3 levels of Qi testing

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

As a future-proofed and widely available open standard, Qi wireless charging is a hot technology. Engineers are actively incorporating it in applications from hospitality to automotive. Wireless charging, however, replaces cords with coils—and with t...

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How to get your Qi project certified by the Wireless Power Consortium

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

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

Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems rely on robust communication networks. Protocols such as HSR (High-availability Seamless Redundancy) and PRP (Parallel Redundancy Protocol) ensure high availability for networks on critical infrastructur...

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PoE + LEDs: An effective pairing, with some limitations

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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IoT Security: Real Problems and Solutions

“IoT security” is a popular topic these days, and there is not a single week without a conference featuring a paper or a keynote about security....

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AC/DC Supplies: Design and Make, or Just Buy?

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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MEMs Revolutionizes Sensor Landscape

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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Differentiated FPGAs Provide Security in Today’s Hyperconnected World

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

Xilinx’s Zynq®-7000 All Programmable (AP) System-on-Chip (SoC) provides a new paradigm for embedded system design ......

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An Overview of FPGAs: The Solution to Countless Design Challenges

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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All-Round ESD and Heat Protection

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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The Internet of Things Pushes the Possibilities Offered by Big Data

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 Everything is Here…or Is It?

The next great age of technology is the Internet of Things (IoT), if, that is, you believe everything you read on the Internet. Supposedly, technology will be so inexpensive that we will connect everything....

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Power Management Techniques for Low-Energy IoT Devices

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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Shark Tank Big Winner Saves Lives

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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IoT Proliferation Teeters on the Edge

In his January 12, 2015 speech to the Federal Trade Commission on the growing cyber security threat, U.S. President Barack Obama declared: “If we’re going to be connected, we’ve got to be protected.”...

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Powering the Internet of Things via Energy Harvesting

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 Edge to Enterprise - Avnet and IBM Partner to Deliver IoT Offering

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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