Future Electronics – Primer to Cryptography and Embedded Security


By: Cheong Wei Chua, System Program Manager, Future Electronics Hacking, cloning, and counterfeiting are risks which many electronic manufacturers need to contend with. Some manufacturers have implemented mechanical systems or labels to protect their products, but these trivial mechanisms do not deter counterfeiters if the rewards are large. Hence, suppliers of crypto solutions offer embedded […]

Future Electronics – Chargers for Portable Devices: Is There Hope for Standardization?


Without a widely accepted and robust standard, the huge growth in the number of portable devices has led to a correlating rise in the number of mains power adapters. Without a standard this trait has also become an issue of public policy, with millions of obsolete power supplies sent for disposal in landfill sites globally […]

Future Electronics – Graphics Display-Based Human-Machine Interfaces: the New Capabilities of the Latest MCUs


By: Justin Palmer, Vertical Segment Director, Embedded and Healthcare, Future Electronics The evidence from consumer research, analyst reports, OEM customer feedback and the forecasts from semiconductor manufacturers all points in the same direction: few embedded designers will be immune over the next five years from pressure to dramatically enhance the capabilities, mode of operation and […]

Future Electronics – Small, Low Power and Low Cost FPGAs: a Valid Alternative to the MCU in Embedded Designs?


By: Pawel Makyla, Central Applications Engineer, Future Electronics and Wafy Butty, FPGA Specialist, Future Electronics The microcontroller is the default choice of core component in almost every portable or low power embedded design today. Microcontrollers are cheap, small, use little power, and are familiar and easy to work with. Given these attributes, it is hardly […]

Future Electronics – The Conversion of Street Lights into Intelligent Sensor Hubs: Why and How to Do It


By: David Shushan, Field Applications Engineer, Future Electronics and François Mirand, Future Lighting Solutions The controls embedded even in the more sophisticated street lights in operation today have a rather limited scope: they may be used for dimming, according to a schedule or in response to measurements of ambient light; to turn the light on […]

Future Electronics – Near-Field Magnetic Induction for Wireless Audio and Data Streaming


By: Jean-Daniel Wu, Antenna Specialist AE, Future Electronics Today, the magnetic induction technique is being widely used for near-field communication (NFC) and wireless charging applications. Compared to Bluetooth communication, which works at 2.4GHz, near-field magnetic induction (NFMI) technology can provide a more reliable, more secure, and much lower power radio link within, on, and in […]

Future Electronics – FLIR Lepton LWIR Thermal Imaging Camera Demo on Microsemi IGLOO2 Creative Board


Often engineers choose microcontrollers over Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), because they assume that MCUs are cheaper, easier to program and more reliable. The truth is that you can make microcontrollers with FPGAs but not the opposite. An FPGA is a device which enables a developer to synthesize digital circuits. It can be reconfigured, reprogrammed, […]

Future Electronics – How to Use a SiC MOSFET Operating in Quasi-Resonant Mode to Cut the Size and Cost of Auxiliary Power Supplies


A power converter used in an industrial system such as a photovoltaic (PV) inverter, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) or industrial motor drive will normally include an auxiliary supply unit which supplies power to system peripherals such as a microprocessor, LCD display, sensors and fans, as well as to the gate drivers inside the main power […]

Future Electronics – Battle Royale! LoRa Versus LTE CAT M1


By Matt Rose, FCS Wireless Specialist For the last few years, machine-to-machine and Internet-of-Things applications relied on 2G and 3G cellular systems for wide area network communications. As broad market consumers required more performance from their smartphones to stream the latest wrestling match video, these older protocols have become obsolete and high-bandwidth 4G-LTE has become […]