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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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Engineering Considerations for the Substitution of Solid Tantalum and Tantalum Polymer Capacitors for Surface-Mount MLCCs
October 18, 2018
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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Choosing A Pressure Sensor
October 12, 2018
When comparing pressure sensors, there are a number of physical and performance attributes to be considered.
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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 IoT.
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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. Here's the value of these communities from the members themselves.
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Alternative Solutions For Powering IoT Devices
August 9, 2018
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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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
Learn how having an understanding of the pros and cons of charging and battery options is key to realizing the full potential of your new product.
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How one engineer found both confidence and community in element14
June 22, 2018
Catch the story of Frederick Vandenbosch and how element14 helped him kindle his passion for computer hardware.
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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
Learn about the UltraZed SoM - the latest in a line of embedded computing technologies from Avnet which include a heterogeneous System on Chip (SoC).
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Element14 allows Sneha Nidhi to continue a lifetime of learning
June 22, 2018
Sneha Nidhi describes her love for technology and appreciation for the element14 community.
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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 IoT World 2018 in Santa Clara, Calif.
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Xilinx SoCs and the reVISION Stack Accelerate Embedded Vision Integration
May 4, 2018
See how designers can capitalize on the power and efficiency of Xilinx's Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC devices to implement designs using Avnet's Embedded Vision Kits.
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As technology reshapes our world, ecosystems reshape our business models
By Bill Amelio   -   April 25, 2018
See why businesses are now increasingly reliant on formal structures that tap into the power of partnership - “the company you keep.”
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Insurance and the Internet of Things
April 21, 2018
Learn about the impacts of IoT on insurance - from auto, home, health and other insurance policies.
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Ensuring robust connectivity in the Industrial Internet of Things
April 20, 2018
The industrial Internet of Things promises to bring greater visibility and control of manufacturing processes. To achieve its potential, however, industrial data networks need robust interconnect solutions able to maintain robust connectivity despite
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Why Blockchain May Not Reach Beyond the IP Gateway in IoT Security
By Guillaume Crinon   -   April 19, 2018
Gain an understanding the basics of crypto currencies and the security built into them.
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Edico Genome: Fast forward to the future of medicine
April 16, 2018
Edico Genome’s DRAGEN Platform is changing the way clinicians diagnose and treat deadly diseases like cancer by giving them crucial genetic information at unprecedented speed, scale and accuracy.
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Autonomous vehicles are the future
April 9, 2018
Autonomous vehicles do not just replace the driver, helmsman or pilot, but have the potential to create completely new business models worth billions.
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4 energy applications for smart home technologies
April 4, 2018
See 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
With smart building automation and home security comes the need to protect a home's hardware and software.
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From enabled to proactive: the evolution of home automation
April 3, 2018
The demand for smart homes is booming and homes are getting 'smarter' along the way.
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Meeting Next-Generation Automotive Design Challenges
April 2, 2018
As the automotive industry advances toward Level 5 fully autonomous vehicles, automotive engineers will have to continue driving more functionality out of vehicle subsystems that deliver safety, infotainment, and other features.
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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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Model behavior with microcontrollers: Kitty Yeung’s intersectional engineering spans art, science
March 6, 2018
Learn how Kitty Yeung used open source communities and platforms to incorporate electronics into her fashion designs.
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Creators See Progress Moving Technology from Development to Market, but Hurdles Still Remain.
March 6, 2018
See how engaging with a partner that has a robust ecosystem can help creators and startups get new and exciting hardware products to market.
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3 Steps to IoT Deployment
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
To succeed with IoT deployment you need to start well at the beginning to get your project to a strong conclusion.
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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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Buy or build your IoT infrastructure?
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
Read about the questions many businesses face when starting to create plans for an IoT project.
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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
In the growing market of embedded vision, there’s a need to not only rapidly scale to compete but to also be ready for machine learning’s effect on the space. That’s all while keeping up with lightning fast design cycles.
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5 (nearly) universal IoT security problems
By Guillaume Crinon   -   February 6, 2018
While IoT is chock full of customization, there are security measures that thread through nearly all deployments.
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Clarius takes ultrasounds further
January 30, 2018
From the magical to the unimaginable, ultrasound technology gives critical insight in to what’s going on in the depths of our bodies. Despite a century of innovation, the multi-billion-dollar ultrasound industry is still dominated by large, cart-based sys...
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Why does it take 10 partners to start an IoT project?
By Michael Lamp   -   January 18, 2018
Most companies say it takes up to 10 partners to even start an IoT project. We try to understand why.
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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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3 Hardware Takeaways from CES 2018
January 18, 2018
If the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is any indication, a huge hardware evolution is coming.
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What’s A Lead Time – And Why Should You Care?
December 19, 2017
Learn how effective management of lead times and partnering with a distributor can help you keep promises.
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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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How all programmable technology revolutionizes embedded vision
December 14, 2017
Autonomous driving is just the start of EV solutions. Learn how all-programmable is revolutionizing embedded vision.
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Cognitive Computing and IBM Watson IoT: Unlocking the Power of Information
December 9, 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, and the need for a comprehensive—and comprehensible—way to make use of it. Most executi
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For Industry 4.0, Reliability Builds on Robust Connections
December 9, 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. In this concept, smart factories respond instantly to changing workloads to more
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Avnet: Your Key Enabler for Efficient IoT Product Development
December 8, 2017
There’s no shortage of hype when it comes to IoT! Fashion designers, futurists, gadget geeks, salespeople…Beyond the logistic efficiencies and capabilities of being the largest global component distributor, Avnet focuses significant technica
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Circuit Protection: Helping Drive Reliability and Longer Life
December 8, 2017
The primary concerns of engineers designing mobile devices connected to the IoT remain device functionality, performance and feature set. With more devices connected to the IoT intended for long life, remote operation circuit protection increasingly
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3 levels of Qi testing
November 14, 2017
See how the Qi Sniffer and Qi Certified Product Testers can help you test and certify your Qi products.
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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.
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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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Zero Downtime Industrial IoT Using Programmable SoCs
July 10, 2017
See an IP design from SoC-e for the Xilinx Zynq®-7000 SoC, providing a flexible solution for equipment that will be connected to HSR rings, PRP LANs, etc.
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Driving Data with Unintentional New Uses: Internet of Things
June 11, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a natural evolution of the things we already make today. It is created by the convergence of several key trends, including: growing intelligence of devices that put new power to good use, ubiquitous and cheap connecti
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Shark Tank Big Winner Saves Lives
May 5, 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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How Retailers are Using Location Awareness Technology to Track Buyers’ Habits
April 21, 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. Auto theft recovery services such as LoJack have offered rea
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Harnessing the Power of IoT: Microsoft’s Unique Approach
April 19, 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. Hackneyed though
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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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The Edge to Enterprise - Avnet and IBM Partner to Deliver IoT Offering
April 11, 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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Real-Time Operating Systems - What's Really at the Core
April 2, 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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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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