Focus on Wireless

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Wireless technology is now a very important part of the overall electronics scene. There is an enormous variety of wireless technologies from the familiar Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to the more specific standards like LoRa, SigFox, Zigbee and many more. Each wireless standard has its place within the wireless ecosystem and there are modules and different platforms for them. Find out more about these technologies and how you can use them in the Digi-Key Focus on Wireless.

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SmartMesh IP Products

These products by Linear Technology provide robust wire-free connectivity for applications where low power, reliability, and easy of deployment matter. SmartMesh IP products from Linear Technology are wireless chips and pre-certified PCB modules complete with ready-to-deploy wireless mesh networking software. They are built for IP compatibility and are based on the 6LoWPAN and 802.15.4e standards. The SmartMesh IP product line enables low power consumption and >99.999% data reliability even in harsh, dynamically changing RF environments.

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Fast-Track Your Next Wireless Sensor Design

Development time and time to market are both critical factors in any development project. When wireless connectivity is needed, development timescales can sometimes be difficult to meet as wireless systems are not always understood by all. In these circumstances, Single-board computers (SBCs) designed specifically for sensor applications offer a compelling solution for meeting complex requirements for wireless sensors without compromising tight project schedules. Find out more.

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How to Design an Intelligent LED Lighting System Using Bluetooth Smart

Bluetooth Smart is an ideal choice as a wireless standard for many applications including the remote control of items including indoor LED lamps. Bluetooth connectivity is included in every smartphone and tablet and this makes it a ready-made interface with simple set-up and control of a lamp. Find out how to use Bluetooth Smart for wireless control.

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Why a Wireless RF Module?

Having wire-less connectivity as opposed to wired connectivity provides a considerable degree of convenience. However it may not always be as reliable or the right option. Find out more about the pro's and con's of wireless connectivity and the advantages of using a ready-made, pre-certified module.

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The Future of Wireless Modules

Wireless modules provide a fast, reliable and effective way of developing wireless systems. With the market evolving very swiftly as technologies advance, designers need to be aware of the way modules are also developing. Keep abreast of the latest developments by reading this article on the future of wireless modules.

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How to Deploy a Complete Bluetooth-Based IoT Design for Under $40

Bluetooth is now the technology of choice for many short range wireless communication applications. Everything from mobile phones to receivers for music centres and many more. These all need to work effectively and reliably as well as conforming to the latest standards and maintaining a low cost point. Find out what is available and how you can design Bluetooth applications quickly and for low cost.

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Radar Sensing for Driverless Vehicles

The automotive industry is being revolutionised by the addition of more electronics. Driverless vehicles are now becoming a reality and sensor technology is key to the success. One key area is distance monitoring - finding out the distance to the vehicle in front so that the appropriate action can be taken. Optical and infrared cameras, Laser, ultrasound and radar can all be used to provide data about the surroundings, the road and other vehicles. Read all about these technologies and find out what is available for your designs.

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Adding Wireless for IoT: Build, Buy, or Hybrid?

IoT is revolutionising many areas of the electronics industry. It used to be that product development was simpler, devices were self-contained and often lacked intelligence and connectivity. Now wit the Internet of Things, IoT everything is changing. Every device imaginable, from smoke and CO2 detectors to coffee pots and refrigerators, is being connected to the Internet requiring its own intelligence and connectivity. Find out how this affects the way you design products and what you can do to overcome the issue.

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Comparing Low-Power Wireless Technologies

Now that the Internet of Things is taking off, low power wireless technologies are now coming to the fore. But which one is best, and what can they do. This fascinating article gives the low down on the various low power wireless technologies and enables you to pick the best one for your application.

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Understanding the Basics of Low-Noise and Power Amplifiers in Wireless Designs

Two radially different forms of amplifier interface with an antenna in any wireless system where both transmitter and receiver are present. The receiver amplifier must have low noise , high dynamic range, good intercept point and the like. The Power amplifier for the transmitter must be able to provide power to the antenna in the most efficient manner. here efficiency, power match and other issues are key. Find out all you need to know about these two forms of amplifier in this useful article.

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