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Tom Kevan is a freelance writer/editor specializing in engineering and communications technology. Contact him via de-editors@digitaleng.news.

Building Blocks of IoT Design

The rise of the IoT brings with it a cornucopia of applications and disparate design requirements. This has triggered the development of greater chip-configuration diversity. As the IoT takes shape, a new hardware era will emerge, where design engineers will harness the power of all options to meet expanding demands for new functionality. Image courtesy of Optimal Design.

The rise of the internet of things, especially in design, could shift the designer’s focus from system-on-a-chip to system-in-package.

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Making Flexible Hybrid Electronics a Reality

Mass-producing complex printed sensing systems that include processing and communications modules requires designs that incorporate printed and advanced CMOS-based components. Until recently, no one has developed manufacturing processes that can produce such systems.

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There’s More to Miniaturization than Size

The reason printed electronics have not delivered the expected cost reductions is that the complexity of the manufacturing processes has eliminated much of the cost savings.

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Supervised Machine Learning

Clarifai’s machine learning-based image-recognition tool can learn to recognize particular groups of objects, such as Adidas sneakers. Image courtesy of Clarifai.

Many of the old rules that guided software development do not apply to the testing of machine-learning algorithms.

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Designing Sensors for Harsh Environments

As the IoT takes shape and harsh-environment applications become more prevalent, increased demand may cause vendors to remedy this situation.

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IoT Platforms: A Patchwork of Technologies

An IoT development platform should enable design engineers to provide across-the-board connectivity, creating bridges between “things”—that range from sensors and apps to industrial systems—and the cloud and back-end services. To do this, the platform must be flexible enough to work with the full spectrum of interface and communications technologies. Image courtesy of Optimal Design.

An IoT development platform must impart a broad spectrum of functionality. The true measure of success, however, lies in its ability to deliver these capabilities in a seamless, integral fashion.

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Developing Sensor Fusion Algorithms

Combining the technologies of sensors and algorithms to perform sensor fusion opens the door for more sophisticated services for consumers—but it also presents new challenges for design engineers.

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