AI at the edge will have profound effects on many industries, including transportation, defense, manufacturing and healthcare to name a few. How will AI at the edge change these industries, and why does it matter?
The latest developments in AI and IoT are shaping the future of logistics with data-driven, intelligent supply chains employing machine learning (ML). AI can deliver increased optimization in logistics while giving businesses speed and flexibility.
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 sys
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. For designers, a diverse set of wireless connectivity options...
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. The app is designed for fixed-wing and helicopter general aviation and private pilots...
Tom Linton, retired Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at EMS giant Flex, shares his unique insights on the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on supply chains, and tips on what industry executives can do to keep their businesses afloat.
Internet of Things trends today revolve around shiny objects—whether they be artificial intelligence or blockchain—but what if one of the most revolutionary parts of the IoT is something designers consider every day in devices?
Analog touches everything. If not for the multitude of analog and mixed-signal components that vendors have developed in the past decades, the digital “revolution” that has made so many industry sectors leap forward would not be possible.
Electronics circuits evolved from discrete circuits to highly integrated circuits (IC) on a single chip enabling highly advanced analog and digital systems saving space and cost. An operational amplifier (Op Amp) is one such integrated circuit that has pl...
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
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
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.
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 j
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
When you think of experiencing music, what comes to mind? The sound. But sound is vibrations—and the key to how Avnet created a wearable to allow deaf and hard of hearing people to listen to live music.
In a startup environment, when funding sources—or lack thereof—are looming every day, security might not be on the top of your mind. Here are 3 reasons why it should ... and what to consider about security.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The emergence of LEDs as a usable and hugely beneficial light source has created a massive impact in the global lighting market. Old incandescent technology – if an approach that sees light created as a consequence of a conductor glowing and where
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
In the United States alone, motor vehicles travel well over four trillion miles each year according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.* To gain a sense of this distance, consider that while it takes light approximately eight minutes to travel
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
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. Each wireless connection requires at lea
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
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.
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, and the fastest speeds of these microSD cards now rival ot
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
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
Embedded vision technology will soon touch nearly every aspect of our daily lives –- from automatic vacuum cleaners in our homes to augmented-reality applications in our mobile phones and even in the self-driving cars of the future.
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.