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GAMING CONTROLLERS & PERIPHERALS
Gaming controllers and peripherals are expected to have fast, accurate controls, reliable haptic feedback, and a long battery life. The nature of these devices means they must also be lightweight, comfortable to hold, and fairly durable. Connectivity options include RF signals, WiFi, Bluetooth, and near field control (NFC), and many controllers and peripherals integrate more than one of these. Oth...
ELECTRONIC SMART LOCKS
Electronic smart locks are increasing in popularity with the rise of IoT and smart homes, as they provide convenience and a sense of security to consumers. Because they are typically battery-powered, energy efficiency to maximize battery life is crucial. The nature of these devices means they must also offer ease-of-use, stable operation, and the ability to withstand wide temperature ranges and ex...
AIR PURIFIERS & HUMIDIFIERS
Air purifiers and humidifiers must be able to reliably improve air quality for end users. The best designs also offer improved energy efficiency, convenience, and low noise. As more and more appliances are expected to be smart-home ready, consumers are demanding new features such as wireless connectivity for ease of control. To meet and exceed customer expectations, designers are challenged with f...
Mobile points of service (POS) offer the same features as other portable POS devices from the convenience of a tablet or smartphone. POS are expected to deliver fast, secure payment transactions amid changing payment methods and rising customer expectations. They must offer high reliability, long battery life, ease-of-use, and quick processing speeds to accelerate checkout times. As retail and ser...
DRONE REMOTE CONTROLLERS
Drone remote controllers must be able to offer consumers the precise, reliable control of drones and multicopters without hindering speed, navigation, or flight time. Wireless connectivity, as well as fast data processing and communication across a broad transmission distance, are crucial to ensure proper control and safety. Many new designs also feature LCD or LED interfaces, or even smartphone c...
Fitness machines can be a key component of medical treatment and physical wellness. State-of-the-art medical systems often include next-generation user interfaces, real-time sensing and biometrics, and multi-standard connectivity. With growing concerns about the price of healthcare, reliability and cost are also crucial factors for customers. And of course, to help enhance the abilities of healthc...
Ovens are a key household appliance, and one which consumers expect to be reliable, effective, convenient, and energy efficient. The rise of smart homes has added a new layer of design requirements to new generations of ovens, including durable and intuitive user interfaces, wireless connectivity, smart sensing, and predictive maintenance. IoT capabilities can help keep up with growing consumer ex...
WEARABLE FITNESS & ACTIVITY MONITORS
Wearable fitness and activity monitors compose a sizeable portion of the growing wearables market. These small devices provide consumers a highly convenient option to track and monitor health information, send and receive notifications, and more. They can be worn on the wrist or clipped to a belt, and typically offer multi-standard wireless connectivity — from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to cellular baseb...
E-scooters have quickly risen in popularity in metropolitan areas and quickly growing cities. Lightweight, eco-friendly, and convenient, these e-scooters are two-wheeled battery-operated vehicles that integrate an electric motor and a controller that assists with increased propulsion. Of course, safety, performance, and cost are the greatest concerns for customers in any vehicle. In addition, new ...
VIRTUAL/AUGMENTED REALITY HEADSETS & GLASSES
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets and glasses are an increasingly popular wearable application that allows users to immerse themselves in a holistic audiovisual experience. The nature of these wearable devices means they must be lightweight, comfortable, and fairly durable as well as responsive to multi-sensory feedback and haptics. New designs are expected to offer longer b...
SMOKE AND HEAT DETECTORS
Smoke and heat detectors are a key aspect of safety in smart homes and other residential and industrial applications. Designed to monitor and alert occupants of danger, these safety devices must above all be reliable and accurate, with battery lifespans lasting multiple years and convenient use. In addition, demand is increasing for detectors that can accurately discern between real and nuisance s...
Gas detectors are a key aspect of safety in smart homes and other residential and industrial applications. Designed to monitor and alert occupants of high levels of toxic or combustible gases, these safety devices must above all be reliable and accurate, with battery lifespans lasting multiple years and convenient use. As the smart home market continues to grow and consumers seek for all aspects o...
RF REMOTE CONTROLS
RF remote controls are being used for more and more control systems, including televisions, sound systems, lighting, and other home environment controls. Because these remotes transmit their signals using radio frequency (RF), they do not need to be operated within line of sight of the device they are controlling. Other advanced features — such as voice control, capacitive touch and haptic feedbac...
HEADPHONES & EARBUDS
Headphones and earbuds are following the trend of other portable electronics adding more features and increased connectivity into smaller solution sizes. New headphone and earbud designs prioritize wireless connectivity and smart features, along with long battery life for maximum use time. Next-generation hearables are gaining mass market appeal offer exceptionally complex features, such as biosen...
THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS
Thermal imaging cameras sense and display infrared radiation as visible light, and many are designed to withstand extreme conditions such as high heat, dust, and smoke. These devices need to offer high performance and long battery life amid varying environments. Above all, they need to be reliable, as they are used in applications from examining electrical equipment to dangerous first-responder em...
Video doorbells have become a popular element within many smart home systems, and provide convenience and a sense of security to consumers. As both home systems and video doorbell designs get smarter and more advanced, new features are being incorporated. Innovative video doorbells now include high-quality audio and video streaming, wireless connectivity, multiple-device interface capability, adva...
HOME REMOTE CONTROLS
Home remote controls — both infrared (IR) and remote frequency (RF) types — are being used for more and more smart home control systems, including televisions,sound systems, lighting, and other home environment controls. Advanced features are also being incorporated into these devices, such as non-line-of-sight operation, voice control, capacitive touch and haptic feedback, LED displays, and multi...
The worldwide demand for electric bikes (e-bikes) is growing as consumers see e-bikes as an eco-friendly solution to long commutes and rising fuel prices. An e-bike is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor, a battery, and a controller that assists with increased propulsion. New designs — which accommodate shorter recharging times, lighter weights, and higher battery capacity for longer ridin...
Wearables include a growing number of innovative devices designed to deliver convenient, high-quality functionality to consumers across a variety of use cases. These devices include smartwatches, virtual reality and augmented reality glasses and headsets, fitness trackers, and more. These devices typically offer multi-standard wireless connectivity — from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to cellular baseband —...
Optical modules are optical transceivers used for high-speed data transmission, and are used anywhere larger amounts of data needs to be sent and received. From data centers to telecom, short or long range, optical modules are ideal for large, efficient data transfers. Optical modules can range in size and bandwidth, with the newest generation supporting up to 400GB/s. Due to the large amounts of ...
MP3424 SINGLE AA BATTERY BOOST SOLUTION
A single AA battery is a very convenient power source for portable low-power applications. A typical AA battery has a 2 ampere-hour capacity, and can supply peak currents of over 2A. The battery can typically supply 1.5V when fully charged, down to 0.9V when discharged. This does not include the internal resistance drop, which can be between 100mΩ and 120mΩ. To convert that voltage ran...
USB-C CHARGE-THRU DONGLE WITH HDMI (LOW COST)
Charge-Through Dongle solution enables connectivity between a USB Type-C Notebook and HDMI Display, legacy USB device and Gigabit Ethernet while also connecting a USB Type-C charging cable. The Charge-Through Dongle solution allows simultaneous HDMI display, Superspeed data transfers, Ethernet connection and charging USB Type-C Notebook. The MPS components on these reference designs are careful...
HIGH POWER, FULLY INTEGRATED, SYNCHRONOUS BOOST CONVERTER WITH OPTIMIZED FEATURES FOR PORTABLE AND BATTERY-OPERATED APPLICATIONS
By Jing “Mirror” Yang, Senior Product Marketing Engineer, and Panyin Liu, Manager, Systems and Applications Engineering, Monolithic Power Systems The superior properties of Li-ion batteries, such as high energy density, light weight, no memory effect, and less self-discharge, make them a very popular option in portable applications. ICs with boost topology are needed in portable...
UNDERSTANDING QUIESCENT CURRENT AND SHUTDOWN CURRENT WITH A BOOST CONVERTER
For battery-powered applications, an excellent user experience depends on a long battery life and high-performance terminal devices. Quiescent current (IQ) is an important parameter to consider when optimizing these applications; in particular, an improved IQ increases battery life. This article will describe the difference between a boost converter’s IQ and shutdown current (ISD) to provide a de...
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