing the power of IoT: Microsoft’s unique approach
June 11, 2017
Little could this now-famous British serial entrepreneur have known in 1999 that the name he chose to define his approach for using RFID in P&G’s supply chain would top Gartner’s 2015 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report.
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LED Lighting Drives Efficiency & Control
June 11, 2017
According to recent Energy Star publications, LED-based lighting can use 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. This can dramatically cut energy costs in large installations.
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Top 5 Myths in Automotive Vision: Designing Embedded Vision Systems Is Easier Than You Think
June 11, 2017
Vision has always occupied a special place in information science and popular culture. One does not need to be an engineer to appreciate the vast bandwidth available in normal human vision. Most people understand that the common saying “a picture i
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Standout Product Keeps Employees from Sitting Too Much
June 1, 2017
You’ve probably heard in the news lately how unhealthy sitting can be. According to WebMD, sitting for long hours has been linked to mental health problems, obesity, death from heart disease and cancer, and other conditions.
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Technologies and Components for Designing Electric Vehicles
April 29, 2017
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) such as the Toyota Prius and the Chevy Volt and electric vehicles (EVs) such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S are growing in popularity amid concern for global warming.
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Red Hat and Eurotech Partnership: Paving Way for End-to-End Architecture for IoT
April 26, 2017
Red Hat Inc., in its March 2016 press release, announced its collaboration with Eurotech, a leading M2M and IoT solution provider based out of Italy.
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How Retailers are Using Location Awareness Technology to Track Buyers’ Habits
April 25, 2017
Location tracking has been in use for a lot longer than one may expect. For example, military Special Forces and intelligence organizations have been using trackers and tracers for decades.
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Powering the Internet of Things via Energy Harvesting
April 25, 2017
The push is on to add Internet capability to everything—often called the Internet of Things (IoT)—and the challenge for design engineers is to figure out how to power each of these IoT nodes.
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The Internet of Slacks? IoT and Smart Clothing
April 25, 2017
When you think of wearable technology you probably think about those fitness trackers that you wear on your wrist. What you probably don’t think about is your shirt, your pants or even your socks.
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Insurance and the Internet of Things
April 25, 2017
It’s one of those things you only think about when you need it. Insurance. It’s our safety net for so many important parts of out lives and can sometimes be the key to a quick recovery – both physically and financially.
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The Internet of Things Pushes the Possibilities Offered by Big Data
April 24, 2017
The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses things as tangible as a light switch, things as ethereal as a cloud, and all things in-between.
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The Internet of Things is Driving The Internet of Autos
April 24, 2017
In the early 1900s Henry Ford made the automobile affordable and accessible. But what he really did was offer people connection. Rural residents could connect with more urban areas to sell crops and buy supplies.
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Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance
April 23, 2017
Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance By Steve Gereb August 25, 2016. I enjoy reading about how the data collected by Intelligent Systems will help people live better lives.
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Monitoring Impact Levels in Sports
April 20, 2017
Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is a very serious topic in the world of sports today.
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The Internet of Things at Cruising Altitude: Airlines and the IoT
April 20, 2017
What are your thoughts when you step onto an airplane? “Where’s my seat?” “Is this a Wi-Fi flight?” “I hope I make my connection.”
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New TFT LCD Technology Shape Infotainment for Cars of the Future
April 15, 2017
Although the technology has been around since the 1990s, the use of thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT LCDs) is on the rise in automobiles.
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Wearables: Tracking, Computing and Making Sense of Context Awareness
April 15, 2017
Wearable devices are moving quickly from concept to reality based on evolving technologies such as sensor fusion, communications and vision. Wearables have evolved to become perceptually aware agents that learn through users’ experiences, activitie
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Study: Digital Intelligence Driving Massive Business Transformation
April 14, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely regarded as the next revolution in technology. Cisco predicts that by 2020, there will be 50 billion things connected to the Internet, generating revenues of $19 trillion.
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The Internet of Everything is Here…or Is It?
April 11, 2017
The next great age of technology is the Internet of Things (IoT), if, that is, you believe everything you read on the Internet.
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The Internet of Things Has Thumbs – And They’re Green
April 10, 2017
It’s no surprise that technology, data and intelligent systems are transforming industrial agriculture.
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Mobile Asset Tracking With Bing Maps: Keeping Your Fleet Fleet
April 4, 2017
You can have a fleet of things, like vehicles. Or you can be fleet, as in fast. OR, in the case of transportation logistics, it could mean both.
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Microsoft and GE Partnership to Make Industrial IoT More Accessible to Businesses
April 4, 2017
General Electric (GE) and Microsoft Corporation recently announced the beginning of a new alliance. The technology collaboration will make available GE’s Predix platform for Industrial Internet on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses
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Maps For Your Business: It's More Than You Think
April 2, 2017
If you run a business, then you want to be found. It seems like a no-brainer right? Customers have to be able to find your store to be able to make a purchase. So you put your address and a map of your locations on your website.
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Mapping For Senior Care: The Potential of Bing Maps In A Growing Industry
April 1, 2017
It’s hard to admit it, but we’re all getting old. With the huge population of Baby Boomers all entering their senior years, the number of senior Americans is higher than it’s ever been.
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Not Your Father’s Billboards – Bing Maps Brings The Out-Of-Home Industry Into the Digital Age
March 31, 2017
When you hear the words “Outdoor Advertising” you might think of dusty highway billboards and smiling realtors on bus stop benches. 20 years ago, that was probably pretty close to accurate. Today, it’s a different story.
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Going Up? Elevators, Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things
March 30, 2017
People are excited about the Internet of Things for a variety of reasons. It’s already made us more connected. And as more and more things are connected, a number of industries are poised to become faster, more efficient and more reliable.
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RF sampling: frequency planning yields a clean spectrum – From Texas Instruments
March 29, 2017
You think your radio frequency (RF) sampling design is well in hand because you selected the proper device and defined the clock source. But wait; you are not done. Even the best devices introduce degradation without proper frequency planning to ensu
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All-Round ESD and Heat Protection
March 29, 2017
LED lighting systems require high-performance ESD and overtemperature protection if they are to live up to their potential in terms of lifetime, low maintenance costs and overall reliability.
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OCF and Thread Group Alliance Boosts Windows 10 and its Smart Home Initiative
March 29, 2017
Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and Thread Group, recently collaborated to fire up the automated ‘smart home’ functionalities on the Windows 10 operating system.
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Getting Started in Automotive Smart Vision Design
March 27, 2017
Advances in embedded vision technology have heightened interest in applying smart vision solutions for automotive safety.
Woman looking at her wearable fitness tracker
From vision to reality: a look at Pebble’s launch into the wearables market
March 26, 2017
When Eric Migicovsky started designing smartwatches six years ago, there were few players in the wearables space and a lot of skeptics.
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Internet of Beer? Avnet Helps iKeg ‘Tap’ Into the Internet of Things
March 26, 2017
You might think that running out of beer is only a major concern if you are the “refreshment coordinator” for a college fraternity, but it turns out that beer inventory management is actually a pretty big deal for bar and restaurant owners these
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How the IoT will Change the Supply Chain?
March 24, 2017
The potential applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technology across any industry or sector are vast. Existing and future IoT applications promise new ways of value creation and revenue streams for businesses in a digital world.
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Power Management Techniques for Low-Energy IoT Devices
March 24, 2017
With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), embedded designers are, more than ever, focusing their attention and efforts on system energy usage.
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IoT Proliferation Teeters on the Edge
By Alex Iuorio   -   March 24, 2017
Cybersecurity and the irony of what happened during U.S. President Barack Obama's January 12, 2015 speech to the Federal Trade Commission on the growing threat, during which he declared: “If we’re’re going to be connected, we’ve got to be pro
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Ensuring robust connectivity in the industrial Internet of Things
March 23, 2017
The industrial Internet of Things promises to bring greater visibility and control of manufacturing processes.
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Resistors 101: What to Consider When Designing With These Essential Passive Components
March 23, 2017
Along with the inductor and capacitor, the resistor is a one of the trio of fundamental passive components in electronics. Each appears to provide just a simple electrical function; for resistors, it is to impede current flow, which produces an assoc
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LEDs Shed Light on New Applications — From Fighting Insomnia to Healing Wounds
March 22, 2017
LED use has dramatically increased as performance improves and costs decrease. Recently, nontraditional applications of LEDs delivering surprising quality-of-life improvements have grown in number.
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New Year’s Resolution: Let’s Get Security Right in 2016
March 22, 2017
BBC Business News recently reported that cybersecurity will be the main issue of global business in 2016. Another top trend this year? IoT and "the development of the hyper-connected world."
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London’s Pigeon Population Flocks to IoT
March 21, 2017
In one of the strangest, most innovative uses of Intelligent Systems we’ve seen so far, DigitasLbi Creative Director Pierre Dequesnoy came up with the idea of using pigeons equipped with sensor-loaded backpacks to analyze pollution in the UK’s ca
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Securing LED Networks in the Age of the Internet of Things
March 20, 2017
Recently, in Nuevo Arenal, a little sleepy village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, a dozen criminals cut the lights to the town’s main street during the quiet 3 a.m. hour, and then injured...
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One Windows to Rule Them All
March 20, 2017
Unless you’ve been on an extended vacation on a remote tropical island you know Windows 10 was released on July 29. And the hype is huge.
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Invest in the Future with IoT
March 20, 2017
You and I have known for a long time that connected devices are becoming pervasive throughout society, and it seems like the investment world is finally catching up.
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IoT Security: Real Problems and Solutions
By Guillaume Crinon   -   March 18, 2017
Learn about the real issues behind “IoT security,” and challenges for customers both from hardware and embedded / server software aspects.
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It’s Time For The Government And The Internet Of Things
March 18, 2017
The Internet of Things or IoT has become quite the well-known term in the past year or two. What started out as a radical concept – connecting everything to everything else and to the Internet!
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PoE + LEDs: An effective pairing, with some limitations
March 17, 2017
Using the evolving Power over Ethernet standard to supply DC power to LED-based lighting in place of using the AC line offers both new options and some serious concerns.
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Gesture Recognition, Proximity Sensors Drive Advances in Automotive Infotainment
March 17, 2017
Safety must remain paramount when designing interactive interfaces for automotive applications, including guarding against distracted driving.
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Wearable Electronics: Four Approaches to Implement a Sensor Hub and Save Power
March 17, 2017
As more sensors are added to nearly every electronic device including smartphones, tablets and wearables, more power is needed to run sensor data and turn it into useful information.
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Internet of Things: Low Power, Low Cost Connected Devices Fuel Demand for Microco
March 17, 2017
At the heart of the devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are a variety of ultra low power microcontrollers (MCUs), sensor networks, systems-on-chip (SoC) and communications protocols such as ZigBee. These underlying technologies operate
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One-Click Manufacturing: Could It Really Be That Easy?
March 16, 2017
One click manufacturing (OCM) is a concept that arose from the 3D printing world: design a 3D model of a part ...
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Finding the best wireless option for your IoT design
March 16, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) relies on a facile communications framework able to move data easily between embedded "things" and systems located at higher levels of the IoT hierarchy.
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The Challenge of Dimming LEDs
March 15, 2017
One of the major issues that continue to plague light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is the challenge of dimming.
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Setting a Course For A Golf Course With Bing Maps
March 13, 2017
With more than 25 million regular players worldwide, there’s no doubt that golf is one of the most popular past times on the planet. And it’s a sport that’s growing every year.
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The Edge to Enterprise - Avnet and IBM Partner to Deliver IoT Offering
March 13, 2017
This white paper examines the Internet of Things market with a lens on the complexity of the vendor ecosystem and how partnerships are enabling holistic solutions to come to market.
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Internet of Things: Designing Sensor-Based Devices with Coin Cell Batteries
March 13, 2017
A popular vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it will comprise billions of sensors gathering information about their local environment and transmitting that data back to servers in the cloud. Such data will be compiled, analyzed and shared
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Smart Cities: What To Look For In 2016 And Beyond
March 11, 2017
In a recent article in Government Technology, IDC research director Ruthbea Yesner Clarke discusses three trends emerging around the growing smart cities movement
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Indispensable Building Blocks of Mobile IoT Devices
March 10, 2017
The concept of IoT connected devices connotes many different ideas. Some think of data centers full of servers, network switches and storage arrays aggregating untold gigabytes of random data. Others identify with Ethernet-enabled devices in their pl
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Real-Time Operating Systems - What's Really at the Core
March 9, 2017
For most design engineers, the Internet of Things is referenced regularly. From an abundance of applications and security concerns to discussions about how data will be used, the topic of IoT is pervasive. When questions arise regarding the core of I
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Differentiated FPGAs Provide Security in Today’s Hyperconnected World
March 8, 2017
We live in a hyperconnected world that is constantly redefining how people communicate, congregate, collaborate and share information globally and instantaneously.
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Zynq SoMs Decrease Customer Development Times and Costs
March 8, 2017
Xilinx’s Zynq®-7000 All Programmable (AP) System-on-Chip (SoC) provides a new paradigm for embedded system design ...
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AC/DC Supplies: Design and Make, or Just Buy?
March 8, 2017
How to implement the ubiquitous AC/DC supply is a complicated decision with many factors and perspectives, ranging from technical to regulatory ones.
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What’s All The Buzz About? Bees And Smart Map Technology
March 8, 2017
You’ve heard about the problems with the bees, right? Their population numbers are dwindling and that’s not good news.
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An Overview of FPGAs: The Solution to Countless Design Challenges
March 7, 2017
The field-programmable gate array as a primary processing element offers many design, debug, and production benefits with few, if any, downsides.
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Will HaLow open the door for more intelligent systems?
March 7, 2017
Reporting on the recent announcement of the “long-awaited Wi-Fi HaLow standard for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah wireless networking technology,” Jim Hunter of Tech Crunch explains why this new standard may pave the way for more connected
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An Introduction to IoT Components
March 7, 2017
From locomotives and jet engines to baby monitors and home appliance controls, new applications are challenging the imaginations of designers — both in startup companies and within giant corporations.
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Driving the LED Revolution for Light and for Art
March 6, 2017
The emergence of LEDs as a usable and hugely beneficial light source has created a massive impact in the global lighting market.
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Automotive LEDs Deliver Greater Design Flexibility for Safety, Style and Efficiency
March 6, 2017
LED lighting has been making major inroads into the automotive market for two key reasons: safety concerns and energy consumption.
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For industry 4.0, reliability builds on robust connections
March 6, 2017
Looking to relieve increasing product complexity and cost pressures, manufacturers are moving toward the next phase of industrial automation envisioned in Industry 4.0.
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What To Do With All That Data
March 6, 2017
Just as important as the hardware and the data it collects in an Intelligent System are the tools we need to process and analyze information. Otherwise, an Intelligent System does nothing to serve our purposes.
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Embedded vision is everywhere! See for yourself
March 3, 2017
Embedded vision technology will soon touch nearly every aspect of our daily lives –- from automatic vacuum cleaners in our homes to augmented-reality applications.
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The right way to turn on a light
March 3, 2017
What if we want to be able to control the light at a distance, up to 1km away from the room, and to turn it on and off at certain hours and change color and intensity according to users? What if we want the system to be able to adjust itself in respo
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Defense/Aero Spinoffs Remain an Exceptional Source for Breakthrough Technology
March 3, 2017
Yes, automatic across the board cuts within the Department of Defense (DoD) will put the squeeze on many within the defense/aerospace supply chain.
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Defense Cuts Put Squeeze on Mil/Aero Design Chain
March 3, 2017
Cutbacks in U.S. defense spending is putting the squeeze on designers and builders of military, aircraft, aerospace, communications and intelligence equipment.
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DefAero Mitigating Cyber Attacks MCU Hardware Accelerators Boost 2CP
March 3, 2017
Over the years, cyber attacks on financial institutions and news organizations have garnered the lion's share of attention...
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DefAero-New iPad Application Helps Pilots Assess Flying Risks - 2 CP
March 3, 2017
A new application, the iPad Flight Risk Assessment Tool (iFrat), is making it easy for pilots to assess, document and communicate risks in upcoming flights.
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Automotive Electronics: Top 5 Tech Trends of Tomorrow’s Smart Cars
March 3, 2017
In the United States alone, motor vehicles travel well over four trillion miles each year according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.*
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How wireless communication protocols make or break designs
March 3, 2017
The design process includes many critical decisions for engineers, such as which wireless communications protocol to use.
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Driving data with unintentional new uses: Internet of Things
March 3, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a natural evolution of the things we already make today.
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Cognitive computing and IBM Watson IoT: unlocking the power of information
March 3, 2017
Businesses, academic institutions, cities, and other enterprises may have diverse objectives and missions but all have two things in common: Data, lots of it.
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Circuit Protection: Helping Drive Reliability and Longer Life
March 3, 2017
The primary concerns of engineers designing mobile devices connected to the IoT remain device functionality, performance and feature set.
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Avnet: your key enabler for efficient IoT product development
March 3, 2017
There’s no shortage of hype when it comes to IoT! Fashion designers, futurists, gadget geeks, salespeople...
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Antennas for RF Designs in the IoT
March 3, 2017
The physical connection for many IoT nodes leverages legacy wired networks found in homes, offices, schools, factories and other areas. As we become mobile, wireless physical connections are becoming the norm.
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Bing maps V8 control brings exciting upgrades for developers
March 2, 2017
For developers, being able to pack more features into apps is definitely a plus. And that’s exactly what Microsoft is trying to help you with.
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Bing Maps Is Bringing The World To The Classroom
March 2, 2017
You’ve heard about Bing Maps for business, right? Companies in a wide variety of industries are using Bing Maps to drive sales, increase efficiency and save money.
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A Look at the MicroSD Card of the Future: Speed and Capacity meet Reliability
March 2, 2017
Manufacturers recently released the largest capacity and fastest microSD cards ever made. The 128 GB cards demonstrate more than a 1,000-fold increase in storage density over the last decade.
Close up of a circuit board
Accelerating the Motor Control revolution Using New MCU and FPGA Solutions
March 2, 2017
Motors provide the muscle for electronic controls to interact with the physical world. Whether in transportation, process control, robotics, appliances or even just opening a garage door, motors are the primary movers in our connected and controlled
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3D Printing Maximizes Design Flexibility
March 2, 2017
The aerospace and defense industries have long been developers and early adopters of cutting-edge technology.
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32-bit MCUs Penetrate IoT Ecosystem
March 2, 2017
While 8-bit and 16-bit MCUs are well suited for IoT end-node applications, the 32-bit MCU has a key function in the IoT pyramid: It provides the data throughput, reading sensors and sending real-time sensor data over an IP-based network.
Graphic depicting Wi-Fi connectivity
A “Canned” Module/IC Solution Simplifies Wireless Implementation, but Potential Design-in Issues Remain
March 2, 2017
Incorporating wireless connectivity into a product is now a standard design requirement for Wi-Fi, IoT, and other applications.
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10 companies and municipalities that are harnessing the Internet of Things to run smarter cities
March 2, 2017
Many of the devices we interact with today are enabled by computers and connected to the Internet. Much of the popular interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) focuses on consumer electronics, with everything from smart refrigerators to thermostats,
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10 things every intelligent systems needs
March 1, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way businesses use technology. This web of interconnected devices and machines gathers information from gas-oil-water exploration sensors to sensors in corn fields, to medical devices and train control
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Avnet WTWH Basics of LEDs
March 3, 117
Using the evolving Power over Ethernet standard to supply DC power to LED-based lighting in place of using the AC line offers both new options and some serious concerns.
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