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 – The Latest Security ICs: A Simple, Drop-In Solution to the Problem of Securing a Device and its Data?


By: Arnaud Le Mignon, Field Applications Engineer, Future Electronics Security is a type of technology which, like RF circuit design or DC-DC conversion, often appears complex and difficult to non-specialist design engineers embarking on it for the first time. Like RF and power conversion, security technology has generated its own jargon and obscure acronyms. There […]

Future Electronics – MIMO: How Does 802.11 Benefit from Multiple-Antenna Techniques?


By: Jean-Daniel Wu, Antenna Specialist AE, Future Electronics The use of multiple antennas based on Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) techniques is the key feature of 802.11n/ac, which in theory outperforms 802.11a/b/g by higher throughput. Engineers who are interested in designing Wi-Fi modules are presented with the problems of whether 802.11n/ac shall be implemented and how much […]

Future Electronics – How Far Has New Technology Allowed the MOSFET to Encroach on the IGBT’s Territory?


By: Daniele Viganò, Power and Linear Specialist Engineer, Future Electronics (Italy) The two dominant types of power transistor, the MOSFET and the IGBT, are so familiar and have been used in power-system designs for so many years that it is easy to assume that the differences between them remain unchanged from one year to the […]

Future Electronics – kW Fully Digital AC-DC Power Supply with Active Clamping


Mario Di Guardo, Ivan Massimiani Designers of power-conversion circuits today have to comply with strict energy-efficiency regulations. AC-DC converters for use in telecoms equipment in particular have to meet tough requirements for efficiency from light loads up to full load, and across the universal mains input-voltage range. At the same time, users are calling on […]

FTM May 2016 Americas Edition


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