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randallb
5G promises substantial improvements in wireless communications, including higher throughput, lower latency, improved reliability, and better efficiency. Achieving these goals requires a variety of new technologies and techniques: higher frequencies, wider bandwidths, new modulation schemes, massive MIMO, phased-array antennas, and more.   These… (Show more)
BradJ001
Once you have taken the steps described in the Simple Steps to Optimize Battery Runtime blog, you still have opportunities to reduce power consumption in your battery-powered device. Be sure to measure the actual current consumption before and after each change, and try to understand why the results are as observed. The more understanding you… (Show more)
BradJ001
After you have selected your microcontroller unit (MCU), there are several simple steps you can take to optimize battery runtime. Correctly configuring and testing your hardware and firmware can help you to develop the optimal IoT device configuration.   Power budget Begin by creating a theoretical power budget for your device. Using the MCU’s… (Show more)
BradJ001
The number of IoT devices seems to be at an all-time high, from industrial sensors, to IoT clothespins (really!), to smart water dispensers for cats. For mainstream IoT applications, battery life is often a huge differentiator in buying decisions, so designing a device with an energy-frugal microcontroller unit (MCU) is a critical success factor.… (Show more)
BradJ001
The never-ending drive to increase IoT battery life is great for customers, but it poses extraordinary challenges for design engineers. As sleep mode currents edge ever-closer to zero, the challenge of making measurements across a wide dynamic range becomes increasingly difficult.   Consider wireless transceiver chips, illustrated in the chart… (Show more)