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The size of the devices on the market make them easier to carry, but nothing beats a camera-contact lens. Drawing of a possible design of the lens, photo from the patent application (Image via Sony)   Every time the term “machine” is uttered, it used to refer to a non-organic, unnatural entity made by mankind, and which functions through a set of mechanisms. In the past, machines had no personality and really felt lifeless, at least until they are powered on. Today, machines ha ...
In this tutorial, we will go over how to create a weather station using a raspberry pi and send events to Wia. This is an updated version of our old tutorial. There have been several changes to the Wia dashboard and code since our last tutorial. What You Will Need Raspberry Pi 2 or Model 3 B+ Raspberry Pi Sense HAT Node.js and NPM must both be installed on the raspberry pi. If you do not have it already installed, learn how to install node.js here. Setting up the Raspberry PiFirst, you have to ...
This post entry provides a detailed description of how NFC can be used for authentication and identification of consumables and accessories. This document has been structured as follows:   NFC for product authentication and identificationHow NFC works in product authentication and identification Success stories How to implement the use case NFC portfolio for authentication and identification applicationsNXP originality signature OEM customizable orignality signature Secure unique NFC ...
This entry is about the power consumption modes available on the i.MX RT1020; and how to make a current measurement when using the  MIMXRT1020 EVK (Rev A2).     Let’s start with a very short i.MX RT1020 overview, which is a Cortex-M7 based chip that operates at speed up to 500 MHz to provide high CPU performance and best real-time response, it has Advanced power management module with DCDC and LDO to reduce complexity of external power supply and simplifies power sequen ...
  While writing this, I am on my way to China to meet with the team to discuss some of NXP’s i.MX products.  Boarding the plane was an effort in frustration.  Hundreds of folks funneling through a single line, while other gate agents stood around and watched.  I found myself wondering why can’t the airline be more efficient.  Why can’t they use both ticket checkers? Why can’t they pull aside the folks with visa issues and let another worker deal w ...
One key advantage of Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) is the long battery life it gives portable devices that are always-on, but still light-weight and miniature in form-factor. QN908x is a BLE SOC bringing that advantage into your design. QN908x provides two packages, both are very small: 6 x 6 mm HVQFN48 3.2 x 3.2 mm WLCSP   From power consumption perspective below are illustrations captured from Keysight  N6705B Power Analyzer In both illustrations BLE is under connection status ...
In the attached presentation, you will find: NFC Background NFC Parameterization, Diagnosis and Firmware Update Authentication and Configuration with Consumables and Accessories Creating NFC IoT Sensors More NFC Use Cases Your Next Step – How to Get NFC Implemented ...
Fingerprint recognition technology has been around for many decades but has not been prevalent to today’s society until recent advances made this idea practical and easy to implement in current mobile devices. Fingerprint recognition is the latest trend in biometric technology, providing companies with a more secure, easy to use, and faster way to access your devices. NXP hit the nail on the head with its recent release of the LPC51U68 MCU that uses its enhanced processing power, power eff ...
This is a teardown of a second-generation Amazon Echo Dot (purchased around January 2017, UK). The photos are fairly high-res and can be clicked to enlarge. There is a lot of intricate detail in the design.     The underside has a peeling part before the self-tap screws can be removed.   Almost the entire unit comes out, but there is still some stuff in the black plastic shell : ) Notice the two metal contacts for the speaker.   What the unit looks like outside of i ...
The cost and complexity to develop, deploy and manage secure cloud-connected nodes have continued to gate mass market from realizing the true potential of IoT applications. NXP Semiconductors has now introduced the LPC54018 MCU based IoT module featuring an onboard Wi-Fi module, and supporting Amazon FreeRTOS, reducing the complexities of IoT node-to-cloud designs as well as enabling developers to create seamless, secure, and cost-effective IoT solutions connected to the AWS cloud.   Amaz ...
Although hundreds of participants have registered and checked out NXP's latest webinar —— 'Get to market fast with NXP LPC800 MCUs - A low-cost, entry-level, 8-bit alternative for your next design!', still many regrets and complains about not being part of the webinar series, or haven't checked the whole picture of the 4-phase training that took place throughout June.   Now you don't have to worry because the recordings of the whole webinar series are available on NXP.com. Ple ...
By now, we're all familiar with the phrase "Internet of Things" (IoT); some of you may be directly involved with that concept on some level as a designer/technologist. Here, we'll begin a series of posts on the IoT with some broad discussion of what it's all about, and then segue into how oscilloscopes and related hardware/software are among the best tools available for design and debug of IoT-related devices.     Figure 1: Chances are you're already using the IoT in various ways &# ...
Since its initial release, the i.MX 8M continues to grow in popularity as customers realize that its bleeding-edge capabilities transcend across multiple applications and multiple market segments within the IoT.  Most recently, I saw that the i.MX 8M is now qualified for industrial.  What does that mean exactly?   Industrial customers need industrial grade devices.  They need 10-year continuous device operation.  Check out this application note to learn more. So by off ...
Over the past couple decades, technology has been advancing at a rapid pace. When we wanted to speed up transportation we invented cars, to solve complex problems we created computers, to increase communication with each other we invented the phone. We have been developing products that make life easier for our society. So what is our society lacking now?                         ...
Up to date, more and more products with BLE appears in our life such as Smart Band, Lighting, Weight Scale and other BLE peripherals. Bluetooth Low Energy(BLE) technology is characterized by low power consumption, which is generally used in small packet, low data rate for control and data exchange scenarios particularly in the Smart Home, Health, Sport and Fitness industries. But in some case BLE is required to increase data rate to higher level for specific usage, like firmware OTA update, vo ...

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