Engineering tomorrow’s connected house today
In the Internet of Things (IoT), connection isn’t a luxury: it’s a necessity. Luckily, even a single antenna can transmit and receive unprecedented amounts of data. Antennas are the unsung hero of the ever-changing world of IoT, from home automation to energy solutions and surveillance products.
Today’s home has to do more than look good—it has to seamlessly communicate with all of the appliances inside.
That high expectation for the modern home means engineers have to grapple with home automation needs from lighting solutions and connected outlets. Security and surveillance endpoints range from door locks to smoke detectors. Energy and utility concerns span thermostats and weather stations.
Yet with the right design, hardware and help, the dream of tomorrow’s fully connected home can become a reality today.
Smart homes need smarter security
Research shows nearly 2 out of 3 people (62%) say security is among the top benefits of home automation. Makes sense, considering 60% of burglars steer clear of smart homes with security systems. But how does smart home security really work?
While antennas play a role, smart homes are built on a host of other components that help bring the Internet of Things to a consumer’s front door—and all around the house, too. From wire-to-wire connectors for efficient secure lighting applications to microSD memory cards that help power car navigation, CCTV and cameras, there are a variety of I/O and micro products to help get smart home projects to market:
USB Type C Connectors and Cable Assemblies
USB Type-C connectors offer robust, reliable connectivity in IoT, wearable device and other high-speed data I/O applications.
Molex Mini Lite-Trap
Ideal for thin LED lighting-module applications, Molex’s Mini Lite-Trap SMT wire-to-board connectors offer easy wire removability and a low-profile for reduced shadowing.
microSD Memory Card Connectors
Molex Push-Push type card sockets provide durable locking, polarization, user-friendly features and various card options. Ideal for outlet type applications. Convenient to insert and withdraw card from outlet applications such as car navigation, CCTV and cameras.
FPC Easy-On Connectors (Vertical)
Super-fine pitch and small-size FFC/FPC connectors with a wide selection ZIF, non-ZIF, slider, flip actuator, and FPC-to-Board styles along with a variety of circuit sizes and space savings to provide a high-reliability as well as high speed, to meeting market diversification.
SlimStack 0.40mm pitch J-Bend Plug
SlimStack 0.40mm pitch high-speed board-to-board connectors offer a wide variety of circuit sizes and stack heights for space-saving and design flexibility in a diverse range of applications including Consumer, Datacom, Home Appliance, Mobile and Medical.
FFC/FPC 0.50mm Double Bottom (Right Angle)
Molex’s FFC/FPC connectors with double the contacts per circuit offer the best combination of signal reliability, compactness, wide circuit size range and cable style choices of any similar version in the market.
Milli-Grid Right Angle Shrouded Header
A high-density connector system based on a 2.00 by 2.00mm grid pattern that offers complete design flexibility for wire-to-board, board-to-board and cable-to-board applications.
Off-the-Shelf Cable Assemblies
Standard Discrete Cable Assemblies deliver off-the-shelf solutions with a broad offering of Molex connectors and a variety of cable lengths to facilitate both prototyping and global production.
MXMag RJ45 Connectors
Tested to over 2,500 mating cycles, the MXMag RJ45 Connector Family are robust, highly reliable magnetic jacks with optional automated reflow-solder capabilities to increase production output and Power over Ethernet (PoE) function to deliver additional cost advantages.
Ditto Wire-to-Wire Connectors
Available in glow wire capable and positive lock versions, Ditto wire-to-wire interconnects halve the tooling and setup costs of low-amperage consumer and lighting applications for increased cost-savings and operational efficiency.
Delivering durable and extra flexible PCB-connection solutions, standard and custom Premo-Flex ™ Cable Jumpers are available in a variety of pitches, cable lengths, thicknesses and formats for use in virtually any industry.
The world doesn’t work without wireless—and that’s no easy feat
Antennas guide electromagnetic waves to unguided electromagnetic waves and vice versa.
To work for the connected home, they also have to exist among a bevy of devices with wireless protocols driven by range, data usage requirement or power consumption.
Antenna design depends on
Antenna patterns and shapes have to be designed to match a specific frequency or bandwidth. Higher data rates require more power and higher frequency.
Antennas can be mounted onto PCBs, embedded into coaxial cables, ruggedized to be exposed to weather and harsh environments or live completely outside of a smart device.
Size, shape of deployment
The desired location of the antenna dictates not only the different antenna choices, but also materials and shapes.
Use case for consumers
How you use the antenna impacts the environment its housed in to create optimal performance—and what it needs to be prepared for from the outside world.
Avnet and Molex: connecting the dots on the connected home
Avnet’s extensive team of specialists offer design and solution support to engineers with interconnect, sensors, wireless, passive, power supplies and battery products. Molex offers electronic components and solutions and has acquired technologies from software to firmware.
Together we bring you a portfolio of high-performing solutions and associated technologies that enable you to transform concepts into smart connected designs across a wide range of applications.